As part of its Economic Recovery Plan, Norfolk County is implementing a variety of programs to support industries and areas highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several one-time grant funding opportunities have recently been introduced for community-based not-for-profit organizations, under three streams: 1) Downtown Recovery and Vibrancy, 2) Arts and Culture Stimulus and Sustainability and 3) Agriculture Recovery.

To qualify, organizations must be non-commercial entities, such as not-for-profit organizations (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade, BIAs and Associations) or those that have charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Applicants may apply for a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000 per grant stream. In total, $30,000 in funding has been allocated to each of the 3 grant programs.

“These grants are just one component of a much broader strategy to support local economic recovery and resilience in Norfolk County,” said Zvi Lifshiz, Norfolk’s Director of Strategic Innovation and Economic Development.

As with the Economic Recovery Plan’s development, the grant program is intended to be highly collaborative.

“When developing a project proposal, we’d like to see organizations connect with businesses and the community to brainstorm ideas and propose new, innovative and exciting initiatives,” Lifshiz noted.

Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2021, and successful applicants will be announced in late October.

To learn more about each grant stream, eligibility details and submit an application online, visit