Business financing

Business funding programs

Programs listed here are not administered by Strathcona County. All third-party links are provided for information only.

All businesses incur costs, whether it is purchasing property, paying overhead or employees. Financing is a vital component in your business planning. 

The most common approach is to obtain a business loan from a bank or lending institution. Grants and funding programs may also be available from the government and not-for-profit organizations.

Federal programs

Provincial programs

  • Accelerate Fund
    An early stage angel investor for Alberta technology companies.
  • Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)
    A provincial crown corporation that provides risk management and lending programs for agri-business as well as commercial businesses. 
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
    Provides programs and services to support agriculture, agri-business and food processing.
  • Alberta Innovates
    The research and innovation system that supports excellence in science. Alberta Innovates provides funding for bio, health, energy, environmental and technological research and development.
  • Alberta Blueprint for Jobs
    A Blueprint for Jobs implements a vision through 5 pillars; supporting business, freeing job creators from senseless red tape, building infrastructure, developing skills, selling Alberta to the world.. 
  • Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
    Provides funding programs and grants for initiatives in sports, tourism and recreation programs.
  • Alberta Works
    Alberta Works provides programs and services to support employers and workers, including partnership programs.
  • Innotech Alberta
    Helps technical industries find solutions, develop products and move technologies to market by building on Alberta’s established advantages, facilitating access to key partners, and investing in research to support priorities.
  • Petrochemical Diversification Program
    Encourages companies to invest in the development of new petrochemical facilities by providing up to $500 million in incentives through royalty credits.
  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada
    Provides funding for Canadian clean-tech projects and coaching. Opportunities include the SD Tech Fund for projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil. 
  • Travel Alberta
    The mission of the Cooperative Marketing Investment Program is to increase the marketing capacity of our industry partners.
  • Venture Capital Association of Canada
    A hub for venture capital, angel investors, private equity and other programs.

Local, regional, venture capital groups and other not-for-profit programs

  • A100
    An industry association that provides funding, networking and education programs for startups in the technology industry.
  • ATB BoostR
    A crowdsourcing and social networking website for local start-ups.
  • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
    Alberta Women Entrepreneurs is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to women in business. The organization provide lending, education and other programs.
  • C100
    Provides funding, education and networking programs for technology startups
  • Futurpreneur Canada
    A not-for-profit organization provides support for young entrepreneurs, including funding programs.
  • Community Futures (Elk Island Region)
    A community-driven, not-for-profit organization that helps small businesses start, expand, franchise or sell a business.
  • Rural Alberta Development Fund
    A not-for-profit organization that works with rural Albertan communities to kick-start local projects. 
  • VA Angels
    VA Angels is an investor only membership group committed to building Western Canadian industry through early stage angel investing.
  • EVOK Innovations
    Evok Innovations is a clean tech fund that accelerates the development and commercialization of solutions to the most pressing environmental and economic challenges facing the oil and gas sector

Banks located in Sherwood Park

Last updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020
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