GK ACCELERATION GRANT 

The GK Fund awards $10,000 grants to startup companies and small businesses located in Massachusetts Opportunity Zones, who need funding to purchase inventory, upgrade technology and payment systems. Twelve grants are awarded through a competitive process annually, focusing primarily on BIPOC, Veteran, LGBTQIA and Women owned small businesses.

Berkshire Futures Fund 

In addition to monetary support, recipients will be partnered with technical assistance providers and Berkshire Bank staff (MY Bankers) who will offer their services to help advise and consult these businesses. With sufficient support structures in place, this temporary standstill affords hard-working business owners the unique opportunity to dedicate time to further develop their business. By offering business owners access to comprehensive professional support services, they can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger than ever and ready to represent themselves effectively in the marketplace.

Eligibility Criteria 

 

  • 600 credit score

  • Revenue of at least $100k/year

  • 1 year of past financials

  • 1 year of projected financials

  • Tax and credit history 

  • A sound plan for getting through the COVID-19 crisis

  • Business assets (no personal assets)

  • Ability to explain your profitability

  • Sound meeting with your referral partner

If you are interested in the fund, please contact GK Fund Vice President, Michael Benezra at @mbenezra@thegkfund.org 

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