Get Business Capital
Get Business Capital
Grant Amount : Varies


The purpose of the Chamber Minority Business Alliance (MBA) is to convene, support and promote minority businesses, leveraging local business and nonprofit partners to expand community wealth building. The United Way’s Vision is to connect our community, enabling individuals and families to achieve their potential. Reducing poverty in our community via alternative forms of employment, particularly for those suffering from disparities caused by systemic and historic racism, is a United Way priority.

A total of $50,000 will be awarded. Ten grants will be funded from the $50,000 budget. Minority-owned businesses may apply for the below-mentioned purposes. Successful applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement outlining the grant terms and conditions prior to receiving the funds.

How do I Qualify?

1.    Sole proprietorship, LLC, partnership, corporation and must be minority-owned. A Minority Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals (African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, or Native American) who are United States citizens.  (Source: Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity)

2.     Place of business must be located within the Greater Charlottesville community [city of Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Greene, Orange, Louisa and Fluvanna]

3.     In business for a minimum of 12 months

4.     Annual net income less than $100,000

5.     No more than fifty (50) employees

6.     Must be an active member of the Minority Business Alliance or must join Minority Business Alliance as a member prior to receipt of any of the awarded funds. Active membership creates the highest level of benefit to the recipient and therefore requires grant awardees to:

     i)      Join prior to final award of the grant. Awardee will be notified of their status so they may accept and join in a timely manner and no later than 5 business days prior to the mandatory executive committee orientation

     ii)     Attend a mandatory executive committee MBA orientation to be scheduled after the grants are awarded

     iii)   Attend a minimum of 3 meetings per year. UWGC and MBA reserve the right to reject any and all future grant applications from any recipient who does not fulfill this obligation

     iv)   The monetary award will be mailed to the awardees after the Executive Committee Orientation

7.     Fiscal-year 2021 award recipients must wait until the next cycle (Spring 2023) to apply again

About the Grantor

FY23 Minority Enterprise Grant Opportunity
United Way of Greater Charlottesville
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