Fiscal Year 2016 MBDA Broad Agency Announcement

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has announced a solicitation for special projects and programs associated with MBDA’s strategic plans and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how MBDA will select proposals and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).


This BAA is a mechanism to encourage proposals for new programs, education, outreach, innovative projects or sponsorships that are not addressed through the business center program.  This announcement is not a method for awarding congressionally directed funds or existing funded awards.

Project/Award Period

The total funding period for the awards made under this solicitation varies based on the proposal, but may be proposed for up to two (2) years.

MBDA expects a total of approximately $2,000,000.00 per year to fund the financial assistance awards under this Announcement through FY 2017.

Program Priorities

As the primary agency responsible for promoting and strengthening minority businesses, MBDA acts in concert with those partners and stakeholders in the federal, state, and local governments, and in private organizations that share MBDA’s overall and strategic goals.  Over the past few years, MBDA has established key priorities that correspond to activities designed to overcome the unique challenges faced by minority businesses.  These are: (1) Inclusive Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship; (2) Business and Economic Rehabilitation in the Gulf States; (3) Federal Contracting Transition and Sustainability; (4) MBE Community Business Access to Capital; and (5) Business Innovation for the Next Generation. 

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, individuals, state and local government entities, Indian Tribal governments are eligible to apply.

Submission Requirements

Applicants must review and adhere to the full Announcement of BAA.  A completed application must be transmitted and time-stamped at no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 21, 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


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; or Nakita Chambers, MBDA Program Manager U.S. Department of Commerce, at (202) 482-0065 or


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