SLED fund applications now open for Huron County

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HURON COUNTY – The Supporting Local Economic Development (SLED) program in Huron County is now accepting its 2022 applications.

The SLED program provides registered non-profits and municipalities opportunities to receive funds for projects like workforce re-engagement, attraction and retention projects, business district and sector-specific support programs, and placemaking, community, and tourism development initiatives.

These projects address the strategic priorities from Huron County Economic Development’s 2021-22 Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Project.

“This important funding program supports our local economy in meaningful ways,” said Director of Economic Development Vicki Lass, “This year, SLED is concentrating on areas noted from our BR&E survey by helping to grow the workforce, providing timely sector supports across our economy, further developing Huron’s exceptional tourism experience, and supporting our local business community’s recovery from COVID-19.”

The SLED fund will provide up to $10,000 to successful projects.

The deadline to apply is May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications will be assessed on a merit basis and evaluated by a local economic development professionals panel.

Applications to the SLED program must meet the following criteria:

be a municipality or a registered not-for-profit organization;

projects must demonstrate clear and obvious economic impact;

the direct economic impact of the project is measurable;

projects include collaborative partnerships;

the applicant provides financial resources and support to the project; and

the applicant provides recognition for the program funders, the County of Huron and Community Futures Huron.

For more information about the SLED program and application process, please visit www.huroncounty.ca/economic-development/our-services/incentives-programs/sled/.

For more information about the program, please contact Rick Sickinger, Program Advisor, at rsickinger@huroncounty.ca or 519-441-7145.

Applications can be submitted at economicdevelopment@huroncounty.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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