Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program

The Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program (AEPP) is a grant program that supports Indigenous communities, community-owned businesses, and organizations to foster economic development for Indigenous Albertans.

Program Goals

  • Increase the capacity of Indigenous communities to identify and plan for economic opportunities.
  • Facilitate the use of local resources for long-term growth.
  • Attract investment in Indigenous economic projects.
  • Increase employment of Indigenous Albertans.
  • Begin or expand Indigenous community-owned businesses.
  • Create spin-off business opportunities for Indigenous people and communities.
  • Develop or increase revenue for Indigenous communities.
  • Develop new information, tools and resources that enable, enhance or support economic opportunities 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.

Applicants with late deliverables from previous Indigenous Relations grants may not be eligible for funding.

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.

Grants may be used to pay for contracted services performed by qualified providers, but may not be used to pay for regular operating costs or capital acquisition.

How to Apply

  1. Click on the “Apply Now” link, which will become available after the program opens.
  2. Use the AEPP Application Guidelines  to assist in completing your application.
  3. Complete the AEPP Application Checklist  to ensure the application is complete.

Application Deadline

AEPP will accept applications from May 28 – July 6, 2018.

Note: Applicants are encouraged to setup a MyAlberta Digital Identification (MADI) in advance, as it will be required to apply using the new online system.

How to Prepare a Stronger Application

  1. Clearly and concisely describe:
    • What your project is about.
    • Why you want to do it (e.g. the opportunity or problem it will address).
    • What you will produce (e.g. specific documents, specific activities).
    • What you hope to achieve in the long-term through your project.
  2. Explain how your project fits into an existing plan (e.g. an economic development strategic plan), and include that plan with your application.
  3. If you will use 3rd party consultants, include quotes from two or more service providers.
    • Be sure to tell consultants that you are seeking competitive quotes.
    • Have them include a breakdown of activities and an estimate of hours for each activity.
    • Ask for references and/or samples of previous work that is similar to your project.
    • If you are not choosing the lowest cost consultant, explain why in your application.
  4. Contact us before the deadline for advice on how you could improve your application.
  5. Refer to the program guidelines and checklist to ensure that your application is complete.


If you have questions about the program, services or the grant application process, please contact us at:

  • Email: IR.economicdevelopment@gov.ab.ca or,
  • Phone: 1-780-427-8407 (Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST)
    Toll-free from anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000