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Accessing Government Funding in Canada - Page 5: More Assessment Criteria

By Sharon Monahan. President, The Business Guide Inc. |

Page 5: More Assessment Criteria

Author's intro:
It is good to be back. Some of you may have noticed there was no article last month. I was travelling at the beginning of the month and when I returned, it was really too late to submit. As promised I will conclude my examination of the assessment criteria in this month's installment.

Government officials also examine your proposal in terms of its R.O.I., i.e. return on investment. More and more, departments and agencies are viewing their financial contributions towards proposed ventures as investments. And indeed they are. They are investments in the economy. Officials divide the proposed number of jobs to be created into the requested contribution. If the cost per job is too high, they won't invest, as it is not cost effective. The proposal is said to have a poor R.O.I.

There is no magic number above which a department or agency won't go in terms of a cost per job, but you should try to keep it below $10-$15,000. Higher paying jobs, which require greater skill levels, and jobs within certain sectors of the economy are generally considered a better investment.

Another way in which your proposal is assessed is whether or not it is operating in a priority sector. Every few years provincial and federal governments identify certain sectors of the economy as growth sectors. Examples of two existing ones are technology and the environment. If your business is operating in a growth sector, you stand a much better chance of being approved. If it is not, then try to somehow relate your proposal to one of these sectors. For example your business may not be directly involved in the Technology sector, but the jobs you will be creating in your company may be for IT professionals. Therefore you could argue that your proposal should receive priority.

The final assessment criterion I will examine is partnerships. No department or agency wants to be the sole funding source of your initiative. The more people that form part of the financial equation the better. If you approach a department and you already have some financial assistance secured from a financial institution, this lends credence to your proposal. If you already have support from another department or agency and a bank, that's even better. You should also be investing some equity yourself. It shows that you are willing to share some of the risk and that you are committed to the venture. Few things are less appealing than a proposal that relies solely on government financing.

Next installment I'll examine the environment in which economic development departments and agencies are operating in and how this affects the application process. Stay tuned.

Page 1: Canadian Government grants and loans
Page 2: First Impressions Count
Page 3: Determining the Assessment Criteria
Page 4: Determining the Assessment Criteria (Part 2)
Page 5: More Assessment Criteria
Page 6: Know Your Environment

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