Small Business Partner Support Grant

A COVID-19 Resource for Charlotte's Business Community

The City of Charlotte is pleased to accept proposals for the Small Business Partner Support Grant which will allow our partners to serve the small business community as they maneuver through this difficult time. The Small Business Partner Support Grant is a $2 million fund to provide grants to small business ecosystem partners focusing on COVID-19 impact relief.  Funds may be used to provide programs, projects, or services to the local small business community.  The maximum grant is $250,000 and must be expended by December 30, 2020.

To be eligible for the program the applicant must be a government, non-profit, academic, or Chamber/501(c)6 organization that’s main purpose is to serve the local small business community. You will be asked to provide/describe the following:

  • Agency description
    • Must be located in the City of Charlotte (Headquarters or Local Office)
    • Must provide documentation that the organization has served the Charlotte business community for at least two years (i.e. annual reports or similar supporting documents)
  • Agency mission and vision statement
  • Documents supporting agency designation
    • 501(c)3 letter
    • 501(c)6 letter
    • Cooperative Agreement with governmental agency
    • Other supporting documentation
  • List of current Board of Directors/Advisory Board: Name, title, year appointed to board
  • Annual audit (with two-year comparative financials), if applicable
  • Federal tax returns for the previous two years

You will be asked to submit the following information to help us better understand your proposed project/program/service:

  • A detailed scope of work describing how the project/program/service alleviates the impact of COVID-19 for the local small business community
  • An itemized budget and specific timeline for the proposed project/program/service
  • Detailed performance measures and outcomes (i.e. number of businesses served)

The application period is now closed. Grants will be awarded by the end of June. Please direct all questions to or call 704-336-6924.

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