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

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

Applications can be submitted at

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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