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Enterprise Florida Trade Grant Program
Please Select the Appropriate Grant Application

Descriptions
    • Target Sector Trade Show Grant (Select for exhibiting at overseas trade shows or exhibitions.)
    • Reimbursable Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant (Select for overseas one-on-one business matchmaking services.)
    • International Registration/Certification Grant (Select when applying for international registration/certification grant.)
Complete Terms & Conditions can be found below once the appropriate grant application is selected.
Target Sector Trade Show Grant Criteria


Target Sector Trade Show Grant: Enterprise Florida offers grants to help Florida companies grow their export sales through overseas international trade shows. Eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers can apply for a Target Sector Trade Show Grant to help offset trade show booth costs and enable them to exhibit in trade shows that Enterprise Florida participates in, as well as other approved trade shows and exhibitions approved by Enterprise Florida. Companies with 500 employees or less may qualify for reimbursement of 75% of select trade show booth costs up to $7,500.


The following documents will be required file uploads during the online application process:

  1. Proof of company registration with Florida Division of Corporations from www.sunbiz.org.
  2. Current IRS W-9 Form.
  3. Proof of event registration that includes cost of basic turnkey booth package.
  4. Proof of payment.

Please review the grant criteria below before completing the online application.

  1. Applicant must be located in Florida and registered as an active company with the Florida Division of Corporations: http://www.sunbiz.org/.
  2. Must be in business for a minimum of two (2) years.
  3. Must be a small business (employing 1-500 employees). 
  4. Product(s) must be produced in the state of Florida. Services must be provided from a Florida location.
  5. Must have a commercial operation that consists of either an office, office/warehouse, or manufacturing facility.
  6. Product line or service must be considered viable in the target market, as determined by EFI. Service providers must be in one of these approved target sectors.
  7. Applicant MUST be at least one of the following: (a) New to export (never exported); (b) New to show or has not participated in the same show within the last three (3) years or; (c) Second-year participant (a company that was “new to trade show” the previous year of show)
  8. Only EFI-conducted trade events and other major overseas trade events with an international focus approved by Enterprise Florida will be eligible.
  9. International trade exhibitions must be held outside the United States, including commonwealths and territories. 
  10. Applicants may be awarded a total of three trade grants of any kind from July 1 to June 30, based on the dates of the events or completion date of the activity if not a trade event. Lifetime limitations: only one Export Marketing Plan per company and only two Website Localization grants per company, and not in the same fiscal year.
  11. Other restrictions and exceptions may apply at the discretion of Enterprise Florida. 

Click here to download the complete Grant Criteria / Application & Reimbursement Process and Corporate Terms & Conditions.


Grant applications MUST be received and approved by Enterprise Florida BEFORE the trade event takes place.


Reimbursable Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant Criteria

Reimbursable Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant: Eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers can apply for a Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant to help them generate or increase export sales overseas. The grant serves companies that are new-or-infrequent exporters by subsidizing the cost of meeting with pre-screened and pre-qualified buyers, agents, importers, and representatives with an interest in their products or services. 

Gold Key Services can be provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, while similar one-on-one business matchmakers can be conducted through select Enterprise Florida international offices or a pre-approved third-party such as an AmCham.  Gold Key/Matchmaker Grants reimburse qualified companies for the entire Participation Fee for Enterprise Florida trade missions, or the full cost of a stand-alone Gold Key/Matchmaker service provided by the U.S. Commercial Service.  Other options are available.


The following documents will be required file uploads during the online application process:

  1. Proof of company registration with Florida Division of Corporations from www.sunbiz.org.
  2. Current IRS W-9 Form.
  3. Confirmation of Gold Key/Matchmaker appointments.
  4. Proof of payment.

Please review the grant criteria below before completing the online application.

