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Funding Opportunities for February 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)

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

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

Gratitude Network Fellowship Program - Gratitude Network is excited to announce the applications for Fellowship Program, a free 1-year program for non-profit leaders and their organizations anywhere around the world. The program builds leaders’ confidence and capabilities and provides tools and processes for expanding the organization’s impact. Apply by 3/5/2023 - https://gratitude-network.org/get-involved/apply-to-be-a-gratitude-leader/

RESPOND Accelerator - The RESPOND Accelerator is a 5-month startup accelerator program that systematically advances how entrepreneurs lead, grow and scale sustainable businesses. While the team is based in Munich, most of the accelerator operates online and they work with startups from across the globe. Apply by 2/6/2023 - https://respond-accelerator.com/apply/

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/

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/

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/

Google For Startups Accelerator: Women Founders - A three-month virtual accelerator program for high-potential Seed to Series A tech startups based in Africa. Google for Startups Accelerator Africa accepts applications from startups in Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D'ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Apply by 2/20/2023 - https://startup.google.com/accelerator/africa/

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

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

Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant - Offers matching funding of 50 per cent to commercial business operators and owners of storefronts that are vacant (or, in certain limited circumstances, at risk of becoming vacant) to undertake interior improvements, assisting businesses to re-lease space impacted by COVID-19. Must be located in Toronto. Funding up to $24,000. Apply by 2/28/2023 - https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-incentives/commercial-space-rehabilitation-grant-program/

Downtown Vancouver Storefront Security Grant - Businesses in the Downtown Vancouver catchment are eligible to apply for this funding. Downtown Van will match up to 50% of the cost (max $5,000) incurred to repair and restore damages from criminal activity. Apply by 2/28/2023 - https://www.dtvan.ca/projects/storefrontsecuritygrant/

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) Microgrant Program - The IEF micro-grants exist to support Canadian entrepreneurs and small & medium sized enterprise (SME) owners belonging to racialized and/or equity-deserving communities as they overcome and recover from the various global and regional business disruptions and impacts of recent years. Funding of $5,000. Apply by 2/14/2023 - https://www.ief-fie.ca/the-canie-microgrants/

Main Street Innovation Fund – Toronto - The fund encourages innovation and allows for unique projects to be piloted in various neighbourhoods throughout the city of Toronto. Funding up to $100,000. Apply by 3/16/2023 - https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-incentives/main-street-innovation-fund/

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

Barclays Small Business Grant - Must be business based in US and share your story for prizes from $3000 to $60,000. Apply by 2/28/2023 - https://www.barclayssmallbizbigwins.com/

California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) - The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region. Apply by 3/20/23 - https://business.ca.gov/california-competes-tax-credit/

Classy Awards - Classy Awards to celebrate nonprofits and spotlight the impactful work of the social sector. Winners are given a platform to amplify their cause and showcase the impact of their programs. This year, through our partnership with Upworthy, winners will be featured on their website and social media channels, which collectively reach 16+ million followers across platforms. Apply by 3/7/2023. - https://awards.classy.org/

Creative Writing Fellowship - The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Apply by 3/8/23 - https://www.arts.gov/grants/creative-writing-fellowships

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund - The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Apply by 2/14/23 - https://farmvetco.org/fvfellowship/

Fast Break for Small Business - Fast Break for Small Business is focused on supporting and investing in Black-owned small businesses by awarding $10,000 grants and a free LegalZoom product or service valued up to $500. Apply by 2/17/2023 - https://www.legalzoom.com/fastbreakforsmallbusiness

FedEx Small Business Grant - To enter the contest, applicants must be a business based in the US and have a FedEx account - though you can create one to enter. 10 awards will be given as well as 1 award to a US veteran. Awards of $30,000-$50,000. Apply by 2/21/2023 - https://www.fedex.com/en-us/small-business/grant-contest.html

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

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/

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#

Ladies Who Launch Program - Provides a $10,000 grant, business education, mentorship, advisory support, community, and amplification for US-based women and non-binary business owners and entrepreneurs. Apply by 3/31/2023 - https://www.ladieswholaunch.org/launch-program

Next View Ventures Accelerator - This program is intended for pre-seed and seed-stage companies that are incorporated and targeting customers in North America. Startups that have been operational for less than three years and have previously raised less than $2M of capital will be considered. All startups receive $400K for 10% of the company upon acceptance into the program. Apply by 2/28/2023 - https://nextview.vc/accelerator/

