2018 MBDA Broad Agency Announcement

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will provide Federal assistance to support innovative projects seeking to promote and ensure the inclusion and use of minority enterprises. This Announcement is a mechanism to encourage new activities, education, outreach, innovative projects or sponsorships that are not addressed through other MBDA programs.

Funding Opportunity Number: MBDA-OBD-2018-2005687

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Pre-application Teleconference

Two pre-application teleconferences to educate potential applicants about the federal funding opportunity announcement were held on Monday, June 18 and Thursday, June 21.

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Project/Award Period

Applications should be submitted for a one (1) year award period.

MBDA expects a total of approximately $11,650,000 to fund the financial assistance awards under this Announcement utilizing FY2018 appropriated funds.

Eligible Applicants

For-profit entities (including but not limited to sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations), non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, commercial organizations, state and local government entities, quasi-government entities, Indian Tribal governments, Tribal entities, and Native Hawaiian entities.

Submission Requirements

Applicants must review and adhere to the full Announcement of BAA.  A completed application must be transmitted and time-stamped at www.Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on July 11, 2018. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Applicants must include only one (1) initiative per application but may apply for multiple initiatives under this Announcement in separate applications. Failure to file separate applications for each initiative will result in disqualification of the application.

Program Priorities

MBDA has established key priorities designed to overcome the unique challenges faced by minority business enterprises (MBEs). MBDA is now initiating new approaches to serve MBEs that compliment Presidential priorities and U.S. Department of Commerce goals. These program priorities are separated according to the following 14 initiatives:

  1. Access to Capital
  2. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Project
  3. Aquaculture
  4. Disaster Readiness
  5. Disaster Recovery
  6. Entrepreneurship Education Program for Formerly Incarcerated Persons
  7. Global Minority Women Economic Empowerment Initiative
  8. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Initiative
  9. Inclusive Infrastructure Initiative
  10. Research
  11. Space Commerce
  12. Sustainable Business Model
  13. Technology Transfer and Commercialization
  14. Virtual Business Center


Applicants with questions may contact Ms. Joann J. Hill, MBDA Chief of the Office of Business Development U.S. Department of Commerce, at (202) 482-1940 or jhill@mbda.gov; or Nakita Chambers, MBDA Program Manager U.S. Department of Commerce, at (202) 482-0065 or nchambers@mbda.gov.

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Last updated: 06/21/2018 - 3:47pm