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Finurah Funding Friday: Tips from Grant Strategist Takiya Green, Plus Citizens Bank Grants and a Founders Accelerator Opportunity from Target

The grant application process can often be quite overwhelming for entrepreneurs. The concept of completing lengthy applications is often a deterrent for many. However, Takiya Green, grant strategist and founder of Diving Writing and Consulting Solutions, LLC believes entrepreneurs should approach the grant application process differently. 

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“The first step in applying for grants is determining why they need the funds,” Green told Finurah. “This helps with strategy and planning. Without it, one is going in blind without a plan, which is a recipe for disaster.” 

Whether you are launching or running your business, it is always important to consider new strategies and plans of action to position your business for growth. The grants featured below all empower entrepreneurs to not just become sustainable, but consistently position themselves for growth. 

Plutus Foundation Grants for Personal Finance Media

The Plutus Foundation provides two grant awards of $2,000 to participants in the personal finance media — bloggers, vloggers, journalists, and authors  — who are developing content related to financial literacy. Learn more here. Applications are due by March 14. 

Citizens Small Business Champion Award 

Small business owners who are either Citizens Bank business account holders or located in specific locations are eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States. Find more information and view available locations here. Apply by March 17. 

Retail Space Opportunity at Brookfield Mall Properties

Interested in opening a retail space inside of a mall? Brookfield Properties’s Partner to Empower program will offer training and networking opportunities. The program also will construct a retail space within a mall for participants. Applications are being accepted for Brookfield Properties’ malls throughout the Midwest. View the available locations here.  Applications for this round are due on March 18. 

Female Founder Challenge – VivaTech 

VivaTech and 50inTech are partnering to launch the Female Founder Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to accelerate women-led startups to receive Venture Capital funding. Women founders are able to participate in a master investor pitch, an online bootcamp, one-to-one meetings with investors, and an award ceremony. Learn more about this opportunity here. Apply by March 18. 

Target Forward Founders Accelerator 

Businesses that are interested in understanding the retail process should apply for the Target Forward Founders Accelerator. In an eight-week virtual program, product-based businesses will gain industry-related retail resources and business partnership opportunities. Learn more here. Applications are due March 21. 

Halcyon Flagship Residential Fellowship

Social entrepreneurs need support in transforming their ideas into actual business ventures. The Halycon Incubator supports the work of social entrepreneurs with its Flagship Residential Fellowship. A diverse group of fellows will be the recipients of a $10,000 stipend, free housing, workspace and will receive access to business consultants as well as mentorship and leadership coaching. Learn more about the Halycon Flagship Residential Fellowship here. Apply by April 8. 

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