Call for Proposals: Impact Partner Grant

Grants for local groups that support entrepreneurship

What is an Impact Partner Grant?

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

The Office of Economic Development and Innovation will be accepting Request for Proposals for the Impact Partner Grant through Nov. 15.


  • Proposals are due by close of business on Nov. 15, 2019
  • An electronic copy of the information must be submitted to Rafael Baptista at w/ a copy to Amanda Driscoll
  • Final proposals submitted to Selection Committee for approval by Nov. 20, 2019, with final decisions by Dec. 3, 2019
  • Impact Partner agreements shall be executed by Jan. 1, 2020 with program implementation beginning by March 1, 2020