Applications are Open for $10,000 Small Business Builders Grant
Small business owners in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Singapore, Luxembourg, Japan, Ireland, India, Germany, France, England, China, and Australia are invited to apply by October 15.
7 Sep 2021

What would a $10,000 grant mean for your small business and the community it serves? 

That’s what we want to know from anyone applying to the $10,000 KKR Small Business Builders program, one of a number of grant programs undertaken by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to provide direct support to entrepreneurs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and other significant challenges.

All small business owners are encouraged to apply for round 6 of the program, but judges will emphasize companies that have pivoted their business in response to the pandemic, are operated by New Majority owners, and provide important community services.

If selected, you will receive a $10,000 grant as well as mentoring and coaching opportunities with KKR employees. Everyone who applies receives free access to the thousands of curated resources and a community of 400,000+ small business owners on Hello Alice, as well as access to the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

To qualify for the KKR Small Business Builders program, you must:

  • Operate in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Singapore, Luxembourg, Japan, Ireland, India, Germany, France, England, China, or Australia
  • Be a for-profit business
  • Have 5–50 employees
  • Have generated annual gross revenues in 2019 of less than $7 million
  • Have a demonstrated need for support
  • Propose a strong plan for moving forward

Hundreds of small business owners have already been named recipients in Rounds 1–5 of the program. Ranging from healthcare providers to children’s gyms and comedy clubs, these recipients are using the funds to further their missions and serve their communities.

Vivian Ross, owner of Elephant in the Room Counseling Services in Augusta, Georgia, says she will use the $10,000 to create jobs and tailor her offerings to better serve clients. 

“I started my private practice because, working in other agencies, I noticed that people of color rarely come in to seek counseling services,” Ross says. “I wanted to provide a safe space for anyone to receive the mental health counseling they need. The role I play in my community is to assist others in any way I can to teach anyone how to live a better healthier life. [This $10,000 grant will allow us] to continue to pay our staff, for marketing, and to create a new case management position so we can actually go to the homes to provide services for children.” 

Do you think that this grant could take your business to the next level? Applications for Round 6 of the program are now open through October 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. ET. 

Visit to learn more and apply for Round 6 today.

Kathryn Forrest

Manager for Communications | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Kathryn is the Manager for Communications at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), where she is… More