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Phoenix Small Business Grants - Micro and Small Businesses in the City of Phoenix can apply for up to $15,000 in grant funds that can be used for any business expense categorized by the Internal Revenue Service as a “deductible expense.” Must have less than 25 employees and operate in city of Phoenix. Apply by 4/15/22. Learn more here.
Pledge LA Founders Fund - Business must be led by a Black and/or Latinx co-founder based in Los Angeles County, have raised less than $250,000 from any source prior to applying and have an innovative product with evidence of traction. Grants for $25,000. Applications due by 4/10/22. Learn more here.
Riverside County Relief Grants – Grants for $2500 are available to for-profits located in Riverside County with less than $50,000 in revenue for 2019 and less than 5 employees. Apply by 6/30/22. Learn more here.
San Francisco Small Business Rent Relief Grant - Grants for up to $35,000. Must be a business currently operating in San Francisco and plan to stay for at least a year. Must have unpaid rent debt accrued between March 2020 and September 2021. Apply by 4/1/22. Learn more here.
EDGE Grant Program for Small Businesses - Delaware based businesses who are less than 5 years old and employ no more than 10 individuals are eligible for grants up to $100,000. Apply by 3/31/22. Learn more here.
University of Central Florida Women's Business Incubator - For women-led for-profit small businesses in the Central Florida area. Incubator provides education and networking resources. Learn more here.
Decatur Small Business Loans and Grants – Loans are available for up to $20,000 to small businesses in Decatur with less than 25 employees. Loan has potential to be forgiven. Applications due by 3/25/22. Learn more here.
Massachusetts Small Business Grant Program - Small business must have under $2.5MM in revenue. Grants of $10,000-$75,000 can cover payroll costs, mortgage and rent payments, and utility operating costs. Apply by 4/4/22. Learn more here.
Gorham Savings Bank's LaunchPad - Legally registered, Maine-based businesses and/or legal residents of Maine age 18 or older can apply. No formal business proposals or supporting documents are required. Selected finalists will deliver a live pitch in-person to a panel of judges on June 7, 2022. Prize of $50,000. Apply by 3/31/22. Learn more here.
New Ventures Maine Mini Marketing Grants- Eligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Businesses must apply to the region in which they are based in Maine. Grant for $1,000. Apply by 5/6/22. Learn more here.
BGE Energizing Small Business Grant - For-profit business founded in 2020 or prior within the state of Maryland, Must have less than 25 employees. Grants for $20,000. Apply by 3/25/22. Learn more here.
Growing MI Business Grant - For Michigan businesses that were in operation on October 1, 2019 and maintain a physical presence in Michigan. Apply by 3/31/22. Learn more here
Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program – Grants for $10,000 are available to entrepreneurs who own and operate a business within the City of Flint. Business cannot be a franchise. Apply by 3/18/22. Learn more... (Note - this is the website - it was having technical issues when I checked it prior to sending this email blast but it is correct: https://developflintandgenesee.org/moving-flint-forward-application-process/)
Jones County Chamber of Commerce Grant - Group will offer Minority Owned Small Business Grant opportunities for $3000 to eligible businesses in Jones County. Must be a current Mississippi Power customer and have less than 50 employees. Apply by 3/25/22. Learn more here.
Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Authority - Two funding opportunities - Missouri Value-Added Agriculture Grant and Missouri Value-Added Agriculture “Farm to Table” Grant. Applications for both programs are awarded on a competitive basis, and will be scored based on the economic development potential for the agriculture industry. Grants for up to $200,000. Apply by 4/1/22. Learn more here.
Manchester Small Business Grant and Program Assistance – Grants up to $10,000 are available to 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. Learn more here.
Affinity Grant Program – Grant up to $25,000 available to tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code that operate programs within Affinity’s 10-county service area – Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Applications due 4/15/22. Learn more here.
HerRise PitchFest - PitchFest exists as a relief for women of color small businesses still impacted by the pandemic. Participant must be a HerSuiteSpot member with a small business registered in the state of New York. Award of $5,000. Apply by 3/19/22. Learn more here
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 are $5000-$25,000 and issued on a first come, first served basis. Learn more here.
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 are for $500-$3500. Learn more here.
Washington DC Area
Ascend Capital Accelerator - Thrive Cohort – The Thrive Cohort is designed to help entrepreneurs of color. The principal office of the business must be in Washington, D.C., Prince George's County (MD), Montgomery County (MD), Howard County (MD), Arlington County (VA), or Alexandria (VA). Apply by 3/18/22. Learn more here.
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.