The Center City Small Business Innovation Fund Round 3 - All of CLT - application is now closed. Stay tuned for more information about the Innovation Fund. 

Round 3 is closed.

Details: Small businesses across the entire City of Charlotte will be able to apply for grants from the fund. Applicants will outline their adaptations and innovations that have or will enable them to advance their business. Applicants will detail costs and an ability to implement as well as agree to share their lessons so others may learn from their experience. Grants will be prioritized to small businesses that create unique experiences for neighborhoods, including storefront businesses, distinctive products or services, and/or exceptional community engagement. Adaptations and innovations with the potential to replicate, scale, or foster collaboration will be prioritized in the review process.

You will find a list of helpful documents below. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

Please see below for some helpful resources to best fill out the application: 

  • Pre-application conferences providing insights and answering questions about the application process: 
  • Please use Google Chrome when filling out the application. 
  • Application FAQs
  • Business Project Budget – In the Project Budget section of the application, there is a table requiring information. Below are links to the instructions for filling out the table as well the template to give applicants a preview of the information prior to starting the application. The instructions and table are accessible in the application when the applicants fills out the Project Budget section. 
  • If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to


Congratulation to our Third Round Recipients!

City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners Grant $1.4 Million to 45 businesses across the City in the Third Round of the Small Business Innovation Fund.

  • 1202 Beatties Ford
  • 7th Street Public Market
  • A Childs Choice Learning Center
  • America Multiservices
  • B&N Transportation
  • Chatpatay
  • Central Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, PA
  • Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
  • Dahlberg Bookkeeping & Consulting
  • Do Greater Foundation
  • Drums 4 Life
  • Earl’s Grocery
  • Eloquent Creations Catering & Design Services
  • Evening Muse
  • Exceptional Business Solutions
  • Fit Atelier
  • Girls Rock Charlotte
  • Sugar Donuts
  • Hope Covenant House
  • Integration Station
  • Koubix African Fashion House
  • Loyd Visuals
  • Yonitox
  • Honey Buns Café
  • Middle C Jazz
  • Moo & Brew
  • Moor Clothing and Alterations
  • Ninety’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches
  • Oppor2unity Trucking
  • Pet in the City
  • Photosynthesis
  • Popcorn Heaven
  • ProSwim Visuals
  • SchermCo
  • SouthEnd Dentistry
  • SweatNET
  • Taproom Social
  • The Main Event
  • The Males Place
  • The Ultra Running Company
  • The Yard Doctor
  • Thinking Feet
  • The Bella Ciao
  • Visart
  • Wooden Robot Brewery

Congratulations to our Second Round Recipients!

View our Round 2 Press Release. 

 Round Two by the Numbers: 
•    247 Applicants
•    37 Grantees 
•    92% of all grantees were either minority, women, or veteran-owned businesses

  • A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas, Bentala Salon, Blooming Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Brevard Court, Cheesecake Carousel, CLT Boutique, Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop and Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails, Emerson Real Estate Advisors, Fashion & Compassion, Girl Tribe, Goodyear Arts, Graham St. Pub & Patio, Halal Food Cart, Halcyon, Hot Box Food Group, International Truck of Tacos, IT-HenHouse, Joedance Film Festival, Levine Museum of the New South, Madame Shea, Midtown Ballroom, Moxie Mercantile, Open Door Studios, Paul Andre Boutique, Pepperbox Doughnuts, Pet Wants, Popbar, Queen City Mutiny- Charlotte Futsal, Rebrand Media, Riplash at BuffSalon, Southern Blossom Florist, Three Little Birds Stationery & Gifts, Venue at 1801, Visulite Theatre, Waterbean Coffee, Wonderworld Creative, Zia Pia

Congratulations to our First Round Recipients! 

The Charlotte Center City Small Business Innovation Fund has awarded grants to 34 Center City small businesses, over $1 Million, to spur and support innovation as they adapt to new economic realities caused by the COVID-19 crisis. These businesses are located throughout Uptown, South End, Historic West End, and elsewhere in Center City, and more than 90 percent of the first-round grantees are minority-, women- or veteran-owned businesses.