City of York to Launch New Grant Program for Small Businesses Owned by Minorities, Women, or Persons with A Disability

The City of York Department of Economic and Community Development is launching the 3E grant program geared at helping small businesses improve operational capacity through education, empowerment, and enhancement. The grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to small businesses owned by ethnic and racial minorities, women, and/or persons with disabilities. Qualifying expenses must be related to one or more of the following: Education through classes, certificates, or training; empowerment through retreats, workshops, or coaching; and enhancements like new software, products, or equipment to promote business growth and stability.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the 3E grant program, a business must meet specific criteria, including but not limited to the following:

  • Must qualify as a small business – The City of York defines a small business as a business operating with 10 or fewer full-time employees.
  • Business majority must be owned by a minority, woman, or person with a disability.
  • Earn $500,000 or less in annual gross revenues.
  • Must be registered, licensed, and in good standing on all City taxes and obligations.
  • Business must be physically located within a Qualified Census Tract in the City of York.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until further notice. To learn more and apply, visit To receive technical assistance, please contact Deb Painter at 717-849-2264 or

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