The Financial Assistance Award application window takes place annually in the first three weeks of August.



  • Individual awards ranging from $2,000 – $9,000 are available for eligible activity occurring between September 30, 2021 – September 29, 2022.
  • Only one application will be accepted per round. Multiple rounds are dependent upon the availability of funds.
  • 25% cash match required. For every authorized $100 you spend you will be reimbursed $75.
  • Reviewing and scoring processes are highly competitive.
  • Watch the STEP Best Practices Webinar (webinar slides with notes available here).
    • *Please note, the webinar was recorded in 2018 and some of the specifics (award amount, dates, caps, etc.) have changed. Review current guidelines for grant requirements, use this webinar as a tool for the actual execution of a quality application.

Eligible activities for Financial Assistance Awards

  • Foreign market sales trips
  • Governor’s or foreign trade mission
  • Trade Show; International or Domestic*
  • Services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce

*see guidelines for additional details/requirements