  1. Applicant must be located in Florida and registered as an active company with the Florida Division of Corporations: http://www.sunbiz.org/.
  2. Must be in business for a minimum of two (2) years. 
  3. Product(s) must be produced in the state of Florida. Services must be provided from a Florida location.
  4. Must have a commercial operation that consists of either an office, office/warehouse, or manufacturing facility.
  5. Product line or service must be considered viable in the target market as determined by the USCS or Enterprise Florida. Services providers must be in one of these approved target sectors.
  6. Must comply with SBA Size Standards (https://www.sba.gov/size-standards/) for a Gold Key Service provided through the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) OR have less than 500 employees if matchmaker service is provided through another approved contractor. 
  7. Applicant MUST be at least one of the following: (a) New to export (never exported); (b) New to the market, or (c) An infrequent exporter to this market (1-50 export shipments per year). 
  8. Gold Key/Matchmaker Services must be provided by the U.S. Commercial Service; an Enterprise Florida International Office; AmCham, or an EFI-approved contractor for similar one-on-one business matchmaker services. When using the services of a local contractor, applicant must receive prior approval from Enterprise Florida before applying for a grant.
  9. Applicants may be awarded a total of three trade grants of any kind from July 1 to June 30, based on the dates of the events or completion date of the activity if not a trade event. Lifetime limitations: only one Export Marketing Plan per company and only two Website Localization grants per company, and not in the same fiscal year.
  10. Other restrictions and exceptions may apply at the discretion of Enterprise Florida. 

Click here to download the complete Grant Criteria / Application & Reimbursement Process and Corporate Terms & Conditions.


Grant applications MUST be received and approved by Enterprise Florida BEFORE the trade event takes place.


International Registration/Certification Grant Criteria

International Registration Grant:  This program provides trade grants to help Florida companies increase export sales by gaining access to foreign markets that require specific registrations, certifications, or markings in areas such as safety, quality, accuracy, performance or environmental compliance standards.

 

The International Registration Grants help small to medium-sized manufacturers offset the costs of obtaining such registrations when they are required to do business in a foreign market.  Examples include, but are not limited to: CE Mark; ETL Listed Mark; ANVISA; Aircraft Airworthiness Licenses; Sanitary Certificates, and COFIAS.  Other registrations/certifications may be considered upon request.  Qualified applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the international registration/certification application fee, up to a maximum of $10,000.


The following documents will be required file uploads during the online application process:

  1. Proof of company registration with Florida Division of Corporations from www.sunbiz.org.
  2. Current IRS W-9 Form.
  3. Proof of submission of international registration application showing date submitted/received and cost.

Please review the grant criteria below before completing the online application.

  1. Applicant must be located in Florida and registered as an active company with the Florida Division of Corporations: http://www.sunbiz.org/.
  2. Must be in business for a minimum of two (2) years.
  3. Must be a small business (employing 1-500 employees).
  4. Must have a commercial operation that consists of either an office, office/warehouse, or manufacturing facility.
  5. Only Florida manufacturers are eligible to apply.  Product(s) must be produced in the state of Florida. 
  6. Must be new to the market where the international registration/certification is required.
  7. The international registration/certification must be outside of the United States, including commonwealths and territories.
  8. Only international registrations/certifications approved by Enterprise Florida will be eligible.
  9. Applicants may be awarded one International Registration Grant per EFI’s fiscal year, starting July 1 and ending June 30, based on the date of reimbursement (Date Paid).


Click here to download the complete Grant Criteria / Application & Reimbursement Process and Corporate Terms & Conditions.

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Enterprise Florida Trade Grant Program
Contact Information
Company Information
Must be 500 employees or less
Must have been in business for at least two years


Company Information
Must be 500 employees or less
Must have been in business for at least two years


Company Information
Must be 500 employees or less
Must have been in business for at least two years


Current Trade Show Participation and Export History

Gold Key/Matchmaker Appointment and Export History

International Registration/Certification Details

Required Documentation
The following documents are required by Enterprise Florida in order to process a Trade Sector Trade Show Grant Application. Applications not including these items may be rejected. Please note that the total file size of all attachments cannot exceed 20MB.
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Required Documentation
The following documents are required by Enterprise Florida in order to process a Reimbursable Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant Application. Applications not including these items may be rejected. Please note that the total file size of all attachments cannot exceed 20MB.
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Required Documentation
The following documents are required by Enterprise Florida in order to process an International Registration/Certification Grant Application. Applications not including these items may be rejected. Please note that the total file size of all attachments cannot exceed 20MB.
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Additional Information

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Enterprise Florida Trade Grant Program

Applicants must review and agree to the Terms & Conditions below before proceeding.

Target Sector Trade Show Grant - Application and Reimbursement Process
Grant applicants must adhere and agree to the following terms and conditions prior to submitting the online grant application. The terms and conditions will remain in effect for the duration of the agreement.

  1. Submission Process: Applicants must request from EFI an online Grant Application ("application") and submit all required documentation at least two weeks prior to the start of the international trade event.
  2. Required Documents: The following documents will be required during the online application process: (a) Proof of company registration with Florida Division of Corporations from www.sunbiz.org; (b) Current IRS W-9 Form; (c) Proof of event registration that includes cost of basic turnkey booth package, and (d) Proof of payment.
  3. Evaluation Process: Enterprise Florida staff will review all applications and make a determination regarding the applicant's eligibility and grant award amounts within ten (10) days of receipt of application.
  4. Reimbursable Amounts: For qualifying companies with 500 employees or less, the grant is awarded in the form of a reimbursement of 75% of eligible turnkey booth expenses up to a maximum of $7,500.
  5. Eligible Expenses: ONLY eligible trade show exhibition expenses will be covered. Examples include, but are not limited to: trade show registration; raw booth space; furniture and accessories (chairs, tables, information counter, shelving, etc.); panel graphics; flooring; electric wiring; lighting; audio visual equipment, and Wi-Fi services. Expenses related to travel; accommodations; shipping/freight; personnel; lead generation; direct mail campaigns, booth security, etc. do not qualify for reimbursement. For a complete listing of reimbursable expenses, click here. Other restrictions and exceptions may apply at the discretion of Enterprise Florida.
  6. Disbursement of Funds: Grantees will be required to submit the following in order to receive reimbursement: (1) Invoice to EFI for the grant award amount specified in the Grant Approval Email. Award figures are tentative and may be adjusted based on final documentation of booth costs; (2) Receipt(s) that clearly display expense payments, and (3) Completed and signed post-show "Export Sales Report." Reimbursement will be made to Grantee in one payment following EFI's receipt of required documents.
  7. Reporting of Export Sales: Each grant recipient must submit an official Enterprise Florida "Export Sales Report,” which will be provided by EFI. The report collects information about actual sales made during the event, and expected sales over the next twenty-four (24) months.
  8. Noncompliance: If the Grantee does not submit the invoice, receipts and Export Sales Report within thirty (30) calendar days after the end of the trade show, Enterprise Florida reserves the right to cancel this Agreement without reimbursement. If Enterprise Florida learns that any of the information provided on the application is false, Enterprise Florida has the right to cancel the reimbursement if not already paid, or require repayment of funds already disbursed.

Reimbursable Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant - Application and Reimbursement Process

  1. Submission Process: Applicants must request from EFI an online Grant Application (“application”) and submit all required documentation at least two weeks prior to the start of the Gold Key/Matchmaker service.
  2. Required Documents: The following documents will be required during the online application process: (a) Proof of company registration with Florida Division of Corporations from www.sunbiz.org; (b) Current IRS W-9 Form; (c) Confirmation of Gold Key/Matchmaker appointments, and (d) Proof of payment.
  3. Evaluation Process: Enterprise Florida staff will review all applications and make a determination regarding the applicant's eligibility and grant award amounts within ten (10) days of receipt of application.
  4. Reimbursement Amounts: The Grant is awarded in the form of a reimbursement and will cover one of the following: (a) the full Participation Fee for the first representative (only) for Enterprise Florida trade missions; (b) the full cost of a U.S. Commercial Service stand-alone Gold Key for Small Businesses only; (c) a maximum of $1,200 for a U.S. Commercial Service trade mission that includes one-on-one business matchmaking meetings for Small Businesses only, or (d) a maximum of $1,200 for business matchmaking services provided by an approved contractor. ONLY costs for the Gold Key/Matchmaker service will be covered; expenses related to travel, accommodations, shipping/freight, personnel etc. do not qualify for reimbursement. 
  5. Disbursement of Funds: Grantees will be required to submit the following in order to receive reimbursement: (a) an invoice to Enterprise Florida, Inc. for the cost of the Gold Key/Matchmaker service for the amount referenced in the Letter of Approval from Enterprise Florida, and (b) a completed and signed post-show "Export Sales Report." Reimbursement will be made to grantee in one payment following EFI's receipt of required documents.
  6. Reporting of Export Sales: Each grant recipient must submit an official Enterprise Florida "Export Sales Report", which will be provided by EFI. The report collects information about actual sales made during the event, and expected sales over the next twenty-four (24) months.
  7. Noncompliance: If the Grantee does not submit the invoice and Export Sales Report within thirty (30) calendar days after completion of the Gold Key, Enterprise Florida reserves the right to cancel this Agreement without reimbursement. If Enterprise Florida learns that any of the information provided on the application is false, Enterprise Florida has the right to cancel the reimbursement if not already paid, or require repayment of funds already disbursed.
International Registration/Certification Grant - Application and Reimbursement Process

