Micro Entrepreneur COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The program is intended for businesses with revenues of less than $40,000 per year ($3333.33 average monthly revenue) 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 not available to businesses with zero revenue.


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)
Please provide proof of MNO Citizenship.
Attach either a letter or photo of citizenship card.

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

If submitted successfuly, a thank you message should appear. If you do not receive a response to your application within 5 business days, please contact us at 1-800-263-4889, or via email at microgrant@metisnation.org