New Grant Alert: How the “Backing Small Businesses Grant” Can Propel Your Business Forward

In today’s bustling business world, small businesses like yours really are the heart and soul of our local economies. Small businesses bring us those one-of-a-kind products, services, and experiences that make our communities special and local economies diverse. But let’s be real, keeping a small business growing and sustainable can be pretty tough, especially when you’re trying to make a big difference in your neighborhood. That’s where the “Backing Small Businesses Grant” comes into play. It’s a pretty cool partnership between American Express and Main Street America, and it’s all about giving small businesses a helping hand.


Elevating Small Businesses with Essential Funding

The Backing Small Businesses Grant program is designed to support economically vulnerable and under-resourced small business owners, providing them with the financial boost needed to grow or improve their businesses. Here’s what you need to know:

  • $10,000 Grants: Eligible small business owners can apply for grants to fund projects that contribute to their business growth, community engagement, or economic viability.
  • Enhancement Grants: A select group of recipients will have the opportunity to receive $30,000 Enhancement Grants for projects that create transformative change within their business and community.
  • Application Period: The window for applications opened on March 14, 2024, and will close on April 7, 2024, or once 5,000 applications are received, highlighting the importance of early submission.

Want to Know If You’re Eligible? 

Curious about eligibility? Let’s discuss the key requirements:

  • Must be a brick-and-mortar business located in a historic or commercial district in the U.S.
  • Independent businesses not part of a franchise, with 20 or fewer full-time employees.
  • Business must have been operational since at least January 1, 2023.

For a full list of the eligibility requirements, click here. 


How ThriveFuel Marketing Can Help

At ThriveFuel Marketing, we totally get how big of a deal this grant, and similar grants, can be for small businesses like yours. We’re all about guiding you through the application process and making things a bit easier. Here’s how we can lend a hand:

  • Crafting Compelling Narratives: We’ll help articulate your business story, highlighting how the grant will impact your business and community.
  • Strategic Planning: Our team will advise on creating a project proposal that aligns with the grant’s objectives and your business goals.
  • Submission Support: From ensuring all criteria are met to finalizing your application, we’re with you every step of the way.

Why jump on this now, you ask? Well, for starters, there’s not a lot of time to waste. The window to apply is pretty small, and they’re taking a limited number of applications—so yeah, you definitely have to hustle. Plus, getting your application just right could really make you stand out from the crowd. And let’s not forget the best part: this grant isn’t just about boosting your business! It’s a golden opportunity to do some real good in your community, too. So, why wait? Let’s get moving!

Ready to Get the Ball Rolling?

If you think you’re eligible and are ready to take your small business to new heights, the ThriveFuel Marketing team is ready to help! Together, we can unlock the potential of the “Backing Small Businesses Grant” to foster growth, community engagement, and economic resilience. Reach out to us today to get started on your application journey.