Channels Indigenous Economic Development Fund

Call for Proposals to Indigenous Economic Development Fund – Summer 2023 (PDF)

IEDF Application Guide (PDF)

IEDF Business Case Form (DOCX)

Indigenous Economic Development Fund Update - February 2023 (PDF)

Fund Announced October 5, 2022

The Manitoba government is developing a new $15 million fund to support Indigenous economic development opportunities related to the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project.

The new fund will be administered as a proposal-based funding program, open to 39 Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Communities, and Indigenous Organizations) involved in the Outlet Channels project. The fund will be used to support economic development opportunities related to the Outlet Channels, and reconciliation in alignment with the principles outlined in the Path to Reconciliation Act.

Prior to officially launching the fund, the province will collaborate with Indigenous communities to develop a framework for the fund. This framework will be developed in collaboration with Indigenous groups involved in the project. Once the fund is officially launched, an evaluation committee made up of representatives from several government departments will review proposals; with potential to partner with other organizations to provide input to the proposal, identify additional funding sources, and support proposal development and training.

The province expects to share more details about program eligibility, the intake process, and funding agreement requirements in the coming months.