In-House Grant Program
WCIA BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT GRANT PROGRAM -
Grant Opportunities are open March 1 through April 31 AND August 1 through September 31. Grant awards will be announced the second week of May AND of October. Applications are available during each cycle. Applications will be accepted by email, mail or hand delivered during the open cycles listed above and will be date stamped by email receipt or postmark upon receipt to verify received during the cycle. ALL applications will be forwarded to the SEED$ GRANT committee, during the grant cycle open dates.
Only new projects are eligible since the prior award announcement to the application. *If application is denied due to funding, the applicant may resubmit the next consecutive cycle if approved by the GRANT COMMITTEE. Projects must be completed within 180 days, or the funding may be withdrawn and returned to the grant pool. Grant recipients will receive funds upon completion of the project and submittal of all required documentation, including permits required by the city, county, or other governmental agency.
The application should indicate the proposed project and expenses. If a local vendor cannot be used, a justification is necessary. If, after a grant is awarded, the project begins and the vender is unable to complete the project, WCIDA and/or the SEED$ Grant Committee must be notified in writing (via email or mail) of the change, the reasoning for the change, and the proposed solution. At the discretion of the GRANT COMMITTEE exceptions to any guidelines may be approved due to special conditions or situations.
This grant is designed to improve the economic prosperity of Washington County, Missouri by assisting in production components to produce a product or enhance a service.
The grant amount could equal up to 50% of the cost eligible for the enhancement up to a maximum of $10,000 as funds are available and scoring applies.
Businesses that hold a valid tax ID number, current with all taxes, reside in and possess a current business license in Washington County and do business in Washington County can apply. Nonprofits and governmental entities are not eligible. Businesses can apply once per location per calendar year.
Qualifying applications are based on Business Growth, Job Creation, and Economic Impact.
5 STEP PROCESS
- Review program guidelines
- Submit an application
- Applications are scored by the Southeast Economic Development Service (SEED$)
- Approved applicants will receive notice
- Applicants completes a survey