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Grant Competition Announcement
Prospera is pleased to announce that $18,000 will go directly to helping women business owners in Montana. Grant funding can be used for anything that will enhance economic independence for women, job creation, or take the business to the next level of success.
We are most interested in projects that directly improve the ability of women business owners to become more economically successful. Grant applicants should share a brief compelling story about how they will use or leverage grant funds to grow or strengthen their business and how it will impact their local community.
Applicants will apply for one of three categories to fund ONE project. This is a two-phase process; Phase 1 is the application due no later than March 8, 2024, at noon MST and Phase 2 is a live pitch contest held on Zoom on April 17, 2024, from 4:30-6:15 pm. Grant recipients will be announced live on Zoom after the pitch contest.
The applicants will be divided into Rural, Urban, and Statewide groups. If your business is registered in a town with a population of fewer than 10,000, you qualify for the Rural grants. Businesses registered in towns with more than 10,000 people qualify for the Urban grants. The Statewide grant applies to recipients of rural and urban areas. Both Rural and Urban have a $5,000 grant while the Statewide grant is $8,000.
This is a reimbursement grant, the winners in each category will be reimbursed within 30 business days of submitting receipts.
Requirements to Apply:
There are three different grants available; you can only apply for one grant per business. More than one application per business automatically disqualifies all applications for that business.
The three grants available:
For this grant, “urban” is defined as any town with a population of more than 10,000 residents according to the 2021 US Census Bureau. “Rural” is defined as any town with less than 10,000 residents, according to the 2021 US Census Bureau. You can check your town’s population at this link.
For application submission instructions and information on how applications are scored, you can read the document here.
Applications will close on March 8, 2024, at NOON MST.
If you have questions about the Impact Grant contact Prospera at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospera's Impact Grant for Women is available to women-owned businesses that are owned and operated in the State of Montana.
Thank you for your continued support of Prospera and all of it's programs.
If you have any questions about the impact grant please contact Prospera at email@example.com.