Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program

The Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program (AEPP) provides grant funding to Indigenous communities, community-owned businesses, and organizations to foster economic development for Indigenous Albertans.

Eligible Applicants

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

Fundable Projects

Projects must fall into at least one of the following categories:

  1. Capacity Development (e.g. economic development strategic planning, governance development or restructuring (both corporate and community), management and human resource capacity development, etc.).
  2. Opportunity Development (e.g. opportunity assessments, economic leakage studies, asset and skills inventories, feasibility studies, business plans, marketing strategies, etc.).

Available Funding

AEPP can fund up to 100% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $100,000.

Application Deadline

AEPP will accept applications from November 21 – January 6, 2019.

How to Apply

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  1. Please download the application form and complete.
  2. Refer to the AEPP Guidelines for details on how to complete your application.
  3. by the deadline.

*Note: Applications submitted at the end of the intake period must be complete (see guidelines). We recommend submitting applications earlier so a grant manager can review and assist you with completion.


If you have questions about the program, please contact us at IR.economicdevelopment@gov.ab.ca.