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Supporting the Manitoba First Nation Business Community
Entrepreneur Loan Program

This program is intended to assist Manitoba First Nation entrepreneurs by providing capital and/or working capital through subordinated interest-free loans that will enhance the applicant’s ability to leverage financing from other institutions and agencies.

Loan Terms and Conditions

  • Each loan will be for the lesser of $200,000 per project, or 50% of the fair market value of the total project costs (including identified startup costs and working capital) identified in the project costs. Appraisal of the project costs may be required.
  • Loans are repayable over a term normally not to exceed 10 years (buildings not to exceed 20 years).
  • Business assets will be registered as security or collateral for the loan subordinate to other debt financing obtained to support business activities.
  • Loan proceeds can be used for the following purposes: starting a new business, purchasing an existing business, or upgrading or expanding an existing business.
  • Loans are not provided for refinancing purposes. Proceeds cannot be obtained to repay existing debt.
  • Loans under this program are intended to supplement financing from other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  1. Be a member of a Manitoba First Nation, living on or off reserve in Manitoba.
  2. Be aged 18 and over, and eligible to work in Canada.
  3. Provide a sound business plan that demonstrates viability of the business.
  4. Not have owned a similar business in the past 12 months.
  5. Contribute equity equal to a minimum of 5% of the total project costs. Business projects deemed by the Fund to be higher risk will require larger equity contributions. The applicant’s equity contribution can be:
    • Cash
    • Unencumbered business assets supported by purchase invoices or other appropriate documentation supporting the fair market value of the business assets.

Businesses funded under this program must:

  1. Have a profit objective (not-for-profit projects will not be considered).
  2. Demonstrate viability through a sound business plan.
  3. Primarily operate in Manitoba.
  4. Be reputable and appropriate in nature.
  5. Be at least 51% owned and controlled by a member of a Manitoba First Nation.

Supplementary Loans

The business entity is eligible for supplementary loans based on the following:

  • It has been a full twelve months since the last loan granted under the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund (FPEGF).
  • The total loan commitment including the new loan does not exceed $200,000.
  • The business has provided FPEGF with a satisfactory yearend financial statement. Depending on the complexity of the business and its internal controls, FPEGF will have flexibility in accepting:
    • Quality prepared
    • Internally prepared
    • Auditor prepared notice to reader statement
    • Auditor prepared review engagement statements, or
    • Audited financial statements.
  • Financial statements should not be more than six months old.
PDF Format Entrepreneur Loan Application (PDF format)
Microsoft Word Format Entrepreneur Loan Application (Word format)
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