Community Projects

Community Futures Huron supports a number of local community projects and organizations throughout Huron County. You may already be familiar with some of these community projects.

SLED Grants

The 2024 SLED (Supporting Local Economic Development) program funds projects that address the strategic priorities from Huron County Economic Development’s 2022/25 plan including: workforce re-engagement, education, attraction and retention projects; business district and specific sector support programs; community economic development projects, tourism initiatives; youth and newcomer programs that support encouraging a sense of belonging.

Community Futures Huron contributes $10,000 to the grant program, which awards up to a total $100,000.

The program is offered annually to municipalities and registered non-profits. Applications are assessed on a merit basis and evaluated by a panel of local economic development professionals. Grants of up to $10,000 can be applied for. Projects are assessed by a panel of three judges made up of two Huron Economic Development Board members and a Community Futures Huron Board member.


This year’s jury awarded funding to the following sixteen projects:

Centre for Rural Creativity

Centre for Rural Creativity to support their Rural to Rural (R2R) Conference October 16-18, 2024, in Blyth that brings rural Canadians together to explore challenges and opportunities in rural communities, builds a strong rural voice, and leads to action for social and economic change.

Exeter BIA

Exeter BIA to support Exeter’s business community in addressing security concerns, ensuring downtown Exeter continues to be a wonderful place to shop and work for area residents. 

Eat Local Huron

Eat Local Huron to promote their online retail site that sells locally produced food products thereby increasing revenues for local food and beverage producers, increasing access to local food, and creating financial sustainability for the non-profit organization.

Friends of Hullett

Friends of Hullett to provide educational opportunities and to collectively explore new opportunities for Huron County’s forestry industry that will result in better managed forests and new economic opportunities.

Gateway Center of Excellence in Rural Health

Gateway Center of Excellence in Rural Health to support their SHARP (Skilled Healthcare Attraction and Retention Program) a rural workforce development and health care employee retention program.

Goderich Little Theatre

Goderich Little Theatre to support their fall production of “Streamliners” that brings to light a unique and interesting story about Huron County’s history that will bring in new audiences to The Livery and support tourism in the shoulder season.

Huron County Pride

Huron County Pride to support their Pride Festival on June 8th and the expansion of Pride events to cover a full week in 2024 ensuring Huron County is a welcoming community to 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Huron Manufacturing Association

Huron Manufacturing Association to support small and medium sized local manufacturers by proving safety and certification training within Huron County saving on training costs and allowing employees to upskill without having to leave the County.

Municipality of Bluewater

Municipality of Bluewater to provide leadership and skill development training to area youth,12-16 years of age, building skills, knowledge and practical experience that will support their future employment.

Municipality of Central Huron

Municipality of Central Huron to create greater awareness of the accessibility work they have been undertaking over the past few years that establishes Central Huron and Huron County as accessible destinations.

Municipality of Huron East

Municipality of Huron East to create a series of videos highlighting the manufacturing industry in the municipality creating greater awareness for these manufacturers and promoting the various local careers opportunities in this sector.

Seaforth BIA

Seaforth BIA to support their continued beautification work on Seaforth’s Main Street with innovative and unique street furnishings and decorations that will bring more shoppers to Seaforth and create increased revenues for retailers.

Town of Goderich

Town of Goderich to advance and evolve Goderich’s “Salted” brand into an engaging audience experience through the development of an audio tour, brochure, speaker series, podcasts, and bus tours resulting in unique new tourism products.   

Township of North Huron

Township of North Huron to support the development of an organized cricket team and sporting event with regional teams to ensure that the available recreational opportunities meet the needs of the community and that newcomers feel included in North Huron.

Van Egmond Foundation

Van Egmond Foundation to build a covered picnic pavilion on the Van Egmond House Museum site to be used by the foundation and local community groups creating greater awareness of this important heritage asset and generating new revenues that will support the work of the Foundation.

Wineries & Breweries of Huron County

Wineries & Breweries of Huron County to establish a countywide industry organization that promotes and supports the winery and brewery businesses in Huron County and to hold a launch event for the new organization that will promote the entire sector and introduce their products to new markets.    

Community Futures Huron is located at 435 Turnberry Street, Brussels, Ontario. Come see us in this new location.

Office hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. Phone: (226) 889-8256;

Areas we serve: Howick, Wingham, Blyth, Brussels, Dungannon, Goderich, Clinton, Seaforth, Hensall, Zurich, Bayfield, Exeter.