The 2023 Rock Solid Grant program, administered by the Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship (NICE), part of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications from Nantucket-based small business owners.
The current or proposed business must be for-profit, with primary operations on Nantucket Island. If the application is for an existing business, it must have generated revenue and profit in the calendar year 2022. If the application is for a new business, there must be a well-developed business plan for producing revenue in calendar year 2023. While businesses that have received prior grants are eligible, priority will be given to those who have not already benefited from this grant program. The project to be funded must begin by May 31, 2023, with all receipts for reimbursement submitted no later than September 29, 2023.
Since 2020, the grant program has awarded over $200,000 to local businesses to ensure their continued contribution toward a strong island economy. Ideally, applicants will use funds to execute an innovative project to grow their own business while creating a positive role model for others in the entrepreneurial community. New for 2023 – the application is now available in a Spanish-language version.
Visit NantucketChamber.org/Grants to review the eligibility criteria, suggested use of funds, and for instructions on how to apply. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 22 at 5 pm. The average award is typically between $2,500 – $7,500. Questions can be emailed to Grants@NantucketChamber.org.