Northeastern Dairy Product Innovation Competition - Open to startups located in the United States that are pre-formation or early-stage, have a viable product and scalable business model, and are ready to commit to scaling their products if they are selected as finalists, utilizing milk and/or dairy ingredients produced at dairies in the Northeast. Funding of $20,000. Apply by 3/31/2023 - https://dairyinnovation.org/

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/

Pitch HearstLab - Winners of this pitch competition will receive a $100,000 investment from HearstLab, plus three months of hands-on support to help your company reach its goals in building the business, product and team. Investment and support are subject to due diligence and mutual agreement to terms. Apply by 3/1/2023 - https://www.pitchhearstlabla.com/

Rev Summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator - The Rev Summer Prototyping Hardware Accelerator is open to anyone with an idea for a product and a passion for entrepreneurship. The program is free and open to the public, and teams do not need to have a legally-formed LLC to participate. The classic track supports product ideas across all industries, and the AgTech and CleanTech tracks offer startups the chance to work with a like-minded cohort and learn from industry experts. Stipends from $2000-$10,000 are available. Apply by 3/31/2023 - https://www.revithaca.com/prototyping-hardware-accelerator/

Sage "Invest in Progress" Grant through BOSS Impact Fund - The BOSS Impact Fund supports Black women-led businesses to build scalable, growth-aggressive companies. Must be US-based,for-profit business. Funding of $10,000. Apply by 2/24/2023 - https://www.bossimpactfund.com/landing_page2/

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 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

Target Accelerator Programs (early stage and mature stage) - Must be an early stage consumer packaged goods (CPG) company focused on growth and scaling for mass retail. Target Forward Founders program is a 10-week virtual startup accelerator program for early-stage consumer packaged goods companies looking to better understand retail. The Target Takeoff program is a 6-week virtual startup accelerator program for mature consumer packaged goods companies in the essentials and food and beverage space looking to take their brand to the next level and scale into mass retail. Funding of $5,000. Apply by 2/3/2023 - https://targetaccelerators.com/apply-now/

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

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

WE Build Accelerator Program by Build In Tulsa - The W.E. Build Accelerator will empower 25 innovative and diverse early-stage startups to create and launch scalable ventures in Tulsa, OK over the next two years. First cohort will begin April 2023. Funding of $25,000. Apply by 3/2/2023 - https://www.buildintulsa.com/programs/w-e-build

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

Zen Business - For a limited time, Zen Business is giving every mom in America the ability to start an LLC for free. - https://www.zenbusiness.com/moms/

STATE-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

Arkansas

California

  • Antioch Small Business Grants - Eligible Antioch small businesses can receive a grant payment of up to $15,000, and facade upgrade reimbursement of up to $25,000 through the City of Antioch Small Business Programs. Business must have less than 25 employees. Apply by 3/1/2023 - https://forwardplatform.com/city-of-antioch-small-business-programs/

  • California Dream Fund - To apply for the grant, the program first requires eligible startups to participate in a no-cost business startup program that combines helpful startup training workshops with one-on-one consulting services. Upon successful completion of the program, eligible participants will be given a link to apply for grant funding up to $10,000 - https://calosba.ca.gov/funding-grants-incentives/california-dream-fund-program/

  • 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. Applications open 2/22/23 - 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 Flood Relief Grant - Small businesses, property owners, and residents that experienced significant damage from flooding may be eligible for disaster relief grants and support up to $5000. Apply by 2/10/2023 - https://sf.gov/get-help-if-your-business-was-damaged-flooding

  • 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

Colorado

Connecticut

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

Hawaii

Illinois

  • Chicago Job Creators Grant - Must be located in the state of Illinois and have a current staff of 2-20 employees. Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. Your company must be a service-based business and at least one revenue stream serving other businesses. Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $3 million. Grants for $100,000. Apply by 2/7/2023 - https://foundersfirstcdc.org/chicago/

  • Climate Infrastructure Fund - Applicants may be Chicago non-profit organizations and small businesses, with priority given to projects located in environmental justice communities. Prioritization will be given to projects with documented climate mitigation and resiliency improvements, equity impacts and project readiness. Funding up to $250,000. Apply by 2/24/2023 - Chicago.gov/ClimateFund

