U.S. Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
05/15/20 11:59 PM EDT
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profits, IHEs, and local, state, and quasi-government entities for services that support urban businesses owned by individuals from minority groups. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. 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 BAA: 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.
Applications responding to this announcement must present projects that support start-up businesses and established entrepreneurs in inner cities and urban areas in a U.S. state or U.S. territory with high concentrations of minority populations and minority business enterprises. These service models should be designed to assist minority businesses on a regional basis dependent upon the location of the hub (e.g., North East, Mid-Atlantic, South East and Mid-West and North West, South West, Mid-West, and Pacific regions). Applicants may propose and define the regional service area.
The following program priorities should be considered in an application for an award under this Announcement:
a) Collaborative workspaces (Hubs) – Applicants should submit proposals that create a collaborative working space for individual and group clients and other business development interests. Start-up and growth-based firms with access to shared working spaces co-located with other firms and business development organizations will benefit from the reduced overhead and administrative costs. Co-located spaces will provide applicants with options for meeting rooms, client and partner offices, and working environments that capitalize on shared resources with economic development and corporate partnerships. These facilities and amenities can be shared among start-up and established firms, firms with innovative concepts and laboratories, and entrepreneurship projects. Projects may be located within HBCU or other institutions of higher education.
b) State, regional and local municipal/government partnerships – Executive Order 11625 allows MBDA to provide funding for partnerships with state, local, and regional governments and organizations that have projects designed to overcome the special challenges of minority business enterprises. Proposals under this Announcement may be combined with state, local or regional government and non-public organizations whose projects further minority entrepreneurship, minority business development, and inner-city economic development.
c) Corporate Partnerships - Applications should include a description of the current corporate partnerships and partnership opportunities for mentor/protégé relationships, sponsorship and supplier diversity opportunities, and teaming opportunities.
d) Financing Resources – Applications should include at least one mechanism for referrals to provide financing resources to minority businesses of all sizes and categories. Collaborations with Community Funding Depository Institution (CFDI) and MinorityOwned Depository Institutions (MDI) funds, and minority fund management organizations, as well as, microlending, crowd sourcing, and other alternative financing mechanisms.
e) Industry Focus – Projects may include a specific industry focus. MBDA welcomes projects focused on Administrative or agency priorities such as space commercialization, digital economy and e-commerce, technology, research and development for federal and private laboratory product development, and mergers and acquisitions.
GrantWatch ID#: 189440
Award Ceiling: $700,000
Award Floor: $700,000
MBDA will issue awards for a two-year term from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
MBDA Program Manager
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 5079
Washington, DC 20230
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