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Indigenous Business Grant 2022

For more information on the Indigenous Business Grant, contact: grants@ccab.com

Application deadline is now closed.

CCAB is proud to introduce the Indigenous Business Grant 2022, with grant support from Google.

Google Canada is committed to supporting Indigenous-owned businesses across Canada. This program helps to further empower Indigenous businesses by awarding a total of 75 recipients with grants and CCAB membership.

Together, we provide support to help Indigenous-owned businesses thrive as many have experienced challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is administered through CCAB’s Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business (TFAB) program to enhance Aboriginal entrepreneurship through providing access to digital development and growth opportunities. This program supports Google Canada’s commitment to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Grant Overview

Indigenous-owned businesses across Canada are invited to apply to one of two grant levels.

  • Level 1: $2,500 grant + CCAB membership – 50 grants are awarded in a live draw.
  • Level 2: $10,000 grant ($5,000 per year for two years) + CCAB membership – a commitment to actively participate on an advisory panel for the duration of the grant. Completed applications are reviewed by a jury and 25 grants are awarded. Please note, Level 2 is only available in 2022.

Learn about the benefits of CCAB membership here.

Successful applicants receive:

The application process closes on July 29, 2022 at 5:00PM EST.

All completed applicants for Level 1 are entered into a lottery. A live virtual draw will take place the second week of August, and is announced via invitation, newsletters, and on our social media. During the draw, 50 recipients are selected. A link to view the live draw will be sent to all applicants after the application process has closed.

All completed applications for Level 2 are reviewed by a jury and 25 recipients are selected.

Both levels require the same supporting documents, however those applying to Level 2 have more questions pertaining to your business model and capabilities.

Funding Criteria

The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) person/persons.

The for-profit business must be registered in Canada.

Your business is only allowed to apply to either Level 1 or Level 2, you cannot apply to both.

For individuals with more than one business, applications will only be accepted for one business.

Supporting Documents Required

To proceed with your application, please review the required documentation. In fields where documents are required, you will not be able to proceed without uploading the relevant documents.

If you are currently an existing Certified Aboriginal Business (CAB) in good standing, in sections where documents need to be uploaded instead of the supporting documents please upload a copy of your CAB certificate.

To help you apply for the grant, below is a check list of all the documents and information you will need to complete the application. Please do not start an application unless you have all the information noted below readily available:

  • Name of the Indigenous owner who has 51% or more ownership (proof of Indigenous ancestry required)
  • Legal name of business and date established
  • Legal structure of the business (proof of ownership documents will be required)
  • Number of employees (includes full and part-time employees)
  • Business description

Proof of Acceptable documents include the following:

  • Indian status card
  • Métis National Council Governing Membership
  • Inuit Beneficiary card

Or, valid identification provided by the following:

  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) affiliate membership
  • Manitoba Metis Federation
  • Northwest Territories Land Claim Settlement Beneficiaries
  • Alberta Métis Settlement Members
  • Northwest Territory Métis Nation Membership
  • Membership in a historic Métis community recognized as independent and rights-bearing by a provincial or Canadian federal government

Proof of ownership and control documents demonstrating a minimum 51% Aboriginal ownership; acceptable documents pertaining to your business structure include:

Sole Proprietorship

  • Master Business License or provincial/territorial equivalent


  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Shareholders Agreement
  • Shareholders Registry
  • Corporate Tax Return – Schedule 50 if available


  • Partnership Agreement