StART-Up Creative Business Development Grant
To advance our creative entrepreneurs and strengthen communities through the arts, the ECRDA in partnership with the former StARTup Incubator/StARTup Incubator Board has launched a program to support creative entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their businesses and revenue.
Creative entrepreneurs are invaluable assets to our community. They lead innovation, deliver creative products and services, generate economic opportunity, and build community identity. The stARTup Creative Business Development Grant program is designed to support these important businesses and we encourage your participation.
Support Eries creative entrepreneurs to grow their business, audience, and revenue.
Applications are accepted online only through September 30, 2021.
Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000.
Creative for-profit entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for the grant once every twelve months. Businesses less than two years old; or established businesses seeking to branch out in a new creative direction. Businesses that are sole proprietorships or incorporated businesses with FEINs.
Be at least 18 years of age and a current resident of Erie County for at least one year.
Creative entrepreneurs business must have gross revenue less than $200,000.
Be a creative entrepreneur intending to form a business or operating a business in Erie County within one or more of the following creative industry areas:
o Marketing Advertising and marketing agencies & professionals
o Architecture Architecture firms & architects
o Visual Arts & Crafts Galleries, artists, artisans & makers
o Design Product, interior, graphic, and fashion design firms and designers
o Film & Media Film, video, animation, TV & Radio businesses
o Digital Games Companies, programmers & individuals producing games
o Music & Entertainment Producers, venues, musicians & performers
o Publishing Print or electronic businesses & content creators, editors & writers
o Other sales of products or services with a unique, creative twist.
Eligible Uses of Funds
Funds must support business formation or development. Eligible uses of grant funds include:
Professional fees for workshops, consultants, and career coaching
Participation in events, trade shows, festivals, etc. that offer access to audience and revenue generation potential
Business development fees for courses or seminars for business skills
Research and development
Marketing and promotion
Development or upgrades to technology related to business practices
Studio/rehearsal/retail space rent
Reasonable fees for supporting/collaborating artists
Purchase of supplies and equipment
Grants funds cannot be used for the following:
Activities that have occurred prior to the grant
Activities that have a religious purpose
Payments to lobbyists
Activities for which academic credit is given
Offsets to regular business operating costs, including regular salary or wages
Hospitality, food, or beverages