Business Resources

Updated 7/15/2021

Local Programs and Initiatives

Cabarrus Recovery Grants

Cabarrus County is dedicating a portion of more than $42 million received in American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to help local for-profit and non-profit agencies based in or serving Cabarrus County.

The funding is available to meet a variety of local needs, including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

To make the best use of the funds, the County is calling on local for-profit and non-profit agencies to submit proposals for projects aligned to the acceptable uses, which include:

  • Stabilizing businesses or organizations
  • Providing job training
  • Continuing with delayed initiatives
  • Assisting households with food and shelter
  • Delivering crisis intervention services
  • Supporting mental and physical health
  • Making improvements to help prevent and eliminate COVID-19
  • And more

Deputy County Manager Rodney Harris believes the flexibility of the grants will encourage businesses and non-profits to apply.

“This is an investment in the people who kept Cabarrus open,” Harris said. “Applicants can customize their request to meet a tailored business or community need. We’ll consider any project that aligns with the requirements. This opportunity is a pathway to recovery for our community.”

Local administration of the plan includes a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. The proposal deadline is August 6, 2021 at 5 p.m.


Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship

Earn up to $750 credit towards workforce training programs for a better career.

(Program offered by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College)

NC IDEA Fall 2021 Grants

NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED grant applications open August 2, 2021 and close August 30, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.

  • NC IDEA MICRO awards small, project-based grants in the amount of $10K to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea.
  • NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. The $50K grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept – even if they are not yet profitable.

Interested applicants may attend an information session to learn more about NC IDEA’s grant opportunities and gain insight on how to write a competitive application. Learn more on how to apply, what NC IDEA looks for in an application and which opportunity may be most appropriate and beneficial for you and your company.

NC IDEA is kicking off their Fall 2021 Grants Cycle with an online information session on Monday, July 26 at 4:00pm.

>> Click here to register to attend.


Free Ergonomics Training for Small Business Warehousing

Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Small Business Warehousing
(250 employees or fewer)


UpSkill Centralina

The Centralina Workforce Development Board provides funding to assist employers seeking to “skill up” their existing workforce as a result of changes to production processes or market demands.

Training grants are now available in increments of $10,000 for companies with 12-months of residence in North Carolina, and for incumbent workers with six-months or more on the job. Centralina Workforce Development Board works in partnership with the NCWorks Customized Industry Training Program, and third-party trainers to provide funding for job-specific training associated with an industry.

Please contact Anna Lu Wilson at (704) 385-4790 or alwilson@centralina.org for more information.

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