Grants + Technical Assistance

The BBEC publicizes grants that we believe will be of benefit to Black entrepreneurs and Black businesses. Grants marked with the BBEC logo have been reviewed by our organization.

nase growth grant

Need $4,000 To Help Your Business Grow? Apply for a business development grant from the NASE worth up to $4,000!

Completed applications received in October, November and December will be reviewed in January of the following year.

small business technical assistance

Whether you want to launch, pivot, or expand your small business, the goal of our free Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) program is to equip you with foundational business operations knowledge and practical guidance on business development issues, tasks, and initiatives.

Currently accepting applications for the next round of SBTA clients.

Comcast rise program

Comcast RISE, a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to small businesses owned by people of color or women.

Deadline: October 16, 2022

Mass Save Community Education Grant

Through the new Mass Save Community Education Grant, the Sponsors of Mass Save are supporting Environmental Justice Communities to bring energy efficiency education programs to their residents.

Grant funding and support serves to increase awareness and access into the energy efficiency programs as well as engage with community-based organizations to promote energy efficiency-focused educational and culturally relevant opportunities. 

Deadline: October 15, 2022

MBDA small business center’s Covid-19 relief

COVID 19 Project Small Business Center expands support to our most vulnerable New England minority-owned businesses across Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts. Objective of this grant is to help our smallest minority-owned companies prepare for, and respond to, the continued effects of the coronavirus

COVID-19 Project launched July 1st and is actively recruiting new clients in all six New England states.

Black Theatre Coalition • Broadway Across America Fellowship

Black Theatre Coalition and Broadway Across America welcome Black-identifying applicants for part-time, paid fellowships offered for current undergraduate juniors, seniors, or graduate students interested in pursuing a career in the business of theater. This 14-week comprehensive program will take place January through April 2023. Positions will be at least 20 hours per week at a pay rate of $15/hour.

Deadline: September 30, 2022


Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations offers unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 to Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline: September 28, 2022


In 2021, Leaders for an Equitable Pittsfield was established to conduct an independent research project with the Boston Federal Reserve Bank to identify ways to make the local economy more equitable and inclusive. In an effort to effectuate change, Leaders for an Equitable Pittsfield has allocated grant funds for local BIPOC-owned (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) businesses to transform capital fund distribution for marginalized small businesses.

Deadline: October 14, 2022


The primary purpose of the Workplace Safety Grant is to fund programs that reduce the risk of injury and illness to workers and promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education, and other preventative measures.

Deadline: September 30, 2022

BBEC & Roots Rising’s BIPOC Vendor Fund

Roots Rising is committed to fostering inclusive participation in the movement towards a just and sustainable food system. To that end we are excited to announce this fund to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) farmers and entrepreneurs.

The outdoor season of the Pittsfield Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, May 14 - October 8, 2022

City of pittsfield’s cOVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY grant

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to low or moderate income (LMI) business owners who have had significant business disruption due to the impact of Covid-19. This funding is intended to help businesses remain open, (if able to be open under state guidelines) as well as helping them pivot their business during the pandemic. The grant funds will assist small businesses in the City of Pittsfield cover wages, rent, loss of inventory and other fixed costs. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses.

Greylock Federal Credit Union Sponsorship

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