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Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribes to Provide Technical
Assistance and Counseling to Disadvantaged Small Businesses

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Small Business Administration (SBA) - Office of Capital Access

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05/20/21 4:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and Tribes to provide technical assistance and counseling for disadvantaged small businesses. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the available funding is to support organizations that provide services to small businesses in order to facilitate their growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and management improvement.

The Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act of 1999 (the PRIME Act) authorizes the SBA Administrator to establish a program for the purposes of: (i) providing training and technical assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs; (ii) providing training and capacity building assistance to microenterprise development organizations (MDOs) and programs; (iii) aiding in Research and development of best practices for microenterprise and technical assistance programs for disadvantaged entrepreneurs; and (iv) for other activities as the SBA Administrator determines.

This year, SBA will give additional consideration to those applicants that (1) provide training and technical assistance to economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in rural areas; and (2) training and technical assistance to support entrepreneurship in Hub Zones and Opportunity Zones. 

Eligible organizations may apply to SBA for awards of financial assistance under this Announcement to conduct activities under one, but not more than one, of the following Funding Tracks:

  • Track I (Technical Assistance) – seeks applications for funding to provide training and technical assistance programs to disadvantaged entrepreneurs.
  • Track II (Capacity Building) – seeks applications for funding to provide training and capacity building services to MDOs, microenterprise development programs, and groups of such organizations to assist them in developing microenterprise training and services.

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GrantWatch ID#: 125374

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SBA anticipates awards for Tracks I and II will be in the range of $75,000 to $250,000.

SBA will allocate the funding available for awards as follows:
- A minimum of 75 percent for Technical Assistance Grants, Track I;
- A minimum of 15 percent for Capacity Building Grants and not to exceed 25%, Track II;
- The remaining 10 percent or less may be allocated by SBA, in its sole discretion to be used for: Research and Development Grants or Discretionary Grants.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be made for a project period of twelve months. It is anticipated that projects will likely start on September 30, 2021 and run through September 29, 2022.


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible for PRIME grants include:
- A micro-enterprise development organization or program that has a demonstrated record of delivering micro-enterprise services to disadvantaged micro-entrepreneurs
- An intermediary, such as a private, nonprofit entity serving micro-enterprise development organizations
- A micro-enterprise development organization or program that is accountable to a local community, working with a state or local government or Indian tribe
- An Indian tribe acting on its own, if the Indian tribe can certify that no private organization or program exists within its jurisdiction

To the extent that they satisfy all eligibility criteria the same as all other applicant organizations, Religious Organizations are entitled to compete for Federal financial assistance (grants and/or cooperative agreements) used to support government programs.

The following entities will automatically be considered ineligible and their applications rejected without evaluation:
- Any individual person;
- Any for-profit entity;
- Any organization that owes an outstanding and unresolved financial obligation to the federal government;
- Any organization that is currently suspended, debarred or otherwise prohibited from receiving awards of contracts or grants from the federal government;
- Any organization with an outstanding and unresolved material deficiency reported under the requirements of the Single Audit Act or OMB Circular A-133 within the past two years;
- Any organization that has had a PRIME grant or Grant involuntarily terminated or non-renewed by SBA for cause within the past year;
- Any organization that has filed for bankruptcy within the past five years;
- Any organization that proposes to serve as a pass-through and permit another organization to manage the day-to-day operations of the project; and/or
- Any organization that was convicted, or had an officer or agent acting on its behalf convicted, of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past five years.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals responding to this Funding Opportunity must be submitted to by 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time, May 20, 2021.

Applicants may seek funding under either Track I or Track II. No applicant may seek funding under more than one Track.

To submit an application via, your organization must first:
- Have a DUNS number; NOTE UEI replaces DUNS in system.
- Be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM); and
- Have a username and password.

The process for meeting these three pre-submission requirements may take several weeks to complete. Additionally, Applicants may have to download or upgrade software in order to utilize Therefore, applicants without these required identification items should begin the process immediately.

A 50 percent matching contribution is required, but SBA may reduce or eliminate this requirement in certain circumstances.

About PRIME:

Additional Information and Documents:

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page (see the URL for Full Text link) below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Microenterprise Development Branch (202) 205-6485

Program Requirements or Technical Assistance:
Office of Capital Access
Robert Karasek

Agency Programmatic Point of Contact:
Office of Financial Assistance information line at (202) 619-0628 or via e-mail to

Questions regarding budgetary matters related to this Announcement should be directed to the Grants Management Office, Anthony Moore via e-mail to

For technical support with filing an electronic application in response to this Announcement, contact the Help Desk at 1-800-518-4726 or

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