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Empower Grant Program



The Empower Grant Program provides critical funding, mentoring, and connections to help founders build viable businesses ready for growth, and sustainability. With the support from NetWork Kansas, this program will provide 8 businesses up to $2,500k in grants that will directly support businesses with their back office, equipment cost, rental assistance, or general system needs.

Ideas from people and businesses based in Wyandotte County are eligible to receive project funding.


The Empower Grant Program is accepting a total of 25 applicants on a first come first serve basis

*Needs in the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
Back office supports
Business technology

Business Rental Assistance 

*All ideas, regardless of industry, are eligible so long as they fit within the parameters listed above.

The program is best positioned to help companies that:

  • Have been in business at least 12 months

  • Be located/registered in Wyandotte County

  • Have strong, clearly defined business ideas, and current offerings

  • A clear need for the funding support

The Empower Grant Program process:


  • Complete the online application (2 parts)

    - Online form (below)
    - 2 min Submission video - (the "why you" video) We recommend uploading to YouTube, and provide a link to the video

  • Attend a “how to pitch” pitch class (these will be scheduled) 


  • Schedule to present to the selection committee

    • 5 min presentation

    • No more than 15 slides (no less than 10 slides)

    • 3 min of Q and A

Interested? fill out the form below: