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Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

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Application Forms, Guides & Toolkits

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Application Forms, Guides and Toolkits

On this page you will find all the application forms, guides and toolkits you need to apply for any of our services. Download and complete the forms you need and send them to us via:

  • Email to: nadf%23org|contactus

  • Fax at: (807) 622-8271

  • Mail or drop-off to: Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
                                  106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor 
                                  Thunder Bay, ON             P7E 1H3

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Financing Application Guide

This document is a guide that explains our application form to you. We recommend you read this document if you're filling in our financing application. If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact us immediately.

Download the NADF Financing Application Guide.

Loan Application Form

To get a loan from NADF to start-up, expand or acquire your business, you have to fill in this form. This form tells us everything we need to know about you and your business including your contact information, type of business and personal funds available for investment (equity) etc.

Download NADF Financing Application

NOTE: If you are also applying to the Aboriginal Business Canada Program, use the following application form:

Download NADF Financing Application (ABC) 

Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC)

NADF has partnered with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to deliver the Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) Program to Aboriginal entrepreneurs in northern Ontario.  ABC provides contributions to support the growth of Aboriginal businesses in Canada.  To learn more about how the ABC Program may help you and your business, contact our Business Development Officers.

To learn more about the ABC Program, click here.

To apply to the ABC Program, click here.

Local Initiatives Contribution (LIC) Application Form

If you are a First Nations community or non-profit organization looking for funding for a small local economic development related project in any of the 33 comunities we serve as a Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), you might be eligible to receive a grant of up to $5,000 for your project.

Our partnership with FedNor provides us with $75,000 annually to fund small local economic development projects across Northern Ontario (33 Communities we serve as a Community Futures Development Corporation). We are able to provide grants of up to a maximum of $5,000 per project. These projects may include feasibility studies, cultural events and marketing initiatives to name a few.

Learn how our Local Initiatives Contribution (LIC) can help your community projects here. 

Download our LIC Application Form to complete.

Equipment Leasing Application

Need to lease equipment to improve your business operations?  Look no further. From restaurant equipment to point of sale systems (POS), ATM's, fuel tanks and pumps etc. We provide leasing opportunities to ensure you get what you want, at the best price possible, plus our leasing rates are competitive with those of other leasing companies.

Download our Leasing Application Form here.

Community Planning Toolkit

This is a 'must-have' tool for ALL community planners and economic development practitioners. It is a blueprint that helps to guide a community to a better future by examining it's history while highlighting its current strengths and resources, and ways to utilize them to improve living standards.

Download our Community Planning Toolkit here (PDF Version).

Aboriginal Business Directory

Advertise your business for free in our online Aboriginal business directory. Give your business the exposure it deserves and access more customers and suppliers. It's quick, easy and FREE.

Advertise your business in our free online business directory NOW.

Business Plan Outline

Writing a business plan is one of the most challenging steps to take when starting or expanding your business, so we've created a guide to help you write a winning business plan in less time. Our business plan outline contains an overview of what most business plans should have, including (but not limited to):

  • Applicant information  (Client's contact info, resume, ownership stake, community profile, etc.)
  • Project description (Type of business, products/services provided, strengths & weaknesses, etc)
  • Cost estimates (Equipment & land appraisals etc)
  • Project schedule (Timelines; when will your business/project launch? etc)
  • Market Analysis (Market size-who will this business serve? target market share, analysis of competition- who are your competitors? marketing plan, etc)
  • Management (Who will run the business? resume(s) of manager(s), organizational chart-for larger businesses, etc)

Download our Business Plan Outline here OR Try this alternative Business Plan Template.  

Marketing Plan Template

Market your business more effectively with this step-by-step Marketing Plan Template.   

Free Business Literacy Workshops

We provide free weekly business literacy workshops every Wednesday from 2:30-4pm EST via video-conference and web-stream. These workshops cover popular topics such as 'How to Write a Business Plan', 'Cheap Ways to Market Your Business', 'How to Use Microsoft Excel' and 'Financial Literacy for the Youth', etc. Other topics are available upon request. Call us at 1-800-465-6821 or join us on Wednesday afternoons.

Learn more about our free workshops.

Powerpoint Presentations

Understanding your Credit Report - This power point contains all you need to know about Credit, Your Credit Report, Credit Score and how it may affect you and your business.

NADF Quarterly Newsletter

Kewadin Ahnung ('North Star') is NADF's quarterly newsletter that has been in circulation across Nothern Ontario since May 2003. Our newsletter provides updates on programs, services and events here at NADF while offering business tips and advice to Aboriginal entrepreneurs.  

Kewadin Ahnung is a great addition to the library of any Aboriginal business owner or manager in Northern Ontario. If you're looking to get the best out of your business, look for your copy with your Wawatay newspaper or download our latest issue here.  


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