NC IDEA and the newly formed North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC) is launching its inaugural grant program, NC BEC ECOSYSTEM, with $500,000 in total funding to support and partner with organizations throughout the state executing on innovative and transformational ideas that will elevate Black entrepreneurship.

The NC BEC ECOSYSTEM grant program is designed to:

  • Identify (and support) partners doing inspired things to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community
  • Encourage more organizations and individuals to support and participate in efforts to elevate Black entrepreneurship in North Carolina
  • Support and promote Black leadership of entrepreneurial support organizations
  • Better understand how we may (collectively) support more Black people in their ambition to start and build growth-oriented companies that will strengthen the economy of North Carolina
  • Provide a means for our organization to foster relationships, dialog and learning between all NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM and NC BEC ECOSYSTEM partners

The NC BEC ECOSYSTEM solicitation requires that proposals solely focus on helping Black entrepreneurs and growth-oriented Black-owned firms start and grow scalable businesses.

We invite proposals from 501(c)(3) and for profit organizations within North Carolina that are in service to, or have programs specifically focused on, helping Black entrepreneurs and growth-oriented Black-owned firms start and grow scalable businesses. Applicants may request any amount of funding up to but not exceeding $50,000 of total funding.

 

Want to learn more and apply?

  • JOIN our Virtual Town Hall on Friday, October 23rd at 12:00pm (No need to register – Join the live Zoom on Friday!)
  • Review the grant opportunity, including eligibility and evaluation criteria
  • Preview and download the application template
  • Learn more about the North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council
  • Additional Questions? Email ncbec@ncidea.org
  • APPLY NOW

Submissions are due by November 2nd at 5:00pm EST. Grant award notifications will be sent on December 11th.