$5,000 CANIE MICRO-GRANTS brought to you with our Micro-Grant partner, UPS

Welcome to the application process for the CANIE Micro-Grants. We have heard your frustrations around accessing funding and set up our application process to be as easy and quick as possible. Our goal is to get $5,000 to you that can inject funding directly into your business and support you in a new or existing venture.

Apply here: CANIE Micro-grants 


What are the timelines?

Applications were open until Monday 10th January 2022. We will consider each and every application with care and announce the businesses being awarded with the micro-grants on Tuesday February 15th 2022.

In addition to possibly receiving a CANIE Micro-Grant of $5,000, the Foundation also commits to promoting the services of each grant recipient through our social media platforms and networks.

Does my business qualify to apply?

The Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation is committed to supporting entrepreneurs in marginalized communities across Canada. We welcome applications from all business owners from any recognized group within Canada. These include but are not limited to the following::

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • People of Colour
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Seniorpreneurs
  • Military Veterans
  • New Immigrants

*Applicants must have been officially running their business for at least 1 full year.

NOTE: The Foundation is committed to extending our work to additional marginalized communities as we continue to grow and scale.

What sort of information do I need to share to apply?

To ensure the grants find the most deserving recipients the Foundation asks for some fundamental details and confirmation your business is legitimate and a viable enterprise. Beyond that we only ask that you share with us how the money will be used, its potential impact for your business and the timelines you would hope to see the return on the investment.
We are confident you can complete the application process in less than 1 hour and will be an email away should you need support or have questions about how best to complete the application.


What are the Grant options?

The Foundation has taken time to consider how to get the grants where they are needed quickly but also the industry sectors and businesses who have been particularly affected by the challenging events of the last couple of years.

NOTE: As the Foundation continues to grow and scale we commit to adding more micro-grants ensuring greater suite of options.

Grant 1 – The Creative Entrepreneurs Grant – $5,000

Sponsored by the Alexandra Horwood & Andrew James Labbad Fund

The purpose of this grant is to support entrepreneurs in creative industries (art, music, entertainment, fashion, independent media, design services etc.) with their business development and growth.

Grant 2 – UPS Product Innovation Grant – $5,000

The Product Innovation Grant will be awarded to entrepreneurs developing innovative products across any industry sector.

Grant 3 – UPS Global Impact Grant – $5,000

The UPS Global Impact Grant aims to recognize entrepreneurs and innovators in marginalized communities making a social/environmental impact that transcends national borders through innovative products.

Grant 4 – The Crisis Grant – $5,000

Sponsored by the Alexandra Horwood & Andrew James Labbad Fund

The Crisis Grant’s purpose is to aims to an entrepreneur or innovator who has been affected by natural disasters or been directly impacted by the effects of COVID.

NOTE: These grants will be complemented by a communications campaign that will highlight grant recipients by featuring their story on IEF social channels.

The Foundation sincerely thanks our presenting partner UPS Canada and our sponsor, the Alexandra Horwood & Andrew James Labbad Fund for their support and enabling us to realize this initiative.

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