Aboriginal communities: capital grants

Aboriginal business centre

How First Nations, Aboriginal non-profit organizations and chartered communities of the Métis Nation of Ontario can get a government grant for capital projects that promote:

  • skills training
  • business development
  • healthy lifestyles
  • community and recreational events

How it works

The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program supports:

  • small business centres that help Aboriginal businesses grow
  • community and Friendship Centres that promote healthy lifestyles and provide skills training, especially among Aboriginal children and youth

Funding streams

Grants are available in two areas:

  • Ontario Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Projects, which provides grants for feasibility studies and to build/renovate community and Friendship Centres
  • Native Small Business Centres, which provides grants for feasibility studies and to build/renovate small business centres

Who is eligible

Eligible groups include:

  • First Nations
  • Aboriginal not-for-profit corporations
  • Métis Nation of Ontario Charter Communities sponsored by the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat

Eligible activities

Eligible activities include:

  • buying, building, renovating or expanding Aboriginal community, Friendship and small business centres
  • conducting feasibility studies on the above noted projects

Grant amount

The program will fund up to 90% of the total eligible costs of the project up to:

  • $500,000 for a community, Friendship or small business centre
  • $750,000 for a community or small business centre in a remote community
  • $50,000 for urban Aboriginal organizations for facility renovations
  • $50,000 for a feasibility study (which needs to be done before capital funding is granted)

Other criteria

  • an applicant can receive capital funding once every 5 years
  • recipients need to contribute at least 10% of the total project cost

For community, Friendship or small business centre projects:

  • 5%  needs to be provided in cash and
  • 5% can be provided in the form of donated labour or materials.
  • for feasibility studies, the entire 10% needs to be provided in cash

Application deadlines

You can apply to the program at any time.  

Get an application

To get an application form, please contact us.

Past projects

Some examples of projects approved in the past include:

  • Business Centre Construction/Renovation
  • Business Centre Feasibility Studies
  • Community Centre Construction/Renovation
  • Community Centre Feasibility Studies
  • Aboriginal Organizations and Friendship Centres Construction/Renovation/Feasibility Studies

For a full list of previous funding recipients, please contact us.

Updated: December 3, 2013