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June 19, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Another round of funding available for communities supporting entrepreneurs

Launch Tennessee is now accepting applications for its Community Partner Program until July 31.

Launch Tennessee is accepting applications for another round of financial awards to organizations and companies that provide entrepreneur support programs in their communities.

“We are excited to launch our second round of applications and build on the successes of our first cohort,” said Ashlin Smith, the organization’s Partnerships and Development Manager. Projects funded through the initial round included entrepreneur summits, marketing for Black founder-led initiatives, and an open-access library of business documents and how-to templates.

While the Community Partner Program is open to applicants from all 95 Tennessee counties, there is a focus on supporting activities in the Southern Middle region of the state for the second round, so organizations from that region are strongly encouraged to apply.

Awards of up to $15,000 will be made from a finite pool of funding. Applications are open until July 31 or until funding is exhausted. Applicants can apply for costs including programming curriculum, marketing expenses, certain event expenses, and external speaker/educator fees. Non-permissible costs include personnel expenses, overhead costs (such as rent and utilities), direct cash prizes, and some travel costs.

Full guidelines and the application link are available online at this link.

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