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Grant and Award Opportunities this Summer

Here are some grant and award opportunities that have spring and summer 2021 deadlines.

Please remember that doesn't have affiliations with any of these organizations. Any specific questions about grant eligibility should be directed to contacts on their websites (don't ask me because I won't know!).

Funding Opportunities

  • Dream Big Awards - Offers a $25,000 cash prize to the Small Business of the Year winner. The application deadline is July 16, 2021. You can apply for the awards as a small business or be referred by a local Chamber of Commerce or trade organization. Learn more here.

  • Nav's Small Business Grant - Nav, a loan and credit card matching service has a 2021 round of grants to help small businesses. The grand prize winner receives a $10,000 grant and the runner-up received $5,000. Applications are open through May 31, 2021. Learn more here.

  • GoFundMe Small Business Relief matching grant - The Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19. If your business raises up to $500, you can get a $500 match from the fund. Learn more here.

  • Black Founder Startup Grant - SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, Twilio, and other sponsors to provide $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Applications are rolling – more info can be found here.

  • Black Restaurant Accelerator Program - In partnership with PepsiCo Foundation, the National Urban League through its 12 Entrepreneurship Centers in cities across the U.S., has launched the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program (BRAP). The Program will provide direct grant assistance grants to 500 businesses, and technical assistance, including entrepreneurial coaching. Must be Black-owned food service company located in in the service area of a National Urban League Entrepreneurship Center in one of the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington DC. Learn more here.

  • Digital Undivided Fellowship - The Do You Fellowship Program will award 10 promising Black and Latinx women innovators with a $5,000 investment in their business and access to unparalleled resources and mentorship necessary to develop their businesses. To learn more and register to be notified when the applications are available, click here.

  • Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition - The BGV Pitch Competition is a crowdfunding meets pitch competition. Each founder has 3 minutes to pitch and a 3 minute Q&A from the audience. Learn more here.

  • For Black-Owned Businesses in Florida - The Black Business Loan Program (BBLP) provides lending opportunities and technical assistance to black entrepreneurs throughout the state of Florida (might only be Miami-Dade County). Under BBLP, loans are available from $2,500 to $75,000. Learn more here.

Award Opportunity

  • Citizen Awards - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has opened nominations for its annual Citizens Awards, which includes a category for small businesses. (Looks like this is an award in name only – no financial award) The deadline to submit is June 25, 2021. Learn more here.

Other Resources

  • Leniency from credit card companies – Many credit card companies has released statements announcing that they’ll be giving COVID-19 relief for small businesses. They’re doing this by waiving service fees for 30 days or offering other types of disaster relief assistance. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company to find out if they are offering any special services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Questions about PPP Loans? The SBA will continue to accept PPP loan applications until May 31, 2021. This US Chamber webpage has some great info on this page about "23 Frequently Asked PPP loan questions".

  • The US Chamber also has a section of their website devoted to "saving small business". Some great resources and funding opportunities are mentioned here.

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