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Frequently asked questions
Can a proponent make more than one application to the IRP?
Only organizations that have received funding of $20,000 or less can apply for a second time to the Chantier de l’économie sociale by the end of the program on March 31, 2021.
I have already accessed loans in the past and have received or currently receive recurring grants. Am I still eligible for the IRP?
Yes, the IRP can fund any project which, at term, will allow the organization to access other investments, whether it’s the organization’s first time or whether they have done it before.
I am a well-established organization. I however have a new project in mind. Am I eligible for the IRP?
Yes, whether starting up or well-established, an organization is eligible as long as the project will allow them to become investment ready.
Are expenses for engineering and architectural services, for example, to produce building plans an eligible expense under the IRP?
Yes, they are an eligible expense in the «Professional services» category. Please note that you must include the service offers for each professional service funded under the IRP with the rest of the obligatory documents when applying.
Are the expenses for carrying out structural solidification work prior to the project accepted?
We consider that these expenses are related to the development of your project itself (not the readiness phase) and therefore are excluded from the IRP. We can however cover expenses that have a direct positive impact on your investment readiness.
Are the expenses related to paying staff for the development and implementation of our cash and inventory management system (SMS system) eligible?
The only eligible human resources expenses are those for a project manager/coordinator for the activities for which you are requesting funding from the IRP. The IRP doesn’t cover current staff costs or unrelated to investment readiness.
Can we modify/improve our funding application during the analysis phase or is it firm and final as soon as it is sent?
We need all the required documents as well as the completed form to process your application. Once sent, you cannot change the answers provided in your form. However, if we receive your file and a document is missing or we have questions regarding the eligibility of certain expenses, we will contact you and upon our request, you can provide an amendment to your application, if needed. Once your application is complete, it goes on to the analysis phase. The analyst will contact you to discuss certain aspects of your project in order to inform their analysis, so there will be an Opportunity at that moment to communicate any new or additional information, if necessary.
In how long can we expect an answer on whether we will be funded or not?
You will get an answer, whether it be positive or negative, within two months of submitting your application. Please note however that the two months begin as soon as we have a complete file (duly filled form and all mandatory documents attached).
Is it possible to pay staff retroactively if the funding arrives after their work has begun?
You can start allocating expenses to the IRP as soon as the funding agreement is signed, if applicable, between your organization and the Chantier (and not from the application date).
Does anyone from the IRP team stay in contact with us to follow up on our project?
As soon as the agreement is signed, you will be in the hands of our administrative assistant for payments and reporting. The rest of the IRP team, through the usual telephone number and e-mail address, remains available, if need be.