State Trade Expansion
Grants made to state governments to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and increase the value of exports for those small businesses that export.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2018
No data availableFiscal Year 2016
No current data available 18850000Fiscal Year 2017
No current data available
Small Business Act, Section 22(l) (15 U.S.C. 649(l)), Section 1207, Public Law 111-240
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, defined as the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The proposal must be submitted via grants.gov.
SBA Headquarters executes cooperative agreements to approved state applicants. Refer to STEP Program Announcement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Prior to the end of the Federal fiscal year (i.e., September 30th).
Discretionary awards; no appeal opportunity.
Eligible applicants may apply each year of the program.
How are proposals selected?
Awards are competitive. Selection is made based on the eligible applicant's written ability to meet the criteria stated in the program announcement in a merit-based, competitive award process with other eligible applicants; 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 activity records of sufficiency to reflect clearly the nature and variety of State Trade Expansion Program 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 formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. The 10 states with the highest percentage 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 are high volume). 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 assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements are limited to 2 years. Reference STEP Program Announcement; STEP Merit-based Review Process.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.
James Parker, Director, STEP
409 3rd St., SW
Washington, DC, DC 20416 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$18,000,000.00; FY 19 est $18,000,000.00; FY 20 est $8,000,000.00; FY 17$18,000,000.00; FY 16$18,850,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No data available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Reference STEP Program Announcement
Examples of Funded Projects