This program has been reviewed and cancelled as part of Budget 2019: A plan for jobs and the economy and is not accepting applications.


The goal of the Aboriginal Economics Partnerships Program (AEPP) is to provide funding to Indigenous communities, community-owned businesses and organizations to foster economic development for Indigenous Albertans. Projects funded under this program must either support the development of organizational capacity or economic / business opportunities.

Capacity development projects advance economic prospects through:

  • community / organizational strategic economic development planning
  • governance development / restructuring (corporate or community)
  • management / human resource planning and capacity

Opportunity development projects relate to the assessment / research of specific economic development opportunities through:

  • economic leakage studies
  • asset inventories
  • feasibility studies
  • business plans
  • marketing strategies


The AEPP will fund multiple applications from the same applicant, with each application evaluated independently. The maximum funding amount any applicant can receive in a single year is $100,000. The program can fund up to 100% of eligible project costs such as:

  • contracted services performed by qualified providers
  • development of internal capacity, including, but not limited to, knowledge transfer, workshops
  • demonstrated administrative costs incurred through the delivery of the project, up to a maximum of 15% of the value of the non-administrative costs of the project

Neither capital acquisitions nor day-to-day operating costs (except for administrative costs as noted above) are eligible expenses.

The recipient’s grant-stack funding maximum from all sources (including federal, provincial / territorial, and / or municipal) for the initiative or project is 100% of eligible costs.


Applicant communities / organizations must be located in Alberta:

  • First Nations, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, Metis Settlements
  • Indigenous community-owned businesses / development corporations
  • Tribal Councils, Treaty Organizations, Metis Settlements General Council
  • Métis Nation of Alberta (including Regions / Locals)
  • Not-for-profit organizations (for projects that directly promote the economic development and capacity building of Indigenous Albertans)

Projects requiring greater than $25,000 in funding from the AEPP must have a detailed proposal submitted with the application. The project must begin on or after the submission date.

All applicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previously provided Indigenous Relations funding.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Refer to the grant guidelines manual to ensure clear and concise compliance with funding terms and conditions.

Step 2. Complete the application package

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To begin, fill out the Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program (AEPP) application form.

For funding requests over $25,000, please provide a detailed proposal. See the guidelines for an example of a proposal content outline.

The detailed proposal should describe the importance of, and the need for, the project as well as an outline of the applicant’s specific plans for implementing it.

Contact Indigenous Relations on how to improve an application.

Step 3. Submit the application package

The mandatory information required to conduct an evaluation of the application is:

  • a fully completed, signed and dated grant application
  • Council Resolution / Motion for a Metis Settlement
  • Band Council Resolution for a First Nation
  • Board Resolution from a community-owned company or development corporation
  • a detailed proposal must be included if the request is over $25,000

Review each page to make sure all areas are explained completely:

  • no longer will ‘refer to attachment’ be acceptable

The completed application form and any supplementary information should be submitted to:


Fax: 780-427-4019

Courier / mail

Attention: Economic Development - AEP
Aboriginal Initiatives Branch, Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8

After you apply

Applications are reviewed to ensure all relevant information / documentation is included in the application package and that the applicant is eligible to apply before a thorough evaluation of the application is done.

A Grant Review Committee (GRC) will then:

  • review the application(s) / proposal in detail
  • provide recommendations on the feasibility of the project
  • recommend funding amount, schedule and any conditions

Funding approvals may take up to 12 weeks, a government Grant Manager will communicate the status of the application by email with a final decision sent by letter from the Minister of Indigenous Relations.

If your application is not successful, you will be contacted to discuss your application, the result, and possible areas to improve the competitiveness of future applications.

There is no appeal process. All grant funding decisions are final.


A financial statement along with an activity report summarizing activities / outcomes is due after the end-date of the project.

If the project is not going to be completed on time, deadline extension requests must be made in writing before the project end date in the grant agreement. Email to provide a new proposed end-date for the project as well as a detailed explanation for the reason of the delays.


To connect with staff of the Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019

Reception / Mail / Courier:

Alberta Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8