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Microenterprise Grant

Grants to Alaska Individuals with Disabilities
to Acquire, Open, or Expand Small Businesses

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) - Center for Human Development

Deadline Date:

01/27/21 12:00 PM - Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Alaska individuals with disabilities to foster new business ventures and expansion opportunities. The purpose of funding is to assist persons with disabilities in entering the business sector. Funding may be used to acquire, open, or expand small businesses. Eligible expenses include inventory, supplies, equipment, and raw materials; business licenses and insurance; utilities and furniture; marketing; accounting; training and support; rent for space to offer a service or product; and transportation costs not related to vehicle purchases.

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176762

Estimated Size of Grant:

-The grant amounts people request varies depending on the business.
-Applicants can request a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $10,000.
-Multiple applications per applicant are accepted in different review periods, but the lifetime maximum is $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant from the Microenterprise Fund, applicants must be an Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiary, as defined by the Trust:
-People with mental illness: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(d)]:
-People with developmental disabilities: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(e)]:
-People with chronic alcoholism: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(f)]:
-People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(g)]
-People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Applicants are required to provide documentation of their beneficiary status.

-The business must meet the definition of a micro enterprise, which is a business with total capital needs of not more than $35,000 and fewer than 5 employees.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Dates
-Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 12 pm
-Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 12 pm

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Contact Information:

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


Larrisa Cummings
Grant Fund Administrator
Ph: (907) 264-6279
E-Fax: (907) 891-7312

For assistance with your application, contact the Business Consultant.

Nina Rawson
Business Consultant
Ph: (907) 978-1973

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
Fax: (907) 274-4802

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