Mining Incentive Program

Special 2021/22 Winter MIP Offering

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has partnered with the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) to provide additional funding support for advanced exploration projects. CanNor has confirmed new funding of $500,000 to support a second call for Mining Incentive Program (MIP) applications in 2021-22, focusing on winter exploration. This one-time winter MIP offering will provide a maximum of five awards of $100,000 each that focus on advanced mineral exploration projects, such as deposit targeting, mineral deposit testing, and innovative research and development projects as well as early-stage mineral production projects. This special winter MIP offering is not intended for grassroots-level exploration and is not expected in the future.

 

Funding Conditions

This funding will be similar to a normal MIP offering and will conform to the 2021-22 MIP Guidelines with the following notable exceptions:

  • Funding will only be awarded to projects that focus on advanced mineral exploration projects, such as deposit targeting, mineral deposit testing, and innovative research and development projects as well as early-stage mineral production projects.
  • A maximum of five $100,000 grants will be awarded, each representing a guaranteed 60% of eligible project expenses.
  • Grants of less than $100,000 will not be considered; therefore applicants must propose a project with expenses of at least $166,667.
  • Grants awarded through this special 2021-22 winter MIP offering will not count towards a project’s lifetime MIP funding limit.
  • Eligible expenses may take place between Sept 1st, 2021 and March 31st, 2022.
  • The application deadline for this funding is October 29th, 2021.
  • Proposal documents must not exceed 15 pages, see proposal checklist below.

 

Applications and Proposal Checklist

All funding applications will require a completed Special 2021/22 Winter MIP Application Form and a proposal document with the components:

  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • NTS maps of work locations, access, and claims
  • Other maps (geology, claims, previous exploration, etc.)
  • A brief summary of previous work on the property
  • Detailed work plan
    • An in-depth schedule covering the logistics of your field program. It should give accurate estimates as to when each item of your field program will be accomplished.
    • Include any additional budget information, if necessary
  • List of contractors
    • Include company names, contact information, and a description of the contracted work
    • Indicate NWT and Non-NWT based contractors
  • Exploration plan
    • Methods of exploration (drilling, geophysics, etc.)   
    • Supporting evidence and rationale. Please be sure to clearly link your supporting evidence and rationale.
  • Include proof of any permitting or license approval in an appendix (this is not counted against the page limit)
  • Signature and date
  • Be sure to include any information related to evaluation criteria in the appropriate sections of your proposal
  • Large or Compressed files may not be received. A file transfer service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or WeTransfer may be necessary. Contact the MIP coordinator if you don’t receive confirmation after sending your application.

 

Please submit your completed application form and project proposal to:

Email:  NTGS@gov.nt.ca
Mail:    Mining Incentive Program
           c/o Northwest Territories Geological Survey
           PO Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT
           X1A 2L9, Canada