Supporting Local Economic Development
What is the SLED Program?
SLED (Supporting Local Economic Development) is a focused program designed to help fund projects targeting key regional economic development priorities: workforce attraction, agriculture, tourism, and investment attraction. These priorities are subject to change through an annual review process by the Huron County Economic Development Board.
The program will open first to Municipalities and then to other non-profits, and is delivered on a first come, first served basis. Non-profits can apply early on behalf of a Municipality with written permission from the Municipality.
No organization will be provided more than $10,000 per project through this fund. Projects must be completed in 12 months from the date of application. Money will be provided at the completion of the project following the submission of a completed project report from the applicant to the program administrator.
Applications to the SLED program must meet the following criteria:
1) The money has to be used in a way that has a clear and obvious economic impact;
2) The direct economic impact of the project can be measured;
3) The project includes substantial private sector participation;
4) The applicant provides financial resources and support to the project; and
5) The project focus on Huron County and achieve at least one of the following objectives:
- Grow the workforce;
- Create diversification of the existing agricultural industry;
- Creates a visitor experience with clear best-in-class potential;
- Development of investment attraction material or resolves investment attraction issues.
Potential applicants are asked to undertake the following steps:
- Potential applicants should submit a project outline to Reanne Clark, Office Administrator at email@example.com in email form which outlines how their project meets the criteria.
- If the project outline meets the criteria, a meeting will be scheduled with the applicant(s) and the project administrator.
- The applicant(s) will meet with the program administrator to discuss the application process. The program administrator’s role is to support the applicant by discussing how to meet the various criteria (i.e. discussing how to measure economic impact), work through any questions, and approve applications.
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