Introducing: A new grant opportunity for Happy Valley aspiring and established business owners!


Photo: Bellefonte Springboard.

Downtown Bellefonte Inc., the non-profit organization behind Bellefonte SpringBoard, is offering two grants to support the small business community in 2023. Grant awardees will receive both funding and coaching opportunities to start or scale their business.

Here’s who’s eligible:

Two grants will be offered to new or established businesses within Centre County: One for those with a business idea or that have been in business for less than one year; and one for a business that has been established for more than one year.

Part of SpringBoard’s mission is to empower our local community to take their business ideas and turn them into a reality. This opportunity helps to carry out that mission. 

What this grant opportunity includes:

Two grant recipients will receive cash funding in the amount of $2,500 to help start or scale their business. In addition to funding, recipients will receive:

  • Four credits to use with local experts for 1-hour coaching sessions. These experts have been selected from a variety of fields and specialities, and the credits can be redeemed via whichever experts suit your business.
  • A one-year, full time membership to Bellefonte SpringBoard. In addition to coworking opportunities, SpringBoard offers meeting room use, workshops and programming that are free for members, and more.

"Coaches have been selected not only because of their expertise, but because they've been longtime supporters of revitalization efforts in Bellefonte or have supported our organization in some capacity. Adding in this coaching element allows us to also support local creative services providers that impact our community in a unique way," says Ellen Matis, President of Downtown Bellefonte, Inc.

Photo: Bellefonte Springboard.

How to apply:

To apply, you must submit either a Dropbox link or Google Drive to Downtown Bellefonte Inc. Marketing and Administrative Assistant Devin Kos via email. Your application should include:

  • A summary of your business
  • An outline of how provided funds could be used to start or scale your business
  • A short video (about a minute is fine, shot on your cell phone!) introducing yourself and your grant application concepts
  • Any additional materials that might support your grant opportunity — be creative!
  • A $500 financial match is required. Indicate how this will be funded. In-kind matches are acceptable, with provided documentation.
  • A short bio and photo of yourself, for marketing through SpringBoard’s social media channels and email

Important dates:

  • Entries are due by Friday, April 14, 2023 by 10 a.m.
  • Grant review committee will review applications and provide any follow-up questions by April 21, 2023.
  • Grants will be awarded by April 28, 2023, with SpringBoard memberships beginning May 1.

Submit your application on Bellefonte Springboard.


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