    1. Submission Process: Applicants must request from EFI an online Grant Application (“application”) and submit all required documentation within 45 days after the original international registration/certification application is submitted.
    2. Required Documents: The following documents will be required during the online application process: (a) Proof of company registration with Florida Division of Corporations from www.sunbiz.org; (b) Current IRS W-9 Form, and (c) Proof of submission of international registration application showing date submitted/received and cost.
    3. Evaluation Process: Enterprise Florida staff will review all applications and make a determination regarding the applicant's eligibility and grant award amounts within ten (10) business days of receipt of application.
    4. Reimbursement Amounts: The grant is awarded in the form of a reimbursement for 50% of the application fee, up to a maximum of $10,000.
    5. Eligible Expenses:  ONLY the application fee for the international registration/certification will be covered. The grant excludes registration/certification renewals fees and annual inspection fees. Examples of eligible international registration/certifications include, but are not limited to: CE Mark; ETL Listed Mark; ANVISA; Aircraft Airworthiness Licenses; Sanitary Certificates, and COFIAS.  Other registrations/certifications may be considered upon request.
    6. Disbursement of Funds: Grantees will be required to submit the following in order to receive reimbursement: (1) Invoice to EFI for the grant award amount specified in the Grant Approval Email. Award figures are tentative and may be adjusted based on final documentation of registration/certification if applicable; (2) Proof of issuance of registration/certification; (3) Proof of payment, and (4) Completed and signed pre-market "Export Sales Report."
    7. Reporting of Export Sales: Each grant recipient must submit an official Enterprise Florida Export Sales Report, which will be provided by EFI. The report collects information about actual sales and/or expected sales over the next twenty-four (24) months, as a result of receiving the grant and entering a new market.
    8. Noncompliance: Enterprise Florida reserves the right to cancel this Agreement without reimbursement. If Enterprise Florida learns that any of the information provided on the application is false, Enterprise Florida has the right to cancel the reimbursement if not already paid, or require repayment of funds already disbursed.
    Enterprise Florida Corporate Terms & Conditions
    Grant applicants must adhere and agree to Enterprise Florida's Corporate Terms & Conditions prior to submitting the online grant application. The Terms & Conditions will remain in effect for the duration of the agreement.

