Micro Entrepreneur COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The program is intended for businesses with revenues of less than $40,000 per year which do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Business account or Métis Emergency Business Financing.


Please visit https://www.mvdf.ca/metis-emergency-business-financing-mebf/

Unfortunately the program is focused on families in need, and given that resources are limited is currently only offered to families whose total income is less than $160,000 per year.

Unfortunately the program is not available to those who have received the Canada Emergency Business Account Loan (CEBA) or a COVID-19 loan from MVDF.

Unfortunately the program is only available to those whose business has been directly negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Voyageur Development Fund Inc. are pleased to support Métis home based and family businesses.

Métis Micro-Business Fund:
This fund will provide non-repayable financial support to Métis home based and family businesses, generating revenue of less than $40,000, in a year that do not qualify for: the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), other federal support programs, or a COVID-19 loan through the Métis Voyageur Development Fund Inc. (MVDF)

Eligible micro-businesses can receive contributions of up to $8,000, based on revenue.

Apply today!

For more information please contact us at:

1-800-263-4889

microgrant@metisnation.org

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)

1. Eligibility Criteria

  • MNO Citizen (must provide citizenship number on application)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Home/Family based business with revenues of less than $40,000/year (2019)
  • Total family income of less than $160K
  • Have not accessed CEBA through a mainstream financial institution or a COVID-19 loan through MVDF
  • Micro-entrepreneurs might include:
    • Individuals that are Crafters: Beaders, Painters, Artisans
    • Individuals that Cook / Bake / Make Medicines
    • Individuals who conduct cultural events: Fiddlers and Dancers
    • Individuals that are Guides for the tourist industry
    • Individuals that are Trappers
    • Individuals that run a small business: Hairdressing, Sewing, House Cleaning, etc.

2. Program Parameters

  • Provides 1/5 of declared revenue to a maximum of $ 8,000

3. Business Information

4. Personal Information

Métis Nation of Ontario Citizenship Number
(Required for Emergency Financial Support)

5. Contact Information

6. Required Documentation

Please provide evidence from two of the of the categories specified in the Documentation Requirements section:


If available, the document may be attached below. Otherwise, documentation can be emailed to covidhelp@metisnation.org. Please provide your contact information in the email to ensure timely processing of applications.


  • For Crafters, Beaders, Painters, Artisans
    • Tax return
    • Website / Facebook page / Twitter / Instagram screenshot
    • Pamphlet displaying your craft
    • Vendor receipt from a trade or craft show
    • Vendor's license
    • Supplier's invoice to you
    • Business license, business number
    • Other
  • Individuals that Cook / Bake / Make Medicines
    • Tax return
    • Website / Facebook page / Twitter / Instagram screenshot
    • Pamphlet displaying your goods and/or services
    • Proof of attendance at event where items were sold
    • Contract with or receipt from customer
    • Vendor's license
    • Supplier's invoice to you
    • Business license, business number
    • Other
  • Individuals who conduct cultural events: Fiddlers and Dancers, Storytellers, Cultural Practitioner or Elder
    • Tax return
    • Website / Facebook page / Twitter / Instagram screenshot
    • Pamphlet displaying your services
    • Contract with or receipt from customer
    • Video or photographs of events
    • Letter on letterhead from Client
    • Business license, business number
    • Other
  • Individuals that are Guides for the Tourist Industry
    • Tax return
    • Website / Facebook page / Twitter / Instagram screenshot
    • Pamphlet displaying your services
    • Contract with or receipt from customer
    • Video or photographs with clients
    • Letter on letterhead from Lodge or Client
    • Guide license or training certificate
    • Business license, business number
    • Other
  • Individuals that are Trappers or Commercial Fishers
    • Tax return
    • Website / Facebook page / Twitter / Instagram screenshot
    • Contract with or receipt from buying agency/plant/retailer
    • Trapping license/ Fishing license
    • Business license, business number
    • Other
  • Individuals that run a small business: Hairdressing, Sewing, House Cleaning, etc.
    • Tax return
    • Website / Facebook page / Twitter / Instagram screenshot
    • Pamphlet displaying your goods and/or services
    • Contract with or receipt from customer
    • Vendor's license
    • Supplier's invoice to you
    • Business license, business number
    • Other


7. Consent and Submit