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SBA announces funding opportunity for eligible organizations to provide boots to business training overseas

This opportunity supports more than 1,400 service members, veterans, and military spouses each year

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that eligible non-profit organizations, state, local, and tribal government agencies, and institutions of higher learning may now submit their proposals to host Boots to Business (B2B) courses at military installations outside the continental United States (OCONUS).  

The awarded organization will provide B2B training to transitioning service members and military spouses at overseas military installations. The B2B program provides entrepreneurial education and training to military service members and spouses through the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The awardee will provide a network of instructors that can teach B2B at overseas installations or online, as directed, as well as assist with course updates for compatibility with TAP.

“Our Boots to Business class provides education and support to our Nation’s service members and their spouses as they transition from service to small business ownership,” said Tim Green, Acting Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “We are seeking a mission-oriented organization that will fulfill the needs of our B2B program OCONUS and provide service members with the tools they need to become entrepreneurs. Through Administrator Guzman’s leadership, we want to ensure our service members and military spouses are supported so they can pivot, grow, and take advantage of new opportunities presented by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

The Award will be made for a five-year period of performance, consisting of a base period of 12 months from the date of award and four (4) non-compete continuation years of 12 months each with a maximum of $1 million in funding available annually. The SBA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement from this announcement. For specific instructions for obtaining, completing, and submitting an application, visit www.grants.gov and search Opportunity Number SB-OVB2-22-001.

Proposals must be submitted to www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 28, 2022. No other submissions will be permitted. Any proposals received after this deadline will be rejected without being evaluated.

SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development will host an information session to answer questions about the funding opportunity on Tuesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. EST via conference call. Please dial 202-765-1264 and enter access code: 504 032 159#.

Direct any questions about the B2B funding opportunity to Jerry Godwin at [email protected]. Questions should be submitted no later than Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. EST.

For issues with grants.gov, please call the Grants.gov Support Line at 1-800-518-4726 or email [email protected].

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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