    1. This Agreement may not be assigned by Grantee. This Agreement shall bind the heirs, successors, and permitted assigns of the parties.
    2. A termination for cause may occur due to (i) Grantee’s willful misconduct or gross negligence; or (ii) Grantee’s conscious disregard of its obligations hereunder or of any other duties mutually agreed upon; or (iii) intentional failure to timely produce required deliverables.
    3. In the event of termination for cause, EFI’s sole obligation and liability to Grantee, if any, shall be to pay Grantee that portion of the expenses incurred prior to the effective date of termination.
    4. The acceptance of final payment under this Agreement, or the acceptance of final payment upon early termination hereof, shall constitute full and complete release of EFI by Grantee from any and all claims, demands, and courses of action whatsoever which Grantee may have against EFI.
    5. Grantee shall (i) comply with all relevant federal, state and local laws designed to prevent discrimination so that Grantee does not discriminate against any person who performs work hereunder because of race, religion, color, sex, physical handicap unrelated to such person’s ability to engage in this work, national origin or ancestry, or age; (ii) include in all solicitations or advertisements for employees the phrase “Equal Opportunity Employer”; (iii) if applicable, comply with any and all federal, state or local reporting requirements; and (iv) be declared in default of this Agreement if it fails to comply with any such reporting requirements of (iii) above or if Grantee is found guilty of any violation of any of the foregoing laws.
    6. To the extent required by Florida Statutes §287.134(3)(a) and EFI’s contract with the Governor’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Grantee acknowledges notice of the requirements of Florida Statutes §287.134(2)(b). To Grantee’s knowledge, it has not been placed on the discriminatory vendor list described by Florida Statutes §287.134.
    7. To the extent required by Florida Statutes §287.133 (2)(a) and EFI’s contract with DEO, Grantee affirms that it is aware of the provisions of Florida Statutes §287.133(2)(b). Grantee affirms that at no time has it been convicted of a Public Entity Crime and agrees that any such conviction during the term of this Agreement may result in termination of this Agreement.
    8. Grantee shall retain and maintain all records and make such records available for an audit as may be requested. Such records shall be retained by Grantee for a minimum period of seven (7) years after termination of this Contract. The records shall be subject at all times to inspection, review, or audit by state personnel of the Office of the Auditor General, Department of Financial Services, Office of the Chief Inspector General, or other personnel authorized by DEO and copies of the records shall be delivered to DEO upon request.
    9. Pursuant to its contract with DEO, EFI’s obligation to pay under this Agreement is contingent upon an annual appropriation by the Legislature of the State of Florida and DEO’s funding obligations to EFI. Within 30 days of its awareness of such, EFI will notify Grantee if there will be a shortfall in funding which will impact payment of this Agreement.
    10. The terms and provisions of this Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement, and shall supersede all previous communications, representations, or agreements, either oral or written, between the parties relating to such subject matter. No change or modification of this Agreement shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by both parties hereto.
    11. This Agreement is executed and entered into in the State of Florida, and shall be construed, performed, and enforced in all respects in accordance with the laws and rules of the State of Florida. Any litigation arising under this Agreement shall be brought in the appropriate court in Orange County, Florida, applying Florida Law.
    12. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed to be invalid, it shall be considered deleted herefrom and shall not invalidate the remaining provisions. All questions with respect to this Agreement and the rights and liabilities of the parties, are governed by the laws of the State of Florida.
    13. In any action to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs as deemed just and proper.
    14. Grantee shall not use any funds paid pursuant to this Agreement for lobbying the Florida Legislature, the Florida judicial branch, or any State agency
    15. Pursuant to its contract with the Governor’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and subject to the provisions of Chapter 119 (F.S.) EFI may require public access to materials prepared, developed or received by it. Grantee shall cooperate with EFI in allowing public access if requested.
    16. Pursuant to its contract with DEO, EFI requires Grantee to report on the use of women or minority owned businesses. This report will be in a form provided by EFI and must be submitted with the final payment request.
    Agreement to Terms & Conditions
    Before submitting the online grant application, you are affirming that all information provided is accurate and true and, if awarded a grant, you are aware of the Terms & Conditions listed above that will be part of your Agreement. To download a PDF version of the Enterprise Florida Corporate Terms & Conditions, please click here.


    In order to proceed with the submission of the grant application, you must agree to the grant Terms & Conditions. Failing to agree to the Terms & Conditions will prevent the completion of the online grant submission.

    Agreement to Terms & Conditions
    Before submitting the online grant application, you are affirming that all information provided is accurate and true and, if awarded a grant, you are aware of the Terms & Conditions listed above that will be part of your Agreement. To download a PDF version of the Enterprise Florida Corporate Terms & Conditions, please click here.


    In order to proceed with the submission of the grant application, you must agree to the grant Terms & Conditions. Failing to agree to the Terms & Conditions will prevent the completion of the online grant submission.

    Agreement to Terms & Conditions
    Before submitting the online grant application, you are affirming that all information provided is accurate and true and, if awarded a grant, you are aware of the Terms & Conditions listed above that will be part of your Agreement. To download a PDF version of the Enterprise Florida Corporate Terms & Conditions, please click here.


    In order to proceed with the submission of the grant application, you must agree to the grant Terms & Conditions. Failing to agree to the Terms & Conditions will prevent the completion of the online grant submission.