The call for applications is currently open for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program. The program is designed to help Aboriginal communities explore the potential of establishing co-operatives to meet their community needs.
The program was developed in collaboration with national Aboriginal organizations. It is sponsored by Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. Successful grants are funded by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.
This program helps explore the potential of co-operatives aimed at creating jobs and economic activity to help reduce the high rate of aboriginal poverty. It is designed to stimulate start-up or expansion of cooperative projects in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
Activities that would qualify for funding include (but not limit to):
- Consultation with communities to generate ideas for co-operatives
- Feasibility or pre-feasibility study to explore a project idea
- Writing a business plan
- Exploration of innovative models of co-operatives
- Other structuring activities for co-operative development in the community
Applications should be directed to Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada by February 20, 2015. The amounts that can be granted vary between $ 5,000 and $ 50,000.