Transition Assistance - Entrepreneurship Track (Boots to Business)


Boots to Business provide technical assistance on business ownership to transitioning service members and their spouses and provides information on what SBA resources are available to support them after transition.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Advisory Services and Counseling
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: FY14 trained 10,206 transitioning service members in business ownership. Fiscal Year 2015: Data not available as yet. Fiscal Year 2016: FY 16: Data not available as yet.
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
As defined by DOD policy
Service members and their spouses transitioning from active duty military service.
Beneficiary Eligibility
As defined by DOD policy
Service members and their spouses transitioning from active duty military service.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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. Applicants submit using standard agency process administered via
Award Procedure
Program announcement released to public via
Proposals submitted
Proposals evaluated
Awardees competitively selected
Notice of Award issuee.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Standard grant procedures. Program announcement released and 30-45 days for proposals.
Not Applicable.
Option years are awarded pursuant to satisfactory performance in base year.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance can be used by beneficiaries to:
Determine business ownership is a viable post-service career vocation
Learn the initial steps of starting a small business or other form of self-employment
Learn techniques and practice evaluating a business concept.
Understand how to access SBA resources across the U.S and its territories. Beneficiaries must be eligible for transition assistance as defined by Department of Defense policy.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Narrative performance reports and budget reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Narrative performance reports and budget reports are required. SF424. Government monitors performance through day-to-day management relationship with grantee; grants are cooperative agreements so “substantial involvement” of government is required.
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.
All auditable documents for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For one year periods with base + 3 option years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Craig Heilman 409 3rd Street, SW
Suite #5100, Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Phone: 202-205-6257
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 14 $6,663,000; FY 15 est $7,500,000; and FY 16 est $7,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$6,663,000 to $7,500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Inter-Agency MOU
Outreach brochures, ect.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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