Micro Business (SEED)

This funding is 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

Who is eligible?

  • NWT residents and entrepreneurs


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.

Required Documents

  • 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.

Equity requirements

  • Group One communities (Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Smith, and Inuvik) – 30%
  • Group Two communities (all other NWT communities within the NWT) – 20%

How do I apply?

To apply for Micro Business funding, download the application form below and contact your regional Industry Tourism and Investment office to book an appointment speak with an Economic Development Officer.  

Note: For more information on the Prospector Support Program click here.

PDF icon SEED Application Form504.39 KB
PDF icon SEED Brochure - Bilingual 4.11 MB
PDF icon Seed Policy 2019940.78 KB