Financing for Business Start Ups & Expansion Program (FNBSEP)
IAPO is pleased to offer FNBSEP financing for First Nations entrepreneurs, businesses and economic development corporations. Funding, which extends until March 31, 2023, is provided through the Indigenous Economic Development Fund by the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. The goal of FNBSEP is to enhance community level economic development by supporting the success of high potential business startups and expansions. Aiming to address barriers to financing, FNBSEP provides business financing and grants to qualified aboriginal individuals and businesses. Financing, including term loans and working capital, is tailored to meet business needs and applications will be considered for full project financing, partial financing or leveraging to complement other financing or funding.
Areas of financing include:
Financing provided to study, assess and develop an initial concept for a new product, service or process with high market potential preceding the start-up phase.*
Start-up and Early Stage Loans
Financing provided to support high-potential start-up businesses (i.e., businesses with potential to contribute to tangible benefits for Aboriginal people, including employment and/or training opportunities) and the development of a new product, service or process with high market potential for businesses considered to be ‘startup’ or ‘early stage’ enterprises.*
Financing provided for the growth and expansion of a promising project or enterprise with a high potential for benefits to Aboriginal people, specifically employment, training and/or business opportunities. Capital may be used for increasing production capacity, market or product development, or for additional working capital.*
Financing provided for the acquisition of a promising business.
*source-AEDF Business and Community Fund Application Guide
Who is FNBSEP for?
The program is available to support qualified First Nations farm and agribusinesses across Ontario. It is also available to support qualified First Nations businesses in all sectors in South Central and Eastern Ontario. Qualified businesses are eligible for funding of up to $100,000 and grants of up to $10,000. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate economic viability, as well as, the need for FNBSEP funding.
Aiming to address barriers to financing, the First Nations Business Start-up & ExpansionProgram (FNSEP), provides business financing and grants to qualified First Nation individuals and businesses. Financing, including term loans and working capital, is tailored to meet business needs and applications will be considered for full project financing, partial financing or leveraging to complement other financing or funding.Funding for FNBSEP is provided through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund by theMinistry of Indigenous Affairs.
First Nations members with valid Certificate of Indian Status, living on or off reserve; First Nations businesses (51%) majority owned; and economic development corporations owned by a First Nation which are engaged in a for-profit business activity in Ontario are eligible. Applications relating to farm and agribusiness are welcomed from applicants across Ontario. As well, applications relating to all business sectors are welcomed from applicants in South Central and Eastern Ontario. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that FNBSEP financing is required and that other sources of financing have been exhausted.
$100,000 in financing and $10,000 grant
Business start-up, business expansion and business acquisition costs. Projects must demonstrate viability, the ability of the business to pay all of its expenses including loan payments and generate a profit for the owner. Applicants must demonstrate the project benefits, their need for financing, financial and managerial capability, and a sound financial plan.
Eligible costs may include, but are not limited to; professional fees, research and development, new product development, and market expansion. Capital to support the growth of the business is eligible if it is to be used to increase production capacity, productivity, profitability, market reach, product development, or for working capital. Acquisition of an existing business with the potential to benefit Aboriginal people is eligible. All eligible expenses must be incurred between the project start and end dates.
For an application call 1-800-363-0329 or email: email@example.com
At the application stage, evidence of Aboriginal ancestry and other personal and project data is required. At the evaluation stage, evidence of equity and a business plan is needed which should include a resume, demonstrated market potential and business viability.
In addition to making regular loan payments, you will be required to submit annual status reports and annual financial statements. Any publicity about the project must include recognition of the AEDF program. All records of project expenditures must be retained.
IAPO is accepting FNBSEP applications until December 31, 2022
Ready to Apply?
For more information including complete eligibility requirements or an application, contact 1-800-363-0329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Metis, Inuit and Non-Status inquiries, information is available at www.aboriginalbusinessfinancing.ca.