The Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Trust (EDT) is an application based, community investment trust available to groups who address community priorities within Six Nations. The EDT is the mechanism, in which surplus profits generated by the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC), are invested into the Six Nations community for the collective benefit of its members. This model of community investment was a direct result of the 2011 community engagement study, “We Gather Our Voices.”

EDT Trustees are responsible for reviewing, scoring and prioritizing applications for community investment. Trustees consist of Rachel Martin (Chair), Alaina VanEvery, Cathy General, Myka Burning, and Andrew Joseph.


In 2016, after 3 public calls for applications, an Interim Board of Trustees was appointed with a specific mandate to develop a process to invest the Economic Development Trust community investment funds.

The Interim Trust was compromised of Jill Hill, Amy Lickers, Dr. Sabrina Saunders, and Claudine VanEvery-Albert. The Interim Trust began work in March 2016 and had approximately 8 weeks to complete its mandate.

The first ever, EDT application was released on June 6, 2016 with a deadline of July 5, 2016. In the inaugural year,  the EDT received 46 applications with a total request of over $8.8 million. A total of 31 applications were approved with a total community investment of $3,537,257.95.

To date, the Economic Development Trust has been able to invest over $9.4 million into the collective benefit of the Six Nations Community since 2016.

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The Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Trust (EDT) is excited to announce the launch of their new website. The website is full of information, tools, and resources to assist General and Grassroots Organizations in submitting more complete applications.

For updated guidelines and applications, to view past recipients, helpful tools and resources, or to learn more about the Economic Development Trust, visit their website at www.sixnationsedt.ca