Through our diverse and inclusive community-focused grant program, NC IDEA ENGAGE, we help individuals and organizations by supporting new programs, pilots, community events and activities that bring like-minded folks together to support entrepreneurship activity in North Carolina.

The NC IDEA ENGAGE grant program allows us to learn about and become aware of entrepreneurial activity throughout the state and support those efforts to create and build connections that will make a stronger statewide ecosystem. Communities that enjoy entrepreneurially led economic development are investing in future economic stability and greater quality of life – for everyone. If you have a program, activity or need to support entrepreneurs and companies who have ambitions to grow and positively impact your community, we invite you to apply for an NC IDEA ENGAGE grant. We accept applications on a rolling basis.


Application Process

Applications are reviewed on a regular basis by the NC IDEA staff. Applicants are expected to provide as much detailed budgetary information as possible in the application, as well as concrete milestones that will determine the success of the program/proposal. Proposals that align with NC IDEA’s mission to support diverse and inclusive entrepreneurship, specifically companies with ambitions to grow to more than 50 employees and millions of dollars of revenue, are more likely to be considered. Proposals that are selected to receive funding are required to report on the achievement of milestones and are expected to provide data back to NC IDEA after the grant period. Please keep in mind, although your submission may appear to fall under our eligibility criteria, funding for proposals is limited, and awards are at the sole discretion of NC IDEA.