Do you have a business idea but need help getting started?
Maybe you need to buy equipment or supplies…
Perhaps you need to learn some new skills or get a webpage…
Good news! Our Microgrant Program can help your business sprout and grow!
See if you qualify for a Microgrant…
- Available for business ideas of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities age 16 or older
- Grants range from $100 – $500 per person
- Funds can be used for supplies, training, equipment, marketing, or anything you need to start or expand your business idea
- Approved applicants must complete a free course on finance & budgeting prior to receiving funding
- Grant recipients can access Celebrate EDU online courses for additional business support
- All product and service business ideas are eligible (with exceptions listed in FAQ)
Sounds Great! How Do I Apply?
- Take the eligibility quiz. If you qualify…
- Download the application worksheet.
- Take some time to think through your business idea and fill out the application. Make sure all information is complete and that you’ve used professional writing, grammar, and spelling.
- Use the worksheet to complete our online application.
- Our committee meets every 8 weeks to review applications and we can’t wait to read yours!
Deadline for review at next meeting: January 8, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I use my Microgrant for?
A Celebrate EDU Microgrant can be used for anything related to your business idea. You could buy a camera for your YouTube channel, build a website for your business, purchase supplies to create art or jewelry, or buy supplies for your dog walking business. Pretty much anything related to your business idea is fine, but you do have to submit the receipts for items purchased with your follow up survey and report.
I already have a business. Can I receive a Microgrant?
A Celebrate EDU Microgrant is available to support new or emerging business ideas that are driven by the interest of the self-advocate. If you have an established business that has generated more than $3,000 in revenue, you are not eligible to receive Microgrant funding.
What kinds of businesses can receive a Microgrant?
Your business could provide:
- a product, such as skin care products you make or a book that you’ve written
- a service, such as computer repair or photography
- educational or entertainment content, such as a YouTube channel, blog, or social media platform that earns income from advertising or sponsorship
Your business concept must conform to legal requirements and may not involve any of the following categories:
- Multi-level marketing or pyramid models
- Affiliated with a religious organization
- Franchisee of another business
- Cannabis or marijuana industry
- Involved in political campaigns or lobbying
- Nonprofit organization
What do I need to do to receive a Microgrant?
You need to submit an application, which our committee will review. If we select your business to receive a grant, you will be asked to complete our finance and budgeting course online and submit a business budget before receiving funds.
When does the Microgrant committee meet?
The Microgrant committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every other month. Our first meeting is November 10, 2020. In order for your application to be reviewed at that meeting, you need to submit your application by Sunday, November 1. Any submissions made after the deadline date will be reviewed at the following meeting.
Here are the next 3 meeting dates:
- November 10, 2020
- January 12, 2021
- March 9, 2021
How will a Microgrant be delivered?
After you complete the finance and budgeting course and submit your business budget, we will send a check for the Microgrant. You will need to save and provide all receipts for items purchased with your Microgrant funds.
How will a Microgrant help my business?
That is up to you! Some people use the money to purchase better equipment or supplies, others use it to market their business or develop a new product. Make a plan for the money before you apply. If you receive a grant, you will have the chance to take our online entrepreneurship courses to help build your business skills.
How can I improve my chances of receiving a Microgrant?
- Have a clear and specific business idea
- Explain clearly why you are interested in running this business
- Understand who your potential customers will be
- Provide something that makes you different from your competition
- Have a realistic project plan, timeline, and budget
Ideally, you’ll have completed some business education and research, though you certainly don’t have to be an expert.
Are parent-run businesses eligible for a Microgrant?
The business idea MUST be driven by the self-advocate. We encourage parents, family members, and staff to be active support people. However, we do not accept business ideas that are primarily driven by a parent or support person.
The quiz says I am not eligible yet. What can I do?
If you don’t have a business idea yet, you can learn more about your interests and strengths by taking our Self Discovery course (online at your own pace) or our Self-Advocacy & Entrepreneurship course (live on Zoom). We also recommend taking our or Business Basics course (online at your own pace) to help get started as well.