October 1, 2021: Congratulations to Sapling & Flint, the recipient of the second annual nomz grant!
Twin sisters and proud Mohawk mothers, Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant and Yonenyà:kenht Jesse Brant co-founded Sapling & Flint, a jewellery manufacturing company specializing in conversation pieces that share the story of Turtle Island and share insight to Haudenosaunee culture and history. Started in 2017, they design, make, and sell in their  home community of Six Nations of the Grand River territory. Through their work, they seek to create jobs for community creatives in their home village of Ohswé:ken, raise the profile of Indigenous art, fashion and design, and bring authentic Indigenous designed and made products nationwide.

Thank you to all who applied and shared their stories with us, and thank you to the Indigenous selection committee for their time vetting through these inspiring applications.

July 1 2021: Applications for our second annual nomz grant are now open! This grant provides $5,000 to an Indigenous individual to pursue their dreams in starting or growing a business.

In the summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to spend two months with the Moose Cree First Nations in Moose Factory, Ontario. The community taught me so much and my life changed as a result. I always wanted to give back, and as nomz grows, so will this grant.

The grant is open to both women and men. To apply, send an email with information about you, your business idea, and how you plan to use the funds to with the subject line “nomz grant” by September 8th, 2021. If you applied last year, you can apply again this year. All applications will be properly vetted through a selection committee with individuals from the Indigenous community.

Today and beyond, we encourage all Canadians to learn more about the history, heritage and contribution of Indigenous peoples.
Sept 25 2020: We are happy to announce Endaayaan Awejaa as the recipient of the nomz grant! This was a unanimous decision by the Indigenous Selection Committee who evaluated the applications based on their ability to positively impact Canada's Indigenous community.
Endaayaan Awejaa, started by Strong Earth Woman (spirit name) Natasha Lariviere (English name) from Nipissing First Nation, is a non-profit organization started to empower youth with the message that they can go anywhere and do anything their hearts want​,​ and that home is a feeling inside​,​ while providing a safe place to learn, heal and grow into the person they dream to be. They offer community outreach programming through arts and culture, reconciliation, education and harm reduction to help with overall wellness which includes emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

Thank you to all who applied, and thank you to Cindy, Florence and Allen for all your time vetting through these thoughtful and inspiring applications.
July 1 2020: The summer before nomz started, I had the opportunity to spend two months with the Moose Cree First Nations in Moose Factory, Ontario. It was a transformative moment, filled with beauty, learning, and growth. Since then, I've been back and plan to visit again.

We've always wanted to give back, and this year, we are so happy to announce that nomz will be providing a $5,000 grant for an Indigenous woman to pursue her dreams in starting her own business, or to help grow a budding business, and share the lessons we've learned.

To apply, please send an email with information about you and your business (or business idea) to with the subject line "nomz grant" before September 8th, 2020. The recipient of the grant will be announced on September 15th, 2020.

The Philanthropic Community's Declaration of Action can be read by clicking here. It is a commitment by organizations like us who are offering support to the Indigenous community, to do so in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation, atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation.