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SEED GRANT APPLICATION

The Sharp End Entrepreneurial Development Grant (SEED Grant)  was created in the state of Missouri to support Minority/Women Business Enterprises. The name “Sharp End” comes from the area called “The Sharp End”, which was a business district in the City of Columbia for the black community from the early 1900s to 1960s. The area was demolished during urban renewal in the 1960s which dramatically removed the nucleus of this self-contained black business community. The SEED Grant was established to pay tribute to the rich history of the Sharp End Business District.

Before a Minority/Women Business Enterprise can receive a SEED Grant, they are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Business Financial, Risk and Tax Management

  • Marketing & Branding

  • Professional Licensure

  • Contribution to Economic Development

  • Proposed Grant Fund Uses

  • Demonstration of Need

SEED GRANT APPLICATION

Spring 2023

Applications Open - February 1, 2023

Applications Due - March 4, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Business must be established as a C-corporation, S-Corporation, LLC, or partnership with the state of Missouri.

  2. Business is in “Good Standing” with the state of Missouri.

  3. The business must have a bank account in the business’ name. 

  4. At least 51% of the business must be owned by a person or persons that are minority and/or women.

 

Questions should be emailed to contact@jawedf.org

1. Basic Business Information

2. Person Submitting Application

3. Application Eligibility

Is your business 51% or more minority and/or woman owned?
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Is your business currently registered/organized/incorporated in the State of Missouri?
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Does your business have its own bank account?
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4. Marketing and Branding

Check all marketing and branding tools your business currently uses
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5. Business Financials & Economic Development

In submitting information under this section, do not include any sensitive information, such as social security numbers and bank account numbers.

Does your business have a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) Tax ID?
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6. Business Certifications & Licenses

Do you have any of the State of Missouri Certifications?
Do you have any of the following Federal Certifications?

7. Grant Summary of Needs

GRANT NEED No. 1

GRANT NEED No. 2

GRANT NEED No. 3

GRANT NEED No. 4

Disclosures

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After clicking "apply," please avoid refreshing the page as it may take 1-3 minutes for the application to process. Once approved, you will be redirected to a thank you page confirming your submission. If you are not redirected in 3 minutes, please double-check that all required fields are completed and try again. If you continue to experience issues, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at contact@jawedf.org.

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