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The Biz-M-Power crowdfunding matching grant program offers small businesses in Massachusetts financial assistance with their acquisition, expansion, improvement or lease of a facility, purchase or capital lease of equipment, or with meeting other capital needs for the business. Eligible applicants will be empowered to advance their business with an innovative approach to obtaining capital. Through crowdfunding campaigns, these businesses connect with their local residents and stakeholders to advance projects that support economic success and transformation for their business and in their communities. This program is funded by the Commonwealth’s Operating Budget.
Preference shall be given to small businesses owned by low- to moderate-income individuals (LMI), women, minorities, immigrants, non-native English speakers, U.S. military veterans, disabled individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and businesses operating in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.
- Acquire, expand, improve or lease a facility; or
- Purchase or capital lease equipment; or
- Meet other capital needs of a business
- Funds CANNOT be used for ongoing business operations such as payroll, benefits, buying of inventory, and general working capital.
TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE: Commonwealth’s Operating Budget appropriated $7,500,000 for this program.
AWARDS: Businesses must crowdfund a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $20,000 and receive a MGCC 2:1 matching grant of between $3,000 and $40,000. With the combination of crowdfunding dollars and the MGCC 2:1 match, they can earn $60,000+
- SBTA Sponsors, if applicable (optional) – Businesses have the option apply with an SBTA Sponsor. SBTA Sponsor will receive $250 fee covered by MGCC in assisting the grantee.
- Patronicity Fee – Set at 5% of the crowdfunding funds raised. Additionally, there is a 2.6% plus $0.30/transaction credit card fee collected by Stripe, the payment processor used by Patronicity. Donors have the option to cover all fees at checkout, thus reducing overall fees incurred to the Project.
CROWDFUNDING: Dependent upon application approval, businesses will launch a crowdfunding campaign to reach a financial goal. Goal must be met to 2:1 MGCC matching grant award. If businesses raises a minimum of $1,500, MGCC will award a matching grant.
- If a business is unable to meet their crowdfunding goal by the campaign deadline but has been able to raise a minimum of $1,500, the business will be eligible to receive a match from MGCC.
- E.G., If you commit to fundraising $10,000 on $30,000 total project your application by [your campaign deadline] but are only able to raise $7,000 by the [deadline], MGCC will 2:1 match $14,000. Businesses will be required to submit an updated budget after the campaign closes.
- E.G., If you commit to fundraising $10,000 on $30,000 total project your application by [your campaign deadline] and are able to raise $10,000 by the [deadline], MGCC will provide the 2:1 matching grant award for $20,000, bringing the total amount received by the small business to $30,000.
- E.G., If you commit to fundraising $10,000 on $30,000 total project your application by [your campaign deadline] and are able to raise $12,000 by the [deadline], MGCC will provide the 2:1 matching grant award for $20,000 grant requested in your application, bringing the total amount received by the small business to $32,000.
- If applicable, for awardees working with SBTA Sponsors, a $250 SBTA fee will be added on to the total grant match for the grantee. MGCC will cover the $250 fee unless waived by the SBTA Sponsor.
- E.g., Applicant's grant match is $10,000. The grant total will be $10,250.
- $10,000 will be disbursed to the grantee
- $250.00 SBTA Fee, covered by MGCC, will be paid to the SBTA Sponsor
- E.g., Applicant's grant match is $10,000. The grant total will be $10,250.
NOTE: Businesses with retail stores or that offer face-to-face services may have a better chance with successfully crowdfunded campaigns. Examples include:
- Coffee Shops/Cafes/Bakeries
- Salons/Day Spas
- Fitness Centers (gyms, yoga studios, barre studios, etc.)
- Retail Shops (especially flower shops, craft beer & wine shop, craft supply shops, independent bookstores, pottery studios, kitchenware shops, specialty gift shops, etc.)
This is not an exhaustive list. Eligible businesses not on this list are still welcome to apply.
NOTE: Home-based businesses are not eligible to apply to Biz-M-Power. Examples of ineligible businesses include:
- Home-based daycare providers
- Home-based carpenters
- Airbnb Rentals
- Uber/Lyft/Solo Livery Drivers
- Barbers Renting Chairs
- Program launched - June 15, 2021
- Next Monthly MGCC Review Deadline - March 27, 2023 (Monday)
Apply now through 3/27/23 and the next round of application reviews will begin 3/28/23.
- Program Closes - June 30, 2023 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes sooner.
