Surprise to award grants: Officials seek 3 local small businesses to split $60K in federal funding

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City officials announced they will accept applications from local small businesses as they look to distribute $60,000 in Community Development Block Grant micro-enterprise grants.

Under the 2017-18 CDBG program funding, micro-enterprise grant funds were set aside to support innovative small businesses licensed within the city of Surprise that provide services that benefit low-income clients, according to city press release.

Eligible Surprise-based businesses can apply to receive one of three $20,000 awards to help grow their small business.

To be considered for the award, applicants must meet eligibility requirements, which include:

Must have a valid city of Surprise business license.

Applicants must meet AZ TechCelerator business incubator tenant requirements.

The business owner is of low- or moderate-income and has five or fewer employees, or business must benefit low income-clients in the city.

The business objective must focus on scalable technological advancement and innovation as evidenced in an executive plan.

Applications and supporting documents are due by 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018.

For more information about the micro-enterprise grant, contact Julie Neal at

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