Grants - Working Groups on Entrepreneurship in Sustainability, Tourism and Hospitality, Health, and the Gig Economy
The City of Boynton Beach recognizes that the state of entrepreneurship is changing as new industries and opportunities are created through advances in technology. Entrepreneurs are shifting away from old business models and creating businesses that not only make a profit but help find solutions to some of our greatest societal challenges. The City of Boynton Beach Department of Economic Development and Strategy will provide support in the form of grant financing to Working Groups on entrepreneurship. With the growing effects of climate change and sea level rise, sustainability has become a high priority for our city, which can create opportunities for entrepreneurs. As a coastal city with attractive year-round climate, tourism plays a large role in our local economy. Entrepreneurs in the health industry have a unique opportunity to create businesses that have an established network and strong support system with the largest employer in the City being Bethesda Hospital East. We also recognize that many entrepreneurs are participating in the “gig economy,” working for companies such as Uber to earn additional income, or they are turning a hobby into a business using internet platforms such as Etsy and YouTube.
In Fiscal Year 2019-2020, the City is seeking to support working groups on entrepreneurship that focus on:
- Tourism and Hospitality,
- Health, and
- the Gig-Economy.
One applicant in each category may receive a grant of up to $2,500 to report on the state of entrepreneurship in their chosen focus area for Boynton Beach. The selected grant recipient will submit a Final Report to the City no later than September 30, 2020.
Business Incubator Working Groups
Funding Amount (Max)
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Working Group on Entrepreneurship in Health
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Working Group – An informal committee of local businesses or group of individuals selected to study and report on the state of entrepreneurship in their chosen focus area (Sustainability, Tourism and Hospitality, Health, and the Gig-Economy).
II. Grant Timeline
* Anticipated Grant Period: January 22, 2020 – September 30, 2020.
*Anticipated Grant Advertisement: January 22, 2020
*Anticipated Application Deadline: February 17, 2020
*Anticipated Announcement to Grantee: March 3, 2020
*Anticipated Grant Start Date: March 9, 2020
III. Entrepreneur Working Groups (Grant Categories)
a.Sustainability Focused Entrepreneurs
Environmental sustainability has become a high priority in the City and our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve resources, facilitate alternative modes of transportation, and reduce our overall impact on our natural environment are just a few examples of how the City is taking action. For a more detailed view of the City’s efforts and goals, applicants should refer to the Boynton Beach Climate Action Plan.
In order to become more sustainable community-wide, the City needs the private sector to help with sustainability efforts by using their innovation, ingenuity, and expertise to develop businesses that contribute to sustainability and have a positive impact on the environment.
The working group on entrepreneurship in sustainability will clearly outline the challenges and opportunities for businesses with a focus in environmental sustainability, and present lessons learned, tools, best practices and models for effective sustainability focused entrepreneurship.
b. Tourism/Hospitality Focused Entrepreneurs
Tourism and Hospitality is one of the City’s largest industries supporting thousands of jobs and plays a vital role in our local economy. The City is always looking for new and innovative ways to help tourists experience all that Boynton Beach has to offer. As a vibrant, coastal city centrally located in Palm Beach County and South Florida, Boynton Beach attracts year-round visitors looking to enjoy our arts and culture as well as our beautiful beach.
The working group on entrepreneurship in tourism and hospitality will clearly outline the challenges and opportunities for businesses engaged in the hospitality and tourism industry, and present lessons learned, tools, best practices and models for effective tourism and hospitality focused entrepreneurship.
c.Health Focused Entrepreneurs
The largest employer in the City is Bethesda Hospital East, which supports a vibrant health sector. Medical offices, outpatient facilities, physical therapy centers, and clinics are organically supported by Bethesda to create a health sector that supports thousands of jobs and provides high-quality healthcare. This also creates an opportunity for other segments of this sector to grow such as medical tourism.
The working group on entrepreneurship in health will clearly outline the challenges and opportunities for health focused entrepreneurs, and present lessons learned, tools, best practices and models for effective health focused entrepreneurship.
d. Gig-Economy entrepreneurs
The “gig economy” is generally made up of three components: independent workers paid by the gig (i.e. a task or a project), as opposed to a salary or hourly wage; customers who need a specific service (i.e. a ride or an item delivered); and, the worker connecting directly with the consumer using a online platform. The gig economy is a shift away from the traditional full-time worker economy and focuses on the part-time, flexible jobs created by new industries and sectors in the evolving economy. For example, platforms such as UberEats, Airbnb, Etsy, and Lyft, have created a new industry for individuals to earn an income in a temporary work engagement setting. There are strengths and weaknesses to this emerging industry, but the opportunities and share of the workforce associated with the gig-economy is growing.
The working group on entrepreneurship in the gig-economy will clearly outline the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs, and present lessons learned, tools, best practices and models for effective gig-economy entrepreneurship.
IV. Grant Amount: $2,500 (1 for each grant category)
The City of Boynton Beach may select up to four (4) grant applicants to receive an individual award of two-thousand and five hundred dollars ($2,500). There will be an individual award for each grant category (sustainability, hospitality/tourism, health, and gig-economy). The grant amount will be a maximum of $2,500. Each grant will be disbursed according to the requirements described in Section Six (VI) below.
V. Eligibility Criteria
The City of Boynton Beach is inviting working groups that have demonstrated experience in one of the above focus areas, to create a report indicating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges entrepreneurs face in the aforementioned focus areas in the City of Boynton Beach. The working groups’ reports must focus solely on the City of Boynton Beach, but do not have to be located within City limits.
In addition, the following requirements apply to all grant categories:
- Applicants may be a for-profit organization, non-profit organization, or NGO.
- Applicants must be an organization legally established and in good standing
- No outside funds may come from the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.
- Participating organizations should be indicated in your application and state their level of participation and their financial and/or in-kind support to the project.
- City of Boynton Beach grant funds may not be used to pay any government employees, purchase alcohol or food items.
VI. Application and Review Process
- Applications will be available online at WhyBoynton.com starting January 17, 2020. The last day to submit an application will be February 7, 2020.
- Each application submitted to the City will be sent to the Department of Economic Development and Strategy to conduct a preliminary review to confirm the applicant’s eligibility.
- Once all applications are reviewed by the Department of Economic Development and Strategy, they will be sent to the City’s Grant Evaluation Committee for review and scoring.
- The Grant Evaluation Committee will review each application according to established criteria and make preliminary funding recommendations to the City Commission.
- City Commission may either approve or deny staff’s recommendation, and the grant recipients will be announced at the City Commission Meeting on February 18, 2020.
- Grant recipients shall sign a grant agreement with the City.
- Upon execution of the grant agreement by the City, the City may disperse the initial grant funds in the amount of $2,000 to the grant recipient. The City may disperse the final grant funds in the amount of $500 upon receipt and acceptance of the Final report.
- The grant recipient shall submit their Final report to the City no later than September 30, 2020.
VII. Reporting Requirements (Deliverables)
Applicants selected by the City for receipt of a Business Incubation Grant are required to produce the following:
Final Report – The following information is required in the Final Report for each grant recipient. The Final Report must provide the following information:
- Description of the data collected, how it was collected and how it was utilized;
- Description of the methods used to create your report;
- Identification of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to Boynton Beach entrepreneurs in your chosen focus area;
- Recommendations for solving the challenges identified during your activities;
- Innovative ideas, best practices, and success stories for entrepreneurs serving their focus area; and,
- Quantitative data to support your findings and solutions.
VIII. Grant Evaluation Criteria
Successful Applicants will incorporate the following considerations into their proposal.
Maximum Points Available = 50
Working Group Design (20 points)
- Do the proposed activities address the objective for the grant category?
- How will the applicant use quantitative data to demonstrate their findings?
- Will your proposed research benefit the City’s economic development initiatives?
- What makes your process innovative? Working Group Capacity (20 points)
- Does the applicant have sufficient motivation and capacity to manage the project/grant and achieve the goals of the grant?
- Does the applicant have, or have the ability to hire staff (full-time and part-time) and volunteers with the necessary skills, expertise and experience?
- Does the applicant have the necessary skills and experience to contribute to the working group?
- Does the applicant demonstrate sufficient resources, equipment, and staff?
Financial Plan (10 points)
- Are the potential financial expenditures clearly defined and justified?