Technical Assistance Expansion Program (TAP)

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This grant is ONLY open to Small Business Technical Assistance Providers. This is NOT a grant to small businesses.

TAP seeks to expand consulting and training to small businesses entrepreneurs. Funding is for new or enhanced consulting and training services to small businesses. Applicants must provide match funding in the form of federal or private funding to conduct technical assistance to small businesses. Please see RFP for more information.


Summary This grant is ONLY open to Small Business Technical Assistance Providers. This is NOT a grant to small businesses. 

California is home to a range of small business technical assistance centers (“Centers”) that provide free or low-cost one-on-one, confidential consulting and training to help small businesses and entrepreneurs start, grow and expand, and create jobs in California. These centers are funded in part by federal and private funding sources and are a crucial aspect of the support system for small business growth and entrepreneurship across the State. The SB TAP provides state grant funding to support direct services to small businesses and entrepreneurs including through expansion of services to underserved businesses and regions. The program is intended for established centers with a track record of high-quality technical assistance work. In addition, the program is intended for centers with the capacity to build on existing work, expand to serve California’s underserved business groups, and ensure equitable access and opportunity for all California small businesses.


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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Federally-awarded and privately funded small business technical assistance programs in California that provide one-on-one confidential free or low-cost consulting and training to small businesses and entrepreneurs in California.  MUST have eligible matching grant. Must be a federally designated TA center, 501c3 or 501c6. 

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Matching Funding Requirement:

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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.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
September 10, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
12 months

Funding Details

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The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

In 2022, Government Code Section 12100.60 established the California Small Business Development Technical Assistance Act of 2022, which re-named the program as the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) program and established it as a long-term program to provide technical assistance resources including training and consulting services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

CalOSBA will process grant payments quarterly on a cost-reimbursement basis. CalOSBA will issue payments within forty-five (45) calendar days of receiving a complete, valid and undisputed invoice with all required documentation and reporting requirements.

CalOSBA will determine final funding amounts based on evaluation of scores and budget reasonableness as defined in Funding Categories.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Jean Coleman, 1-916-719-2212,