CORNWALL – Five businesses, four of which are in Dundas County, are the latest recipients of funding grants from SDG County’s Regional Incentive Program.
SDG County Council gave its final approval of the recent funding applications at its July 19 regular council meeting.
This is the first round of funding through the program since changes were made to the program last spring.
In South Dundas, recently sold Henderson Abbatoir near Dunbar will receive $20,000 to use towards converting two rooms into cutting rooms. That is expected to double the capacity of the business and create 14 or more jobs.
Heritage House Health Spa in Winchester will receive $24,275 for three projects relating to its move into the former Winchester Travel building on Main Street. These include exterior improvements, roofing, and new signage.
Cannamore Orchards east of Morewood will receive $8,775 for paving bricks at its main entrance to improve accessibility.
Upper Canada Veterinary Services south of Winchester will receive $765 for imrpoving signage, but was denied a larger application for paving its parking lot.
Also approved is a $50,000 conversion and expansion grant for Tranquility Acres, a 6,500 square foot convention centre in North Glengarry.
The program received eight applications in this funding intake, which is down from 32 received last year.
Part of the reason Tara Kirkpatrick, manager of economic development, explained was due to program changes that had to be passed by council which delayed intake timing. That led to some pent-up demand for the funding stream, and more concise applications.
“Essentially they were calling us asking ‘are you ready, are you ready, when can we start our project’,” she said adding that she anticipated much stronger application numbers for the next round of funding applications.
In all, the grants funded through this round of the RIP program totals $104,015. SDG budgeted $250,000 for 2021 and the fall intake window for the program opens on August 20.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader