The 2017 SBNA Partnership Program Small Grants Application is Now Open

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) has awarded a grant to support the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) Partnership Program. Pursuant to that grant, America’s SBDC, in partnership with the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the Regional Center for the Promotion of Small Business in Central America (CENPROMYPE) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), intends to issue 10 sub-grant awards in amounts not to exceed $52,500 in FY 2017.

Of these 10 awards, 6 of the awards need to benefit small businesses and entities in Central America and 4 awards can be made to eligible organizations anywhere else in Latin America and the Caribbean. Foreign entities in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Cuba are ineligible. These are the first of up to 30 potential awards that will be made between now and January, 2019. Two-thirds of these sub-grants will benefit Central American participants and one-third may be anywhere else in Latin America and the Caribbean for a project period of 10 months. The anticipated start date for this activity is September 2017.

The purpose of the subgrants will be to support and expand the SBNA by funding projects designed to expand the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model, increase small business counseling skills, strengthen center to center SBNA partnerships, increase international trade and increase small business opportunity in underserved communities.


To apply for the grant, please click here:
All applications must be submitted in English
Deadline for first round: June 30, 2017


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Travel Stipend for the SBNA Matchmaking Event

Travel stipends are available for persons attending the SBNA Matchmaking event in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 5, 2017. The deadline for travel stipend applications is July 7, 2017.

Criteria for participants wishing to apply for the travel stipend include:

    • Run an entrepreneurship center in one of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Central and South America, Mexico, Dominican Republic;
    • Have qualified staff and mentor networks for supporting MSME’s interested in entering international markets;
    • Have established sustainable operations for at least three years;
    • Have a proven track record of being an active leader in your local entrepreneurial ecosystem;
    • Have an interest in actively collaborating with other small business assistance centers located in the Western Hemisphere;
    • Willing to communicate success stories of SME’s and entrepreneurs that participated in center-to-center partnerships established through this program;
    • Applicants from Bolivia, Cuba, Chile, Argentina are not eligible to apply.
For additional information and to apply for the travel stipend, please click here:
Deadline: July 7, 2017


   Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State