State Trade and Export Promotion Pilot Grant Program


To increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants; Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts); Project Grants (Discretionary); Project Grants (including individual awards); Project Grants (Special)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: See STEP Program Announcement. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, Section 1207, Public Law 111-240.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Documentation must include designation by the State Governor or his/her designee that the applicant is the sole entity responsible for conducting the state's export activities. 2 CFR 200 applies to this Program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A state may not submit more than 1 application for a grant under the program in any 1 federal fiscal year. This program is subject to the provisions of 13 CFR 143 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to States and local governments); and 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The proposal must be submitted via
Award Procedure
SBA Headquarters executes cooperative agreements to approved applicants.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Prior to the end of the Federal fiscal year (i.e., September 30th).
Varies with individual proposals.
Applicants may apply each year of the pilot program.
How are proposals selected?
Awards are competitive. Selection is made based on the applicant’s written ability to meet the criteria stated in the program announcement; and the applicants ability to match funds.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are restricted to export promotion activities that assist eligible small business concerns. Reference STEP program announcement. See STEP program announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reference STEP Program Announcement and notice of award document. See STEP Program Announcement and notice of award document. See STEP Program Announcement and notice of award document. Reference STEP Program Announcement and notice of award document. See STEP Program Announcement and notice of award document.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The legislation requires SBA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to conduct a review that determines the extent the recipients of grants are measuring the performance of activities, the results of the measurements, and the overall management and effectiveness of the program.
The SBA/Office of International Trade shall maintain detailed, complete, and accurate client activity records of sufficiency to reflect clearly the nature and variety of STEP trade promotion activities that are conducted to benefit small businesses. Financial records will be maintained until 3 years after the completion of the grant period.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: The 10 states with the highest number of exporters that are small business concerns based upon the latest data available from the Department of Commerce shall receive no more than 40 percent of the total Federal Fiscal year appropriation. The Federal Share of project cost for a State that has a high export volume will be 65%. The Federal share of project cost for a State that does not have a high export volume will be 75%. (The Associate Administrator for the SBA Office of International Trade will determine which States have the high volume of exports). The State must match the remainder of project cost. The match must be comprised of not less than 50% cash and not more than 50% of in-kind contributions. Matching funds may not be derived from any Federal program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements are limited to 1 year. Payments are made by cost reimbursement or in advance as specified in the Notice of Award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reference STEP Program Announcement; STEP Merit-based Review Process.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office
Eugene Stewman 409 3rd Street, SW
2nd Floor
Office of International Trade, Washington, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Phone: 202-205-6193
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $8,000,000; FY 15 est $17,400,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No data available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Reference STEP Program Announcement
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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