Economic Development Capacity Building

Program Overview

The Economic Development Capacity Building program provides a financial incentive to encourage local governments in the Trust’s service region to hire and maintain an Economic Development Officer (EDO) or to pursue economic development activities.

Funding Terms

  • Up to $50,000 in grant funding each calendar year.
  • Applicants accessing funding to support EDO wages will receive a 50% advance of the approved grant amount upon approval. The remaining 50% will be disbursed upon submission and approval of the annual final report.
  • Applicants accessing funding for activities will be reimbursed for approved expense items upon submission and approval of the annual final report.

Apply for Funding

Northern Development approves Economic Development Capacity Building applications on an annual basis. Applications are accepted starting November 1 and must be received prior to midnight on March 31 to be eligible for consideration in that funding year. Activities being claimed for reimbursement must be completed prior to the end of the calendar year. The application will not be approved until reporting on the prior year has been received and processed by Northern Development.

Complete application forms with all required attachments should be provided electronically to Northern Development by email.


Reporting Deadline

Complete reports are required prior to February 28 of the following calendar year. Local governments will have until April 30 to submit any revised reporting or requested information. After May 31, no additional reporting documentation will be accepted.

Please contact Northern Development staff to discuss your project in further detail.

Phone : (250) 561-2525