This is the corporate website for the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) and Eeyou Istchee Tourism (EIT).
If you are travelling to Eeyou Istchee Baie-James and want to find out about the region’s many attractions, please visit
Un voyage d’agrément à Eeyou Istchee Baie-James et désirez en savoir plus sur les nombreux attraits de la région, veuillez visiter

Fund Your Project

Have a great tourism project in mind, but need the funding to get it started?

On this page, you will find information about financial assistance and grant programs that aim to help Cree entrepreneurs, organizations and communities turn their dreams into a reality.

We’re here to help! If you would like help navigating the many funding opportunities available, or want support completing your application, please reach out to Rob Imrie at or call (418) 745 2220 ext. 4231.

Entente de partenariat régional et de tranformations numérique en tourisme 2022-2025 (EPRTNT 2022-2025)

Tourism funding program from Eeyou Istchee Tourism, Tourisme Québec, and Société de développement de la Baie-James (SDBJ)

Are you a Cree individual, business, organization or community with a tourism project in mind?

If your project falls into one of the below categories and is eligible for EPRTNT Funding, up to 90% of your costs could be covered! 

To apply, please submit the EPRTNT 2022-2025  Application Form.

The current call for applications ends June 21, 2024.

For more information, contact Philippe Bilodeau, Product Development Officer at / 418-745-2220 ext. 4230.

Other Funding Opportunities

For support and information on funding options, contact Rob Imrie, Director of Development, at or call (418) 745 2220 ext. 4230.

Cree Nation Government - Department of Commerence and Industry

Through the Department of Commerce and Industry, the Cree Nation Government offers several programs which may support development in the tourism sector, including:

  • Cree Social Economy Round Table Fund – Grants up to 75% of project costs (max. $25k) for not-for-profit businesses with a social or cultural component.
  • Cree Entrepreneurship Assistance Fund – Grants up to 25% of project costs (max. $100k) for eligible startups, expansions, and acquisitions.
  • Regional Development Fund – Grants up to $1M for large-scale projects that benefit multiple communities.
  • Cree Real Estate Development Fund (CREED) – Grants up to 25% of project costs (max. $100k) for Cree entrepreneurs with businesses in construction, real estate, and related products and services
  • Rurality Regions Fund (formerly FARR) – Funding for projects aligned with priorities set by CNG.

For more information and to apply for CNG funding programs, contact your Community Economic Development Officer.

Watch: COTA workshop on CNG Funding Opportunities, January 2024

Apatisiiwin Skills Development
Apatisiiwin Skills Development (ASD) supports the people of Eeyou Istchee through programs and services related to employee skills development, job readiness, training, and special projects. They currently offer funding in three main areas:

  • Youth ProgramsOrganizations can apply for subsidies to hire and train Cree youth through programs like the Youth Initiative, Summer Work Experience, and Mentored Work Placements. This is a great way to build your organizational capacity while providing Cree youth with valuable skills and experience!
  • Capacity Building Programs – Organizations can apply for funding to cover professional development and training.
  • Workforce Development ProgramsOrganizations can apply for funding in a variety of areas, including entrepreneurship, employing persons with disabilities, and research & development.

Contact your local ASD Office

Watch: COTA workshop on ASD Funding Opportunities, January 2024

Heritage Canada

The Government of Canada provides a variety funding programs that support culture, history and sport initiatives. Programs that may be of interest to organizations in the Eeyou Istchee tourism sector include:

You can find a full list of programs online here.

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (DEC)

CED supports projects targeting entrepreneurial growth, innovation, diversification and local economic development. Their funding programs include:

If you have a question about the CED funding program, you can contact them here or reach out to us for more information.