New North Inc., in partnership with The Business Council (TBC) and the Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition (EDBC), has established a microgrant fund designed to provide funding to non-profit organizations located in the New North region that support ethnic and diverse businesses in their startup or growth phase.

The application for grants up to $20,000 – for initiatives or events taking place prior to Dec. 31, 2023 – now is available at The application deadline is April 30, 2023. Based on remaining capital, a second round of applications may be funded later this year.

Examples of projects eligible for funding through the grant include training, supplier diversity and business events, entrepreneurial support, classes to remove language barriers for business customers, workshops on sales and marketing, an ethnic business showcase, and any other initiative which works to remove barriers and promotes business success.

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