• Grow Your Own Opportunity Grant

    Chamber of Jefferson County
    Community Development Fund 2022 Grant 1

    Grow Your Own Opportunity Grant

    Introduction: Funds for this grant come from the Chamber’s Community Development Fund program which is funded through a percentage of each membership investment at the Chamber. We are investing in your business and our community.

    The purpose of this program is to facilitate small business revitalization, expansion, market expansion and other expansion geared toward long-term sustainability and stimulation of the local economy.

    There will be a cash distribution of $2,000 each, to three successful applicants along with a one-year Launch Pad Chamber membership or equivalent credit to existing members along with extensive Chamber marketing of your success.  No memberships in any organization are necessary to apply for this grant.  Small Business is defined for the purposes of this grant as one with 5 or less employees.

    Grant Application Contact: Chamber Executive Director/Administrative Assistant

    Eligibility: The Chamber Community Development Fund “Grow Your Own Opportunities” Grant will be awarded to businesses located in Jefferson County with funds to be used exclusively for business expansion and marketing.  This is your opportunity to start or grow a project you just can’t quite fully fund for 2022.  You’ve been creative, have a great idea, short on capital? What would you really like to accomplish that’s just beyond your reach?

    These grant funds can be utilized to grow or add an ecommerce presence or a website launching a new product, expanding business marketing reach or market segments or similar activities.  They cannot be used for administrative purposes, staffing, operations, or for discounts to clients for services. Then are able to be used in conjunction with another grant to facilitate a project or program having a greater reach and outcome.

    Types of projects eligible:

    We will award grants to implement examples:

    • Add a new product or service to your business 
    • Expand your services or enhance a product/service offering     
    • Plan and implement a comprehensive marketing campaign     
    • Build a website and introduce or expand social/digital marketing strategies     
    • Add eCommerce to your current website and marketing strategies     
    • Redesign and deploy new digital assets to supplement current campaigns

    Eligible projects are those that are intended to expand client/customer base, markets, audiences, diversification, or resources related to enhancing your brand plus increasing revenue along with contributing to our community. Projects that include collaboration with other local businesses or organizations are encouraged.

    Types of projects not eligible: 

    • Anywhere these funds would be a direct subsidy of an existing grant or loan
    • Political activities or campaigns     
    • Operational deficits or capital projects     
    • Debt retirement      
    • Construction or capital projects.

    Only one award per applicant will be made in a given year. This grant will be distributed in early May 2022. Notification to successful applicants will be provided prior to April 22, 2022.

    Application Process

    • Applicant must complete and submit a Grant proposal which includes all components listed on attached application. The proposal includes detailed information about the need for the project, goals and plan of action, budget, timeline, and projected return on investment. 
    • If application is successful, a memorandum of agreement which clearly states the objectives, plans and outcomes will be executed. If further information is necessary for clarification on your project during this process, it may be requested per this memorandum of agreement.
    • Applications will be reviewed by designated representatives of the Chamber of Jefferson County.
      • Proposals will be evaluated on:
        • Completeness and clarity
        • Significance to business and community
        • Action plan- well defined and tied to stated goals.
        • Likelihood of success – how feasible is the project in terms of time, budget requests and resources.
    • Completed applications will be submitted by email only to admin@jeffcountychamber.org on or before April 8, 2022.