Business Grant Resources

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Grant Name: The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, Inc. (HBIF)
Time & Dates: Ongoing
Synopsis: Entrepreneurial grants allow start-ups and existing businesses to receive professional business development services underwritten by HBIF.
Contact Information: http://hbiffl.com/services/entrepreneurial-grants/
Grant Range: On individual bases

Grant Name: The National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants Program
Times & Dates: Ongoing
Synopsis: Grant funding allows business owners to apply for a grant useful for financing a particular small business need. Past recipients used their grant for computers, farm equipment, to hire part-time help, marketing materials and more. The NASE Growth Grants program offers access to capital for micro-business owners who have a specific business need, but lack the finances to carry out that goal.
Exclusions: Self-employed only
Contact Information: http://www.nase.org/become-a-member/grants-and-scholarships/BusinessDevelopmentGrants.aspx
Grant Range: Up to $4,000
Application Fee: Annual member fee

Grant Name: USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program
Times & Dates: Varies - annual application
Synopsis: The USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program provides grants to finance the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. The funds can be used for land acquisition, construction, renovation, technical assistance and project planning.
Exclusions: Any project funded under the RBEG program should benefit small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Small and emerging private businesses are those that will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in projected gross revenues. RBEG funds must be directed for projects benefitting rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.
Contact Information: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants
Grant Range: $10,000 - $500,000 smaller requests are given higher priority

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Grant Name: Phase 0 Pilot Program
Time & Dates: Open ended - first come, first served
Synopsis: The program is designed to help Florida companies -- and particularly startup businesses that lack investment capital. Allowable expenses include consulting fees and professional fees, travel expenses and out-of-pocket expenses related to preparing the proposal for a SBIR or STTR grant.
Exclusions: Employee salaries, expenses incurred prior to execution of a contract with Enterprise Florida, Inc., and expenses incurred following the submission of the SBIR or STTR proposal.
Contact Information: Bill Spivey; VP, Capital Programs MaSBEC; (407) 956-5695
Grant Range: Up to $3,000
Application Fee: $250

Additional Resources: The Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program works with private investment funds licensed as SBICs to provide growth capital to U.S. small businesses. Although SBICs regulated by SBA, they are private, profit-seeking investment companies that make independent investment decisions. This link will provide you with the contact information needed to learn more about the SBIC Licensees in your state.
Website: https://www.sba.gov/sbic/financing-your-small-business/directory-sbic-licensees

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Grant Name: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Time & Dates: Ongoing
Synopsis: NIH’s SBIR and STTR programs are an integral source of capital for early stage U.S. small businesses that are creating innovative technologies to improve health. These competitive programs help small businesses break into the federal research and development (R&D) arena, create life-saving technologies, and stimulate economic growth.
Exclusions: For more information on exclusions visit: https://sbir.nih.gov/about/eligibility-criteria
Contact Information: https://sbir.nih.gov/infographic#
Grant Range: On individual basis

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Grant Name: Impact Polk 
Time & Dates: The grant application process began Sept. 25, 2015 and the deadline is Oct. 9.
Synopsis: All non-profit public charities that have a current section 501(c)3 and whose project service is a Polk County zip code.
Exclusions: One hundred percent of program participants must reside in, or receive services in Polk County zip codes
Contact Information: GiveWell Community Foundation; (863) 683-3131; www.givecf.org
Grant Range: Up to $25,000

Grant Name: Community Investment Grant Rounds
Time & Dates: Spring
Synopsis: Limited to nonprofits in the Central Florida region
Contact Information: https://cffound.org/receive/cff_grants/
Grant Range: On individual basis
Application: There is no application for these grants and building a portrait in Nonprofit Search is the first step to qualify for consideration.

