Grant Opportunity for Disability-Owned Small Businesses, Application Deadline, Monday, Nov. 29.
ACB just sent out this announcement. Take advantage of it if you can.
American Express and Main Street America have an open grant opportunity for small businesses that are majority owned by persons with disabilities. Please see the below and review the grant information at the following link for additional details and to apply - https://www.mainstreet.org/howwecanhelp/inclusivebacking.
Helping Underrepresented Small Businesses Thrive
As small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic, many still need support keep their doors open. To back underrepresented small business owners as they navigate the pandemic and plan for long-term success and resilience, American Express is partnering with Main Street America to launch a $1.65M year-round program called
Inclusive Backing. Part of American Express’ Backing Small initiative, the program will provide hundreds of underrepresented small businesses with financial support as well as other resources to address their critical needs and challenges.
More than 250 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded in four cycles over 12 months to small business owners in older or historic commercial districts across the country, with priority given to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In partnership with Disability:IN and National ACE Foundation, the first grant cycle will provide grants to both small business owners with disabilities and/or those who identify as Asian, Asian American and/or Pacific Islander. Applications are now open. Apply here by 11:59pm CT on Nov. 29.
What types of businesses are eligible?
Businesses must meet the following criteria to apply:
The business must be a business entity in good standing in the state in which it was formed and the state in which it does business.
The applicant’s business has a “brick-and-mortar” location and operates in an older or historic main street, downtown or commercial district in the U.S.
The applicant’s business employs 20 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner.
The applicant’s business has been in operation since January 1, 2020.
The applicant is an owner of the business and is 18 years of age or older.
Business must be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled, by a person with disabilities and/or a person who identifies as Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander (AAPI).
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