To provide mentoring and workshops to potential and existing small business owners using the management experience of retired and active business professionals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 FY16 data not yet available. 10500000
Fiscal Year 2017 FY 17 data not yet available.
Fiscal Year 2018 11500000
Fiscal Year 2019 The SCORE Program mentored over 195,000 clients. The number of clients served is attributed to the opportunities available through virtual training conferences. Virtual conferences allowed SCORE to provide mentoring and training when convenient to the client. SCORE maintained its focus on using technology to connect to America’s entrepreneurs in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Program digital services expanded with online mentoring, training conferences, and learning.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, the SBA continued to help mentor and train aspiring and existing business owners and provided mentorship for over 322,000 entrepreneurs and helped create more than 3,900 new small businesses through the SCORE program. For more information about SBA accomplishments, access the SBA Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Report:
Small Business Act, Section 8(b)(1)(B) (15 U.S.C. 637(b)(1)(B)), Public Law 95-510, 637 U.S.C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This opportunity is open only to the SCORE Association.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This opportunity is open only to the SCORE Association.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
As defined in SBA Request for Proposals Notice on
How may assistance be used?
SCORE members volunteer to provide small business counseling and mentoring services to the public free of charge. Small business training workshops are offered for a low fee. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and works with the agency to serve aspiring and existing small business owners. A small business owner interested in getting help from SCORE should contact the local chapter, the SBA District Office, or SCORE's website, The SCORE national office is bound by the terms set forth in the annual Notice of Award. All existing and potential small business owners are eligible for assistance from SCORE. The business must be independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field, and must conform to SBA size standards.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Information available at
See information at
Annual independent financial audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length varies as appropriate. Cooperative agreement
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
The initial contact can be made directly with SCORE chapters, with SBA District Office, or with the SCORE website at See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.
Headquarters Office
Nathaniel Bishop
409 3rd St., SW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20416 US
Phone: 202-205-7007
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$14,000,000.00; FY 23 est $17,000,000.00; FY 24 est $10,200,000.00; FY 21$12,200,000.00; FY 20$11,700,000.00; FY 19$11,700,000.00; FY 18$11,500,000.00; FY 17$10,500,000.00; FY 16$10,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Small Business Act, SOP 60-10-2A, SCORE Operating Manual, Counselor's Professional Development Program Annual Report and Brochures.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 $10,500,000
Fiscal Year 2017 $10,300,000
Fiscal Year 2022 The SCORE Program is the largest volunteer business mentoring program funded by the Federal Government. SCORE comprises more than 10,000 volunteers with industry expertise that mentor, train, and advise entrepreneurs in person and online where business owners are matched with volunteers and receive customized advice.


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