We are honored to introduce our new Idea Leap grant initiative and look forward to announcing the five recipients during Startup Week in October. With this initiative, we are re-investing proceeds from nearly $1 million in Idea Leap loans, increasing our commitment to the growing small business community. When small businesses succeed, the entire community thrives. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2018. Good luck applicants!

Grant Rules 

NO CURRENT TVFCU MEMBERSHIP IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE. A CURRENT TVFCU MEMBERSHIP WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. THE TVFCU IDEA LEAP GRANT CONTEST ("Contest") IS SPONSORED BY Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union ("TVFCU"). 

TVFCU's Idea Leap Grant Application

    PRE QUALIFICATION QUESTIONS (the following questions are required to be completed before completing the application. Additionally, certain responses may automatically disqualify your application).
  • OKHas the business been in operation 12 months or longer? is required
  • OKDoes the business have at least one employee other than the owner*? is required
  • *Owner is defined as any person with a 40% greater ownership share in the applicable business.
  • OKDoes the business employ 21 employees or less? (including owner) is required
  • OKIs the business located in TVFCU's 13-county field of membership? is required
  • Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties in Tennessee; and Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties in Georgia
  • OKDoes the owner have a criminal (felony) conviction? is required
  • OKName of Business is required
  • OKName of Business Owner / Authorized Agent is required
  • OKPhone Number is required
  • OKPosition/Title at Business is required
  • OKEmail Address is required
  • OKStreet Address is required
  • OKCity is required
  • OKState is required
  • OKZip is required
  • OKAnnual Revenue is required
  • OKBusiness Website or primary website where goods or services are offered to the public (i.e. etsy store, Facebook page) is required
  • OKSocial media sites for the business is required
  • OKIs the business a minority owned business, defined as Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American, or US Military Veteran, Female or Disabled person. Ownership by minority or other status defined herein, are individuals in which ownership of the business is at least 51% is required
  • OKTell us what you do–what you make, what you sell or the service you offer? And what inspired you to take the next big leap and start this business? is required
  • OKWhat makes your business stand out or unique? How do you differentiate from your competition? is required
  • OKTell us about the challenges you have faced in your business from biggest to smallest? Pick one challenge and tell us how you think we could have helped or can help. is required
  • OKHow would you use the TVFCU IDEA leap Grant funds to make an impact on your business? How would it positively impact the Chattanooga community? What will your business be like one year from now? is required
  • OK is required

    Thanks for your interest, but unfortunately, you don’t meet the qualifications to apply for the Idea Leap Grant at this time.

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