8 December 2023

A Chance for Change: Small Business Grants for Athletes and Minority Business Owners

By Ronald Smith

Thinking about starting your own business? Well, guess what? You’re not alone! Many athletes and people looking for a fresh start are considering the exciting world of business ownership. And here’s some great news: there’s a new program in town that can help athletes kickstart their journey to becoming successful entrepreneurs. But that’s not all! In this article, I’ll also tell you about some other awesome small business grants up for grabs. So, let’s dive in!

The Angel City Player 22 Program: Unlocking Your Entrepreneurial Dreams

In support of female and non-binary former soccer players, Angel City is expanding its Player 22 Program. This program used to focus only on helping players with their careers after soccer. But now, it’s going to give small business grants too. These grants will help eligible former players who are interested in starting their own business. The program was started by a football club based in Los Angeles called Angel City in 2022. Its purpose is to help athletes as they move on from playing soccer. The team will announce the people who will receive grants in the next few weeks, and they will do it on their social media accounts. IFundWomen is teaming up with the Angel City team to run the program. In addition to getting money, every participant in the program will also get coaching and resources to help them learn. PNC Bank, the company that sponsors the program, will also provide financial coaching and help to the people in the program.

A Chance for Change: Small Business Grants for Athletes and Minority Business Owners

Gwinnett Small Business Grant Program: Helping Small Businesses Recover

I have some exciting news for small businesses in Gwinnett County, Georgia. If you’ve been struggling because of the pandemic, the county has set up a brand new grant program just for you. They understand the challenges you’ve faced, and they want to lend a helping hand.

The county has set aside $6 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funds to provide grants for small businesses. These grants range from $3,000 to $15,000, depending on your specific needs. Isn’t that fantastic?

To be eligible for these grants, you’ll need to show that your business has suffered a loss in income or faced increased costs during the pandemic. That makes sense, right? They want to make sure the funds go to those who really need them.

Now, mark your calendars! The application portal for these grants will open on September 5. Remember, this opportunity is specifically for businesses in Gwinnett County, Georgia. So get ready to apply and get the support you deserve!

Humana Foundation Mental Health Grants: Taking Care of Our Mental Well-being

I’m excited to share that the Humana Foundation has joined hands with Greater Louisville Inc. to lend a helping hand to mental health resources and small businesses in the Louisville, Kentucky area. I want to tell you all about it!

Here’s the deal: Humana is on a mission to support those affected by the terrible April mass shooting at Old National Bank. To make a difference, the foundation has set aside a whopping $1 million for a special program.

This program will dish out grants to small businesses that provide mental health support to trauma survivors and offer mental health resources across the city. If you’re a provider looking to expand your services, you can apply for a grant ranging from $50,000 to $100,000.

But hold on, there’s more! The program will prioritize grants for psychologists, psychiatrists, youth counselors, and those who help underserved communities. So, it’s all about helping those who need it the most!

Introducing the Charlottesville-Albemarle Minority Business Grants

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you! The Charlottesville-Albemarle Chamber’s Minority Business Alliance Partnership is joining forces with United Way to help out minority-owned businesses in Charlottesville, Virginia. How are they doing it, you ask? Well, they’ve come up with a program that’s going to give ten lucky businesses a sweet $5,000 grant each! Pretty awesome, right?

Now, I know what you’re thinking, How do I qualify for this amazing opportunity? Well, my friend, it’s quite simple. All you need to do is make sure that your business is at least 51% minority-owned. Easy peasy, right? Oh, and don’t forget, the deadline to submit your application is August 15th, so mark it on your calendar!

Calling all Small Businesses in Warren County!

Ishpeming Start-Up Assistance Grant

Are you thinking about starting a new business in downtown Ishpeming, Michigan? Well, I’ve got some exciting news for you! The Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority is giving you the opportunity to apply for their Start-Up Assistance Grant.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – What’s in it for me? Well, let me tell you! If you’re chosen as one of the lucky recipients, you’ll receive a whopping $2,500 to help kickstart your business. But that’s not all! You’ll also get a whole year of support from the Greater Ishpeming and Negaunee Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

But here’s the catch – they can only give out four grants per year. So, if you’re interested, you better hurry up and submit your application because they’ll be reviewing them in the order they receive them. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality!