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City Awards $90K in Grants to Local Impact Partners in 2020

The City of Raleigh announces the second round of Impact Partner Grant recipients. The Impact Partner Grant program is an essential piece of supporting Raleigh’s vibrant and healthy innovation ecosystem. Four regional innovators were awarded $15,000-$25,000 grants to enhance programs to and services for Raleigh entrepreneurs and small business owners across various sectors including the arts, workforce development, and nonprofit. Programming will begin in March and will be completed by the end of 2020. 

  • District C will seek to empower every public high school in Raleigh to adopt District C programming through Project Raleigh First. Project Raleigh First will allow District C to recruit educators from local priority high schools to participate in the Coaching Institute. This will ultimately develop the next generation of Raleigh innovators no matter their race, gender or background through an opportunity to engage with local startup businesses.
  • Triangle Artworks will support the growing number of craft artists, local artisans, and local market managers with the ArtsSwellCraft Entrepreneurship program through structured courses and lunch-and-learn events. The goal is to create a stronger, more healthy and sustainable business ecosystem for local craft and artisan community in Raleigh.  
  • Wake Tech Community College will enhance programming through LaunchRALEIGH by serving additional Southeast Raleigh entrepreneurs while continuing to provide training programs. LaunchRALEIGH’s collaboration with Wake Tech, Shaw University, and Saint Augustine’s University remains a valuable resource to the community.  With the chartering of Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (C.E.O) clubs, entrepreneurial resources and benefits will also extend to students at all three schools. 
  • Wake County Empowering Entrepreneurs and Seeding Innovation (EEASI) Challenge will advance business development and sustainability through accelerator training, individualized coaching and a pitch completion by engaging with aspiring and existing small businesses and opportunity youth. 

The goal of the City of Raleigh Strategic Plan, Economic Development and Innovation Pillar is to create partnerships to identify best practices that will assist small, startup, and minority-owned business development and education. The Impact Partner Grant strongly supports the City’s efforts to collaborate with local organizations to encourage and implement creative programs and invest in workforce development initiatives in the community.



Media contact:
Amanda Driscoll

Program contact:
Rafael Baptista