Indigenous Tourism BC in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada and the Aboriginal Financial Institutions in BC are delivering a $5 million dollar Tourism and Hospitality Fund through the Indigenous Community Business Fund.
This fund will provide non-repayable grant contributions of up to $250,000 to First Nation and Inuit community-owned businesses and microbusinesses in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19 over the period April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
Indigenous communities can access funding to support their community-owned tourism and hospitality businesses whose revenues have been affected by COVID-19. This fund prioritizes Indigenous community-owned businesses who were not eligible for other government relief measures or who can demonstrate additional need. It is intended to relieve financial pressure and allow these businesses and microbusinesses to strengthen operations and support their viability during the pandemic, with the goal of positioning them for recovery.
Funding will be proposal-based. Applications must be submitted by the community or collectives on behalf of the business. Funding will be transferred directly to communities and collectives. For First Nations and Inuit community-owned businesses, the funding will be administered by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional offices. For Métis collectively-owned businesses, funding will be administered by delivery partners.
Provide support for businesses that do not qualify for other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures
Your community or collectives are eligible if the business:
You will receive an acknowledgement notification within 2 business days of submitting an application.
You will be asked to describe which expenditures financial support would be applied to and outline main activities and objectives for funding, including expenses related to support the adaptation, planning and reopening of a business in this section.
Other documents could be requested from the applicant if needed. If you have been in operation for less than 1 year, please provide interim financial statements.
There are no submission deadlines. Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding has been allocated.
Non-repayable contributions where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered for these reasonable operating costs:
Costs not eligible for non-repayable contributions include:
Indigenous Tourism BC is working with the following Aboriginal Financial Institutions for the delivery of this fund:
|· Tribal Resources Investment Corporation|
Applications will be triaged for review by one of the Aboriginal Financial Institutions in the order they are received. They will be screened by one of the Aboriginal Financial Institutions for eligibility, using the criteria above, before proceeding to an assessment to determine the amount of eligible funding.
The approach to the assessment will be slightly different depending on the type of support being sought (ie: operational expenses versus adaptation, planning and reopening costs).
In most cases, a specific assessment tool for this fund will be used.
For Support of Operational Costs:
Overall need is calculated based on the gap between total revenue and incurrent expenses (wages and other expenses such as rent are excluded when a business has received other federal COVID-19 support accordingly.
Only actual costs since April to Current; not projected losses will be used.
For Support of Adaptation, Planning and Re-opening Costs:
Financial viability of the business should be assessed
Quotes for professional services should be provided.
Decisions will be shared with applicants as they become available. Applicants who are unable to clearly demonstrate that they meet all recipient and cost eligibility requirements will be declined.
At any time during the intake and assessment process, Indigenous Tourism BC or Aboriginal Financial Institution may contact the applicant for additional information, including missing or incomplete documentation. Delays in responding to requests for additional information within 5 business days may result in a delayed or declined decision.
Each application will need to be assessed with using the following guiding principles:
All proprietary data, commercially sensitive information and potentially valuable results or ideas will be protected from unauthorized, inadvertent or untimely disclosure. Beyond the parties already mentioned above, confidential commercial information will not be shared without the applicant’s consent.
Recipients will be required to submit periodic project reports and annual financial statements. Project reports will provide details on results and completion of deliverables.
Please contact the Indigenous Tourism BC office if you have any questions about the application.
Phone: (604) 997-4913
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (604) 505-7762
Email: [email protected]
For more information about the Indigenous Community Business Fund, you can visit the Indigenous Services Canada.
Our community or collective owns more than one tourism business. Can we apply on behalf of more than one community-owned business?
Yes, a First Nation, Inuit or Metis community or collective may apply for funding for one or more community-owned businesses.
If our business qualified for one or more COVID-19 government relief programs, are we ineligible to receive support through the Indigenous Community Business Fund?
Qualifying and receiving support through one or more COVID-19 government relief program does not disqualify your business from receiving support through the Indigenous Community Business Fund. Depending on what COVID-19 government relief support you received, your assessment will be slightly different.
For eligible expenses, our business made an annual payment of an eligible cost outside of the eligible time period. Can it be considered as a part of the Indigenous Community Business Fund?
Yes, a payment made outside of the time period that covers an annual expense will be included at a pro-rated amount. If the annual payment was made during the eligible time period, the entire payment will be included in the assessment process.