Comcast is offering small business grants in five major metropolitan areas

Businesses in communities across the country are still reeling from COVID and its aftermath. Women and entrepreneurs of color have been particularly hard hit. While virtually any city is eligible for additional support, Comcast has identified five key metropolitan areas to support under its latest grant program. Learn about Comcast RISE grants and other current small business funding opportunities below.

Comcast RISE

Comcast is launching a new round of RISE grants. The program supports small businesses owned by women and people of color in select communities across the United States. Cities selected for this round include Detroit, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Twin Cities. Eligible businesses in this community can apply for $10,000 in funding. Overall, the program will distribute $5 million to 500 companies. Recipients can also benefit from creative and marketing advice and technology upgrades. Applications for this round are due June 14.

Northwest Florida Black Business Investment Grant Program

The Northwest Florida Black Business Investment Grant Program aims to uplift Black businesses in Pensacola and Northwest Florida. This is a program of Bantucola, the Black Business Directory launched by Chris Hendricks in 2018. Businesses in Northwest Florida that are at least 51% black-owned and registered with Bantucola and Florida SunBiz Division of Corporations may request $1,500. The deadline to apply is May 25. And Bantucola will announce the winners at the Black Northwest Florida State Luncheon on May 27.

Navajo Artisan and Small Business Relief Grant Program

The Navajo Nation Economic Development Division is relaunching its Navajo Artisan and Small Business Relief Grant program. The program was originally launched with funding from the CARES Act. And this new cycle will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. The current grant will prioritize applicants who have not received financial assistance in previous cycles. The division is currently accepting paper applications and is also working on the development of an online portal.

Western New York Small Business Grant Program

West New York, New Jersey is supporting its local small businesses with a new grant program. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $5,000. To be eligible, businesses must be located in Western New York, registered with the New Jersey Department of Treasury, be current with all applicable taxes, and have 25 or fewer full-time employees. Companies should also be able to prove the major negative impact of COVID-19. The municipality will accept applications until June 3.

Yolo County Microenterprise COVID-19 Relief Grant

The Yolo County COVID-19 Microbusiness Relief Grant Program aims to support underserved small businesses in the area. Eligible microenterprises can apply for grants of $2,500. To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than five full-time equivalent employees and show significant damage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted until October 15 or until all funds have been distributed.

Princeton Small Business Resilience Fund

The Princeton Small Business Resiliency Fund is launching a new round of grants to support businesses that have not previously received funding. This round will include approximately $20,000 in total funding. Funded primarily through a grant from Princeton University, the program has already awarded more than $440,000 in previous cycles over the past two years. To be eligible, businesses must have a storefront in the city of Princeton and no more than 25 employees. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have been distributed.

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