Government of New Brunswick


The purpose of the fund is to support local and regional priorities that will grow local economies by addressing program/funding gaps and complementing, not duplicating, mandates of other government departments.


The fund is available to:

• Incorporated Legal entity such as a not-for-profit or for profit, municipalities, Regional Service Commissions and First Nations.
• The applicant must be from an Eligible Rural Area (Any incorporated municipality or LSD that has a population of less than 25,000 inhabitants as of the most recent Canadian Census)

Applications will be evaluated against the following eligibility and assessment criteria:

The project benefits

• The proposed project benefits, and their value to the province / region

The project viability

• The likelihood that the proposed project can be realized / completed as proposed

The project sustainability

• The probabilities that the project or the intended effects of the project can be maintained once it has been completed

The applicant viability

• The state of the operational and financial stability of the applicant

The applicant capacity

• The management and financial capacity of the client to meet costs associated with the delivery of the project

All proposal submitted for assessment are subject to applicable environmental assessment requirements and to the GNB duty to consult policy where applicable.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence to be provided in an application will be relative to the size, complexity and funding amount requested. Due to limited resources however, not all projects meeting eligibility criteria will necessarily be approved.


The Rural Economy Fund (REF) recognizes the important contribution rural communities make to New Brunswick’s economy, and the unique challenges they face in becoming prosperous.

The REF aims to help rural regions in strengthening and growing local economies by supporting local, and/or regional priority initiatives in the following categories:

Economic Infrastructure

• Develop or improve community / regional assets that stimulate and supports a local economy that allows businesses to grow and/or remain competitive

Diversification of Economy

• Support initiatives that enhance the diversity and competitiveness of a rural region’s economy

Strategic Tourism Growth

• Support tourism related facilities and/or infrastructure which demonstrates clear links to economic impact of a rural region

The Regional Development Corporation will be responsible for the overall management of the REF.

All funding applications under the REF will be received, assessed, and evaluated by the Regional Development Corporation. The President of the Regional Development Corporation will have authority to approve funding for projects.

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(506) 453-2277

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