The Future Collective for Black-Owned Businesses by Fiverr is a business development program that aims to support Black businesses owners with capital, mentorship, and access to a network of resources.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and identify as Black or African American. Applicants must be an owner of a U.S.-based, Black-owned business incorporated in the United States that has purchased at least three gigs on Fiverr's platform. For more details on the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Grant Terms and Conditions.
Unfortunately, the grants are only available to businesses based in the United States.
Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we are only able to accept one application per business.
As part of the 2021 program, each of the five selected businesses will be awarded $18,000 cash and $6,000 in Fiverr credits.
We will be awarding a total of $120,000 in grants across five companies.
Nope! Grantees will not be asked to pay back the grant.
The only requirement is that grantees use the funding for legitimate business expenses that are consistent with what’s outlined in their application. We will not be inspecting or monitoring grantees’ expenditures.
The application can be accessed here.
The application process opens on June 21, 2021, and the deadline to apply for a grant is July 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Time spent on the application will vary based on the applicant, but we anticipate that applicants shouldn’t need to spend longer than one hour on their entry.
In addition to providing basic information about the business owner, the company, and its business model each applicant must answer a series of short questions, provide net sales for 2020 and expected net sales for 2021, and information on any existing debt or equity funding. If an applicant is selected as a finalist, they will be asked to provide more detailed financial information, including financial statements, as well as business plans and/or pitch decks.
Unfortunately, no. We suggest writing out your responses in a separate document if you don’t anticipate completing the application in one sitting.
No. Once you’ve submitted your application, you will not be able to access it to edit or review answers.
Once an application is complete, applicants will see a confirmation that their application has been recorded and receive an automated confirmation email from email@example.com. Please make sure to add this email address to your contacts so that our emails (including about the status of your application) do not end up in your "Spam" folder.
Absolutely! We understand that applicants may be providing us non-public, confidential information about their business as part of the application and we commit to keeping that information confidential. This information will only be shared with individuals involved with the selection process.
We will let applicants know if they have been selected as a finalist and will reach out via the email address or phone number provided in the application within 60 days of the application close date. Please note that due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we will not be able to contact those individuals who are not selected.
Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee you will receive a grant. Finalists will be asked to provide additional information, including business financial statements and samples of their product, to further evaluate their application. Finalists are expected to maintain confidentiality during this part of the review process.
Grantees will be publicly announced in September, and applicants will be notified around that time frame.
Applications will be reviewed by a diverse group of Fiverr team members spanning Brand, Community, Creative, Marketing Finance, and program partners at 1863 Ventures and maestra.
Applications will be evaluated based on each of the three criteria below:
1. Purpose The driving inspiration fueling your business vision and the impact you hope to achieve both for your customers and the broader community
2. Originality How your business is differentiated or disruptive within your respective industry
3. Business Plan Your plans for business growth and how Fiverr’s Grant Program will help you achieve your goals
If we have questions about an application during the review process, we may contact applicants for more information. If selected as a finalist, applicants will be notified via email or telephone. Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee a grant. Finalists will be asked to provide additional information, including business financial statements, as well as product samples, to further evaluate your application.
Yes, applicants do need to have a Fiverr member ID and to have purchased at least 3 Fiverr gigs in the past.
Yes! Grantees will receive the opportunity to participate in advisory, community and social amplification initiatives through early 2022. This will include:
- A dedicated Fiverr Success Manager dedicated to recommending the best Fiverr freelancers based on the entrepreneurs’ respective needs
- Mentorship provided by 1863 Ventures
- One one-on-one consulting session with Fiverr C-suite
- Monthly cohort sessions to stay connected with other grantees
- A dedicated feature on one of Fiverr’s channels (e.g. Instagram, TikTok, Twitter) highlighting the business
No need to create one just for this application! Applicants can provide links to any social media accounts that they have, if any.
Khara Woods is a Graphic Designer and Artist from Memphis, Tennessee responsible for creating the visual language for The Future Collective seen on this site. For this program, Woods used shape, line, and a bright color palette to highlight the resilience of Black entrepreneurs. In her own words: “I’d like the diamond shape to undergird the idea of beauty and toughness. These entrepreneurs are being celebrated for their persistence in pursuing their goals and dreams, despite a lack of resources.”
Khara's community-focused murals can be found in the South City and Vollintine Evergreen areas of Memphis.