Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) Grant 2.0

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The purpose of the SEED Initiative is to support the entrepreneurship of immigrants and limited English proficient (LEP) individuals who face significant employment barriers, which will also increase the state’s economic diversity and help spur business innovation.


In June 2020, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill 82 (Chapter 14, Stats. 2020), which established the Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) Initiative to be administered by the California Workforce Development Board (“Board”) within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (“Agency”). (See California Unemployment Insurance Code, sections 14106 to 14110.) The Employment Training Panel (“ETP”), also within the Agency, is administering SEED on behalf of the Board.

The SEED Initiative will provide micro-grants, entrepreneurial training, and technical assistance to SEED target populations to support them in starting or maintaining a small business in California aimed at addressing a social problem or meeting a community need.

SEED target populations are individuals who face significant barriers to employment, specifically: (1) individuals with limited English proficiency, regardless of immigration or citizenship status; or (2) individuals who are neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents. This includes individuals who may not be lawfully present in the United States, and individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In addition, SEED is open to all individuals in the target populations, including other immigrants, refugees and asylees, and United States citizens.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit

● Only Nonprofit CBOs May Apply for SEED

● Single CBO May Submit a Proposal

● Joint Proposals Are Strongly Encouraged

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
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March 25, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
June 1, 2022

Funding Details

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  • State
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  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
ETP Grant Inquiries, 1-916-327-5640,