The City adopted the Impact Partner Grant program to partner with local organizations to create a more equitable and sustainable impact throughout the entire business community in Raleigh. The program provides grants to an Impact Partner to help strengthen, develop, implement, and scale new or existing programs and resources to assist entrepreneurs, small businesses, and the local workforce in Raleigh.
For the purpose of the grant, we are using the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook to help inform our definition of an Impact Partner. An Impact Partner, referred to as an Ecosystem Builder in the Kauffman Playbook, is a critical stakeholder within the community that ensures and contributes to the success of a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Call for Proposals
With much consideration, and to support the response effort, the Office of Economic Development and Innovation has made the decision to suspend the currently open application period for the Impact Partner Grant.
This decision will allow us to best deploy our resources to maximize their impact in supporting our small businesses at this moment.