Spark Grants: Grant Application (Spring 2023)
Thanks for your interest! Spark Grants provide under-represented founders in North Carolina with free legal services to establish and protect their businesses. Please complete this application with as much detail as possible. If you are not chosen as a recipient for this grant cycle, we will keep your information on file for future cycles; however, you may be asked to reapply.

Current Grant Cycle: Spring 2023, Raleigh/Durham Cohort
Application Deadline: EXTENDED to 5 pm EST on March 31st, 2023
Package of Legal Services Provided: LLC Setup, Operating Agreement, Corporate Consents, Educational Workshop, Access to Startup Resources
Commitment: Participation in 4-week educational workshop (a 1-hour session per week); feedback & testimonials (as requested)
Eligibility: Early stage company; at least one under-represented founder; based in North Carolina (Spring 2023 cohort focused on Raleigh/Durham-based companies); in need of foundational legal services.

We aim to encourage a diverse and inclusive environment. We are using guidance from The Diversity Movement to collect demographic data in this application. Our selection process uses a pre-determined matrix based on demographic data, industry, location, availability, and legal need. 

All information provided in this application will be kept confidential.
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Your Name: *
Your Email: *
Company Name (if determined):
Company Address (if applicable):
Company Website (if applicable):
Please tell us more about your idea/company: *
Please tell us about the current stage of your idea/company (e.g., idea stage, customer discovery, post-launch, growth stage): *
What business goals do you want to achieve in the next 6-12 months? *
Is your business generating revenue? If so, how much annually? *
Please tell us more about yourself (or the founding team, if applicable): *
Have you (or any of the other founding team members, if applicable) started a business before? If so, please tell us more. *
What legal actions (if any) have you taken to protect your idea/company? Check all that apply. *
Have you worked with an attorney yet in connection with your business? If so, what types of services has the attorney provided so far? *
Have you established your entity yet? If so, did you use LegalZoom (or similar) filing platform? *
In which city in North Carolina are you currently located? *
How did you hear about this grant opportunity? *
This program requires participation in a corresponding workshop. Which dates are you available for one-hour sessions during the Spring 2023 grant cycle? Check all that apply. *
If some of the above dates/times don't work for you, please explain why. *
Would you that the workshop portion be in-person or virtual? *
What benefits are you hoping to gain from this grant opportunity? Check all that apply. *
Are you a member or otherwise connected to the Durham Tech Small Business Center or E3 Durham Program? *
If chosen as a grant recipient, do you agree to participate in questionnaires and testimonials about your experience in the grant program? *
Do you consider at least one founder to be under-represented? If so, please have that founder complete the following demographic data. *
What is your race or ethnic identity? *
What is your gender identity? *
What is your sexual orientation? *
Have you ever served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (includes activation from the Reserves or National Guard)? *
Are you a person living with a disability? *
How old are you? *
Is English your first language? *
Please share your pronouns: *
Is there any other information you would like us to know about you or your idea/company?
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