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.

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

Nursing assistant training program

Free training opportunity with flexible learning options. For more information and to fill out the application visit: https://masshireberkshire.com/nursing-assistant-training/

Limited spots available.

BridgeSong Fund: Emergency Relief for Western MA Women, Nonbinary, and Genderqueer Artists of Color

This trans- and queer- affirming emergency fund will support Western MA BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) women, nonbinary, and genderqueer musicians* who already face economic, medical, equity barriers and systemic oppression in their line of independent, gig-based work. The COVID-19 outbreak has rendered many musicians unemployed for the foreseeable future. This relief fund is set up to offer financial relief for housing, medical expenses, and sustenance during this challenging time.

Our goal is to get funds to recipients ASAP. We are a small team, so please be patient as we work to respond to applications and distribute funds as they become available.

Studios at MASS MoCA Artist Residency Program

Want to join the 800+ artists who have attended residencies at The Studios at MASS MoCA? Now is your chance to apply for a MASS MoCA residency! Apply via the General Application for July 2023 – January 2024 slots, or the Early Application for Winter 2024 residencies. It’s free to apply, and you can preview the application questions below.

The Studios welcomes artists from right down the street and around the world, and at all career stages and disciplines, although our spaces are best suited for visual artists and writers. 

Deadline: January 8, 2023

MassHire Berkshire workforce board’s Introduction to advanced manufacturing skills

Free training opportunity worth $2000!

Want a Job in the Diverse World of Manufacturing? Many jobs are available!

ONLINE training through TOOLING-U in collaboration with Berkshire Community College
25 online classes in many topics including: OSHA, Shop Math, Blue Print Reading, CNC, Robotics and other Manufacturing fundamentals 

Santander’s Cultivate Small Business Program

CommonWealth Kitchen has partnered with Santander to provide an intensive, 12-week FREE mini-MBA program, in collaboration with Babson College to early-stage entrepreneurs in the food-industry.

Santander’s Cultivate Small Business provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to catalyze growth. The program is anchored by a food business-specific curriculum taught by Babson College MBA professors.

The 12-week course is completely virtual and is accepting applications now for classes beginning in April 2023!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: EQUITY WORKFORCE TRAINING IMPLEMENTATION

MassCEC’s Equity Workforce Training Implementation Grants provide up to $1,200,000 across two to three years in grant funds and technical support to applicants developing or expanding programs that provide job training and support services to underserved individuals seeking employment in the clean energy sector. Successful applicants will propose projects that address barriers faced by these populations, demonstrate a high-level of employer engagement and leverage of existing workforce development systems, and lead to high-quality careers in climate-critical occupations.

Deadline: March 20, 2023

Mass Mutual Catalyst Fund (MMCF)

$25 million to target investments in Black-owned, founded, or managed businesses across Massachusetts.

What we look for
Geography: Companies must have headquarters and/or significant operations in Massachusetts.

Ownership/Founding Teams: Companies must be Black-owned and remain majority Black-owned after investment.

Impact: MMCF portfolio companies will create positive economic impact in MA. In addition, MMCF prefers companies where environmental, social or governance impact are an intrinsic part of the company’s product or service. 

Currently accepting applications.

Massachusetts Small Business Growth Fund

Entrepreneurs of color in Massachusetts have an unmet capital demand estimated at $574 million annually.

LISC’s entrepreneur-friendly Massachusetts Small Business Growth Fund is critically needed to fill gaps in capital access. 

Currently accepting inquiries.

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.

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.

Greylock Federal Credit Union Sponsorship

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