The Advancing Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) is a special initiative of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF).  AEP will provide funding to nonprofits for projects aimed at building the capacity of entrepreneurs, microenterprises and small businesses in the Greater Kanawha Valley area of West Virginia.  For the purposes of this program, a microenterprise is a commercial participating business with five or fewer employees, at least one of whom is the owner, while a small business has no more than 50 employees. Additionally, an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

TGKVF is particularly interested in creating and sustaining jobs for low-wealth individuals.  Therefore, applicants to AEP should outline strategies to stimulate job growth through entrepreneurship, microenterprises and small businesses.

call for proposals

Here is the link to start your application via the online portal: Start a Proactive Application

Please continue to “save and finish later” as you work on your application and be sure to hit “save” often as the system will time out shortly after any inactivity.  I recommend using Internet Explorer rather than any other browser.  Finally, please prepare all of your narrative responses in a Word document and then copy/paste your replies into the text fields.

Here is the link to access a “saved” or “in-progress” application: Continue a Saved Application

The application deadline is July 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Grant awards will be announced on September 21, 2020.

The Truist Foundation is a program partner.