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About The PUSH Grant

The Coronavirus pandemic has become not only a health crisis but to many businesses an economic crisis that threatens livelihoods. Service industry businesses are on the verge of collapse with the potential to tank our national, regional, and local economic progress.

Without significant and intentional intervention, the minority business in the Greater Cincinnati community will suffer and a generation of hard-working businesses, and their communities, will be on the verge of collapse.

We want to ensure that we emerge from COVID-19 a better community with a strong black and brown business community. These entrepreneurs bring balance to the historical legacy of minority businesses of our region, many of which have provided a national example for business growth.

The aim of the PUSH Grant is to ensure that black and brown businesses can survive this crisis and see their way to thriving in the post-crisis environment.

 
 

PUSH Grant Tier Eligibility

The focus of these funds is to support smaller minority businesses that are continuing to operate and plan to operate for the remaining calendar year of 2020 as well as 2021.

 

A business may only apply for one of the following three levels of PUSH Grants. Multiple applications by the business or its business owner(s) will result in INELIGIBILITY of any PUSH Grant offerings.

Former recipients of The PUSH Grant will NOT be eligible to re-apply.

Please review each grant offerings description to determine which will be best for your business.

ONLY CHOOSE ONE GRANT OFFERING TO APPLY FOR.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2020, 11:59pm EST

FUNDS DISPERSEMENT: Mid to Late January 2021

Tier 1: $1,000

Emergency Relief Grant

Designed to support black and brown minority businesses that need funding to help stabilize and/or address an immediate hardship in their business. 

 

First come, first serve: all applicants who are eligible and submit the correct documentation will receive funds until the pool runs out.

Application materials required:

  • In Business 3 months or more

  • Certificate of Good Standing with the State of Ohio

  • Proof of minority ownership

  • IRS Form W-9

  • Color copy of State or Federal ID or Driver’s License

  • Documentation showing need (outstanding invoice, bill, rent payment due, etc.)

  • Description of how funds will be used

Tier 2: $5,000

Small Business Support Grant

Designed to support black and brown minority businesses that need funding to help stabilize and/or take advantage of opportunities to grow their business during this pandemic.

Applicants are screened for eligibility. Eligible applicants are selected by lottery. Dollar amounts of grants are based on business revenue in 2019.

Application materials required:

  • In Business 6 months or more

  • Certificate of Good Standing with the State of Ohio

  • Proof of minority ownership

  • Registered business with the State of Ohio

  • Color copy of State or Federal ID or Driver’s License

  • Signed IRS Form W-9

  • 2019 business tax return and/or personal tax return

  • Business Bank Statement July 2020-October 2020

  • Documentation showing need (outstanding invoice, bill, rent payment due, etc.)

  • Description of how funds will be used

  • Plan for keeping business stable during COVID-19 and growing in the future

Tier 3: $15,000

Critical Investment Grant

*limited number of applications accepted*

Designed to support black and brown minority businesses that have opportunities to make critical changes to their business model, business operations, and/or new business opportunities. 

 

This Grant opportunity would also help stabilize and/or take advantage of opportunities to grow their business during this pandemic.

 

Recipients and grant levels are selected by a committee based on merit, need, coachability, and thoroughness of the long-term plan.

Application materials required:

  • In Business 12 months or more

  • Proof of minority ownership

  • Registered in Good standing business with the State of Ohio

  • Signed IRS Form W-9

  • 2018 and19 business tax return and/or personal tax return or signed IRS Form 4506-T (if they do not have 2019 tax return)

  • 2019 Financial Statements

  • Interim Financial statements Jan-Sep 2020

  • Business Bank Statement July 2020-November 2020

  • Color copy of State or Federal ID or Driver’s License

  • Statement of purpose for funds: including a detailed budget of proposed fund usage

  • Description of revenue-generating opportunity created by grant funding

  • Plan for keeping business stable during COVID-19 and growing in the future

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Contact Us

1740 Langdon Farm Rd
Suite 378
Cincinnati OH 45237

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