Grow Your Business with
a Grant from Founders First

Job Creators Quest Grants help diverse-led small businesses
obtain capital they need to strengthen their workforce,
improve operations, and reach business goals more effectively.

Explore Our Founders First Grant Programs
Regional Grants

Southern California

The Southern California Job Creators Quest Grant awards a total of $100,000 to 30 businesses in Southern California.
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Chicago

The Chicago Job Creators Quest Grant awards a total of $100,000 to 30 small businesses across the city of Chicago.
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Philly & New Jersey

The Pennsylvania/New Jersey Job Creators Quest Grant awards a total of $100,000 to 30 diverse-led small businesses in the region.
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Texas

The Texas Job Creators Quest Grant awards $100,000 in grants to 30 small businesses across the state of Texas.
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National Grants

Kitty Fund

The Kitty Fund Grant provides grant funds to moms who run employer-based small businesses with two or more employees. The award was created to honor Founder First CEO Kim Folsom’s mother, Catherine “Kitty” Abrams Tadlock Webster, who passed away in early 2020.
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Stephen L. Tadlock Grant

The Stephen L. Tadlock Fund was established in honor of our founder and board chair’s brother, Stephen Tadlock. Stephen Tadlock was a U.S. Navy Veteran and passed away in June 2019. This grant specifically supports veterans that own employer-based small businesses.
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Regional Grant Requirements

Grant recipients are also selected based on their demonstrated ability to maintain and grow their workforce and their ongoing commitment to creating premium wage jobs in their communities. 

National Grant Requirements

Stephen L. Tadlock:

Kitty Fund:

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About Founders First

Founders First supports revenue-generating businesses led by diverse founders. Our grants are paired with our Business Accelerator Program Scholarships to ensure business leaders receive the training they need, in addition to growth capital.  

To learn more about our Job Creator’s Quest Grant, please visit our Grant FAQ page for more information. 

For additional questions about our grants or accelerator programs, please reach out to our team directly over on our Contact Page.

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