Type of Program:



This program promotes entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities and seeks to increase the number of viable Indigenous-owned businesses. The program has 2 components: access to capital and business opportunities.

The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital provides Indigenous businesses with access to non-repayable contributions of up to $99,999 for: supporting eligible business proposals and leveraging additional funds.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $99,999 in the form of non-repayable contributions. The amount of funding available for a business proposal depends on its scope and its estimated budget.  

When It Ends:



Rolling Deadline


Eligible recipients include:

  • First Nation and Inuit communities and their governments, including tribal councils;
  • Indigenous individuals;
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and associations, except those with charitable or religious purposes;
  • businesses owned and controlled by Indigenous peoples;
  • Canadian owned and controlled banks, credit unions and trust companies authorized to make commercial loans and are provincially or federally regulated;
  • private equity providers;
  • provincial or federal crown corporations;
  • municipal governments;
  • labour organizations;
  • universities;
  • colleges; and
  • other learning institutions.

Eligibility varies between AFIs. Consult with your local AFI to see if you are eligible.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must contsct their local AFI directly or the NACCA to apply for funding.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants should contact their local AFI to find out the needed documentation.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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