The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced it is now accepting applications for the 2016 Blackstone Innovation Grants program, an annual program that awards a series of targeted grants to innovative organizations focused on entrepreneurship and job growth. Now in the fourth year of the program, the Foundation will award up to $5 million in grants to organizations that are tackling the big challenges facing entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
The grantees will be selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process established by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation as part of its Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Eligible organizations and programs may apply for one of two funding tracks:
- BIG Program/Project Grants – Organizations with an existing track record of success may apply for funding for a specific program/project (new or existing) that addresses a major systemic challenge facing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and has the potential to be scaled and replicated.
- BIG Event Grants – Established organizations may apply for funding for a specific event or convening that accelerates the conversation around entrepreneurship on a regional, national and/or global scale.
Interested organizations must submit an application through Blackstone’s website by October 12th, 2015. Organizations will be evaluated and selected by a committee and subsequently approved by the Board of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. To learn more about the Blackstone Innovation Grant program and the RFP process, please click here.
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