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Funding Opportunities for April 2023

We are happy to share these funding opportunities and resources with you. Feel free to share this information with your personal and professional networks. We have no affiliation with these organizations - so any specific questions should be directed to them.




GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES (unless specified in the description)

48 in 48 - Social Justice Event - The event is designed to support and promote nonprofits in marketing and technology. They are gathering teams to build websites for nonprofits with social justice missions. If you are interested in either being part of a team or are a nonprofit looking for free website development. Apply by 6/10/2023 - https://48in48.org/social-justice-event/

Amazon App Store Small Business Accelerator - The Small Business Accelerator Program allows developers that earn less than 1 million USD in total annual revenue in the previous calendar year to access additional benefits up to or equivalent to 20% of Appstore revenue. If eligible, you’ll receive a 10% increased royalty payment and AWS credits equivalent to 10% of your app revenue. - https://developer.amazon.com/apps-and-games/small-business-program

Antler Global Startup Program - Antler is a global early-stage VC that runs multiple programs for business startups around the world. See the website for more info about the program and application dates. - https://www.antler.co/platform/#apply-now

Awesome Foundation - Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees”. Awarded monthly - https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en

AWS Startup Loft Accelerator - AWS Startup Loft Accelerator equips your technical team with tech resources, guidance, and a community of peers. From technical deep dives to round tables on day-to-day CTO challenges, including recruiting, managing an engineering team, building a minimum viable product, and designing principles for cloud architecture. Provides $25,000 in AWS credits - https://aws-startup-lofts.com/emea/program/accelerator

BeChangeMaker 2023 - Are you 18 to 35 years old and have a business idea with the potential to bring positive impact and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? BeChangeMaker is a series of skill training projects made available yearly to 30 teams of skilled and talented young people, to help you explore your career potential as social entrepreneur. Apply by 6/3/2023 - https://programmes.bechangemaker.com/bechangemaker-2023-application

Canva Pro For Nonprofits - If you are a nonprofit, you can register now to get Canva’s premium features for free. - https://www.canva.com/canva-for-nonprofits/

Emergent Ventures Grant/Fellowship Application (through Mercatus Center at George Mason University) - Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center, seeks to support entrepreneurs with highly scalable, “zero to one” ideas for meaningfully improving society. Projects will either be fellowships or grants: fellowships involve time in residence at the Mercatus Center in Northern Virginia; grants are one-time or slightly staggered payments to support a project. https://mercatuscenter.formstack.com/forms/emergent_ventures

F6S List of Accelerators and Pitch Competitions - Provides a list of accelerators, contests and pitch competitions around the world. https://www.f6s.com/programs

Halcyon Fellowships - Halcyon’s Fellowships are free, with no fee or equity stake required. We are currently accepting applications for: Halcyon Opportunity Intensive Fellowship, Fall 2023, Halcyon Climate Resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Intensive Fellowship and Halcyon Food & Agtech in Africa Intensive Fellowship. Apply by 4/28/2023 - https://www.halcyonhouse.org/apply/

NGO Whisperer Global Fellowship Programme - NGO Whisperer Global Fellowship Programme is a six-month rigorous virtual leadership programme for exceptional leaders and founders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social enterprises worldwide, especially those from low and middle-income countries. Appy by 4/30/2023 - https://ngowhisperer.com/fellowship/

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund - The Catalyst Fund is offering grants to Nonprofits & Social Enterprises to fund ideas or early-stage projects that have a high potential for large-scale impact and sustainable change. You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first-time changemaker. Eligible candidates for the Catalyst Fund may be individuals, teams of individuals, non-profit organizations, or social enterprises. Funding up to $15,000 - https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/catalyst-fund/

SheTrades Accelerator - SheTrades Accelerator Programme for women entrepreneurs and business support organizations in the Apparel, Accessories and Home Décor sectors is targeting women-led businesses (WLBs) and Business Support Organizations (BSO) in the Apparel, Accessories, and Home Decor sector from Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, and South Africa. - https://shetrades-accelerator.converve.io/

Savvy Fellowship - Savvy is a 12-week virtual Fellowship program for young professionals seeking to be part of the new generation of impact entrepreneurs. Applicants should be 40 or younger - https://savvyfellows.com/team/

Techstars Accelerators - Techstars accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed. During each three-month program, they surround companies with the best mentors and an unrivaled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni. Companies can receive $20K for 6% of company. Various locations and due dates - https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/

Watson Institute Venture Accelerator - The Watson Institute is launching a fully-funded Venture Accelerator program for next-generation entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. This program is offered with virtual and in-person components that allows fellows to take advantage of the global cohort while also focusing on creating local impact within their communities. Appicants can be from any geographical location with a preference to applicants from the USA, Brazil, China, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Funding of $6,000. Appy by 5/15/2023 - https://watson.is/watson-accelerator/?utm_source=referral&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=va-23-boa-ecornell

We Make Change - Global initiative that matches small businesses (mainly not for profits) with volunteers who are professional individuals or are from companies (including blue chip) that have an interest in supporting not for profits. Helps impact startups build a remote volunteer team for free volunteer help -https://www.wemakechange.org/



AFRICA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Grindstone incubator - Must be based in South Africa - incubator will include training, corporate advisory, coaching, mentorship and funding. Specific interventions for each company include a structured gap analysis, understanding of the company value system, building a digital go-to-market strategy, financial modelling, intellectual property assessment, strategic and financial valuation as well as populating a data room - https://grindstonexl.com/

Tony Elumelu Foundation - To apply, you only need to be a permanent resident of any of Africa’s 54 countries. Your startup must be at an ideation stage or not a business older than 5 years. Funding of $5,000 - https://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/


CANADA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Black Innovation Launchpad - The Black Innovation Launchpad is a FREE virtual skills development platform focused on building the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. - https://www.dmzlaunchpad.ca/courses/black-innovation-launchpad?utm_source=social&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=BI-launchpad-feb23

Boost Your Business Technology - Grant for up to $15,000 offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/00013.html

Jobber Grants For Home Service Businesses - Any home service business owner or aspiring business owner 18 years old or older, residing in the U.S. and Canada, excluding Québec is eligible to apply. Grants for $2500-$15,000. Apply by 6/8/2023 - https://getjobber.com/grants

OPPORTUNITIES ONLY WITHIN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Innovate UK KTN - Resource for sourcing grant programs available in the UK across all sectors. Funding opportunities section allows visitors to the website to filter grants by sector or type of funding required. - https://iuk.ktn-uk.org/opportunities/




OPPORTUNITIES ONLY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES


Amazon's Black Business Accelerator - Dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support. - https://sell.amazon.com/programs/black-business-accelerator

American Family Insurance Foundation Dream Grants - Grants up to $10,000 available to registered 501(c)(3) organizations in the following states: AZ, CO, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NV, NE, OH, OR, ND, SD, WA, WI or UT. Apply by 4/15/2023 - https://www.amfam.com/about/givingback/community-investment/community-grants

AnitaB.org PitchHER competition - The annual AnitaB.org PitcHER contest is a pitch competition bringing leading women and non-binary entrepreneurs to Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists – with the goal of supporting, encouraging, and providing new funding opportunities to these entrepreneurs. Wil award a total of $100,000 to winners. Appy by 4/14/2023 - https://anitab.org/awards-grants/pitcher/

Backing Small Business (with AmEx) - 350 small business grants of $5,000 are available to eligible businesses in the U.S. and territories. If you are awarded a $5,000 grant through this program, your business may be eligible to be considered for an additional $25,000 Enhancement Grant. Apply by 4/7/2023 - https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/backingsmallbusinesses

Black Ambition Prize - Teams applying for the Black Ambition Prize must have at least one founder or co-founder that identifies as Black/African/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino/a/. Eligible ventures must have raised no more than $1M in dilutive funding to date. Funding up to $1,000,000. Apply by 5/8/2023 - https://www.blackambitionprize.com/apply-now/

Capital Network: Female Founder Fellowship Program - 6 month+ virtual Fellowship combines their Fundraising Readiness programming with a structured curriculum, mentorship & accountability buddies, legal & leadership coaching, and resources to help you build your business. Apply by 4/10/2023 - https://www.thecapitalnetwork.org/fellowship-for-female-founders

Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network Grant - The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) connects female entrepreneurs around the globe with networks, knowledge and insight that gives them power to do more. Through DWEN, Dell Technologies empowers female founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and their vision through the power of technology, expansion of their personal networks and access to capital. Funding up to $40,000 in Dell technology. Apply by 4/30/2023 - https://dwen.com/en-us/dreamtech-us/

digital undivided BIG Pre-accelerator - The program is open to Latina and Black women founders based in the United States or its territories. Apply by 4/27/2023 - https://gust.com/programs/big-pre-accelerator-2023

Enthuse Foundation Grant Initiative - The Enthuse Foundation is offering a series of nine financial grants to assist entrepreneurs with critical business needs. Grants include funds for child care, health or business insurance, and business tools and digital marketing expenses. Grants for $2,500. Apply by 4/17/2023 - https://www.enthusefoundation.org/grants

Fast Pitch Grant - Women Founders Network - Founder/Co-Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by a woman. Applications from Life Sciences, nonprofit, or cannabis/CBD companies will not be accepted. Funding up to $55,000. Apply by 5/31/23 - https://www.womenfoundersnetwork.org/about-fast-pitch

Fearless Strivers Grant - Open to black women who are legal U.S. residents (including DC), 18+ and the principal owner of a U.S.-based small business. Grants for $20,000. Apply by 8/31/2023 - https://www.fearless.fund/strivers-grant-contest

Finimpact Women's Empowerment Business Grant - Women-owned, U.S.-based, small businesses that have been operating for at least six months and have less than ninety-nine employees can apply for grants up to $17,500. Apply by 4/30/2023 https://finimpact.com/finimpact-women-empowerment-grant.html

Foundation for Financial Planning Grants - Each year, FFP awards grants to community-based and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to fund the development of programs connecting volunteer financial planners to individuals and families in crisis or need. Grants up to $40,000. Apply by 4/30/2023 - https://ffpprobono.org/our-work/grants/

Freed Fellowship - Every month, one $500 grant is awarded to an underrepresented founder in the US to invest in their existing business. No strings attached. No equity required. Grant recipients are also eligible to receive an additional end-of-year grant of $2,500. https://www.freedfellowship.com/grant1

Gender Equity In Stem Incubator - Incubator is seeking submissions from individuals, new teams, or established organizations. Solutions can be for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid models and must be at least at the prototype stage. Solution teams must be US-based to be eligible for the Challenge. Pool of $1MM for 8 finalists. Apply by 6/2/2023 - https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/gender-equity-in-stem-challenge

Halstead Grant (jewelry) - Halstead Grant is an annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists. Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers. Grant for $7,500. Apply by 5/1/23 - https://grant.halsteadbead.com/

IFundWomenBotox Grant - Providing 20 groundbreaking women entrepreneurs, each with a $25k grant, coaching, and mentorship, helping to close the Confidence Gap. Honorees will also become a part of the award-winning IFundWomen Method Crowdfunding Accelerator, designed to fuel ambitions, increase confidence, and drive long-term impact for future women founders. Funding of $25,000. Apply by 4/7/2023 - https://ifundwomen.com/BOTOXCosmetic

J.M.K. Innovation Prizes - Applications are open to individuals or teams representing nonprofit or mission-driven for-profit organizations. The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. Prize is $150,000. Apply by 4/28/2023 - https://www.jmkfund.org/innovation-prize-2023/

Jobber Grants For Home Service Businesses - Any home service business owner or aspiring business owner 18 years old or older, residing in the U.S. and Canada, excluding Québec is eligible to apply. Grants for $2500-$15,000. Apply by 6/8/2023 - https://getjobber.com/grants

Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program (PepsiCo) - PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing and digital presence. https://pepsicojuntoscrecemos.com/jefaowned/

Kinetic Black Business Support Fund - Must be a black-owned small business in the state of GA, Charlotte, NC or Lexington, KY and receiving broadband internet Services from Windstream. Grants for $2,500 - https://business.windstream.com/bbsf#

Lift as We Climb Grant - Company must be based and operated in the United States and be in one of the following categories: fashion, skincare or hair accessories/tools. Grants for $25,000. Apply by 4/19/2023 - https://flawlesscurls.com/pages/lift-as-we-climb-grant-initiative-promotion

Microsoft TechSpack Community Engagement Fellowship Grant - Community organizations focused on creating inclusive economic opportunities will have the opportunity to apply to receive a mix of funding and contextual technical assistance through in-person and virtual support. Awarded organizations will select a member of their team to represent their organization as a TechSpark Fellow. Applicant must be US-based non-profit. Funding up to $50,000 - https://customervoice.microsoft.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRzqG-8hAJq1BsU8sgfjznelUQUpCUkJVOTgyTThESk1RTURRR1JUSldUWSQlQCN0PWcu

National Black Business Pitch - The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who seek to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. Prize of $10,000. Apply by 6/1/2023 - https://nationalblackbusinesspitch.com/

NBC Universal Local Impact Grants - Organization must be a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with revenues over $100K. Must be located in one of the 11 NBC and Telemundo owned television markets listed in the grant guidelines. Grant will fund work being done in: Youth Education and Empowerment, Next Generation Storytellers and Community Engagement. Apply by 4/21/2023 - https://www.localimpactgrants.com/

Novae Grants Database - Novae Grants database are intended for small businesses with 6-100 employees, though some are also intended for larger businesses and sole proprietor startups - https://grants.novaegrants.com/

Small Business Growth Fund (Hello Alice) - Must be a for-profit business located and registered in one of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia with less than $1MM in revenue. Funding up to $25,000. Apply by 4/21/2023 - https://helloalice.com/funding/sbgf/

Spark Cleantech Accelerator - 12-week program and will kick-off on August 14 at the UT Research Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The program provides mentorship, connections, stipends, prototyping services, and business acceleration services to early stage cleantech entrepreneurs to help commercialize new innovations. Funding of $15,000. Apply by 5/12/2023 - https://www.tnresearchpark.org/spark/accelerator/

SPUR (Shared Purpose, Unlimited Reach) Pathways - Through an integrated and collaborative approach, Macy’s, Inc. and Momentus will provide access to a range of capital options from microloans to growth capital to equity investments. This represents a commitment to underrepresented businesses and aims to galvanize the retail industry to invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs - https://www.macysinc.com/purpose/spurpathways

Start Path Small Business (Mastercard) - During the 4-month program, startups will have the opportunity to leverage Mastercard's network and subject matter expertise to uncover product partnerships, scale their companies and power solutions that drive safe, secure and simple experiences. Companies should be in one of following industries: Customer Service, Banking, Security, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Payment Processing, Digital Lending, FinTech -https://developer.mastercard.com/programs/start-path-small-business/

Start Small Think Big is a nonprofit that helps small businesses with high potential and limited access to the resources needed to create thriving businesses. They partner with small business owners, providing personalized business support and building connections with local communities. If you are interested in being considered as a “client” for free services, you can fill out this form https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute (for English) or https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute-esp (for Spanish) They also offer free webinars (in Eng and Span). See this link for their upcoming events: https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/events-for-small-businesses

TL Effect Mentorship Program - The TL Effect is an in-house mentorship program geared towards women-of-color entrepreneurs looking to take their consumer-focused early-stage start-up to the next level. One recipient will receive a $20,000 grant - https://blog.thirdlove.com/the-tl-effect/

TRANSFORM Business Grant - The TRANSFORM Business Grant is designed to support individuals in systemically oppressed groups who demonstrate financial need. This includes, but is not limited to, BIPOC individuals, individuals who have a disability, formerly incarcerated individuals, and queer, trans, and nonbinary folks. Grants for $1,000. Apply by 8/20/2023 - https://www.transformgrant.org/

Truist NonProfit Grant - The Truist Foundation supports nonprofits with grants that target leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Quarterly deadlines - https://www.truist.com/purpose/truist-foundation/grant-application

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Grant - Small businesses can access, for free, personalized learning through over 40 courses, mentorship, peer networking, 1:1 expert coaching and incentives such as grant funding. Funding for $10,000. Apply by 5/12/2023 - https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/small-business-training

Veterans Business Outreach Center - The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program offers resources to veterans who are interested in starting or growing a small business. There are 22 locations (soon expanding to 35) and they offer workshops, training, counseling, and mentorship opportunities. - https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/resource-partners/veterans-business-outreach-center-vboc-program

Warrior Rising Grant - Warrior Rising strives to accept and assist veterans at any point in the process of starting their own business, whether it is only a concept or if they have actual operations. Funding of $20,000 - https://www.warriorrising.org/apply/

Wish Local Empowerment Program - You must be a Black-owned business with a brick-and-mortar shop within the United States and less than 20 employees. If selected for the program, you must join Wish Local (which is free). Grants for up to $2000 - https://www.wish.com/local/empowerment

Women and Minority Business Owner Down Payment Grant (Bank of America) - Non-repayable grant is for up to $25,000 on SBA owner occupied commercial estate loans for business locations within select opportunity zones (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles) Program may expand based on pilot. - https://promotions.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness/downpaymentgrant



STATE-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

Arkansas

California

  • Carson, CA Small Business and Commercial Improvement Grants - Small Business Grant Program will provide grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for businesses impacted by the pandemic, while the Commercial Facade Improvement Program will offer a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to encourage businesses to make aesthetic improvements to their storefronts. Businesses must be located in Carson and have 50 employees or fewer. - https://ci.carson.ca.us/communitydevelopment/SBGProgram.aspx

  • Lake County, CA Microgrant Program - Must be physically located in Lake County and have <5 full-time equivalent employees. Grants for $2,500 on a first come, first served basis - https://www.lakecountycaedc.org/grants/

  • Long Beach Visual Improvement Grant Program - This City of Long Beach Visual Improvement Program (VIP) Grant will provide direct financial relief to local small businesses and nonprofits impacted by crime and vandalism on or after 10/1/2022. Eligible businesses can receive $1,500 to cover repairs to their storefront caused by vandalism. http://longbeach.gov/smallbizgrants

  • San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant - Must be a business located within the San Bernardino County boundaries with 5 or less employees. Grants for $2,500 - https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/microbusiness-covid-19-relief-grant

  • San Francisco Vandalism Relief Grant - Business must have a storefront that was damaged after July 1, 2020 and business must have less than $8M in revenue. Grants for $2,000 - https://sf.gov/get-grant-vandalism-related-costs-your-small-business-storefront

  • Santa Rosa Small Business Exterior Improvement Grant - Business must be based in Santa Rosa and have 500 employees or fewer. Average award will cover 70% of project costs. Apply by 6/24/23 - https://www.srcity.org/3772/Small-Business-Support-Program

Colorado

Connecticut

  • American Savings Foundation - American Savings Foundation is an independent charitable foundation in Connecticut, providing grants to local nonprofit organizations. With a core focus in New Britain and Waterbury, the Foundation also serves 62 additional towns throughout the state. Funding up to $5000. Apply by 10/12/2023 - https://www.asfdn.org/grants/community-grants

