Local Grants & Funding Opportunities


NC IDEA MICRO awards small, project-based grants in the amount of $10K to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea.

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. The $50K grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept – even if they are not yet profitable.

*Note: You may only apply to either MICRO or SEED (not both) during a grant cycle.

Fall 2022 Deadlines

  • July 25 | Info Session Webinar (Register Now)
  • August 1 | Grant Applications Open
  • August 2-26 | Fall 2022 Virtual Office Hours (Reserve Now)
  • August 29 | NC IDEA MICRO/SEED Application Deadline
    • *Applications must be submitted/received by NC IDEA by 5:00pm EST – no exceptions*
  • September 23 | NC IDEA SEED Semi-Finalists Selected and Notified
  • September 30 | NC IDEA MICRO Grant Finalists Selected and Notified
  • October 3 | NC IDEA SEED Semi-Finalist Revised Application Deadline
  • October 10-20 | NC IDEA MICRO Grant Finalist Interviews
  • October 21
    • NC IDEA SEED Finalists Selected and Notified
    • NC IDEA MICRO Grant Recipients Selected and Notified
  • November 4 | NC IDEA SEED Finalist Pitches
  • November 9 | NC IDEA SEED Grant Recipients Selected and Notified

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