Application is Now Open for Inclusive Entrepreneurship Support Grant

  Dear Small Business Partners, We are pleased to share that the application for the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Support Grant program is officially open. Given your work with small businesses that meet the eligibility requirements outlined below, we ask for your support in sharing this funding opportunity. This is a highly competitive funding program created for the purpose of providing inclusive small business support in the following strategic economic competitiveness categories: Urban and Rural Mobility Electrification and EV Charging Infrastructure Clean Energy Infrastructure, including Affordable Housing and Regional/Public Transit Post-Secondary Education Attainment Talent Attraction and Retention Healthcare Innovation Childcare And other strategic focus industries per full eligibility criteria This grant is intended for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in strategic sectors who meet at least one of the following qualification criteria: Business location in a Geographic Disadvantaged Business Area Veteran Status Service-Disabled Veteran Limited English Proficiency Disability Member of the LGBTQIA+ community The application will be open until midnight, Feb. 23, 2024. This is not a first come, first served funding opportunity. This is a highly competitive funding opportunity. We anticipate that 10-20 awards will be made, with grant amounts ranging from $250,000 to $2,500,000. Please note that applicants have the option to submit letters of support to help demonstrate the strength of their application by highlighting strategic partnerships, community or industry support, and/or economic impact. You may be asked to provide letter(s) on their behalf, and we ask that you critically consider the application(s) you may choose to support. Thank you for your support of Michigan small businesses, MEDC Small Business Team  
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The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Small Grant Program



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, and nearly $4 million has been awarded to more than 930 veterans since 2011.

Rural Business Development Grants

Rural Business Development Grants

Program Status:

OPEN:Program Period:

Open Date: December 4, 2023. Applications are accepted year-round. Close Date: February 28, 2024, 4:30 p.m. local time. Applications must be received by February 28, 2024, 4:30 p.m. local time.

What does this program do?

The purpose of the program is to promote economic development and job creation projects through the awarding of grant funds to eligible entities. Applications will compete in two separate categories, business opportunity grants and business enterprise grants, for use in funding various business and
community projects that serve rural areas. 

Who may apply for this program?

Grants may be made to a Public Body/Government Entity, an Indian Tribe, or a Nonprofit entity primarily serving rural areas.

What is an eligible area?

Rural Business Development Grant money must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. Check eligible areas.

What kind of funding is available?

There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. There is no cost sharing requirement. There are two types of RBDG projects, Opportunity grants and Enterprise grants. Opportunity type grants are limited to up to 10 percent of the total Rural Business Development Grant annual funding. Enterprise type grants must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application.

Continue to the USDA website for remaining information about the Rural Development Grant in your state.