Applications are open: Rise Up, Get Started Matching Grant program

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2022 Rise Up, Get Started Matching Grant program for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs running service-based businesses in the Kansas City area.

Here’s the link to apply. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 25. We are hosting a virtual info session on Wednesday, January 19, from 7-8pm on Zoom to share more info and answer questions for anyone who’s interested. Here’s the link to register for the info session. 

We will select 16 formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs to participate in this year long program where you will receive coaching & mentoring, a community of support from your peers, help writing a business plan and budget, connections with resources & customers to grow your business, and a $750 grant (on top of $300 you save.)

This year we are specifically focused on entrepreneurs with a felony on their record who are running service-based businesses. You can apply if your business is still in the idea phase, but we’re really looking for folks who have already started building up their customer base and are ready to grow to the next level.

In particular, we’re looking for entrepreneurs whose businesses are based around housing. Painters, drywallers, electricians, plumbing and HVAC, roofers, haulers… everything that goes into making a house a home… we’d love to see you apply. We’re finding opportunities right now for our entrepreneurs to help fix Kansas City’s affordable housing crisis and we know that formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs can be a part of the solution.

We’re also looking for folks who provide services to businesses: bookkeepers, virtual office managers, marketing professionals… we have real opportunity for folks with these skills to help strengthen our entrepreneurial community.

Contact us here with any questions. And help us spread the word about our Rise Up, Get Started Matching Grant program by sharing this info. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 25. Here’s again is the link to apply.

We also want to give a big THANK YOU to our sponsors so far who have stepped up to make our 2022 Rise Up, Get Started Matching Grant Program possible! Thank you  Super DispatchManaged Energy SystemsShook, Hardy & BaconAmy E Hulse Creative CoachingCrema, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and Central Presbyterian Church.

We are about 1/3 of the way toward reaching our goal of $30,000 to fully fund this program in 2022. If your company, organization, or church group wants to sponsor our Rise Up, Get Started Matching Grant program and help formerly incarcerated people find financial freedom and economic opportunity through entrepreneurship, you can sponsor now at this link.

Thank you!