FedDev Grant

Niagara-on-the-Lake Tourism Recovery Grant


Eligible projects will support Small-Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Arts & Culture Not for Profit (NFP) organizations in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake which rely heavily on tourism activities to alter or transform their business. 


  • Implementation of health and safety protocols 
  • Alterations to accommodate social distancing (i.e. expansion of restaurant patio space, retrofits, pick-up windows or curb-side pick-ups for retailers, secondary entry/exit to improve customer flow and allow physical distancing, interior construction, infrastructure, and equipment to extend the outdoor dining season such as the acquisition of outdoor heaters, and marketing to promote the new expansion project) 
  • Purchase of PPE, cleaning supplies, and health and safety related materials for workers 
  • Implementation of digital tools and transformations for tourism and hospitality operators (i.e. virtual queue and timed entry ticketing) 


  • Eligible projects will be granted a minimum of $4,000 & up to a maximum of $20,000
  • Minimum 20% matched funds by the recipient required (project minimum $5,000 with grant of $4,000 up to a grant of $20,000 for a project cost of $25,000 or more)
  • Project costs incurred from June 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 
  • Businesses must be located in Niagara-on-the-Lake 
  • In operation on or before January 31, 2020 
  • Business must demonstrate a reduction in revenues comparable to last year due to COVID-19 
  • Any project costs already funded with Federal relief dollars are not eligible 
  • Recipient must obtain all necessary permits and abide by all municipal and provincial laws 
  • Recipient must be able to pay for eligible expenses up front and be reimbursed 
  • Recipient acknowledges this grant is considered income to their business and agrees to keep accurate records 
  • Recipient acknowledges their name and grant amount will be public information, displayed on the Town's website and/or social media platforms, and possibly used in the Ministry’s success stories or public announcements 
  • Project activities are new to the business and must be related to tourism-focused adaption of   COVID-19 protocols or practices, sustaining or growing revenue generation and ensuring long-term stability. 

The grant program is currently open for applications and the program will run until December 31, 2020, or until funds are depleted. 

Priority will be given to projects that create/maintain immediate jobs & sustained employment, have a high jobs/dollar invested & impact ratio, and illustrate long-term success. Potential projects not listed above will be assessed for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Owners of more than one business can apply for multiple grants, but in the interest of maximizing community impact, please understand that with limited funds we may only be able to fund one project, so please rank them in order of importance. 


The Town of Niagara-on-the-lake will partner with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, Winery Operators, and Niagara Region to deliver this project. 


Online application intake opens Sept. 16, 2020. The application intake will remain open until October 15th, 2020. 

  1. Submission – apply via application form below. 
  2. Due Diligence – The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will carry out review and due diligence. 
  3. Project Evaluation – Applications will be adjudicated by a sub-committee made up of The Town's Discretionary Grant Committee, The President of the Chamber of Commerce, a local winery representative, and support from Niagara Region.  An application tool will assess impact and rank participants for feedback. In-person/video conference meetings will be used at the discretion of the committee as well. 

Applications will be assessed based on: 

  • eligible expenditures & project scope 
  • tourism-related job creation & jobs maintained 
  • does the project strengthen the business in COVID-19 realities 
  • does the project ensure long-term sustainability 

Ineligible expenses: 

(a) costs of land, building or vehicle purchase 
(b) operating expenses like rent and overhead 
(c) interest expenses, fines/penalties/litigation, depreciation 
(d) non-incremental wages 
(e) hospitality and entertainment costs 
(f) fees for administrators, including payments to any member or officer of the Recipient’s Board of Directors 
(g) costs of individual membership in a professional body (e.g. professional designations) 

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake reserves the right to extend the review and due diligence period where applicable in order to receive and evaluate any additional documentation and substantiation. 
Incomplete applications will not be considered. No project will extend past December 31, 2020. 

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Conflict of Interest policy will be in effect for the judging panel, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake staff and their immediate family members, and Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Council members. 

Applications will be assessed and thereafter: 

80% of eligible funds disbursed upon proof of project start 
Project completion (20% holdback disbursed) 

Submit a service request or contact Kyle Freeborn at 905-468-3266 ext 296 or kyle.freeborn@notl.com 

** The application process has officially closed **