The American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 117-2, § 5004) authorizes SBA to establish the Community Navigator Pilot Program to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, private nonprofit organizations, SBA Resource Partners, States, Tribes, and units of entities. The Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) will support the Community Navigator Pilot Program.
The focus of this program is to reach and support underserved small businesses, including micro and rural businesses, with emphasis and those owned by women, veterans and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. To better reach these small businesses, SBA is launching the Community Navigator Pilot Program that will strengthen outreach to underserved businesses by partnering with organizations with established relationships and experience within their communities. The Community Navigator Pilot Program is designed to provide high-quality technical assistance with pandemic relief programs and recovery services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Recovery services can include financial assistance, access to capital, contracting and procurement assistance, marketing, operations, and business development, export and industry specific training, among other areas of technical assistance to aid businesses in stabilization and expansion. Programming that focuses on supporting communities where English is a second language and that offers technical assistance in languages other than English is encouraged.
SBA has been appropriated $100 million for grants authorized by Section 5004 of the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021. The funding periods and funding amounts referenced in this notice are subject to the availability of funds at the time of award as well as to SBA priorities at the time of award. Subject to the availability of funding and based on applications received, SBA expects to make awards under this NOFO as follows:
- Tier 1 - $5.0 million
- Tier 2 - $2.5 million
- Tier 3 - $1.0 million
The following entities are eligible:
- A Nonprofit having a 501(c) status with the IRS
- An economic development organization or similar organization
- Native American tribal organization (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Native American tribal government (Federally recognized)
- County governments
- State governments
- City or township governments
- SBA Resource Partners
- Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
- Women’s Business Centers
- Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs)
- Community Development Financial Institutions, and
- Nonprofit Colleges and Universities
Applicants must have been in operation for two years or more.
Questions concerning general information contained in this NOFO should be directed to OED at email@example.com.