Microenterprise Assistance Program(MAP Grant)

Still Time to Apply for the for Geneva Small Businesses Microenterprise Assistance Grant through City of Geneva Community Development Block Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP)

Geneva, N.Y. - In June, The City of Geneva announced that it had been awarded $180,000 in CDBG Microenterprise Assistance Program funding from the New York State Office of Community Renewal. These funds have been used to re-establish the Geneva Microenterprise Assistance Program (GMAP), which offered grants of $5,000 to $30,000 to eligible businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in the City of Geneva. A total of $153,000 in grant funding was made available, with the remaining $27,000 used for program delivery and grant administration costs, such as the Entrepreneur Training Course.

If you are interested in applying for the City of Geneva Community Development Block Microenterprise Assistance Program, the application is available online by clicking here or by contacting Ostrander’s Consulting for an application and more information. All Applications are due October 6, 2023, by 3:00pm at the City of Geneva’s City Manager’s Office.

Entrepreneur Training Course Available

Training course begins September 21, for a Virtual Training to qualify for the MAP grant

Registration opens soon for the City of Geneva’s Entrepreneur Training Course, part of the Community Development Block Microenterprise Assistance Program announced in August of this year. The course, starting on September 21 will be a virtual Fast Track to Business Start-up, which will run one day from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will educate start-

ups and entrepreneurs in the skills needed to start and run a successful business, along with helping you to develop a business Plan. It is a requirement of application for all potential grant recipients.

Through the course, business owners will learn what the grant funds can be used for, skills to start and manage a successful enterprise, and other funding opportunities outside of this grant program to better assist them with growing their business. These informational sessions will be run by Ostrander’s Consulting, a consulting firm hired by the City of Geneva to administer the program.

“We want to see small businesses and new ideas thrive in the City of Geneva,” said Nichola Ostrander, owner of Ostrander’s Consulting. “This course will help us foster that growth while giving business owners the tools that they need to succeed in this area and make the most of this funding opportunity.”

If you are interested in applying for the Geneva Microenterprise Assistance Grant you can contact Ostrander’s Consulting at 607-742-2168 with questions and to be put on the list for the September 21, Fast Track to Business Start-up.