Financing for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Provincial and Federal funding programs are available for First Nation, Metis, and Inuit entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.

GRANTS

Apeetogosan & Pinnacle Business Services

This grant is specific for both First Nation & Metis in Alberta. Apeetogosan & Pinnacle Business Services provide equity assistance for the startup or expansion of small businesses through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)’s Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development. For more information on program eligibility, visit their Grant Application page. To access the application forms, visit Métis Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Program (MEAP)  or Status Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Program (SEAP).

Canada Council for Arts

This grant is specific for First Nation, Metis and Inuit individuals who are either creating new works of art, working to maintain and transmit cultural knowledge, or exhibiting and distributing Indigenous works of art. For more information on program eligibility, visit their Grants page.

 

LOANS

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation (AIIC)

This loan is specific for First Nations in Alberta. The Alberta Indian Investment Corporation (AIIC) provides interest-bearing loans to Indigenous entrepreneurs to help establish, acquire, diversify, or expand a business. For more information on program eligibility and application instructions, visit AIIC’s Financial Services page.

Indian Business Corporation (IBC)

This loan is specific for First Nations in Alberta. Indian Business Corporation (IBC) provides development lending and financial services to First Nations' businesses and individuals as well as a loan specific to women. For more information on program eligibly, see IBC’s Application Process.

Community Futures of Treaty 7 (CFT7)

This loan fund is specifically for First Nations members of Treaty 7 to establish or expand a business. Community Futures Treaty 7 (CFT7) provides lending services, business support services, community economic development, and more for members of the Treaty Seven First Nations. For more information on program eligibility and the loan process, visit CFT7’s Lending Services.

Settlement Investment Corporation (SIC)

This loan is specific for members belonging to any one of the 8 Metis Settlements in Alberta. The Settlement Investment Corporation (SIC) promotes economic development in Albertan Métis settlements by providing debt financing, business planning, mentoring, and management support services to Métis entrepreneurs. For more information on program eligibility and application instructions, visit the Application Kit.

First Nations Bank

The First Nations Bank is dedicated to providing financial services and support for Indigenous business owners. They are a leader in the provision of financial services to Indigenous individuals and an advocate for the growth of the Indigenous economy and the economic well-being of the Indigenous community. For more information on their offerings for business clients, visit their Business Borrowing page.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offers a variety of business and financial services for Indigenous businesses, including the Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan and advisory services for financial management, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. For more information on their offerings, visit BDC’s Indigenous entrepreneur page.

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