Small Business Development Centers


To provide management counseling, training, and technical assistance to the small business community through a network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants; J - Provision of Specialized Services; K - Advisory Services and Counseling; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Small Business Act, Section 21 (15 U.S.C. 648), Public Law 96-302
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Administration is authorized to make grants (including contracts and cooperative agreements) to any State government or any agency thereof, any regional entity, any State-chartered development, credit or finance corporation, any women's business center operating pursuant to section 29, any public or private institution of higher education, including but not limited to any land-grant college or university, any college or school of business, engineering, commerce, or agriculture, community college or junior college, or to any entity formed by two or more of the above entities (herein referred to as "applicants") .
Beneficiary Eligibility
Current and potential Small business persons.
Documentation must include approval and support of the proposal from the State government for state hosted SBDCs. Documentation should also include, but not be limited to: (a) Endorsement of the proposal by State officials; (b) endorsement of the proposal by the university hierarchy; and (c) a statement of commitment by the agencies and organizations listed as resources in the proposal.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Additional information available on SBA's website at
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All eligible entities within a designated service area (either state or region) interested in establishing an SBDC should coordinate with each other in order to develop a proposal for a statewide SBDC service plan. This program is subject to the provisions of 13 CFR 143 (for State and local governments). The proposal should be submitted via
Award Procedure
SBA headquarters executes cooperative agreements to approved applicants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies with individual proposals.
Varies with individual proposals.
This program is on-going and is renewed annually subject to availability of funds. SBDCs are required to update their proposal and submit a current year budget.
How are proposals selected?
(1) Ability to match funds and (2) Ability to provide technical assistance, training, counseling, and specialized services to the small business community.
How may assistance be used?
Funds restricted to the use of assisting small businesses.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Information available at
Not applicable.
The SBDC shall maintain detailed, complete, and accurate client activity records of a sufficiency to reflect clearly the nature and variety of the SBDC service provided. Financial records must be maintained until 3 years after the completion of the grant project or submission of the final report, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 100%. Additional information available on SBA's website at

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements are issued each year with a 2-year period of performance. Payments are made by cost reimbursement or in advance as specified in the Notice of Award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance. Automated Clearinghouse Deposits. Additional information available on SBA's website at
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For addresses of the field offices, see Appendix IV of the Catalog under the Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office
Office of Small Business Development Centers
409 3rd St SW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20416 US
Phone: (202) 205-7554
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$140,018,337.00; FY 23 est $140,000,000.00; FY 24 est $121,000,000.00; FY 21$139,145,954.00; FY 20$136,399,000.00; FY 19$131,069,000.00; FY 18$128,196,055.00; FY 17$126,532,000.00; FY 16$121,200,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Small Business Act, Section 21
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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