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Changemakers Grant Program Offers Half a Million Dollars for Tucson Small Business Growth

Tell a friend to tell a small business owner, because there are six grants available here in Tucson. Learn more about the Changemakers grants and apply now through February 11, 2024 at .

The Tucson Changemakers Grant Program, a curated series of grants, is strategically crafted to propel the inception, empowerment, and expansion of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Tucson. Acknowledging the pivotal role these enterprises play in Tucson's economic, cultural, and community triumphs, the program is designed to foster sustainable growth and innovation.

Groundswell Capital and the City of Tucson have committed $500,000 for six different grants small business owners can apply to, with up to $10,000 available in grant funding. These funds can be used to launch a company in Tucson, upskill their workforce, green their community, celebrate the stories of the small businesses at the heart of our city, and more.

The Changemakers grant program includes the following grants:

If there is one thing you can count on as a small business owner, it's your monthly utility bills. What if we told you that there was a way to cut costs and give the planet a little love.

The Good Energy Grant awards up to $10,000 to small businesses in Tucson who go green. Qualifying proposals might include an upgrade to high efficiency heating, energy-efficient ventilation and air conditioning systems, new door and windows, or improved insulation.

If you're looking to overhaul your workspace with LED lighting, cooling or refrigeration units, doors and windows, electric, or solar, apply for the Good Energy Grant.

This Tucson business grant could be used to purchase gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots, switching from diesel to electric irrigation motor, clean energy generation and storage, such as: solar panels and battery storage, or clean transportation or equipment such as: electric vehicles or equipment, EV charging stations, and more.

Learn more about the Good Energy Grant here: 

While our workspaces and places may be fueled by energy, it's the people who power our businesses. The Upskilling Tucson Grant, providing up to $10,000, is dedicated to advancing workforce development.

Does your team have members who could benefit from additional training, licenses, or certifications? Upskilling Tucson is here to support, covering education expenses and fees.

Considering the incorporation of a paid internship program in your business? This grant serves as a catalyst, funding your dedication to fostering workforce development in Tucson.

Learn more about the Upskilling Tucson Grant here: 

Embarking on the journey of starting a business demands grit, passion, dedication, drive, and that essential show of support – seed funding. Introducing the Groundswell Seed Fund, a beacon for entrepreneurs in Tucson, offering up to $5,000 in grant funding to transform business visions into reality.

This grant is flexible, ready to fuel various aspects such as equipment, technology, expansion, or any other essentials crucial for fostering business growth and creating quality jobs in Tucson. Essentially, for Tucson startups, the sky is the limit with the Groundswell Seed Fund.

Learn more about the Seed Fund Grant here:

Running a small business is like running a marathon – a journey where periodic fuel is essential to sustain the race.

Enter the Groundswell Growth Fund, an exclusive grant tailored for Tucson's enduring small businesses, with a minimum operational history of five years. This grant is a salute to the critical role legacy businesses play in shaping the Tucson economy.

Versatility is the hallmark of this grant, empowering businesses to scale as they deem fit. Whether it's an expansion, investment in software, upgrading equipment, or establishing a paid internship program – the possibilities are as expansive as the entrepreneurial spirit itself.

Learn more about the Growth Fund here:

If you own a Tucson small business, chances are you've sponsored a youth event, donated services, hosted community workshops, or implemented sliding scale pricing models – giving back through your revenue model in true Tucson fashion.

Enter the Keep Tucson Amable Grant, designed to honor the generous spirit of Tucson's small businesses that truly form the heartbeat of our community. This grant, awarding up to $5,000, is here to ensure you can continue doing what you do best – running a business with heart.

Learn more about Keep Tucson Amable here:

Content Creators are small business superheroes. A bakery can go from unknown to sold out with one TikTok. And who amongst us hasn't been influenced by an Instagram post to make a purchase?

Local creators and filmmakers can apply for up to $2,000 in grant funding to make movie magic on their smartphone or camera. The content must feature the story of a Tucson small business. It can be a story of overcoming, a call to action from the community for support, a compelling narrative.

Create content with a purpose through the first-ever grant for content creators connected with Tucson.

Learn more about [CREATE] Content with a Purpose here:

But wait, there's more funding for small businesses.

Rolling out with the Changemakers Grants is Semillas, an innovative micro-lending program offering Tucson businesses swift access to capital in a secure environment.

Semillas empowers borrowers to apply for up to $15,000 at a fixed interest rate of 2.95%, with credit being a non-factor for approval. Not just loan officers, but community-driven small business advocates, Groundswell Capital ensures a supportive and inclusive approach to financing through Semillas.

Both Groundswell Capital and the City of Tucson are hosting bilingual events throughout the month of January to spread the word and assist small businesses with their applications. Applications are accepted now until February 11, 2024, and office hours are listed on the Groundswell Event Calendar.

In addition to Semillas, Groundswell Capital offers its longstanding Tucson business loan program, AVANZA, created for women, veteran, and minority-owned small businesses with a relationship-based approach and capital coaching resource to empower its local entrepreneurs.

APPLY NOW to Changemakers here: 


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