The Bloom Business Empowerment Center, through the York County Economic Alliance, is partnering with the Women’s Business Center Organization on the latest Bloom Grants.
The program invites small businesses with majority women ownership (51% or more) to apply for grants from $500 to $1,500 for projects that improve productivity, expand business services, or help the business grow to the next level. Examples of projects funded through other Bloom grants have included upgraded signage, physical improvements to business location and purchase of new equipment.
Priority consideration will be given to:
· Businesses that have not received funding from previous Bloom grant programs
· Black, Indigenous and people of color-owned businesses
· Veteran-owned businesses The application process is open through 8 p.m. Nov. 30.
The Bloom Grant Program was created in 2018. Since its launch, 141 grants totaling $351,978 have been distributed to small businesses/organizations throughout York County, with 50% going to businesses owned by persons of color and 65% going to women-owned businesses. Applicant finalists will be required to participate in a pitch competition during the Women’s Business Center Organization luncheon Dec. 13.
Paula Wolf is a freelance writer