Nikanewin Bursaries: Supporting First Nations Private Entrepreneurship
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC) is proud to contribute to stimulating private entrepreneurship among First Nations members by launching the Nikanewin bursaries, which will be awarded to people with business projects to inspire them and help them move beyond the idea stage and take action.
The Nikanewin bursaries aim to support people with a business project and to encourage them to go from the idea to the action to make their projects a reality. They also aim to stimulate private entrepreneurship among First Nations members.
All First Nations members aged 18 and over living in Quebec (both on and off reserve) are eligible.
What projects are eligible?
All business projects in the early stages are eligible. In addition, projects of all kinds (for-profit or not-for-profit) and from all activity sectors (e.g. retail, accommodation, catering, etc.) can be submitted, regardless of whether the project is small or large in scale. However, please note that all projects linked directly or indirectly to the gambling, sex or drug industries will be rejected.
An amount of $25,000 in bursaries will be awarded. There is no predefined amount for these bursaries, as the amount will be determined based on the nature of the project being supported. However, in order to support as many projects as possible, the maximum amount granted will be $2,500.
All bursary recipients will also be able to benefit from the support of Entrepreneurship Advisors from the FNQLEDC during the various development stages of their projects (e.g. business plan, financial forecasts, fundraising, etc.).
In addition, through the FNQLEDC, bursary recipients will have access to support measures to complete projects and create businesses.
It is important to mention that, since the bursary initiative is being launched by the FNQLEDC’s Women Entrepreneurship services, at least 51% of the total bursary funding will be awarded to applications submitted by women.
- Complete the application form, taking care to complete all the fields and clearly explain, in as much detail as possible, your business project (its mission, objectives, services offered, etc.);
- Write a cover letter in which you must explain why you want a bursary, how the money will be invested, etc.
- Once the documents have been completed, you must send them to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application period will begin on January 18, 2021 and end on March 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
The selection process will take place in two stages:
- The Entrepreneurship Advisors of the FNQLEDC will examine the applications, conduct analyses and make recommendations.
- These recommendations will then be transmitted to an independent committee made up of three members of the FNQLEDC’s Board of Directors, who will make the final decision.
Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- The clearness of the mission and objectives.
- The positive impacts in terms of economic autonomy.
- The realism and viability of the project, considering the following factors:
- The applicant’s abilities and skills;
- The prevailing socio-economic environment in the place where the applicant wishes to start the project;
- The available funding options.
The Economic Development Officers who work in each First Nations community are invaluable resources who can help you in your efforts. Do not hesitate to ask for their help, as they are passionate about economic development and entrepreneurship!
The FNQLEDC’s Advisors are also available to support you.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
For any questions regarding these grants, please contact Mr. Emmanuel Bertrand-Gauvin by email at email@example.com.