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City of York BLOOM Grant

Sep 20, 2023

​The BLOOM Business Empowerment Center, through the York County Economic Alliance, is pleased to announce the 2023 City of York BLOOM Grant Program for Small Businesses has opened today, September 20 and will remain open through Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

Application and details available here.

This program will award grants from $500 to $1,500 to small businesses located and operating in the City of York for projects that will help them improve productivity, expand their services, or grow to the next level. Grant amounts will be considered based on need and potential impact. Examples of projects funded through other BLOOM grant funds include improving signage, physical improvements to business location, marketing, training & certification for new services, or purchase of new equipment.

Priority consideration will be given to:

  • Businesses that have not received funding from previous BLOOM grant programs.
  • Businesses owned by Women, or Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
  • Businesses owned by Veterans.

The BLOOM Grant Program was first created in 2018 to help businesses address a tangible need that will help them improve productivity, expand their services, or grow to the next level. Since its launch, 191 BLOOM Grants totaling $422,978.30 have been distributed to small businesses/organizations in York County, Downtown York, York County Trail Towns communities, to women-owned businesses, start-up entrepreneurs, and graduates of the BLOOM classes, with 51% of grants going to businesses owned by persons of color and 72% going to women-owned businesses.

The deadline to apply is 8 p.m. on Friday, October 13.An Informational Webinar will be held on Monday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. We encourage anyone interested in the program to join us as we walk through the guidelines and answer any questions. Please register here.

About the YCEA
YCEA drives York County’s economic growth by leveraging the collaboration, resources and expertise needed to create sustainable prosperity.

About BLOOM Business Empowerment Center

Developed and launched by the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA), the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center’s suite of services provides opportunities for grants, loans, business classes, fellowships, mentorships, education, and more.

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