Founders First
Job Creators Quest Grant
Southern California.

A total of $30,000 will be awarded to 10 small businesses
in Southern California.

Program Qualifications.

The application deadline is July 9, 2021.  Please email us at with any questions about the Job Creators Quest Grant.

Please visit the Grant FAQ page for more information.

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Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses generating over $1 million dollars in revenues and creating premium wage jobs. 

The Job Creators Quest Grant provides eligible small businesses in the Inland Empire, Orange County & SoCal areas the chance to be awarded up to $11,000 in grant funding. A total of $30,000 will be awarded to 10 small businesses: (1) $11,000 grant; (1) $5,000 grant; (2) $2,500 grants; (6) $1,500 grants.

Grant recipients will be selected based on their demonstrated ability to maintain and grow their workforce despite the pandemic, as well as their ongoing commitment to creating premium wage jobs in their communities. 

This grant opportunity is paired with access to one of Founders First CDC’s stellar business accelerator programs at a reduced rate. Over
400 diverse-led small businesses have gone through Founders First programs to increase  revenue, profitability and team members.

The grant amount shall be disbursed in two installments less payment toward program accelerator tuition costs. Half of the net grant amount will be disbursed up to 30 days after signed terms and conditions, W-9 and set up of payment disbursement system is confirmed. The remaining portion will be disbursed up to 30 days after the completion of the business’ participation in the eligible accelerator program.

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