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 May 28 – July 6, 2018.

How to Apply

  1. Click the “Apply” button, which will only be available during the program intake period.
  2. Log into your MyAlberta Digital Identification (MADI) when prompted (see below)
  3. Refer to the AEPP Application Guidelines for details on how to complete your application.

If you do not have already have a MADI, you will be prompted to create one after you click “Apply”

  • We recommend creating a MADI in advance of applying to any program.
  • You can apply to programs with an “unverified” MADI (i.e. you do not have to verify with your Driver’s License).
  • If you are unable to find the application after you create your MADI, return to this page and click the “Apply” button, then sign into MADI again.


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