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Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Competition

Grants to USA Eligible IHEs Serving BIPOC Undergraduate Students
to Promote Business Development and Entrepreneurship

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U.S. Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

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08/16/21 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time - Receipt


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Grants to USA eligible IHEs serving BIPOC undergraduate students to support instruction related to business development and product commercialization. Interested applicants must attend a conference prior to applying.The purpose of the program is to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, and general economic development among Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan, and Hawaiian minority students. Funds may be used to develop curricula, seminars, pilot courses, and other activities, as well as replicable products and tools.

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has developed a pilot program to support entrepreneurship for undergraduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSIs), and Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSIs). The goal is to establish five (5) pilot projects, one at each type of institution above, to lay the foundation for a future generation of entrepreneurial leaders and innovators that will help strengthen U.S. global competitiveness, job creation, and the overall U.S. economy.

The entrepreneurship program should be centered on teaching undergraduate students how to develop businesses and commercialize products and services in the domestic and global marketplace through inclusive innovation (research) and general economic development. Curricula should be designed to help students develop businesses, products and/or services and to learn the process of creating and commercializing a product from development to market.

Through this program, the MBDA envisions supporting the eligible institutions of higher education with funding to develop programs that amplify and support entrepreneurship education and development in burgeoning industry aligned with the President’s priorities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197574

Number of Grants:

MBDA anticipates making five (5) awards under this announcement, one for each of the following types of institutions: (1) Historical Black Colleges and Universities; (2) Hispanic Serving institutions; (3) Tribal College; (4) Native Hawaiian; and (5) Alaska Native Serving Institutions.

Estimated Size of Grant:

MBDA anticipates making awards in the amount of $300,000 each

Estimated total program funding:
MBDA expects to expend approximately $1,500,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2021 funds for the financial assistance awards under this Announcement to cover the first year of the selected projects. MBDA anticipates that up to $1,500,000 will be available in each of fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to support continuation funding for the second and third years of the selected projects, contingent upon availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be for a three-year term but funded one year at a time. The three-year term will be from September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2024.

Successful applicants may be eligible for pre-award costs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include the following institutions of higher education: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)(as defined in 20 USC §1061), Hispanic Service Institutions (HSIs)(as defined in 20 USC § 1101a), Tribal Colleges and University (TCUs) (as defined in 20 USC 1059c), Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSIs)(as defined in 20 USC § 1059d(b)), and Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSIs)(as defined in 20 USC § 1059d(b)) of higher learning with existing minority entrepreneurship or related programs.

MBDA seeks to fund projects at any HBCU, HSI, TCU, ANSI, and NHSI within any U.S. state or territory.

MBDA is not authorized to provide awards to individuals under this BAA, and applications from individuals will not be considered under this request.

Award funds cannot be used to make investments in individual businesses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Teleconference:
MBDA will conduct a pre-application teleconference on August 3, 2021 Eastern Time. The time of the pre-application teleconference is 2:00pm –3:00pm Eastern Daylight Time. Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance of the teleconference.
To register:

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received on or before August 16, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Applications must be submitted electronically via To submit an application through, you must register for a user ID and password. This process can take between three to five business days and up to four weeks if all steps are not completed correctly.

Each applicant is required to:
- Obtain a DUNS Number. Call 1-866-705-5711 or access the Dun & Bradstreet website (1-2 business days).
- Register with SAM. Access You'll also need the authorizing official of your organization and an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (7-10 business days).
- Create Username and Password. Complete your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile and create your username and password. You will need to use your organization's DUNS Number (same day).
- Authorize the AOR, then your organization's E-Biz POC must log in to to confirm you as an AOR (same day).

MBDA shall conduct a mandatory post-award virtual conference to ensure that the successful applicant has a clear understanding of the project award, terms, conditions, and expectations.

The project operator and key project staff will be required to attend the MED Week conference unless otherwise noted by MBDA. MED Week is a national recognition of the success and contributions of minority business enterprises to the U.S. economy. Due to the pandemic this conference will be held virtually in Year 1.

The project operator and key project staff will be required to attend the MBDA National Training Conference (NTC), unless otherwise noted by MBDA. The NTC is a 2-3-day conference designed to review key MBDA initiatives among all MBDA sponsored programs and MBDA staff.

The project operator and key project staff will be required to attend the NOAA Financial Assistance and Grants Management Workshop, unless otherwise noted by MBDA. The NOAA Grants Management Workshop is a 2-3-day interactive event hosted by the NOAA/GMD grants team. Note: Due to the pandemic this conference will be held virtually.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Agency Contact:
Ms. Nakita Chambers
MBDA Program Manager
U.S. Department of Commerce
Tel: 202-482-0065

For technical support, please contact: Contact Project

Minority Business Development Agency
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20230

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