National Grant for
Veteran-Owned
Small Businesses

Offering grant funding for "vetpreneurs" in honor of
Stephen L. Tadlock, U.S. Navy Veteran.


A total of $25,000 will be awarded to 25 veteran-owned and-led small businesses nationally.

Inspired by Founders First CEO, Kim Folsom’s brother, U.S. Navy veteran Stephen L. Tadlock, the $25,000 fund will make investments of $1000 each to 25 veterans who are running employer-based small businesses across the country.  

Deadline to apply is October 18, 2022. Grant finalists will be announced on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Get Pitch Perfect

All applicants will be asked to provide our judges with a short 1-3 minute pitch video with their application. Your pitch video does not need to be professionally produced and can be recorded using your cell phone. 

Helpful Resources


Partnership Opportunities

Be a force for change by helping us spread the word about our mission, help fund a grant, or participate as a partner. Please send partnership inquires to: stephenltadlockfund@foundersfirstcdc.org.


Register for the Stephen L. Tadlock Grant Today.

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