Regional and Rurality Fund – Section 1: Regional Outreach Support

Fonds régions et ruralité (FRR) – Volet 1 : Soutien au rayonnement des régions

Funder

Ministère des Affaires municipales et Habitation

Program Type

Project

Deadline

Specific to each region

Type of Aid

Grant

Financial Aid

50-90%, up to $1 million per year

Description

This program supports the realization of mobilizing projects that will have an impact within the respective regions of the province (with the exception of Montreal and Capitale-Nationale).

These projects are selected and prioritized by a regional selection committee according to the development priorities of each region. Furthermore, the application submissions guidelines, the composition of the regional selection committees and the sums of available funding will also vary by region.

Criteria

  • Projects are considered to have a regional influence when they result in benefits within the territory of more than one regional county municipality or equivalent entity.
  • Local projects carried out in multiple regional county municipalities that contribute to fulfilling the same regional priority are also eligible; in this case, it’s the overall group of projects and not each individual project that is considered to have a regional influence.
  • If a project not only corresponds with a regional priority but also a region’s preferred action, it is more likely to be approved by the regional selection committee.
  • Funding is available up to 50% for private companies, 90% for projects in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and 80% for all other projects
  • For geographic, cultural and legal reasons, the following are considered separate entities and administered separately, and projects must impact multiple communities:
  • Gaspésie and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

  • Nord-du-Québec, Jamésie, Nunavik and Eeyou Istchee

  • To be eligible, projects must:
  • Be carried out within the territory of a region of Quebec or a part of one of these regions (excluding Montreal and Capitale-Nationale)

  • Match one of that region’s priorities

  • Contribute to generating benefits in more than one regional county municipality

  • Not conflict with a government policy or a measure approved by the provincial government or Québec’s treasury board, nor cover an activity already that is already financed by budgetary rules approved by the latter

  • Respect existing legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as any applicable national or international agreements

Eligible Expenses

  • Operating costs directly associated with the completion of the project (salaries, rent, acquisition of material and equipment, accountability)
  • The cost of completing business plans, evaluations, and studies (salaries and professional fees)
  • Costs related to creating a business plan
  • Costs related to a project’s opportunity assessment, including market analysis
  • Technical and financial feasibility evaluation
  • Costs related to the definition and development of a concept
  • Costs related to activity programming
  • The development and adjustment of instruments or indicators allowing for improved measurement of activity sectors, including traffic and economic impact studies
  • Costs related to construction, planning, development or implementation
  • Accounting fees related to the preparation of a final report

Supporting Documents

  • Completed online application form
  • Implementation plan
  • Project governance structure
  • A resolution from the board of directors authorizing a representative to submit an application for financial assistance and sign all relevant documents
  • Copies of the organization’s most recent financial statements and annual reports (within the last two years)
  • A copy of financial partners’ letters of commitment or intent
  • Financing plan and any related documents