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Grants to California Technical Assistance Centers to Support Small Business Growth

California Small Business Technical Assistance Program (SB TAP)

GrantWatch ID# 191427
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) - Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
Funding or PIN Number: SBTAP2022
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Conference Date: 08/02/22
LOI Date: 08/10/22
Deadline: 08/16/22 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to California technical assistance centers to provide pro-bono and affordable programs to entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. Applicants must submit an LOI before applying. Funding is intended to provide a range of support for business growth and stability. Preference will be given to programs that offer new or expanded services to underserved business groups, including women, people of color, and veteran-owned businesses, and businesses in low-wealth, rural, and disaster-impacted communities.

Eligible consulting and training services covered by the Program’s grant funding include: business plans and strategy; capital readiness and fundraising; expansion and revenue growth strategies such as export training, government and private procurement, e-commerce marketplace development and other business development strategies; marketing; management; operations; financial management; cybersecurity; production/manufacturing assistance and increased productivity strategies; innovation and tech transfer; business resilience such as emergency preparedness, disaster economic recovery, succession planning; among other areas.

CalOSBA seeks proposals that demonstrate collaboration and best practice sharing in the community and across ecosystem partners to build a stronger network of programs, services, and activities that benefit all California small business with a preference for underserved business groups.

These may include:

  • Research and marketing focused on mapping the continuum of services, identifying any gaps that exist for underserved small businesses, partnering, and ensuring effective outreach to underserved small businesses.
  • Identifying and scaling best practices including cross-network and ecosystem wide best practice sharing to ensure a standard level of small business service offerings across the state, especially with underserved small businesses.
  • Building new partnerships and collaborations to better support underserved small businesses with experts in this area including minority, women and veterans’ business organizations, mission-based lenders serving underserved, and others that have effective outreach to underserved small businesses.

Allowable activities and expenditures under the Program can be found at


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
At the time of applying for funds, Centers must meet the requirements below.
1. Be designated federal small business technical assistance center or a registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) with a mission to promote the economic empowerment of underserved microbusinesses, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and small nonprofits.
2. Have an established entrepreneurial or small business development technical assistance program that provides free or low-cost services to California’s underserved businesses and entrepreneurs to enable their launch and sustained growth.
3. Applicants must submit an active grant or contract with a funding partner to administer a small business technical assistance program in California or a Letter of Intent/Announcement from a funding partner stating the Applicant will administer a small business technical assistance program in California. The agreement should extend through the end of the performance period, or the applicant should have a clear plan to spend all funds by the end of their active grant. Extensions or renewals of active grants may be included in the plan to fully exhaust funds.
4. Applicants must have a fiscal agent that is able to receive nonfederal funds and be a federally funded small business development center or a registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) with a TAP program-aligned mission.
5. SB TAP funds shall not supplant a Center’s local cash match. However, funding from other state programs may be used as local cash match.
6. Applicants must have a plan of action and commitment to fully draw down all the federal or private funds in their primary agreement with a federal or private funding partner during the grant period using local cash match.
7. Applicants must generate and provide documentation of the local cash match required by the funding partner. Alternatively, if the applicant is not a federally contracted small business technical assistance center, the applicant must provide a plan of action for drawing down any match required by those private funding sources using local cash match outside of state funds not described in Section 12100.63 during the award period.

Unallowable activities and expenditures under the Program include, but are not limited to:
- Salary or contract bonuses
- Travel expenses for per diem, lodging, meals or subsistence expenses
- Travel expenses for transportation (i.e. mileage, car rental, rail or air) unless noted above for geographic expansion)
- Food and beverage
- Supplies not related to consulting, training, allowable research, or marketing
- Indirect or overhead costs (The grant agreements in this Program are not subject to the model agreement provisions developed pursuant to Chapter 14.27 (commencing with Section 67325) of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code)
- Other items that are banned by the State of California, or CalOSBA deems inappropriate or inconsistent with statutory or programmatic requirements of TAP

Pre-Proposal Conference
Join CalOSBA for a pre-bid webinar for the upcoming Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Request for Proposals (RFP).

Wednesday July 27, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Register online:

Tuesday August 2, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Register online:

Pre-Application Information
- July 22, 2022: Program Announcement Release and RFP period begins
- July 27, 2022: Pre-Bid Webinar at 1:00 PM PDT
- August 2, 2022: Pre-Bid Webinar at 1:00 PM PDT
- August 10, 2022: Letter of Intent to apply
- August 16, 2022: Grant application deadline (must submit online by 11:59:59 PM PDT)
- August 16 – September 5, 2022: Proposal review
- September 8, 2022: Notice of Intent to Award sent via email
- September 8-9, 2022: Follow up calls to Awardees (if needed)
- September 8-9, 2022: Grant Agreements sent to Awardees
- October 1, 2022: Grant program begins
- September 30, 2023: Grant program ends

Proposals submitted after the stipulated deadline will be rejected without being evaluated with no exceptions. Please make every effort to submit at least 48 hours in advance in case you experience technical difficulties.

CalOSBA will process grant payments quarterly on a cost-reimbursement basis. CalOSBA will issue payments within forty-five (45) calendar days of receiving a complete, valid and undisputed invoice with all required documentation and reporting requirements.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The requested funding amount may not exceed the total federal or private award to provide technical assistance to small businesses specified in a Center’s agreement with a federal or private funding partner. The requested funding amount may not be less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) per year.

Term of Contract
The 2022/23 grant period will commence on October 1, 2022 and end on September 30, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Letters of Intent and questions for the webinar should be submitted to

For help applying, please send an email to and copy Jean Coleman, Program Manager, at with the subject line: Technical Assistance Grant Online Help.

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