The
Future
Collective
For Black-Owned Businesses

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The Future Collective supports Black entrepreneurs by maximizing their opportunities for growth. Founded on our responsibility and desire to use our privileged position in the corporate world, this program aims to enable a more diverse, equitable workforce.

Basically, we’re committing to our core values by putting our money—and resources—where our mouth is. Five Black-owned and operated businesses will be selected to receive funding, mentorship, and exclusive access to a network of resources.
Are you eligible?
The five participants will each receive $24,000—$18,000 in cash and $6,000 in Fiverr credit. The $18,000 can be used however the entrepreneurs and their mentors see fit. The $6,000 can be applied to professional services offered on Fiverr’s platform.
All mentorship will be overseen by Fiverr and 1863 Ventures, a DC-based business working to accelerate Black entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth. 1863 Ventures has worked with over 2,500 founders, representing nearly $300M and thousands of jobs. Mentorship will include general business best practice coaching as well as individualized coaching relevant to each entrepreneur.
Each entrepreneur will be assigned a dedicated Fiverr Success Manager responsible for recommending the best Fiverr freelancers based on the entrepreneurs’ respective needs and expectations. This will help participants maximize their usage of the $6,000 in Fiverr credits. Additionally, the entrepreneurs will have opportunities to network with one another throughout the program and beyond.

Selection
Considerations

Purpose

The driving inspiration fueling your business vision and the impact you hope to achieve both for your customers and the broader community

Originality

How your business is differentiated or disruptive within your respective industry

Business Plan

Your plans for business growth and how Fiverr’s Grant Program will help you achieve your goals

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Terms & Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fiverr’s Future Collective for Black-Owned Businesses?

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.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

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.

My business is a sole-proprietorship, am I eligible to apply?

Yep!

If my business does not operate in the United States can I apply?

Unfortunately, the grants are only available to businesses based in the United States.

Can I apply more than once?

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we are only able to accept one application per business.

What is the amount of each grant?

As part of the 2021 program, each of the five selected businesses will be awarded $18,000 cash and $6,000 in Fiverr credits.

How many grants will be awarded?

We will be awarding a total of $120,000 in grants across five companies.

Do I have to pay back the grant?

Nope! Grantees will not be asked to pay back the grant.

How does Fiverr expect businesses to use this money? Are there requirements for how they need to spend the funds?

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.

How do I apply?

The application can be accessed here.

Is there a deadline for applying for a grant?

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.

How long does the application process take?

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.

What information is needed to apply for a grant?

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.

Can I start my application and finish it at a later time?

Unfortunately, no. We suggest writing out your responses in a separate document if you don’t anticipate completing the application in one sitting.

Can I edit my application responses to the questions?

No. Once you’ve submitted your application, you will not be able to access it to edit or review answers.

How will I know if my application has been received?

Once an application is complete, applicants will see a confirmation that their application has been recorded and receive an automated confirmation email from notifications@typeform.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.

Will my competitive business and financial information be kept confidential?

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.

How will I know if I have been selected as a finalist to receive a grant?

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.

If I am selected as a finalist, does that mean I get the grant?

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.

When can I expect to hear back if I’m selected?

Grantees will be publicly announced in September, and applicants will be notified around that time frame.

Who is reviewing applications?

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.

How are applications being evaluated?

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

Will there be additional documentation or information required after I submit my application?

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.

Do I need to have purchased gigs on Fiverr’s platform in order to qualify for the grant award?

Yes, applicants do need to have a Fiverr member ID and to have purchased at least 3 Fiverr gigs in the past.

Will recipients receive benefits from this initiative, in addition to the funding?

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

What if I don’t have an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media account for my business or a business website to link to in the application?

No need to create one just for this application! Applicants can provide links to any social media accounts that they have, if any.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my application or the application process?

Applicants can get in touch by reaching out to futurecollective@fiverr.com with the subject line “Future Collective Application”.

*See the Official Terms and Conditions for full details about the Program.

Khara Woods

About the Artist

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.