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Prime Technical Assistance

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Prime Technical Assistance


Federal Agency




Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994, 15 U.S.C. 6901 et seq., as amended; Gramm-Leach -Bliley Act, Title VIII, Public Law 106-102.






To increase the number of microenterprises and to enhance the management capability of microentrepreneurs to provide training and technical assistance at little or no cost to microentrepreneur and/or microenterprises to assist in starting, expanding and/or growing their business; to provide training and capacity building services to enhance existing MDOs and expand the universe of MDOs that provide microenterprise development training programs and services; and to fund research and development of best practices for training and technical assistance consistent with the PRIME Act.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

The recipients of the services provided by the grantees are those persons/businesses who satisfy the eligibility criteria as defined in the Act.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grant recipients shall be non-profit microenterprise development or program (or a collaborative thereof) that has a demonstrated record of delivering microenterprise services to disadvantaged entrepreneurs, an intermediary, a microenterprise development organization or program that is accountable to a local community, working in conjunction with a State or local government or Indian tribe, or an Indian tribe acting on its' own, if the tribe can certify that no private organization or program referred to in this paragraph exists within its' jurisdiction.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Disadvantaged entrepreneurs, microenterprises, and microenterprise development organizations as defined in the Act.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Subject to the availability of funds, SBA will issue a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) soliciting responses from qualified organizations for the services to be provided under the Act.

Award Procedure

Successful offerors will be notified of a decision by letter from the Office of Financial Assistance.


The deadlines for applications will be stated in the NOFA.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Sixty to 90 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grant recipients are expected to provide a 50 percent match which may come from fees, nonfederal grants, loan sources, and in-kind resources.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance



Post Assistance Requirements


Grant recipients are required to provide performance and financial reports.


SBA reserves the right to perform pre- and post award audits. Grant recipients are required to provide audited financial statements on an annual basis.


Grant recipients are required to collect and maintain data on recipients of technical assistance which shall be included in the grant recipient's performance reports.


Financial Information

Account Identification



Grants: FY 07 $1,835,000; FY 08 $3,000,000; and FY 09 $0. Administration: FY 07 $28,000; FY 08 $28,000; and FY 09 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Seventy-five percent of the funds appropriated shall be used for training and technical assistance of microentrepreneurs with no one organization receiving a single grant in excess of ten percent of the total funds appropriated for training and technical assistance, 15 percent of the total appropriated funds shall be directed to training and capacity building services to existing MDOs, and the remaining funds may be used for the research and development of best practices and other activities as the Administrator determines are consistent with the purposes of the Act.


Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

The regulations are available in 13 CFR.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Financial Assistance Small Administration, 409 3rd Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20416. Program Contact: George Dale, Telephone: (202) 205-6515.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

59.006, 8(A) Business Development Program
59.037 Small Business Development Centers
59.043 Women's Business Ownership Assistance
59.044 Veterans Business Development
59.052 Native American Outreach


Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Past performance, approach, personnel, and cost.


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