Kahnawà:ke’s Economic Development Commission

Kahnawà:ke’s Economic Development Commission

Indigenous Community Business Fund (ICBF) II

ICBF FUNDS FULLY DISBURSED – March 15, 2022

 

Objective: 

The objective of the programming is to introduce investments into the Kahnawà:ke economy within a short time frame to assist Kahnawà:ke Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to recover from the
COVID-19 crisis and position themselves for future success. Non-Profit businesses engaged in commercial activities may be eligible. It will provide funding from the Indigenous Community Business
Fund to Kahnawa’kehró:non business owners impacted by COVID-19 and is focused on medium to longterm results

 

Application Period: 

Applications for financial assistance will be accepted on a first come first served basis between January 24, 2022 up to April 29, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Expenses incurred between July 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022 are
eligible.

Applicants will receive notification of their approval or refusal no later than May 31, 2022.

 

Programs: 

1)  Digital Marketing Program: 

 The Digital Marketing Program will provide a maximum contribution of $5,000 per business to help them digitally market their products and services and sell on-line.  It will cover the following digital marketing costs: 

      • Enhanced and improved overall web-site development to build on-line presence and/or e-commerce capabilities, including social media. 

      • Point of Sale transactions (POS) systems and App development. 

 

2)  Workforce Initiative Program: 

The Workforce Initiative Program will provide Kahnawà:ke owned businesses with a 6-week wage subsidy to re-hire staff as they begin to plan and re-open their business, while adhering to the directives of the COVID-19 Task Force.  Through the Tewatohnhi’saktha COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Program, businesses can apply for the following subsidies: 

      • Full Time Workers: A maximum $2,700, given in a 75% initial payment and a 25% final payment at the conclusion of the contract, to businesses who do not pay into MERCs – MSI to be reimbursed upon receipt. This is based on one employee full time: 30+ hours or more per week. 

      • $3,000, given in a 75% initial payment and a 25% final payment at the conclusion of the contract, to businesses who do pay into MERCs (EI, QPIP, MSI). 

      • Part Time Workers: A maximum $2,300, given in a 75% initial payment and a 25% final payment at the conclusion of the contract, to businesses who do not pay into MERCs – MSI to be reimbursed upon receipt. This is based on one part time employee: less than 30 hours per week. 

      • $2,500, given in a 75% initial payment and a 25% final payment at the conclusion of the contract, for business who do pay into MERCs (EI, QPIP, MSI). 

 

3)  Enhanced Fit-Up Program: 

The Enhanced Fit-Up Program will provide a maximum contribution of $10,000 per business to assist with the installation of more permanent COVID-19 hygiene and safety measures.  The following costs will be covered: 

      • Ventilation systems. 

      • Shielding enhancements. 

      • Replacement signage. 

 

4)    Tourism Program: 

The Tourism Program will provide a maximum contribution of $10,000 per business to invest in tourism-related events and activities including the following: 

      • Arts and crafts shows, live events, food festivals, markets, and pow-wows. 

 

Eligible expenses include: 

      • Hall/tent/location/venue rental. 

      Tables and chairs rentals. 

      Audio visual equipment rental 

      • Lighting rental. 

 

Ineligible expenses include: 

      Salaries including hiring of talent or event planners.   

Only the owners of Kahnawà:ke Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Non-Profit Businesses may apply for this program.  Applicants must demonstrate how the event will benefit their business and if applicable, other Kahnawà:ke businesses. 

 

5)  Agri-Food Production Program: 

The Agri-Food Production Program will provide a maximum contribution of $5,000 per businesses engaged in food production to assist with the following expenses: 

      Seed cultivation. 

      Food growing. 

      Food manufacturing and processing. 

      Beverage production.  ABC permit required for alcohol production. 

 

6)  Special Equipment / Minor Tools Program: 

The Special Equipment / Minor Tools Program will provide a maximum contribution of $20,000 per business to assist with the costs of purchasing special equipment, machinery, and minor tools for the business including the following: 

      Carpentry and automotive tools. 

      Landscaping equipment including lawn mowers. 

      Other specialized equipment and machinery as needed by the business within its industry. 

 

For more information on this program download the full Program and Criteria file on the link on the right side

ICBF Application Forms are available to download from link on the right side

 

PlanIt Consulting and Communications will be accepting applications on behalf of Tewatohnhi’sktha and responding to your inquires.

Contact Maris Jacobs at maris@planitkahnwake.ca or 514-971-8077

Applications will be reviewed and accepted between January 24, 2022 up to April 29, 2022 at 4pm