Transition Assistance – Entrepreneurship Track (Boots to Business)


Boots to Business (B2B) grant/cooperative agreement funding enables eligible organizations to provide follow-on online entrepreneurship training, information and resources, and domestic and global delivery of the B2B two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship classroom course to transitioning service members, spouses and family members, and veterans.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; K - Advisory Services and Counseling
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, nearly 24,000 participants were trained through the Boots to Business program. For more information about SBA accomplishments, access the SBA Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Report:
15 U.S.C. 637(b)(1)(A) and (b)(17) and 648 ( Section 8(b)(1)(A) and (b)(17) and Section 21 of the Small Business Act)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants may be a non-profit organization, a state, local, or tribal government agency, an institution of higher learning, a for-profit organization, or collaboration between such entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
First beneficiaries are eligible transitioning service members, spouses and family members, and veterans, as defined by DOD policy
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants submit using standard agency process administered via
Award Procedure
Funding opportunity released to public via Proposals submitted and Proposals evaluated by independent panel review. The elements of the panel review include a review of the technical and cost proposals.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Usually From 30 to 960 days after closing date of RFP
Not applicable.
Subject to the exercise of option years
How are proposals selected?
The technical proposal will consist of five weighted sections: (1) Project Summary and Approach; (2) ,Programmatic Capability; (3) Entrepreneurial Development or Economic Results - Outputs, Outcomes and Measures; (4) Leveraging of Resources; and (5) Risk Management and Budget. The cost proposal will be evaluated based on reasonableness of cost and compliance with OMB Circulars A-110 or A-112.
How may assistance be used?
To fund eligible organizations in providing online follow-on entrepreneurship training to B2B graduates and to deliver the two-day B2B “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course at state-side overseas installations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Government monitors performance through day-to-day management relationship with grantee; grants are cooperative agreements so “substantial involvement” of government is required.
When necessary, on a case-by-case basis.
The recipient(s) should be prepared to maintain detailed, complete, and accurate records to reflect clearly the nature and variety of the services 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. The recipient(s) should be prepared to participate in the development of a program-wide customer relationship management (CRM) system.
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
Usually not to exceed 12 months for the basic effort and four option periods of 12 months each. Funds are made available on a cost reimbursement basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded on SBA’s website at Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dena Moglia
409 3rd St., SW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20416 US
Phone: 202-205-7034
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 22$4,464,157.00; FY 23 est $5,194,414.00; FY 24 est $5,461,205.00; FY 21$4,367,518.00; FY 20$4,686,500.00; FY 19$3,374,411.00; FY 18$245,347.00; FY 17$12,572,000.00; FY 16$12,808,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Federal agency for more information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 The SBA implements Boots to Business (B2B) as an entrepreneurial training program within the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The SBA collaborates with resource partners, the DOD, other Federal agencies, and local military installations to deliver introductory training for starting a business. The curriculum provides veterans with the knowledge to explore business ownership and other self-employment opportunities, to evaluate business concepts, and to understand the market and where to go for start-up capital resources, technical assistance, and contracting opportunities.


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