2018 Fund - Applications Open 4/11/18
Emerge Funding is intended for entrepreneurs located in St. Clair County or those establishing a business in St. Clair County.
Entrepreneurs face a host of challenges when they launch their business, and access to early stage funding can be critical. The Emerge Fund will provide early capital that entrepreneurs can use to hire consultants to write a business plan, develop a website, or file a patent.
To be considered a candidate for entrepreneurial Emerge Funding, please complete the application to the right and submit.
This funding is available through a collabration of The Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Community Foundation of St. Clair County and The Underground to support entrepreneurial development in the region.
Projects outside of the region are ineligible. Emerge fund recipients are required to participate in The Underground incubation program for a minimum of 12 months to see that entrepreneurial milestones and work plans are being met. Each emerge recipient will be assigned a business mentor or industry expert that will help accelerate their growth. Funds will be granted in a maximum amount of $5,000 per applicant. A portion of the fund ($5,000) is being reserved for smaller requests (not to exceed $2,500) to help expand assistance to additional entrepreneurs.