  • 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

  • Founders First Job Creators Quest Grant – Chicago - Applicants should be located in Chicago, have fewer than 20 employees, and identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of color, LGBTQIA+, a military veteran, a woman or located in a low to moderate-income area. 25 grants totaling $100,000. Apply by 2/8/2023 - https://foundersfirstcdc.org/chicago/

  • 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

Indiana

  • Indiana Technical Assistance Program - INTAP is an annual program that helps small Indiana businesses complete growth and improvement projects by providing up to $15,000 in services from a qualified professional and technical vendor. This helps businesses secure the necessary skill set, qualifications, or technical expertise needed to execute a project. Apply by 2/17/2023 - https://isbdc.org/tech-commercialization/

Kansas

  • HERImpact Kansas City Pitch Competition - Women business owners and social entrepreneurs in Kansas City are encouraged to compete this spring in a Shark Tank-style funding event aimed at investing in women’s ambitions to start and scale local businesses. This competition is for women social entrepreneurs in the Kansas City metropolitan area (i.e., the 14 counties straddling Missouri and Kansas). The total prize pool of $50,000 will be split among the winning contestants. Apply by 2/10/2023 - https://1863.smapply.io/prog/herimpact_kc_pitch_2022/

Louisiana

Maine

  • Ellsworth Downtown Grants Program - Mini-grants of $1000 will be available for start-up or expansion projects to help entrepreneurs and support economic opportunities in the city of Ellsworth. All downtown Ellsworth business owners and area entrepreneurs are eligible to apply. Apply by 2/17/2023 - https://www.heartofellsworth.org/grantprogram2023

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

  • Flint Community Grant Program - This application is for eligible Flint-based nonprofits, businesses, and community-based organizations that will administer programs—for example, home repair and improvement, or youth job training to the Flint community. Apply by 3/27/2023 - https://www.cityofflint.com/ARPA/

  • 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/

  • Realizing Opportunity with Broadband Infrastructure Networks (ROBIN) Grant Program - ROBIN provides funds to internet service providers and public-private partnerships for the expansion of broadband infrastructure to unserved areas. Apply by 3/14/23 - https://www.michigan.gov/leo/bureaus-agencies/mihi/funding-opportunities

  • 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

  • HERImpact Kansas City Pitch Competition - Women business owners and social entrepreneurs in Kansas City are encouraged to compete this spring in a Shark Tank-style funding event aimed at investing in women’s ambitions to start and scale local businesses. This competition is for women social entrepreneurs in the Kansas City metropolitan area (i.e., the 14 counties straddling Missouri and Kansas). The total prize pool of $50,000 will be split among the winning contestants. Apply by 2/10/2023 - https://1863.smapply.io/prog/herimpact_kc_pitch_2022/

  • North St. Louis Commercial Corridor Grant - Businesses and nonprofits located on 11 eligible corridors and neighborhoods in North St. Louis can apply for operational support and façade and storefront improvement grants. https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/sldc/grants/north-st-louis-commercial-corridor/index.cfm

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

  • Small Business Improvement Grant - All creditworthy, small, minority-owned or women-owned businesses in New Jersey may apply for assistance under the Small Business Improvement Grant. Businesses may be reimbursed for capital improvements, or purchase and/or installation of new furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Grants up to $50,000 - https://www.njeda.com/smallbusinessservices/

New Mexico

New York

  • Albany Small Business Grants - Small Business Building Improvement Grant (BIG) Program provides access to critical funding necessary for aspiring entrepreneurs and new businesses to get off the ground in the City of Albany and for existing Albany businesses to grow. Funding up to $25,000. Apply by 2/10/2023 - https://capitalizealbany.com/Grants/

  • Allegany County Small Business grant - Must be for-profit business located in Allegany County with fewer than 25 employees. Funding up to $75,000. Apply by 2/17/2023 - Contact Dr. Craig Clark at craig.clark@alleganyco.gov for application

  • Cortland, NY Microenterprise Grant - Microenterprise Program is designed to help eligible businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owner, with grants of up to $35,000. The owner or new hire(s) must have low-to-moderate incomes. Apply by 2/20/2023 - https://www.cortland.org/498/Microenterprise-Assistance-Program

  • 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

  • Hope4Heroes - Military veteran’s program specifically designed to mentor and provide support for small veteran-owned businesses in New York’s Bronx County. Must be a veteran with an honorable character of service & must currently own and operate a small business in Bronx County, New York. Award is one year of financial mentorship - https://militarywarriors.org/hope4heroes/

