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SD Tech Fund

Grants to Canada Businesses for Technologies
to Promote Environmental Sustainability

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SustaInable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

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Grants to Canada small and mid-sized commercial enterprises to develop technologies that promote environmental sustainability while yielding positive economic benefits. Applications are invited for pre-commercial projects that address at least one of the following areas: clean water, clean soil, clean air, and climate change.

SDTC provides funding to promising clean technology development and demonstration projects (i.e. when the technology itself is beyond proof-of-concept but is still pre-commercial). The technology must demonstrate the potential for GHG emissions reductions, reductions in water consumption, and/or the reduction of water, soil or air contamination. The project must include some further development of the technology, mitigate existing technology risk and include validation of the economic viability of the technology.

SDTC funds projects that continue the development of technologies to the doorstep of commercialization; SDTC does not fund research or commercialization activities but rather, the interim pilot or demonstration stage. In other words, SDTC helps companies advance the technology development and/or demonstration required to secure their first paying customer. This is typically achieved through proving both the technical and economic performance of the proposed technology and demonstrating its ability to solve a problem experienced by the customer (e.g. to help them meet a regulatory requirement, save costs, improve efficiency, become “greener” etc.).

SDTC has a competitive application process – submission of an application does not guarantee that a project will be chosen for funding. All final funding decisions are subject to approval by SDTC’s Board of Directors.

At least 50% of eligible project costs must be incurred in Canada.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162738

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average SDTC contribution is $2-4 million, with funds disbursed over the life of the project up to a five-year period.

Term of Contract:

Project periods may be up to five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

SDTC’s mandate is to fund projects that support Canadian small and medium size enterprises advancing innovative technologies that are pre-commercial and have the potential to demonstrate significant and quantifiable environmental and economic benefits in one or more of the following areas: climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil.

To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must:

-Be a Canadian company developing a new and novel technology with significant and quantifiable environmental benefits that will provide a significant retained Canadian benefit following the execution of the project.

-Have a defined project and be looking to demonstrate a pre-commercial technology

-Have a strong end user value proposition and be able to validate the market and commercialization potential of the technology

-Form a consortium that includes at least one other partner (recommended that applicants seek partners who are either end users or able to validate the need and market for the technology)

SDTC defines a consortium partner as an organization that is unrelated to the applicant and is willing to make a contribution to the project at cost. This means that consortium partners cannot make a profit as a result of the project during the established project timeframe. Partners take on some project risk with the hopes that, in the future, once the technology is proven and commercialized, they will somehow benefit from its existence.

Partners can include academia, government agencies, associations, industry, etc. It is preferable to include one “market validation” partner that is representative of your target customer and can ensure market uptake for the technology post project. The partners can make in-kind contributions (i.e. absorb some project costs and report those to the applicant), provide a demonstration site, provide Intellectual Property, etc. and are expected to actively participate in the project.

Types of funding requests not considered by SDTC:

-Research projects
-Project financing for deployment of commercialized technologies (e.g. solar/wind farms, greenhouse construction)
-Buying a proven technology from another jurisdiction for use in Canada
-Incremental modifications to existing technologies or processes (e.g. installation of an existing solar panel technology at an industrial site)
-One-off projects to reduce emissions at a specific site
-Projects that demonstrate economic benefits without environmental benefits

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:
Applications for funding are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. All applications are submitted through the online portal.

SDTC has a multi-step application process:

Phase One: Initial Project Review
1. Review SDTC’s eligibility and evaluation criteria to see if your project aligns.
2. If you think your project meets the criteria, submit a short Introduction Form through the online portal.
3. A team of internal SDTC experts will review your Introduction Form to determine eligibility.
4. If an initial review shows that the project may meet SDTC criteria, you may be invited to make a presentation by video conferencing.

Phase Two: Full Project Review
1. If your project aligns with the criteria, you will be asked to submit a full application via the online portal.
2. The SDTC Project Review Committee will review your project.
3. All recommended projects are presented to the SDTC Board for approval

Phase Three: Funding Approved
If your project is approved, SDTC will assign a Project Manager to prepare a Contribution Agreement to advance the project.

SDTC may provide up to 33% of eligible projects costs. The private sector contribution must be at least 25% of the eligible project costs. Funding from all government entities must not surpass 75% of eligible project costs.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about the application process, contact an Applications and Intake Coordinator.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon