Local Grants & Funding Opportunities

NC IDEA MICRO Grant

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

Spring 2022 Deadlines

  • Jan. 31: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Applications Open for Spring 2022
  • Feb. 28: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Application Deadline
    • *All applications must be submitted and received by 5:00pm EST
  • Mar. 31: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Finalists Selected and Notified
  • Apr. 11-21: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Finalist Interviews
  • Apr. 22: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Recipients Selected and Notified

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


NC IDEA SEED Grant

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. Their $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.

Spring 2022 Deadlines

  • Jan. 31: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Applications Open for Spring 2022
  • Feb. 28: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Application Deadline
    • *All applications must be submitted and received by 5:00pm EST
  • Mar. 25: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Finalists Selected and Notified
  • Apr. 4: NC IDEA SEED Semi-Finalist Revised Application Deadline
  • Apr. 22: NC IDEA MICRO Grant Recipients Selected and Notified
  • Apr. 28 – May 4: NC IDEA SEED Finalist Pitch Scrub Sessions
  • May 6: NC IDEA SEED Finalist Pitches
  • May 11: NC IDEA SEED Grant Recipients Selected and Notified

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


Spark Grants

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

Visit the link below to learn more about our 2021 Spark Grant recipients.

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