  • NYC Small Business Opportunity Fund Loan - Must be a NYC-based business - no minimum credit scroe required, no application fee, 4% interest rate. Loans up to $250,000 - https://sbsopportunityfund.nyc/

  • 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 up to $25,000 - https://rocklandgov.com/departments/county-executive/reviving-and-rebuilding-rockland/grants/

  • Seed Funding Grant Program - The New York State Seed Funding Grant Program was created to provide assistance to early-stage small businesses to succeed in a recovering New York State economy. Must be incorporated in New York State or licensed or registered to do business in New York State and have less than $1MM in revenue. Grants up to $25,000 - https://nyseedgrant.com/

North Carolina

  • Creative Renewal Fellowship - Creative Renewal Fellowship is intended to provide a structured period of rest and creative exploration for vocational artists. Funds may be used for travel, housing, and/or the equipment necessary to conduct proposed activities. Applicants should have 10+ years of pursuing a career in their discipline and be residents of Mecklenburg County for three years at the time of application. Funding of $15,000. Apply by 2/6/2023 - https://artsandscience.org/creative-renewal-fellowship

Ohio

Oklahoma

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/

  • Merchants Fund Stabilization Grant (Philadelphia) - The grant is a one-time infusion of capital to help the business stabilize/recover from a specific deficit/challenge (e.g. replace a failing HVAC system, repair an outdated production space, etc.) or grow/take advantage of an opportunity to increase revenue or decrease expenses (e.g. purchase a piece of equipment that will improve productivity, improve the interior of the store, expand to wholesale/e-commerce, etc.). Business must be in Philadelphia. Apply by 2/28/ - https://merchantsfund.org/grants/stabilization/

  • 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-

  • PA Arts and Culture Recovery Program - Applicants should be nonprofit arts and culture organizations, local arts and culture districts and arts and culture professionals located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Funding up to $25,000. Apply by 2/28/2023 - https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-arpa-pa-arts-and-culture-recovery-program-pacr/

  • 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/

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Texas

  • 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

  • We All Win Waco Small Business Grants - Businesses must be located inside the Waco city limits, employ fewer than 25 people and must be located in Community Development Block Grant eligible areas as of Mar. 3. Funding up to $60,000. Apply by 2/4/2023 - https://www.waco-texas.com/Departments/Housing/Small-Business-Support

Vermont

  • Vermont Creative Futures Grant Program - This program is open to all Vermont-based creative economy nonprofits and for-profit businesses including sole proprietors that can demonstrate economic harm caused by or exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding of $5000-$200,000. Round 2 due by 2/28/23. Round 3: 5/1-6/30/23 - https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/creative-futures-grant-program

Virginia

  • B-Force Accelerator - A 12-week intensive for black and Latinx businesses that are at least 2 years old to prepare them for capital access. Must be located in Norfolk. https://blackbrand.biz/b-force-accelerator/

  • Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust Grant - Facade & Interior Grant Program - Property and business owners who are planning repairs or enhancements of their exterior or interior spaces in 2023 are encouraged to apply for the grant. Funds are awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis and cover up to 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Funding up to $20,000. Apply by 3/3/2023 - https://gloucestervillage.com/grants/

  • James City County Small Business Relief Grant - Existing businesses located in James City County are eligible to apply. Must be locally or regionally owned and have less than 20 employees. Grants up to $15,000 - https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/3803/COVID-19-Small-Business-Relief-ProgramGr

  • Newport News Microenterprise Grant - Micro Enterprise must be within Newport News and will have five or fewer employees. Not-for-profit businesses, organizations and entities are not eligible for this program. The business owners must be low to moderate income or the business must be located in a low to moderate-income area at the time of application. Grants for $500-$3500 - https://www.nnva.gov/2723/Newport-News-Micro-Enterprise-Grant-Prog

  • Prince William County, VA Small Business Grant - Prince William County, VA is offering a "Restore Retail" Grant program for up to $25K per grant. - https://apply.pwcded.org/prog/restore_retail_grant/

  • Virginia Beach Façade Improvement Grant - Façade improvement grants (FIG) are reimbursements for impactful exterior improvements for small, locally owned, and operated businesses located in any commercial or industrial zoned area within the City of Virginia Beach. Grant is a match to what business owner is investing. Funding up to $10,000 -https://www.yesvirginiabeach.com/business-environment/fa%C3%A7ade-improvement-grants-fig

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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