SIEF Contribution Program

The SIEF Contribution Program is a needs based program with a mandate to create jobs and to increase the economic well-being of First Nations people.  The program is designed to support:  Business start-ups, business acquisitions, or expansions to existing businesses.

Funding for projects is completed in a two stage process.  Stage one is the application form to determine eligibility and to have business plan completed by a business plan writer.  Stage two requires a comprehensive business plan that should include 3 year projected financials to be submitted for further consideration; that demonstrates the long-term viability of the proposal and the ability to create jobs.

The SIEF Contribution Program is in the form of a conditional non-repayable financial contribution up to a maximum of $99,999.00 of total projects costs for individual applications and up to a maximum of $250,000.00 of total project costs for community or band owned enterprise applications.


To be eligible for the program, clients and their business must be based in Saskatchewan and: a registered Status Indian, a majority owned First Nations business/financial organization, or a development corporation.

All applications require a minimum of a 10% equity contribution from the client. All applicants must secure a business loan from a financial institution for a percentage of their project cost. The SIEF Contribution Program assistance can support business development, capital and operating, marketing, and on-going business support costs.

Ineligible Projects

The following business activities are ineligible for support: