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BLOOM Small Business Grant PROGRAM

The BLOOM Small Business Grant Program was originally created in 2018 by a group of summer interns to offer a unique funding opportunity to small businesses. These micro-grant programs have been utilized by existing small businesses for projects to improve operations or expand services, such as new signage, façade improvements, new equipment, and much more.

Previous grant rounds have been held with a focus on small businesses located in Downtown York, Downtown Hanover, and Trail Town Communities as well as small businesses owned by women, graduates of our small business development program, and businesses who are YCEA members.

Check out our upcoming grant cycles below and sign up for our enewsletter to be notified when grant guidelines are available and the application open.

Making a Difference

Since its launch, BLOOM Grants 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.

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235 York County Small Businesses has received over $480,000 from BLOOM Grant programs

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78% of all grants have been awarded to women-owned businesses
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49% of grants going to businesses owned by persons of color.

BLOOM/ECHO Home-based Provider Program

Program for early childhood education home based start-up businesses.

Open Application Date: Wednesday, May 1
Info Sessions: May 16 at 6:30pm (register here)
View previously recorded session here
Application Closes: Thursday, May 23 at 5pm
Grant Recipients Announced: By July 2024

Summer

Program for small businesses throughout the County

Open Application Date: Monday, July 22
Info Session: Wednesday, July 24
Application Closes: Monday, August 12
Pitch Competition: Tuesday, August 27

Winter

Program for Woman-owned small businesses

Open Application Date: Monday, November 4
Info Session: Wednesday, November 6
Application Closes: Monday, November 25
Pitch Competition: Tuesday, December 10

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Guidelines AND APPLYING

Want to apply for a grant? These are the documents that typically need to be submitted with an application but be sure to review the guidelines when they become available to see exactly is needed for that grant round.

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Paperwork Required
  • Itemized Budget to support grant request
  • A Profit and Loss Statement for the Business
  • Full 2023 Business Tax Return, unless business began revenue generating operations after January 1, 2024. If the business is a sole-proprietorship, a full business owner personal tax return will need to be submitted.
  • Completed and signed W-9 (available here)