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U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA): Call for Applications for “Enterprising Women of Color” (United States)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 6, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on May 29, 2020
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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has announced a notice for funding opportunity (NOFO) for Enterprising Women of Color.

Enterprising Women of Color – As part of the Administration’s focus on empowering women, MBDA is seeking to promote minority entrepreneurs, with a focus on women entrepreneurs, to become engines of economic growth in their communities. As of 2019, 6.4 million minority-owned women businesses employed nearly 2.4 million people and generated $422.5 billion in revenue according to the American Express State of Women Owned Businesses Report (September 23, 2019).

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.

MBDA will issue awards for a two-year term from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022.
Receipt of any prospective funding also is contingent upon the availability of funds from Congress and continued relevance to program objectives and will be at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce.

Funding Information
Award Ceiling: $ 500,000;
Award Floor: $ 500,000.

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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. Applicants are especially encouraged to provide services to women-owned MBEs.

Applications must be submitted electronically via

All proposals must be received on or before May 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Applications received after this time will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 08, 2020
Apr 08, 2020

Thanks, Ana.