CORNWALL – One-third of the successful applicants for the first round of the SDG Counties Regional Incentive Program are from South Dundas.
Two businesses, Rijke Produce Farm and South Branch Stables, were approved during the April 19 SDG Counties Council meeting.
Rijke Produce Farm on County Road 2 west of Morrisburg will receive $12,777.14 which is split between a property improvement grant and a building improvement and restoration grant. The produce farm, which opened on its present site in 2021, will expand its existing main and secondary parking lots, add parking curbs, and add greenery around the produce barn structure. Rijke will also improve the barn structure adding a concrete floor to improve accessibility for customers. The grants cover 50 per cent of the total project costs.
South Branch Stables located on County Road 1 north of Hanesville will receive a $1,239.37 signage improvement grant. The company will install a new four foot by six foot commercial road sign with solar lighting.
Businesses outside of South Dundas that were approved include Ault and Ault LLP in Winchester – $5,000; 9400389 Canada Inc. (Iron Forge Restaurant and Bowling) in Winchester – $26,779; Robert Magee in Finch – $8,900; and Cornerstone Organics in Long Sault – $32,014.61.
In all, SDG Counties is spending $86,730.12 of its $250,000 budgeted for the program in 2022. The next intake for RIP applications will take place later this year. “I think these are great projects,” said Councillor Steven Byvelds (South Dundas). “The changes we’ve made over the last few years reflect that. They all have a value-added premise.”
Three projects applied for were not approved. One arrived late, the other two required more work for their RIP applications.
This year the incentive program will have a third intake period. Two previously approved projects did not move forward so $20,000 has been returned to SDG Counties. Economic Development Officer Tara Kirkpatrick did not say what projects did not advance.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader