The 2023 BLOOM Grant Program for Small Businesses Based in Boroughs in York County opens today, the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center announced through the York County Economic Alliance.
The program remains open through June 9. Grants up to $1,500 will be awarded to small businesses located and operating in a York County borough for projects designed to improve productivity, expand services, and encourage growth.
Projects funded through BLOOM include physical improvements to business location, marketing, improving signage, the purchase of new equipment, and training and certification for new services.
The following will receive priority consideration:
- Businesses that have not received funding from previous BLOOM grant programs.
- Businesses owned by women, or Black, Indigenous, or people of color.
- Businesses owned by veterans.
- Designated York County Trail Towns Friendly Businesses.
Created in 2018 to help businesses improve productivity, expand services, or grow to the next level, BLOOM Grants numbering 170 have totaled $387,978 that has been distributed to small businesses/organizations in York County, Downtown York, York County Trail Towns communities.
Grant recipients include women-owned businesses, start-up entrepreneurs, and graduates of BLOOM classes. Women-owned businesses have received 70% of the grants, and 53% have gone to persons of color.
An informational webinar will be held May 23 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Applicant finalists are required to participate in a virtual pitch competition on June 20.