  • Hartford Small Business Grant - Applicants must be a small business located downtown or in a major commercial corridor within the City of Hartford. Grants for up to $100K and required 50% match - hartfordct.gov/smallbiz

  • Meriden Business Investment and Growth Program - Priority funding will be for projects located in the Meriden Transit Oriented District, being located in a census tract, to permit additional employment and business opportunities for minority and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Funding up to $300,000. Apply by 12/31/2024 - https://www.medco.biz/arpa/

  • Stamford Small Business Relief Grant - The Stamford Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant provides one-time direct financial assistance up to $10,000 to eligible Stamford for-profit small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID- 19 pandemic. Funding up to $10,000. Applications available 4/3/23 - 4/28/23 - https://www.choosestamford.com/business-services/small-business-resource-center/stamford-grant

  • West Hartford, CT Small Business and Nonprofit Grants - Business or non-profit must be physically based in West Hartford, CT with less than 50 employees. Grants for up to $10,000 - https://www.westhartfordct.gov/town-departments/economic-development/small-business-non-profit-recovery-grant-program

Delaware

  • Site Readiness Fund - The Site Readiness Fund provides grants, loans or other economic assistance to qualified businesses or local governments based in Delaware that invest in constructing, renovating, or improving commercial, industrial sites that are readily available to businesses - https://business.delaware.gov/site-readiness-fund/

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

  • Aurora Downtown's Business Attraction and Retention Committee Grant - Businesses can apply for either up to $2,500 to support a special event, or for up to $5,000 to support permanent improvements on the exterior or interior of a space including signage. Only one grant application per grant cycle will be considered. Businesses must be in Aurora's downtown special service area. Apply by 5/1/2023 - https://auroradowntown.org/2023grants/

  • Danville, IL Small Business Grant - Businesses must be restaurants which prepare and sell food either for on-premise or off-premise consumption or have been deemed by the State of Illinois as a “non-essential” business which was required to “cease all activities except for minimum basic operations”. Must have a commercial business location within the City of Danville (home-based businesses are ineligible). Grants for $10,000 https://www.cityofdanville.org/government/community-development/cdbg-covid-19-small-business-assistance-grant

  • Gurnee, IL Small Business Grant - The village of Gurnee, Illinois launched a small business grant program last month. Grants can be used to improve business facilities and each business must provide at least half of the capital (match) for each project. Grants up to $10,000 - https://www.gurnee.il.us/business/small-business-capital-investment-grant-program

  • Schaumburg Small Business Grants - The Village of Schaumburg has allocated $245,000 to provide grants of up to $30,000 to small businesses defined as having 50 or fewer employees. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until grant funds are expended. https://centerofconcern.org/schaumburg-small-business-grants/

  • Small Business Improvement Fund – Chicago - Grants for permanent building improvements and repairs. Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development facilitates the program. Local businesses can apply for grants that cover between 30 percent and 90 percent of their remodeling or building costs. Funding up to $250,000. Different application deadlines based on location in Chicago. - https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/small-business-improvement-fund/home.html

  • TechRise Chicago - TechRise Chicago hosts virtual weekly pitch competitions for BIPOC and Woman/Trans/Non-Binary entrepreneurs building early-stage startups out of Chicagoland. Each week, 5 founders are invited onstage to pitch their business to a panel of VC judges. Funding up to $50,000 -https://techrise.co/apply/

Kansas

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

  • Cambridge, MA Small Business E-Commerce Grant - Priority will be given to Cambridge-based businesses with fewer than 25 employees, businesses with no or little online presence, and businesses that have seen a severe decrease in sales from pre-pandemic levels. Funding up to $4000. Apply by 8/21/2024 - https://www.cambridgema.gov/covid19/Business/Assistance/ecommercegrant

