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Aboriginal Business Investment Fund

Grants to Alberta Indigenous Communities and For-Profits
for Business and Community Development Projects

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Grants to Alberta Indigenous communities and for-profit companies to support capital business projects. Funding is intended to provide Indigenous entities with business development opportunities that will help to improve socio-economic outcomes. Eligible projects will be close to starting operations or breaking ground within the fiscal year following funding. Capital costs are associated with acquiring, building, or improving significant fixed assets like buildings, equipment, and other tangible assets.

Applicants must demonstrate long-term effects that:

  • Increase the number of Indigenous community-owned businesses
  • Increase employment opportunities for Indigenous Peoples
  • Create or increase local revenue streams for Indigenous communities
  • Strengthen the economies of Indigenous communities

Indigenous Relations bases funding decisions on the results of a competitive review process. A strong application has these elements:

  • Demonstrated community support for the project that includes a formal Resolution and other supporting documentation
  • The potential for generating net economic benefit, like jobs and community revenue
  • Demonstrated management capacity and business expertise on the project
  • Demonstrated balance of own-source equity, commercial financing, and grant funding
  • Long-term viability of the proposed business opportunity
  • Potential for the project to generate spin-off business opportunities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197309

Estimated Size of Grant:

ABIF provides between $150,000 and $500,000 to support an Indigenous community-owned economic development project. That could be up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Term of Contract:

Capital projects must be of use or benefit for more than one financial year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible ABIF applicants are Indigenous communities in Alberta or corporate entities owned by Indigenous communities located in Alberta:
- Communities must own and control 51% or more of the proposed business or joint venture
- Corporate entities must be in good standing
- Applicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previous Indigenous Relations funding.

The following costs are not eligible for ABIF funding:
- Projects that result in passive business income streams. These are sources received from time to time and often with no material or active participation (for example, projects that generate income from rent, royalties, dividends, and capital gains)
- Goodwill
- Payments for services that would normally be provided without charge, like honoraria for a community service
- Operation, repair, and maintenance costs
- Infrastructure costs financed by or eligible for funding from other government sources (for example, roads, rails, and utility services)
- Training and economic development services
- Expenditures not related to economic development
- Expenditures not related to the approved project
- Costs already expended on a project

Pre-Application Information:

The Aboriginal Business Investment Fund application period is open until September 30, 2021.

Successful applicants will receive funds by March 31.

An Indigenous community may submit only one ABIF application in any given funding year.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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