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Grants and In-Kind Support to Florida Small Businesses in Eligible Locations to Foster Economic Development

Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program: District 1


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Funding Source
Miami Dade County
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County (District 1)

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/24/23 4:00 PM - Hand Delivered Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 and technical assistance to Florida small businesses in eligible locations to enhance economic growth and development. Funding is intended to support equipment purchases, marketing and advertising, security systems, renovations, supplies, and other qualifying expenses. Technical assistance will make small business owners more efficient, improve the working environment, foster better relationships among business owners, and create more jobs. Funds must serve small businesses located in District 1 of Miami-Dade County.

The Miami Dade County Mom And Pop Small Business Grant Program was created by Neighbors And Neighbors Association, Inc. in 1999 to provide financial and technical assistance to qualified small businesses. 

The program provides financial assistance to further the economic viability of recipients. Funding can be used to purchase inventory/supplies, business equipment, marketing/advertising, building/business insurance, minor interior/exterior renovations, security systems (commercial property only), work vehicle (pick-up truck or cargo van- must be registered in the business name) professional services, (CPA, business training, seminars, and events), or commercial property lease or mortgage only.

Technical assistance is made available at no charge, to small businesses in order to create a better working and business environment, promote economic development opportunities, educate owners about various county-funded programs and projects, form/foster better-working relationships among small business owners, retain and eventually create more jobs, offer the necessary training that small business owners so desperately need to become more efficient and competitive, etc.

Eligible Uses of Funding: 

  • Inventory / Supplies
  • Business Equipment
  • Marketing / Advertising
  • Liability Insurance
  • Minor Interior / Exterior Renovations
  • Security System for commercial space only
  • Work Vehicle (pick up truck or cargo van) must be registered in the business name
  • Professional Services (Accounting, Business Training, Seminars, and events)
  • Lease or mortgage for commercial space only


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility and Requirements:
- All businesses must be located in the specified county commission district
- Must be a for-profit business
- Must not be part of a national chain
- A physical address is required
- Home-based businesses can apply

All businesses must be located in District 1 and meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Business must have been in operation since January 2023.
- Must be a for-profit business.
- A physical address is required. No P.O Box as mailing address allowed.
- Home-based businesses can apply.
- The Selection Committee can consider special projects.

Automatic Disqualification:
- Businesses that received funding in 2022
- Businesses that relocate out of the district during the process.
- Applications will not be accepted after deadline.
- Non-profit agencies can not apply.
- More than one application submitted for the same owner(s), family member, or partners.
- Must not be part of a national chain.

Ineligible Use of Funding:
- Rental Deposits
- Late Payment Fees
- Purchase of Alcohol, Tobacco or Medicine
- Salaries
- Debts
- Property taxes
- County, City, and/or State license
- And any and all others not listed in the eligible use above.

Pre-Proposal Conference
All businesses applying for funding are encouraged to attend this workshop, to learn about the program requirements. All questions will be answered only during this time.

There will be an Informational Workshop via Zoom explaining the program requirements held on
- February 9, 2023, at 6:00 pm
- Meeting ID: 810 3299 1514

Please be on time, space is limited!

Pre-Application Information
Applications available online or in-person: February 1, 2023 – February 15, 2023

Completed applications will be accepted from Thursday, February 16th – Friday, February 24th by 4:00 pm

Hand deliver the application in a sealed envelope to the District office. No late applications will be accepted!

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000 per business

Contact Information
Hand deliver the application in a sealed envelope to the District office
Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III District Office
17988 NW 27th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Phone: 305-474-3011

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