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Indigenous Economic Development Fund – Regional Partnership Grant


The Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF) is investing $95 million over ten years in Aboriginal businesses and Indigenous communities in Ontario. The IEDF is part of the larger Jobs & Prosperity Fund, a 10-year, $2.5 billion fund. The funds are meant to help Ontario attract new business and form partnerships by investing in creating jobs, building innovation, increasing productivity and competition in the global market.

The Regional Partnership Grant funds regional and province-wide projects that improve access to financing, jobs, and training for Indigenous people and communities in Ontario. This is achieved through the support of economic development through investments in training programs and promoting access to financing for promising projects.

Grants support new projects as well as established local projects with the potential for growth at a regional or province-wide level.


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

A group of two or more of the following organization types can apply for a Regional Partnership Grant:

  • First Nation communities in Ontario
  • Metis communities in Ontario
  • Political Territorial Organization (PTO) in Ontario.
  • Tribal Council in Ontario.
  • Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFI) in Ontario.
  • Aboriginal businesses in Ontario.
  • Indigenous organizations recognized by the Province of Ontario.
  • Non-Indigenous organizations (including not-for-profit organizations) in partnership with another eligible organization.

Note that only AFIs that do not receive funding through the IEDF’s Business & Community Fund are eligible for funding through a Regional Partnership Grant.

Each application must confirm that:

  • Applicant is not in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with the ministry.

Program Guidelines


Questions about the IEDF should be directed to aboriginalbusiness@ontario.ca or by telephone at 416-326-4740 and 1-866-381-5337, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Technical questions regarding Grants Ontario may be directed to the Grants Ontario Customer Service Line at GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca or by telephone at 416-325-6691 or 1-855-216-3090, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Last updated: February 26, 2018