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Ebay Brings Back Up & Running Grants Program for Small Businesses

eBay Up and Running Grants Program
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Ebay is bringing back its Up & Running Grants program to support its community of sellers. The company will award 50 U.S.-based Ebay sellers $10,000 grants to pay for tools and resources to grow their small businesses. Ebay will also give each recipient an additional $500 in stipends so they can purchase educational courses and office technology through Ebay Refurbished.

Recipients can use the funds to invest in their digital and physical storefronts, purchase new equipment and inventory, and even to support employee hiring and training. For example, Purse-N-All Style, which received a grant in 2022, used the grant to hire a new team member and invest $20,000 in new inventory. Up to 90% of last year’s awardees reported that the grant was extremely or very helpful. After receiving the grant, 90% also felt more confident about the future of their businesses.

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This is the fifth year Ebay is running the grants program and the company is especially focused on supporting sellers with diverse backgrounds that are equally focused and “committed to their communities and the Ebay ecosystem,” according to a company release.

“Since eBay’s inception nearly 30 years ago, supporting our sellers and their business growth has always been a central priority,” said Dawn Block, VP, U.S. General Manager at Ebay in a statement. “We are constantly looking for ways to ensure that entrepreneurs on our marketplace have the capital, resources and community they need in order to truly thrive. That is why we created the Up & Running Grants program in 2020, and today we are proud to continue this effort as an ongoing investment in every seller’s success.”

Now through June 7, Ebay sellers can apply for the grant by sharing how they plan to use the money to accelerate their growth. The Up & Running Grants platform is powered by Hello Alice, which also will give all applicants access to mentorship and resources.

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Ebay Brings Back Up & Running Grants Program for Small Businesses

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eBay Up and Running Grants Program

Ebay is bringing back its Up & Running Grants program to support its community of sellers. The company will award 50 U.S.-based Ebay sellers $10,000 grants to pay for tools and resources to grow their small businesses. Ebay will also give each recipient an additional $500 in stipends so they can purchase educational courses and office technology through Ebay Refurbished.

Recipients can use the funds to invest in their digital and physical storefronts, purchase new equipment and inventory, and even to support employee hiring and training. For example, Purse-N-All Style, which received a grant in 2022, used the grant to hire a new team member and invest $20,000 in new inventory. Up to 90% of last year’s awardees reported that the grant was extremely or very helpful. After receiving the grant, 90% also felt more confident about the future of their businesses.

Investing in Growth

This is the fifth year Ebay is running the grants program and the company is especially focused on supporting sellers with diverse backgrounds that are equally focused and “committed to their communities and the Ebay ecosystem,” according to a company release.

“Since eBay’s inception nearly 30 years ago, supporting our sellers and their business growth has always been a central priority,” said Dawn Block, VP, U.S. General Manager at Ebay in a statement. “We are constantly looking for ways to ensure that entrepreneurs on our marketplace have the capital, resources and community they need in order to truly thrive. That is why we created the Up & Running Grants program in 2020, and today we are proud to continue this effort as an ongoing investment in every seller’s success.”

Now through June 7, Ebay sellers can apply for the grant by sharing how they plan to use the money to accelerate their growth. The Up & Running Grants platform is powered by Hello Alice, which also will give all applicants access to mentorship and resources.

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