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

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06/03/22 11:59 PM EST


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories IHEs serving BIPOC undergraduate students to support instruction related to business development and product commercialization. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. The purpose of the program is to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, and general economic development among Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian 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 program to support entrepreneurship for undergraduate students at eligible institutions of higher education: Through this BAA, MBDA will provide funding for entrepreneurship programs, including curricula, courses, seminars, and replicable products and tools, that teach students how to develop businesses and commercialize products and services in the domestic and global marketplace. The curricula should be designed to stimulate and accelerate entrepreneurial skill sets in support of the development of minority business enterprises. Through this BAA, MBDA envisions supporting entrepreneurship education and development.

Program Priorities:

  • While growth rates in entrepreneurship are increasing compared to rates of participation in the labor market, there are systemic challenges for MBE entrepreneurs. MBDA recognizes these challenges as well as the important role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities, (TCUs) Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSIs), and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSIs) leading the nation in producing minority business leaders and entrepreneurs. These institutions are important engines of economic growth and public service and are proven pillars for intergenerational advancement. However, these institutions may lag in adequate resources if they are highly dependent on tuition from small student populations, small endowments, lower alumni giving, and less access to other revenue generating resources, such as federal programs, research and development, grants, and contracts that could enhance their program capacity and infrastructure.
  • These projects shall prioritize the entrepreneurial training and business preparation of undergraduates and the unique challenges faced by MBE entrepreneurs through the expansion of entrepreneurial curriculum offered by HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, ANSIs, and NHSIs. 

Performance Measures and Goals can be found in the NOFO. See Attached Files, below, page 4.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197574

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding amount for each award in FY 2022 will be approximately $300,711.

MBDA anticipates that up to $1,804,266 will be available in FY 2023 to support continuation funding for the second budget period of those selected projects.

Term of Contract:

MBDA expects to issue awards for a total term of two years from October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include the following institutions of higher education:
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) (otherwise known as Part B Institutions as defined in 20 USC § 1061)
- Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) (as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1101a)
- Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) (as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1059c)
- Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (NHSIs) (as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1059d(b))
- Alaska Native Serving Institutions (ANSIs) (as defined in 20 USC § 1059d(b))

Note: Projects must be located in the U.S. or any U.S. territory, including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. 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.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars: Participants must register at least 24 hours in advance of the teleconference.

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Pre-Application Conference May 5, 2022 | 2 PM - 3 PM EST
- MBDA will provide general competition and funding opportunity information, key changes from previous competitions, and competition key dates and logistics. Conference will conclude with a live question and answer session.

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Program Priorities May 12, 2022 | 2 PM - 3 PM EST
- MBDA will outline program priorities and objectives of Business Centers, which include providing MBEs with expert business development, capacity building, and navigation of the economic landscape. Conference will highlight real-world examples to highlight aim of the Business Center program. Conference will conclude with a live question and answer session.

Minority Colleges and Universities Grant- Measuring Success & Budget Pitfalls May 19, 2022 | 2 PM - 3 PM EST
- MBDA will highlight Business Center operations best practices and pitfalls to avoid when developing Business Center budget and workplan. Conference will conclude with a live question and answer session.

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Pre-Application Information:

Dates: Complete applications will be accepted in up to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 3, 2022. Applications received after this time will not be reviewed or considered for funding under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Each applicant (unless the applicant is eligible for an exception under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or an exception approved under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to:
- Register in SAM before submitting an application;
- Provide a valid unique entity identifier in the application; and,
- Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by MBDA (or any other Federal agency).

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. During the post-award teleconference, MBDA will: introduce Federal officers, orient the project operator and key project staff, explain project reporting requirements and procedures, identify available Federal resources that can enhance the capabilities of the project, and provide detailed information about key online systems.

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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.

Prospective applicants may 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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