Northwest Territories

Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development

Complex application

Tax filing not required

The Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) program provides funding for licensed artists, crafters, filmmakers, commercial renewable resource harvesters, and small businesses who need a little bit of funding to get their small projects to sustainability.

It is provided under the Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy

Up to $5,000 over three years is available to support the following activities:

  • Purchasing tools and equipment to increase the quality or quantity of production related to arts and crafts or the traditional economy.
  • Purchase of raw materials for the production of traditional arts and crafts.
  • Purchase of film making equipment.
  • Purchase prospecting supply, equipment and other expenses directly related to prospecting activity
  • Other self-employment activities.

You may be considered eligible for this program if you are a NWT resident and an entrepreneur.

Proof of  residency in Province

  • lease agreement
  • rent receipt
  • household bill
    • gas
    • electricity
    • cable television
    • telephone
  • driver's license
  • vehicle registration or car insurance
  • membership in social or professional organization
  • Other:
    • bank information
    • employment information

To apply for SEED:

You will be required to provide the following documentation:

  • Description of the project along with cost quotes.
  • Demonstration of financial need.
  • Demonstration of ability in the activity being funded.
  • Description of the intended market for products – may be required to register on the NWT Arts Database.

For a complete list of required documents see the Application Checklist on the last page of the SEED application form.

Your regional Economic Development Officers are here to help with your application and provide guidance as you move forward with your project.

Last updated: August 7, 2021