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Apply for Wilkes EDC Grant Program

Apply for Wilkes EDC Grant Program

Do you have a dream of starting your own small business? Do you want to expand your existing small business into a new area?

Download the PDF with more information and the application form.

Applications are due April 15, 2019, so do not delay. You could win up to $6,000!

Entrepreneurial Grant Application


Applications will be accepted from for profit businesses located in Wilkes County. This is a quick and simple process.

There will be two categories with financial awards up to $6,000 for each. Those businesses that are new or in operation less than one year as of April 15, 2019, will make up one category and those in operation more than one year as of April 15, 2019, will form the other.

All applications must be submitted by April 15, 2019, and must be approved and deemed appropriate for consideration by the Wilkes EDC.

A format for a brief business model will be provided to each applicant and is required to be completed and submitted, in hard copy and electronically if possible, on or before April 15. The emphasis for this competition is on the creation of a new product or service to be brought to market. New jobs created from the proposal will be viewed very favorably.

Each applicant should be willing to present their business proposal, if requested, and that will require a 5 to 10 minute presentation to a small panel who will act as judges for the program. You may present by PowerPoint or physical demonstration.

It is to be understood that any business that submits an application whether approved or not, cannot be guaranteed any grant proceeds or other benefits from this project. The EDC is not endorsing any applicant by way of this project and thus no such claim should be made.

Questions can be directed to Wilkes EDC 336-838-1501 or Frequently asked questions will be placed on the website at


Wilkes EDC
213 9th Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 336-838-1501
LeeAnn Nixon, President
Robin Hamby, Vice President

Small Business Center – WCC
1328 S. Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Laurie Brintle-Jarvis, Director