Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program
is now accepting applications through May 27, 2016.
Small and medium-sized companies located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties that are existing exporters or new-to-export with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply.
The single-round 2016 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in the seven-county region to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan. More information about eligible expenses can be found in this Frequently Asked Questions document.
In fall 2016, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding. Information about the pitch fest will be shared at a later date.
Kick-off your Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program application by completing the Client Assessment form. Companies that pass the Client Assessment phase will then be invited to submit more comprehensive information about their plans to go global.