Small Business Loan and Grant Applications Open

UPDATE: The deadline for Small Business Loan and Grant applications has been extended to Friday, January 8th, at 4:00 PM. Applications should be submitted to Band Office Reception.

Economic development is vital to the future of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. If you’re a member, we want to help you develop your great business concept,  or grow your existing business. Applications to the Chippewas of Nawash Small Business Loan and Grant (SBLG) Program are now being accepted.

The SBLG Program offers financial assistance to eligible Chippewas of Nawash members living in Ontario, for developing a business plan, starting a new business, or expanding an existing business. The program’s objectives are to develop the business skills of members and promote opportunities for economic development for the First Nation.

Successful applicants can receive up to $8000 in grants for various business activities and up to $8000 in a loan, depending on the strength of their application and their financial situation. The Program favours projects that demonstrate leadership in areas including real economic development in the community, Indigenous employment, culturally appropriate business practices, and financial sustainability. Applications are considered by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Chief and Council, who give final approval of all grants and loans under the Program.

Interested members are encouraged to read the SBLG Program Policy guidebook, which offers detailed guidance on eligibility criteria and preparing your application. A paper copy of the Policy can be picked up at the Band Office.

The SBLG Application Form is also available online, or from the Band Office.

If you need more information, or have questions, contact:

Angela Ashkewe, Business & Employment Support Worker
Tel: 519-534-1689 ext 225

Grant Application Assistance Available to SON Fishers

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Fish Harvester Benefit & Grant Program is accepting applications until Monday.

The program offers up to $10 164 per Deckhand, and $20 164 per Captain.

We are here to help SON Fishers, Captains and Deckhands, apply under the program.

To assist, we will be conducting a Grant Application Walk-through by teleconference.

Date: Friday, September 18 at 4:00 PM
Call Number: 1-647-497-9373
Access code: 797-713-413

You can also watch the teleconference online. Email or for a video link

Captains – contact Ryan Lauzon at for your vessel operator pin number.


Applications for Fish Harvesters’ Grant and Benefit Opening Soon

The Federal government has announced that the Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant will open to applications on August 24, 2020. The program will help Canada’s hardworking fish harvesters get the financial support they need right now, and ensure the industry is prepared for the economic recovery to come.

All harvesters wishing to apply should visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website to determine if they are eligible and find out what documentation is required to complete the application process.