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Enterprising Women of Color Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies
to Support Businesses Owned by Women from Minority Groups

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U.S. Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Deadline Date:

05/30/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, IHEs, and local, state, and quasi-government entities to provide support services to businesses owned by women from minority groups. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to promote minority entrepreneurs, with a focus on women entrepreneurs, to become engines of economic growth in their communities.

MBDA is authorized pursuant to Executive Order 11625 to provide financial assistance to public and private organizations so that they may render technical and management assistance to minority business enterprises and defray all or part of the costs of pilot or demonstration projects conducted by public or private agencies or organizations which are designed to overcome the special challenges of minority business enterprises.

MBDA seeks to fund Business Center(s) with a particular focus on supporting minority women entrepreneurs in the U.S. and its territories to build their businesses, secure contracts and capital, and increase employment opportunities. The primary drivers of the Minority Business Center – Enterprising Women of Color are: (i) capacity building, and (ii) job creation/retention resulting from facilitating contracts and financing for medium-sized minority businesses. MBDA Centers provide technical business services including (but not limited to) the development of a pool of contracts and finance opportunities; direct matching of opportunities with qualified/vetted MBEs; relationship management and deal sourcing initiatives (e.g. industry clusters); facilitating MBE growth through exports (identifying global markets and financing); identifying, matching and securing alternative sources of capital and financing; educating MBEs on the benefits of strategic growth alternatives (e.g., mergers, acquisitions and/or joint ventures); MBE advocacy; and, providing service referrals to MBEs of all sizes.

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GrantWatch ID#: 189439

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Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $500,000

Term of Contract:

MBDA will issue awards for a two-year term from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: For-profit entities (including but not limited to sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations), non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, commercial organizations, state and local government entities, and quasi-government entities in any U.S. State or U.S. Territory.

In the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill, Congress authorized MBDA to provide funding through grants, contracts, and other agreements with public or private organizations.

Agency Requirements for the Center
a) Alignment to MBDA Mission – Each proposed project should align, complement, and
support MBDA’s mission to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s
growing minority business enterprise (MBE) community.
b) Service Location - MBDA seeks to fund projects located in any U.S. State or U.S. Territory.
c) Performance - Funded projects must align with the MBDA program priorities (I.A. and I.B. above).
d) Innovation - Applications must address the unique challenges faced by minority business enterprises (MBEs). Organizations that are owned or controlled by the following persons or groups of persons are the organizations that are considered MBEs for the purpose of this NOFO: African-American, Hispanic-American, American Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American (including Alaska Natives, Alaska Native Corporations and Tribal entities), Asian Indian American, and Hasidic Jewish American. See 15 C.F.R. §§ 1400.1, 1400.2 and Executive Order 11625 (1969). MBDA especially encourages applicants to address challenges faced by women-owned MBEs.

Projects must be located in a U.S. State or U.S. Territory, and must provide services that benefit minority-owned businesses in any U.S. state or territory.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Applications must be submitted to no later than May 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Potential applicants should begin registration early, as the complete registration process takes between three business days and three weeks. Before applying for a funding opportunity, your organization needs to register with and assign one or more Authorized Organization Representatives (AOR).

All application materials and forms are available at the website (
Applicants should anticipate receiving confirmation of successful submission within forty-eight (48) hours. It is imperative that applicants obtain this confirmation as proof of successful submission. Waiting to submit an application until the end of the competition period puts an application at risk; be sure to allow ample time.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

Each applicant (unless the applicant is a Federal awarding agency which has an exception from the requirements of 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or an exception approved by the MBDA under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to:
(i) Register in SAM before submitting an application;
(ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in the application; and,
(iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by MBDA (or any other Federal agency).

MBDA shall conduct a mandatory post-award teleconference to ensure that the successful applicant has a clear understanding of the project award, terms, conditions and expectations.

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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.

Nakita Chambers, Program Manager
MBDA Office of Business Development
Tel: 202.482.0065

U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 5079
Washington, DC 20230

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