  • Empower Digital Grant - The Empower Digital Grant provides funding for the needs of eligible Massachusetts-based small businesses seeking relevant capital expenses, tools, and services to develop their digital capabilities in partnership with a Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) provider. MGCC will administer grants for up to $5,000 for digital services and up to $5,000 for digital capacity-building capital expenses. Apply by 6/30/2023 - https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/what-we-offer/empowerdigital

  • Sussex County Small Business Grant Program - Business must have been legally established in Sussex County since Jan. 1, 2019 and have annual revenue less than $4 million and 50 or fewer full-time employees. Funding up to $15,000 - https://www.sussexcountysbg.com/

Michigan

  • Lansing Small Business Support Grants - The program will provide vital funding assistance, in the form of reimbursement grants up to $50,000, to support small businesses looking to be a part of Downtown Lansing’s transformation as the community works towards recovery following the COVID pandemic. Funding also available for nonprofits -https://www.downtownlansing.org/small-business-support-grants/

  • Match on Main Grants - Reimbursement grant program provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that serves to support new or expanding place-based businesses by providing up to $25,000 in funding to support eligible activities. - https://www.miplace.org/small-business/match-on-main/

  • Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund - To be eligible for this funding, organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits or projects fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 and able to demonstrate necessary expenditures and/or losses due to the COVID-19 public health emergency incurred after March 3, 2021 including lost public service revenue, costs for responding to a public health emergency, providing assistance to households, payroll protection, and other economic impacts negatively affecting service delivery. Your organization must operate in Michigan and primarily serve Michigan residents to apply. Funding up to $25,000. Apply by 5/5/2023 - https://www.mnaonline.org/services/nonprofit-relief-fund/overview

  • Pure Potential Business Grants - Business must be for-profit and located within Livonia. Must have fewer than 100 employees. Funding up to $15,000 - https://www.livonia.gov/1912/Pure-Potential

  • Small Business Growth Activator - Washtenaw County - Your business must have been open and operating in Washtenaw County as of March 16, 2020 and have fewer than 5 employees. Eligible businesses may receive additional website, bookkeeping, and marketing support valued up to $2,500. Grants of $5,000 - https://www.washtenaw.org/3710/Small-Business-Growth-Activator

Minnesota

Missouri

Nevada

  • Nye County Small Business Grant Program - Nye County has reopened applications for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Small Business Grant Program, adding Premium Incentive Pay Program applications. Grant Awards have been made available for small business and nonprofit applicants with fewer than 30 employees who are independently owned and operated. Apply by 4/15/2023 - https://www.nyecountynv.gov/1090/ARPA-Recovery-Plan

New Hampshire

  • Coos Economic Development Corporation Grant - For small businesses in Coos County: Berlin, Colebrook, Gorham, Lancaster, and Whitefield. Grant awardees will receive up to $5,000 towards storefront rent for 3-months, insurance, utilities, signage, and other reasonable expenses. - https://www.coosedc.org/blogcontent/popupgrant

  • Manchester Small Business Grant and Program Assistance - Support small businesses based in Manchester, NH with fixed business costs, including rent, utilities, and payroll, accrued during the pandemic, costs associated with transitioning to e-commerce business platforms, outdoor space upgrades, and other technical assistance needs. Grants up to $10,000 -https://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Comm-Dev/American-Rescue-Plan-Act

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

  • Empire State Development Corp.’s COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program - Individual businesses can apply for tax credits of up to $25,000, which may cover up to half of qualified, pandemic-related expenses. Qualifying expenses include supplies or upgrades related to health and safety, including disinfectants, new HVAC equipment, touchless kiosks, and outdoor-space expansions. - https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-capital-costs-tax-credit

  • Oyster Bay Forward Grant Program - Grant Program is open to businesses that employ up to 50 full-time equivalent employees as well as sole proprietors. Open to for-profit and non-profits. Grants for $5,000 - https://ndc.smapply.io/prog/oyster_bay_forward/

