Chicago Urban League & Ford Motor Company ECAP Grant Program
Program  Overview
The Chicago Urban League and Ford Motor Company Emergency Capital Access Program (ECAP) is designed to provide African-American business owners with capital and technical assistance to help them sustain their business.   The program has two components: 1) a $4,000 grant awarded to program participants to support their business operations and 2) one on one technical assistance to provide participant businesses with management knowledge necessary to help their business thrive.   Awardees will be required to participate in a one on one coaching session with the Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation staff prior to receiving their award.   Twenty-five (25) businesses will be selected.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must:
1) Be a for-profit business
2) Be located in Chicago or Suburban Cook County
3) Have been in business for at least one (1) year
4) Have annual revenue less than $150,000
5) Must be at least 51% black owned
6) Be able to demonstrate a need for the funds as well as a plan for their utilization

If selected as an awardee, the following documentation verifying your eligibility will be required:

1) Bank statement, business license, or articles of incorporation (LLC or S-Corp) to verify your address.
2) Articles of incorporation,  DBA, or Business License to verify business age.  
3)  Bank statements or 2019 business tax return to verify annual business revenue.
4) W-9
5) Government Identification to verify identity

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Email *
Business Owner First Name *
Business Owner Last Name *
Business Name *
Business Address *
Describe your business's primary products or services. *
Years in Business *
Annual Business Revenue *
Annual Business Revenue Attestation *
Black-Owned Business Attestation *
Reason(s) that funds are needed: *
In your own words, please provide a statement explaining  why your business needs the funds and technical assistance provided by the ECAP program. *
Please provide a statement explaining how you plan to utilize the funds and technical assistance provided by the ECAP program. *
If selected as an awardee, I agree to participate in at least two one on one coaching sessions with Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation staff. *
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