UPDATE: SBA Extends Deadline for Veterans Business Outreach Center Funding Opportunity

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Release Date: April 6, 2021


Release Number: 21-27



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UPDATE: SBA Extends Deadline for Veterans Business Outreach Center Funding Opportunity

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that private organizations, colleges and universities, private sector firms, nonprofit organizations, and state, local or tribal governmental agencies across Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Northern California, and Nevada have an extended deadline to apply for funding no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 25, 2021.  This grant opportunity assists with training and counseling to aspiring and existing veteran small business owners as a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC).

The grant awardees will provide training to service members and military spouses through the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program, which is part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. Additionally, applicants will provide counseling, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring services to veterans, transitioning and active-duty service members, Reserve, National Guard, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.


“Our Veterans Business Outreach Centers play an integral role in supporting the military and veteran small business community throughout their entrepreneurial journey,” said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “With this new applicant pool, we hope to bring diverse ideas to the VBOC program and increase our ability to reach aspiring and current veteran entrepreneurs nationwide.”


The award will consist of an Initial Project Period of 11 months, with four 12-month option periods, starting June 1, 2021. Additional information about the funding opportunity, including specific coverage areas and instructions on how to apply, can be found by heading to www.grants.gov and searching “SB-OVVB-21-001” or GrantSolutions


Applications submitted via other media, including SBA’s website, will be rejected and will not be evaluated.


SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development will host information sessions about the funding opportunity via this Microsoft Teams link or this call-in number (202-765-1264; access code: 318430466#) at the following times:

  • Monday, April 12:  4 – 5pm EDT
  • Friday, April 16:  12– 1pm EDT
  • Monday, April 19:  4 – 5pm EDT
  • Friday, April 23:  12-1 pm EDT


Direct any questions about the VBOC funding opportunity to Sandra Wells at sandra.wells@sba.gov.

For issues with grants.gov, please call the Grants.gov Support Line at 1-800-518-4726 or email support@grants.gov.


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The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov