The SEED 2.0 Grant opened up for applications on July 15, 2022 and the application deadline of September 30, 2022 is quickly approaching.
Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) is an initiative funded by the Employment Training Panel (ETP). ETP awarded $2M through the SEED 2.0 Grant to an Inland Empire-based coalition led by Caravanserai Project and which includes Uplift San Bernardino at the Making Hope Happen Foundation and Get in Motion Entrepreneurs.
The SEED Initiative aims to support the entrepreneurship of immigrants and limited English proficient entrepreneurs who face significant employment barriers, increase California’s economic diversity and help spur business innovation across the state.
The grant supports individuals who face significant employment barriers by providing entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, and micro-grants to start or advance small businesses in California addressing a social challenge or meeting a community need. A total of $1.5M in micro-grants (up to $7,500 each) are available to entrepreneurs who successfully graduate from the Spanish language entrepreneurship training provided by Caravanserai Project.
The application deadline is Friday, September 30, 2022 for the 2022 cohorts. A selection committee will review the applications and acceptance notifications will be sent soon after applying. If accepted into the cohort, participants must attend the entrepreneurship training program and coaching. Upon completion of the training sessions, meeting the program’s requirements and submitting required documents, successful graduates will be considered for a grant of up to $7,500. If selected, distribution of the micro-grants is made by the Caravanserai Project.