Business Grants & Scholarships

The following grant opportunities are available to entrepreneurs located in the Charlotte region. Check back often as this page is updated as new grant opportunities come our way.

Scale Up CLT

Application deadline: 6/9/2021.

Scale Up CLT accelerates the growth of minority-owned businesses in the Charlotte region. Each business that is selected receives a scholarship worth over $12,000.

For this scholarship, they earn a slot in the EO Accelerator Charlotte ($2,500), Ally Investor level at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance ($5,000), participation at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Leadership Retreat in Fall 2021 ($1,300), ability to attend Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Exploring Economies trip to Austin in 2022 ($3,600), and an invitation to Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Investor Quarterly meetings.

These scholarships are made possible by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, the City of Charlotte, and generous investors.

NC IDEA Micro Grants

Fall 2021 Grant Cycle Opens Mid-August.

Through small, project-based grants, NC IDEA MICRO awards $10K in funding to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea. We have found that funding, paired with mentorship and guidance, early in a company’s lifecycle, can make a significant impact on future success.


Fall 2021 Grant Cycle Opens Mid-August.

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. Our $50K grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept — even if they are not yet profitable. The funds, along with mentorship and guidance, push companies forward and reduce risk associated with growing startups.

Spark Grants

Application period is closed.

With the support of the Flywheel Foundation, the Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship just wrapped up its first grant cycle of $5,000 Spark Grants offered to entrepreneurs located in or adding jobs to the county. The grants will help Founders test out ideas that can be commercialized successfully.

Over 21 companies applied and all will continue to benefit from the Cabarrus Center resources, coaching and curriculum. Two companies finished as runner-up and are still competing for the remaining grant funds. The Flywheel Foundation is allocating $25,000 from a Truist Bank corporate sponsorship to fund the first cohort of grant awards.

Additional Resources

Starting a Business

Are you starting a new business in Cabarrus County or the surrounding Charlotte region? These resources will help you get started.

Learning & Networking

The Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts monthly workshops, networking events, and other online and in-person events to support entrepreneurs in and around Cabarrus County.

Cabarrus Center FAQs

Still not sure what the Cabarrus Center is all about? Visit this page to learn more about the services and support we provide to entrepreneurs in the area.

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