Grant Name: Small Business Grant Program - FY 2018
Time & Dates: 02/10/2017 (application date)
Synopsis: The purpose of this program is to publicize Florida's tourism advantages through matching grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Funds must support marketing purposes that promote tourism advantages through advertising (print, broadcast, digital, social media, or out of home), direct mail, brochure production, website development, and related projects. Funded marketing efforts must include the Visit Florida logo in compliance with brand guidelines.
Exclusions: Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and businesses with a gross annual revenue of no more than $1.25 million. Applicants must be current Visit Florida small business partners.
Contact Information: Applications must be submitted online at www.visitflorida.org/resources/grants
Grant Range: An unspecified amount of funding is available to support awards of up to $5,000 through this program. Awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis. Applicants must provide a one-to-one non-state match, using cash or in-kind resources. In-kind contributions must be provided by third-party entities. Other funds from the funding agency and staff salaries are ineligible sources of matching contributions.

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Grant Name: Small Business Grant Program - FY 2018
Time & Dates: 02/10/2017 (application date)
Synopsis: The purpose of this program is to publicize Florida's tourism advantages through matching grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Funds must support marketing purposes that promote tourism advantages through advertising (print, broadcast, digital, social media, or out of home), direct mail, brochure production, website development, and related projects. Funded marketing efforts must include the Visit Florida logo in compliance with brand guidelines.
Exclusions: Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and businesses with a gross annual revenue of no more than $1.25 million. Applicants must be current Visit Florida small business partners.
Contact Information: Applications must be submitted online at www.visitflorida.org/resources/grants
Grant Range: An unspecified amount of funding is available to support awards of up to $5,000 through this program. Awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis. Applicants must provide a one-to-one non-state match, using cash or in-kind resources. In-kind contributions must be provided by third-party entities. Other funds from the funding agency and staff salaries are ineligible sources of matching contributions.
Workforce & Employee Training - show / hide
Grant Name: EWT (CETA)
Time & Dates: August 1 through April 1
Synopsis: Grant for National Certification for existing employees
Exclusions: Must have 2 full time working employees
Contact Information: CareerSource Polk, Business Services Department (863) 508-1600
Grant Range: 50 percent to 75 percent reimbursement

Grant Name: Veterans Training Grant
Time & Dates: Current enrollment available
Synopsis: The Florida Veterans Employment and Training Services (FL VETS) Business Training Grant Program helps your business meet your workforce demands in a competitive environment by facilitating access to training and education in high-demand fields for veterans through matching training grants.
Exclusions: only applies for newly hired* veterans or newly promoted* veterans, $200,000 single business limit
Contact Information: http://www.veteransflorida.org/grant/
Grant Range: reimbursement up to 50 percent of newly hired veteran training costs, up to $8,000.

Grant Name: OJT (On the Job Training)
Time & Dates: Aug. 1 through April 1
Synopsis: Grant for training new employees in an in-demand occupation
Exclusions: Must have two full-time working employees, employee can't start before grant is in effect.
Contact Information: CareerSource Polk, Business Services Department (863) 508-1600
Grant Range: 50 percent to 75 percent reimbursement of wage that starts at $11 per hour full-time

Grant Name: Incumbent Worker Training (IWT)
Time & Dates: Current enrollment available
Synopsis: Incumbent Worker Training reimburses existing for-profit businesses for employer-driven training. Through IWT, Florida is able to effectively retain businesses and help them stay competitive through skills upgrade training for existing full-time employees. The program is structured to be flexible to meet the business’s training objectives. The business may use public, private or in-house training providers based on the nature of the training.
Exclusions: Grant funding for customized training for existing for profit businesses; been in operation in Florida for at least one year prior to application date, have at least one full-time employee, demonstrate financial viability, be current on all state tax obligations.
Contact Information: Stephanie Campbell, Business Development Coordinator. Polk County BoCCState College, (863) 669-2951, StCampbell@polk.edu
Grant Range: Reimbursement rate up to 50 percent or 75 percent of training cost. Range depends on the training they are requesting and approvable.

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