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Small Business
Technical Assistance Initiative

In July 2021, the Citi Foundation announced the 50 community organizations selected as recipients of a $25 million open request for proposals (RFP) issued earlier in the year. Each organization received $500,000 in unrestricted funding to support their continued work in providing technical assistance to small businesses owned by people of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the unprecedented health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the U.S. continues its economic recovery efforts, entrepreneurs that have been able to keep their doors open require high-quality advice on how to navigate the rules of public support programs, adapt to COVID-19 public health restrictions, and develop new plans for financial stability. These 50 community organization are providing a wide-range of technical assistance programming including strategic and financial planning, legal services, technology solutions, and application assistance directly to small businesses across the country.

Learn more about the community organizations awarded through the $25 million Small Business Technical Assistance RFP .