SPARK Your DREAMS
WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING $1.5 MILLION
FOR IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS IN CALIFORNIA THROUGH OUR SEED INITIATIVE
Total Money Awarded
Through the SEED initiative, we are offering funding to California residents who are starting or growing a business in California.
SEED applicants must identify with one of the following:
-Non U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders). This includes undocumented individuals, and individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
-Limited English proficiency, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.
We will consider applications for businesses that address a variety of needs, target diverse populations, and employ different strategies. We will also consider new business ideas that include a detailed business plan and budget. Applicants can engage in any of the following types of business: a sole proprietor, independent contractor, 1099 employee, C-corporation, S-corporation, cooperative, limited liability company, partnership, or limited partnership.
Read our SEED FAQs to learn more.
Before applicants are considered to move to Phase 2 of the application process, the SEED team will conduct an in-depth review of the business plan, budget and grant application to assess if eligibility criteria was met. The neutral grant selection committee will then carefully review the grant application materials to assess the viability and sustainability of the business, as well as readiness to launch or scale a business.
1. Create an account (The deadline to Enroll and Complete the Curriculum is Past - Due - NO New Accounts are being created at the moment)
There are 2 steps to this process:
- Create your login information. Take note of your email address and make sure the same one is being used for anything Spark related.
- Register for the training. This 3-minute form simply asks for demographic information for data tracking purposes.
2. Once the account has been created you will receive an email with a link to the Curriculum for you to start.
3. Graduate from the Spark Entrepreneurship Course. Submit the Business Quiz in Course 6 of the Entrepreneurship Course and receive your Certificate.
Wait between 2 - 3 days to receive a response from one of our Entrepreneurship Specialists with feedback on your business quiz.
If your business quiz is approved you will receive a link to the grant application. If your business plan is not approved you will be asked to retake it.
- 4. You will need to provide:
- Information about your business or business idea
- A detailed grant budget
- You will be asked to upload:
- A copy of your ID that shows proof of residence in California
- A financial statement of your existing business (if you have one)
**If all eligibility requirements have been met.
During this orientation you will learn how the spend the SEED fund appropriately and how to complete the reporting requirements for the state of California
This report will outline in detail how you plan to use the SEED funds if awarded
This form is used to collect payment information
SEED funding is provided by the state of California and funds must be used to start or grow a business. With that in mind, we have the following expectations for selected SEED grantees:
- Grantees will be required to spend the funds according to the terms outlined in the Grant Award Letter
- Grantees will complete a detailed expense form and provide receipts for the use of funds
- Grantees will participate in program evaluation and data collection as requested by Immigrants Rising
- Grantees will participate in learning and reflection sessions that will provide valuable opportunities to upskill and network among grantees
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