MainStreet Rise GoDaddy Empower Grant

GoDaddy will provide 30 grants in the amount of $3,000 to small businesses that are part of the Empower by GoDaddy and Tapestry Action Lab program. This grant can be used to assist in the recovery or stabilization of small businesses as a result of COVID-19 and the civil unrest.

Who is Eligible for the Grant?

Small business owners

Business owners must be at least 18 years old

Businesses with an average annual business revenue less than $1 million

Businesses located in the United States

Applicants must have participated in either the Empower by GoDaddy Program and/or the Tapestry Action Lab 

Business that are currently

operating and have been in

operation prior to June 2019

Businesses with live websites

FAQs

How much is this grant?

The grants are $3,000 each.

How many grant awards will be made?

Grant awards will be made to 30 small businesses across the country.

Is there an application deadline?

Applications must be submitted by July 20th at 5:00pm ET.

What are the terms of the grant? Do I have to pay it back?

No, the funds are yours to invest in your business.

Are there limitations on what the grant can be used for?

The grant funds must be used to help small businesses recover from instability caused by the COVID-19 shut down and/or civil unrest. Funds can be used to pay for:

  • Employee salaries, wages, and benefits (e.g., parental, family, medical, sick leave, health benefits, etc.);
  • Business operating expenses such as rent/mortgage and utilities;
  • Repairs of damage to the business as a result of civil unrest; and
  • Purchasing PPE or other protective equipment needed to operate safely.

Who is eligible for this grant opportunity?

  • Applicant must have completed the GoDaddy Empower program or are currently actively participating in the Tapestry Action Lab
  • Must be a legal for-profit business entity
  • Business owner(s) must be at least 18 years old
  • Average annual business revenues must be less than $1 million
  • Business must be located in the United States
  • Business must be currently operating and has been in operation prior to June 2019
  • For Empower participants, the business must have a live website that was improved by training received through the Empower program or website that was launched as a result of participating in the Empower program.
  • For Tapestry Action Lab participants, the business must have a website.
  • Businesses must not operate in any of these industries.
  • The applicant must be the business owner 

Who is eligible for this grant opportunity?

  • Applicant must have completed the GoDaddy Empower program or are currently actively participating in the Tapestry Action Lab
  • Must be a legal for-profit business entity
  • Business owner(s) must be at least 18 years old
  • Average annual business revenues must be less than $1 million
  • Business must be located in the United States
  • Business must have started operations on or before June 2019
  • Business must be currently operating and has been in operation prior to June 2020
  • Business must have a live website that was improved by training received through the Empower program or website that was launched as a result of participating in the Empower program.
  • Businesses must not operate in any of these industries.
  • The applicant must be the business owner and/or a leading executive of the business (President, CEO, CFO, COO, or any other similar title)
  • For Tapestry Action Lab participants, the business must have a website.

What information do I need to apply?

You will need to provide basic details about your business and its operations. We will ask you a standard list of questions to ensure you meet the qualifications. In addition the following documents will be required – Tax returns for 2018 or 2019 , Articles of Incorporation or business license and Bank statements for Jan 2020 – March 2020.

What site do I use to apply for the grant?

Please go to the application portal here.

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What happens after I submit my application?

We will work through applications as fast as we can. You will receive an email confirmation as soon as your application is submitted. You can expect to hear from us within 10-15 business days about next steps.

When will I receive a decision about my application?

We will work through applications as fast as we can. You will receive an email confirmation as soon as your application is submitted. You can expect to hear from us within 10-15 busines days about next steps.

Is there a background check and screening process?

A background verification check on all applicants will be conducted as part of the review process. Your social security number (SSN) and business employer identification number (EIN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) will be required to finalize our background check process. Grants will not be awarded without conducting a background check. The applicant/owner identified in the application and the business must pass verification to advance in the application process.

What is required for disbursements?

W-9, bank name, ACH routing number, bank account number and bank account.

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