Washington Heights Entrepreneurial Fund

Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), in partnership with New Level Sports Ministries (NLSM), has established the Washington Heights Entrepreneurial Fund, a $2 million program for entrepreneurial and real estate development projects in the historic Battle Creek neighborhood. The fund is supported by a $2 million grant from the Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The program prioritizes those who are Black, Hispanic and Burmese – groups with traditionally limited access to capital. Projects may fall under the real estate or business categories. Applicants may be eligible for grants up to $300,000 for real estate-only improvements. They may also be eligible to receive low-interest loans up to $150,000 for viable startups and existing businesses.

Program recipients will be provided business services, too, like accounting, marketing, or legal guidance. A suite of related services and mentors will help ensure long-term program success in Washington Heights. Business-service professionals interested in program participation are encouraged to contact BCU or NLSM.

More information on the Washington Heights Entrepreneurial Program can be found in the program guidelines. Program applications will be accepted beginning May 1.

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