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SBA extends $100 million Community Navigator grant deadline


The U.S. Small Business Administration is extending the application date for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program through July 23, and anticipates making award decisions by September.
This initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach the nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.
“This program is designed to empower a hyperlocal approach through a national network of community navigators who are on the ground truly connecting, empathizing, and tailoring solutions for our small businesses during critical recovery,” said SBA Associate Administrator for the Office for Entrepreneurial Development Mark Madrid.

“Our underrepresented, women and Native American businesses need our support now to grow and strengthen our economy,” said SBA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership Natalie Madeira Cofield.
Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period. Applicants have until July 23, to submit their applications at, Funding Opportunity Number CNP-2021-01. Those eligible to apply must meet and demonstrate abilities to support requirements of this funding opportunity.
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