Kansas City GCI Micro-grant Program

JP Morgan ChaseThe KC GCI Micro-grant program is a program for the reimbursement of export related expenses to small and medium sized businesses. Grant awards may total $5000 and must be spent on improving the applicant’s ability to access world markets. As part of the Global Cities Initiative the WTC KC is undertaking this program to help businesses succeed in accessing world markets.
 
The application period opens October 1.

The application period will close when funds are exhausted.

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Examples of eligible expenses
  • Marketing production for international markets
  • Translation Services
  • Market access programs
  • Market Research
  • Staff export trainings

Examples of ineligible expenses
  • Salaries/payroll for employees
  • Donations/contributions to fundraisers
  • Infrastructure or equipment
  • Meals and entertainment
  • All expenses not related to the funded activity
  • Activities regarding the acquisition of another company’s, license, franchise, or legal-person

General Information
  • Maximum award amount: $5,000 (Companies may apply multiple times for separate awards totaling $5000)
  • Two grants will be reserved for companies less than 2 years of age on October 1, 2016
  • One grant will be reserved for a Veteran-Owned company
  • One grant will be reserved for a Woman-Owned company
  • One grant will be reserved for a Minority-Owned company
  • Submissions open: October 1, 2016
  • Submission deadline: June 30, 2017 for first round picks, funds will be dispensed until exhausted

Eligibility Requirements
  • Fewer than 500 employees
  • Company must be located in Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area ( MO- Jackson, Clay, Cass, Platte, Bates, Lafayette, Ray, Caldwell, and Clinton counties; KS- Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami, and Linn counties)
  • Paid receipts are required for  for any funds to be dispersed
  • Must sign and return Kansas City Global Cities Initiative Micro-grant Agreement

Rules
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Must be 18+ years old legal resident of the United States
  • No conflicts of interest regarding relationships with the World Trade Center KC, or GCI Grant Committee
  • Decisions of selection committee are final
  • Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability

Reporting Requirements
Grant recipients will complete a Micro-grant Impact Assessment after the completion of their involvement with the grant program.
 
GRANT TIMELINE
October 1, 2016 Grants opened & announced to community.
TBD Deadline for grant submittal. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis during this time. Early applications are in your interest.
Within two months of submission Grant applications screened and approved by WTC staff are presented to GCI Grant Committee with recommendations for selections and award amounts
As soon as possible after
GCI Grant Committee
Designates award
Amount and purpose
Grant awardees contacted and notified of award.
Awardees will be given a short written agreement at this time.
 
JUDGING CRITERIA
Marketability, Scalability, and Innovativeness will be highly valued during the application evaluation process.