Looking for funding to help start or maintain your business? Consider the following opportunities.

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Downtown Shareholders Small Business Grant Program

DTSKCK promotes economic development, housing, wellness, cultural, and social opportunities in Downtown Kansas City, Kansas. This grant provides the small business owner or entrepreneur the possibility of partial “gap filling” which our research indicates is greatly needed.  One qualification: you are in, or plan to locate in, our service area: 4th to 18th; Washington to Sandusky.  We encourage your questions. Contact us at (913) 371-0705 or  To download a copy of our grant application, click here.

Kiva Zip

We're  proud to be a trustee of Kiva Zip, an online loan crowdfunding platform that enables entrepreneurs to access interest-free microloans up to $5,000 initially. Borrowers repay the loans over a two-year period. And unlike banks and other traditional lenders, Kiva Zip uses a borrower’s character and trust network to evaluate creditworthiness, providing an avenue for underserved entrepreneurs to access capital. Kiva Zip is available in the Kansas City metro area thanks to a partnership with Greater Kansas City LISC. Click here for more information on Kiva Zip and to apply.

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Unified Government Small Business Incentive Pilot Program

The pilot program provides grants to small businesses to assist with start-up inventory, marketing, and other operating costs. The pilot program will also assist existing businesses with costs related to repairing/renovating storefronts to attract new businesses. The pilot program is a citywide incentive but will target areas such as the Downtown corridor and older urban areas of Kansas City, Kan. Applications for the pilot program are available from the UG’s Economic Development department


The Women's Business Center offers microloan products to support small businesses in the Kansas City metro area.  Each loan recipient will receive structured technical assistance support in the development of their business and access to a Financial Coach.  WE-Lend loans are for businesses in service, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing industries. Non-profit organizations and businesses involved in real estate development, exporting, multi-level marketing, adult entertainment, or lending are not eligible.