Biz-M-Power is open to participants who meet the following requirements. Must be an entrepreneur or small business that:
- Is operating within Massachusetts with a public-facing, brick-and-mortar (physical) location, or storefront
- Is employing 1-20 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including 1 or more of whom owns the business (1099’s included)
- Is the business owners’ primary source of income
- Has an annual revenue not exceeding $2,500,000
- Has been legally established/in the early-stages of business operations for at least 3 months
- Is NOT a home-based business Examples of INELIGIBLE businesses include: - Home-based daycare providers - Home-based carpenters - Airbnb Rentals - Uber/Lyft/Solo Livery Drivers - Barbers Renting Chairs
- Is NOT owned by someone employed by the sponsoring Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) Provider, if applicable
- Is NOT a nonprofit, including church, or religious institution
- Is NOT a chain (chains are defined as businesses not headquartered in Massachusetts with multiple locations)
- Is NOT a franchise with more than 2 locations, including those individually owned-and-operated (Franchises with up to 2 locations will be considered, but MGCC reserves the right to limit grant funding to one location)
- Is NOT a real estate rental/sales business
- Is NOT engaged in political or lobbying activities
- Is NOT a cannabis-related business
- Is NOT member-services organization (social clubs)
- Is NOT government-owned entity or elected official office
- Is NOT currently listed on the federal debarment list
- An individual of 18 years or older at the time of application
- A United States citizen or permanent resident
NOTE: If a person owns multiple businesses and submits an application for each business, MGCC reserves the right to limit grant to one business per owner.
Compliance with federal funds, laws and regulations: Applicants must comply with all applicable laws.
STEP 1: Apply
The application must be filled out and submitted along with attachments as stated in “Required Documentation” electronically through MGCC’s online application portal, Submittable. Hard copies or electronic copies submitted in any other way, such as mailed in or emailed, will not be considered. Additionally, only complete, accurate and legible applications will be considered.
STEP 2: Application Review
- Rolling application process: Applications will be reviewed by MGCC a monthly basis. Applicants can expect to hear back within 2-6 weeks of the completed submission of their grant application, including all necessary supplementary documents and information.
- MGCC and Patronicity Review Teams will evaluate applications based on the eligibility criteria and preference prioritization.
- MGCC or Patronicity may contact applicants for additional information on incomplete applications.
- MGCC communicates the approval/rejection to applicants via Submittable
STEP 3: Launching Your Crowdfunding Campaign
Approved applicants will work closely with a crowdfunding coach provided by Patronicity to prepare the public-facing crowdfunding page, develop reward incentives, and come up with a strategy for a 30-60 day campaign. Campaigns must launch within 30 days of MGCC approval. Patronicity will provide technical assistance throughout the raise period.
STEP 4: Receive Your Funding
Crowdfunding campaigns that reach their goal or raises over $1,500 you will be awarded an MGCC matching grant on all funds raised during your campaign.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION Please be prepared to provide the following documentation when completing the application. Applications are unable to be submitted without this information
- A complete copy (all schedules) of your filed 2021 or 2022 if applicable Federal Business Tax Return as submitted to the IRS. If you file Schedule C income, please upload that document in place of a Business Tax Return
- A complete copy (all schedules) of your filed 2021 or 2022 if applicable Federal Personal Tax Returns as submitted to the IRS for each business owner with 20% or greater ownership
- Completed and signed IRS W-9 Form for your business
- Copy of business lease statement, tenant at will agreement, or mortgage statement for verification of brick-and-mortar, public-facing physical business location
- A copy of the business owner's valid photo identification (ID). This ID must match the business owner who is an authorized signer that signs this application. Please submit a photocopy of the front and back of the ID. Examples include (submit one): State-issued driver's license/ID card, U.S. Passport book or card, other valid, state or federal issued photo ID
- If your business is a LLC, Partnership or Corporation: A copy of your Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office. If you need to request a Certificate of Good Standing, click here: https://corp.sec.state.ma.us/CorpWeb/Certificates/CertificateOrderForm.aspx. Note: If you do not have a Certificate of Good Standing prior to submission of your application, it will be required prior to funding. Note: All entities organized in other states that operate in Massachusetts must be registered and in good standing in Massachusetts. Note: A Certificate of Good Standing from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is not required and will not be accepted as a substitute of the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Certificate of Good Standing.
- If your business is a Sole Proprietorship: A copy of your Business Certificate (DBA) from your city/town
- A copy of quotes/invoices from vendors, contractors, or installers for each item listed in your Biz-M-Power Project Table
TECHNICAL SUPPORT ON SUBMITTABLE
- Visit the Help Center: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/
QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE REQUESTS
If you have any questions about the program or are in need of translation assistance, please contact:
Theresa Ng, Community Project Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 523-6262 ext. 266