The Creative Business Boost Initiative: $5K Grants

Introducing the Creative Business Boost Initiative, presented by Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), with support from Etsy’s Uplift Fund! 100 creative entrepreneurs will be selected from eligible entrants to receive a $5,000 grant and access to an exclusive Boost Camp coaching program, helping them access the capital and resources they need for growth and success.

The Creative Business Boost Initiative is designed to help empower entrepreneurs who contribute to the creative economy. By providing grants, educational resources, and access to a community of business owners, the program strives to bolster the cultural vibrancy of communities through the entrepreneurial endeavors of creative individuals.

To be eligible, you must be an entrepreneur who is the leading executive (i.e. Founder) of a small business that meets the below business criteria:

  • A legal resident of one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older (19 in AL and NE)

Other eligibility criteria includes: 

  • Must be a creative entrepreneur as defined here
  • Must have a business that has been in operation for at least 12 months 
  • Must have an existing product or service currently on the market
  • Must be willing to participate in a 12-week virtual business Boost Camp
  • Being a for-profit business located and registered in one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico

For a full list of eligibility criteria, including restricted businesses, see the terms and conditions.

Application Timeline

The Creative Business Boost Initiative will accept applications from May 20, 2024 to June 21, 2024 at 6 p.m. ET. 

Applications will be reviewed by a committee in accordance with the review criteria outlined in the terms and conditions. Recipients will be notified by email and publicly announced in August 2024.