  • Pre-Seed and Seed Matching Fund Program - Program will offer early-stage businesses growth assistance from $50,000 up to $250,000 with matching from the private sector (there must be at least $1 of private sector investment for every $1 NY Ventures invests). In addition to financial support, Empire State Development offers the tools and key introductions needed to help companies reach the next level. Company must be registered to do business in New York - https://esd.ny.gov/pre-seed-and-seed-matching-fund-program

  • Rockland County Grants - Grant opportunities for restaurants and small businesses located in Rockland County. Funding up to $25,000 . Apply by 9/15/23 - https://rocklandgov.com/departments/county-executive/reviving-and-rebuilding-rockland/grants/

Oklahoma

  • Kendall Whittier Main Street Capital Improvement Grant - Capital Improvement grant is aimed at taking the business or property to the next level, including purchasing an important piece of equipment or business expansion. Businesses must be located in a commercial property in designated areas of Tulsa. Funding up to $10,000. Apply by 4/15/23 and 7/15/23 - https://visitkendallwhittier.com/rcigrant/

Pennsylvania

  • Local Share Account (LSA) – Philadelphia - Eligible applicants include any of the following entities located within the City of Philadelphia: Community Development Corporations, Economic development organizations and redevelopment authorities, business improvement districts/neighborhood improvement districts, not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c) designation, the City of Philadelphia, and the School District of Philadelphia. Funding up to $500,000. - https://dced.pa.gov/programs/local-share-account-lsa-philadelphia/

  • Montgomery County Small Business Grants - Businesses must have fewer than 50 full and part-time employees and under $500,000 in annual gross revenue. Businesses must have a physical location in Montgomery County and be registered to operate in the state of Pennsylvania. Funding up to $20,000. Apply by April 2023 - https://www.montcopa.org/4263/Small-Business-Grant-Program-Focused-on-

  • Quality Jobs Program Grant (Philadelphia) - The City of Philadelphia launched the Quality Jobs Program (QJP), a fund that invests in eligible businesses creating new full-time employment opportunities that pay a living wage and include health insurance benefits for Philadelphia residents. Funding up to $125,000 - https://www.phila.gov/2023-03-09-businesses-can-now-apply-for-the-quality-jobs-program/

  • Scranton Small Business Grants - Businesses must be in a qualifying Low-to-Moderate service area within the City of Scranton. Grants up to $5000 -https://scrantonpa.gov/2022/02/17/microgrants-for-small-business-startups/

South Carolina

Texas

  • Argyle, TX Small Business Grants - Eligible small businesses in Argyle, TX can apply – Funding up to $25,000. Apply by 4/3/2023 - https://www.argyletx.com/381/Small-Business-Grant-Program

  • Fort Bend, TX Small Business Grant - To qualify, you must be a Fort Bend business that has been operational since December 30, 2019 and prove a revenue decline of at least 25 percent from 2019 to 2020. Grants for $5000-$25,000 -https://fortbendcounty.com/expansion-and-relocation/grants

  • Harlingen Revitalization Grant - Revitalize Harlingen is a small business site improvement matching grant program offered by the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation that will provide, in the form of an incentive grant, up to $10,000 for site and store front improvements; encouraging the retention of jobs for business enterprises in the City of Harlingen - https://harlingenedc.com/revitalize-harlingen

  • Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program - TTIR Program was established to provide one-time reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 for the recovery of Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries that were negatively impacted due to COVID-19. -https://gov.texas.gov/business/page/texas-travel-industry-recovery-grant-program

Virginia

Washington, D.C.

  • Robust Retail Citywide Grants - Only for-profit, consumer-facing, small, and independent retail businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees (FTEs) with a licensed retail location in DC are eligible for Robust Retail Citywide Grants. Home-based, online-only, and non-profit businesses are not eligible for this grant opportunity. Grants for $5,000. Apply by 4/10/2023 - https://dslbd.dc.gov/robustretailgrant

Washington (state)



Information courtesy of Kirsten Barker - Program Director for the Bank of America Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell University, of which Coach Racquel is an alumnus.

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