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Grants to Alaska Individuals with Disabilities to Acquire, Open, or Expand Small Businesses

Microenterprise Grant (MEGRANT)

GrantWatch ID# 176762
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) - Center for Human Development
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
USA: Alaska

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/01/23 12:00 PM Noon Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to assist and encourage Alaska individuals with disabilities to engage in new business ventures and expansion opportunities. Funding is intended to help people with disabilities enter the business sector. Grants may be used to acquire, open, or expand small businesses.

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

Allowable costs include but are not limited to: business license, insurance, permits, inventory, raw materials to make a product, equipment, supplies, rent or lease for space to offer a service or product, utilities, furnishings, marketing activities, transportation costs not related to vehicle purchases, accounting services and training/support services.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The business must meet the definition of a micro-enterprise, which is a business with total capital needs of not more than $35,000 and fewer than 5 employees.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant from the Microenterprise Fund, applicants must be an Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiary, as defined by the Trust:
- People with mental illness: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(d)]:
- People with developmental disabilities: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(e)]:
- People with chronic alcoholism: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(f)]:
- People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia: Statutory definition [AS 47.30.056(g)]
- People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Applicants are required to provide documentation of their beneficiary status.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline Date: March 1, 2023 at 12 noon.

Once completed applications may be emailed, mailed, or dropped off in person. Applications MUST be received by 12 noon on the deadline. Applications arriving after the deadline will not be accepted.

Grants require a dollar-for-dollar match.

MEGRANT Application Process:

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant amounts people request varies depending on the business. Applicants can request a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $10,000.

Multiple applications per applicant are accepted in different review periods, but the lifetime maximum is $10,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:

MEGRANT Applications please mail to:
UAA Center for Human Development
c/o UAA Mailroom
Attn: Larrisa Cummings - Microenterprise
3211 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508

Larrisa Cummings
Grant Fund Administrator
Ph: (907) 264-6279
E-Fax: (907) 891-7312

For assistance with your application, please contact Amy Parker
Phone: 907-347-5808.

Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
Fax: (907) 274-4802

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