There are many competitive grant programs available to small businesses in 2022. Some are so popular that organizers have to offer multiple rounds of funding to support as many businesses as possible. The Coalition to Back Black Business is a popular program of American Express and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation that has already offered several rounds of funding. And now they’re back for another contest. Read about this opportunity and more in this week’s list of small business grants.
Coalition to support black businesses
The Coalition to Back Black Business grant program is back for another round. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and American Express run the program, which is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 cycle. This round will award $5,000 grants to 272 black-owned small businesses. The goal is to help underserved companies recover from challenges and access critical growth opportunities. The application is available online now through September 6.
Glasgow Small Business Relief Grants
Glasgow, Kentucky is offering support to local businesses forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. One-time relief grants of up to $10,000 are available from the American City Rescue Plan Act funding allocation. Grant funds can be used to cover rent, mortgages, payroll, personal protective equipment supplies and utilities. To qualify, businesses must have been classified as non-essential during the height of the pandemic and must have been forced to cease or reduce operations due to the governor’s executive order. Other eligibility criteria also apply. The deadline to submit the application is September 16.
UpStart Thrift Startup Scholarships
UpStart Thrift Store and the StartUp Junkie Foundation in Washington County, Arkansas are launching a new small business grant contest. Winners will receive a $5,000 grant. The program is ongoing and available to small business owners in Washington County. The UpStart Thrift and Startup Junkie Foundation leadership teams will select recipients based on the merit described in each application and award grants as funding becomes available.
Fort Collins Small Business Recovery Grants
Fort Collins, Colorado is offering a grant program to support small businesses recovering from the pandemic. To qualify for grants of up to $10,000, businesses must have fewer than 50 employees and generate less than $500,000 in annual revenue. Companies must also be able to demonstrate reduced revenue, increased costs or other challenges related to the pandemic and subsequent supply chain issues and labor shortages. The first round of funding now runs until August 30. And a second round is scheduled from October 3 to 31.
The Boston Legacy
The Boston Legacy Business Program is a new initiative that aims to support long-standing businesses in the city. The program will identify 25 iconic companies and provide them with additional visibility and resources. Although not a grant per se, the program will provide additional access and help identify grants and other funding programs. To qualify, businesses must be in business for at least ten years and meet other eligibility criteria. Recipients will receive a plaque and other recognition to designate their location as important to the city. The program is scheduled to begin on September 6, when residents can nominate their favorite business in the city.
Warren County Economic Grant Competition
The 2022 Warren County Economic Development Small Business Grant Competition is currently accepting applications. The program is open to both existing small businesses and startups. The aim is to identify and support businesses that can make a substantial improvement in their operations and the wider community with additional funding. The deadline to submit the application is August 31.
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