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Open to organizations that help entrepreneurs and businesses grow

If you have a product, service, initiative, or program that helps companies or entrepreneurs, Springboard could be a great fit for you.

For nearly any type of organization

Springboard is one of the most flexible funding programs in the region. Applicants need to have an Employee Identification Number (EIN) and be located in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming county to apply. Eligible types of applicants include:

  • Non-profit or for-profit entrepreneur support organizations;
  • Local high schools, colleges, and universities who have programs that support up-and-coming entrepreneurs;
  • Capital providers including seed-stage funders, angel groups, venture capital funds, and CDFIs;
  • Any service provider that supports entrepreneurs;
  • Organizations supporting diverse ownership or entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities;
  • Innovative businesses with less than $2,000,000 in gross revenue;
  • Entrepreneurs with an existing company including sole proprietorships
What we do (and don’t) fund

We DON’T fund: long-term events, engagements/programs that require ongoing funding, overhead costs, government entities or businesses with revenue greater than $2,000,000.

Still not sure if your organization qualifies?

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Located in Buffalo-Niagara, the Rochester region, or the Southern Tier

Eligible organizations must be in one of the following New York State counties:

  • Allegany
  • Cattaraugus
  • Chautauqua
  • Erie
  • Genesee
  • Monroe
  • Niagara
  • Orleans
  • Wyoming

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