Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital

The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program provides access to capital and business opportunities to Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners in Canada.

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About the 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.

Access to capital

The program provides Indigenous businesses with access to non-repayable contributions for:

  • supporting eligible business proposals
  • leveraging additional funds

The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) manages the program and distributes the funding through a network of 59 Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) across Canada. The AFIs can offer capital and other business support services to Indigenous businesses. To find out more about AFIs, visit What is an Aboriginal Financial Institution.

The amount of funding available for a business proposal depends on its scope and its estimated budget. Individual Indigenous entrepreneurs may receive up to $99,999 in funding assistance.

Who can apply?

Eligible recipients include:

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


There is no deadline to apply.

How to apply

To apply for funding, please contact your local AFI directly or the NACCA.

Contact us

For any inquiry, please contact the NACCA.

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