SBA PRIME Grant Program

Ohio CDC Association Capacity Building Initiative
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM (EST) on Friday, April 16, 2021

Build your organization's capacity to serve Ohio's under-served entrepreneurs

The SBA’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME) provides grant funding to organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to the training and capital they need to establish and expand their small businesses. (Learn more.)

To enable members of the Ohio CDC Association to leverage PRIME and create new, more sustainable initiatives, ECDI and the OCDCA are partnering to offer a premier cohort consulting package to a select number of agencies.

This program gives participating CDCs a robust curriculum on small business capital access, and provides critical pre-loan services and loan packaging for the CDCs' small business clients. 

As part of this program, your organization will receive:

  • Training via webinars and one-on-one coaching

  • Access to curriculum and online training programs

  • Access to ECDI’s Professional Advisory Network

  • Access to ECDI's Capital Program

  • A grant of up to $5,000 to support capacity-building activities


Microenterprise development organizations who serve entrepreneurs in rural counties and opportunity zones through the state of Ohio are eligible.



Applicants must:

  • Have and maintain an active OCDCA membership

  • Submit a completed application no later than Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (EST)

  • Commit to full participation in the SBA Prime program and cohort:

    • Engage with peer organizations collaborate, share best practices and learn

    • Attend and participate in 6 cohort-specific webinar training opportunities


Program Timeframe

The cohort training program will begin in May, 2021 and will conclude in September, 2021. 


Funding is provided by the Small Business Administration through a generous grant opportunity. Each participating agency in the cohort will receive up to $5,000 in grant funding to participate in the program and set up their agency for success after the program.

How to Submit

Applications may be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This is a competitive application process. No more than ten nonprofit organizations will be selected to participate in the 2021 OCDCA program. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. (EST), on Friday, April 16.

Apply now take advantage of this opportunity to remove your clients' barriers and enable their success!

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