Microenterprise Grant Program

What is Launch LC?

Launch LC is a business competition grant program that helps businesses start or expand. The program will provide eleven (11) winners with training, funding, and the tools needed to successfully open or grow their businesses.

Lewis County, NY is seeking creative entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow their businesses that will enhance the quality of life for residents, and make Lewis County a more attractive place to live, work, and play. We are seeking projects in the following categories:

  • Food & beverage, including value-added processing
  • Creative tourism and recreational-based experiences, including agri-tourism
  • Location within a downtown that enhances tourist draw and quality of life for local residents

Eligibility

  • Start Up Businesses
  • Existing businesses with plans to expand or diversify product or service
  • Must be a for-profit microenterprise (5 or fewer employees)
  • Must have a focus on one of the following:
    • Food & beverage, including value-added processing
    • Creative tourism and recreational-based experiences, including agri-tourism
    • Location within a downtown that enhances tourist draw and quality of life for local residents
  • Must enhance experiences for tourists and locals, alike
  • Can only be used for equipment, machinery, furniture, fixtures and inventory
  • Applicants/owners must be considered low to moderate income OR create a job to be made available to low to moderate income individuals to qualify for grant
  • If creating a new job is eligibility for grant, awardee must create job first in order to receive grant.
  • Grant funds can only cover up to 90% of total project cost – owner must contribute 10% of project cost with own funds.

2022 GRANT AWARDS

ALL AWARD WINNERS ALSO RECEIVE

  • Ongoing Technical Assistance through DBA Lewis County

  • Professional Photoshoot

  • Logo & Branding Package

  • Grand Opening or Expansion Promotion

  • Access to Low-Interest Loan Fund (must qualify)

Timeline

  • Short Application Submission Deadline

    March 21, 2022

  • Selection of Applicants to move onto Final Round

    April 4, 2022

  • Finalists complete Entrepreneurial Training Course through Watertown SBDC

    April 4 - May 2, 2022

  • Full Application & Business Plan Due for Finalists

    June 17, 2022

  • Grant Awards Announced

    July 1, 2022

  • Ongoing Assistance for Winners

    July 2022 + Beyond

2022 Priority Projects

Launch Lewis County Resources

Launch Lewis County Informational Slides

Launch Lewis County Flyer

Lewis County Program Guidelines

Launch Lewis County Short Application

Brittany Davis

Executive Director of Economic Development

Funding for Launch LC is provided by the NYS Office of Homes and Community Renewal, Community Development Block Grant Program.