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Nextdoor Kind Foundation provides microgrants to small business owners of color

Today, on #GivingTuesday, we are proud to announce the Nextdoor Kind Foundation has awarded 20 U.S. small business owners of color microgrants from the Keep It Local Business Fund.

In partnership with the NAACP, the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation, and Hello Alice, the free platform helping over one million small businesses launch and grow, today’s grantees join the Keep It Local Business Fund grant program which has awarded $200,000 in microgrants this year to community entrepreneurs.

These 20 entrepreneurs demonstrated not only a clear vision and plan for their businesses, but a drive to create solutions, opportunities, and positive change for their communities.

It’s a privilege to introduce these innovative business owners as Keep It Local Business grant recipients, and connect them with financial resources and a network of cohorts to help fuel their ongoing growth.

Recipients include Flikshop, in Washington, DC, which seeks to help families stay better connected to their incarcerated loved ones through their app, as well as Progression’s U Steam Academy in Davie, FL, whose mission is to equip 1,000,000 minorities with vital skills for high-tech careers.

During the application period for this grant round, more than 11,000 applications were received from across the country. Unified by a vision for growth and a commitment to their communities, this period’s grantees represent a diverse spectrum of proposals and industries spanning real estate and preservation, wellness and beauty, counseling and educational services, culinary and more.

Below are the November 2023 Keep It Local Grant Recipients:

  • Adara Spa | Raleigh, North Carolina
  • The Daisy Refillery | San Francisco, California
  • Delivery Team USA | Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Eddie Wright BBQ | Jackson, Mississippi
  • The Gala Empire, LLC | Miami, Florida
  • Flikshop | Washington, DC
  • FreeJac Nation | Oakland, CA
  • His Kingdom Carriers | St. Louis, Missouri
  • JJ RE Group | Atlanta, Georgia
  • I Know a Place | Los Angeles, California
  • Kindness and Mischief Coffee | Los Angeles, California
  • The Maven School for Early Childhood Development | Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Paramount Pediatrics | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Progression’s U Steam Academy | Davie, Florida
  • Sharpe Session | Lithonia, Georgia
  • Skin 360 Beauty Institute | Brandon, Florida
  • Trust Your Grind LLC | Upper Marlboro, MD
  • UpTopFunnelCakes | Clinton, MD
  • Vie Beauty | Atlanta, Georgia
  • Walk With Me Counseling Center | Chicago, Illinois

To read more about 2023 grant recipients, visit here.

In addition to the grant, recipients will receive resources and tools to grow their business including pro bono advertising on the Nextdoor platform and access to personalized training.

The Nextdoor Kind Foundation believes that neighbors are the best source of ideas to improve their own communities. Through the Keep It Local Business Fund microgrant program and ongoing initiatives, the foundation continues its mission to enable individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses to solve challenges and positively impact their own neighborhoods and communities.

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