Below is a listing of grants available to help business owners in the Hampton Roads area pay for website development. Most of the grants will pay for up to 50% of your website development costs!
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The Hampton IDA along with the assistance of the Hampton Department of Economic Development has created a E-Commerce Grant Program aimed at assisting Hampton businesses in order to optimize productivity, marketing and technology plans that will assist in retaining and growing employment, and business profitability.
The IDA will contract with various Service Providers who will provide a spectrum of e-commerce resources to help Hampton businesses assess their business needs, and will develop e-commerce solutions with an emphasis on return on investment. Where appropriate, the Service Provider will provide its proprietary applications and will customize them to the Hampton business's specific needs.
The type of assistance includes, but is not limited to the following e-commerce services:
Purpose: Is a grant developed to assist Downtown businesses with advertising and promotional activities. Funds will be allocated quarterly to this program to enable more participation throughout the fiscal year. Applications will be reviewed for approval in the order of which they are received and funding will be provided until quarterly allocations are depleted.
Grant: A maximum quarterly grant of $500 for multiple advertising/marketing projects.
1) Limited to businesses located in the Downtown Business District.
2) Application must be submitted.
3) Funding cannot exceed 25% of the total advertising costs.
4) Advertisement design should incorporate the Downtown logo.
Financial Value of Incentive:
Grants up to $500 for one or more projects per quarter with DHDP approval.
Purpose: The purpose of this program is to assist Small, Women- and Minority-owned, for-profit Newport News companies in growing their business through e-Commerce.
Overview: The Economic Development Authority of the City of Newport News, Virginia (EDA) has agreed to help Newport News Small, Women- and Minority-owned private businesses grow revenues and jobs through e-Commerce, and has set aside a business assistance grant fund for that purpose.
Funding is for eligible e-Commerce services benefiting Small, Women - and Minority-owned, for-profit businesses licensed and located in Newport News. Funds are awarded on a per-case basis and must be provided by a registered licensed e-Commerce service provider.
e-Commerce services can include but are not limited to the following:
Availability: Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to available funding.
Eligibility: Interested businesses should contact EDA staff for full program information. Eligibility is determined at the discretion of EDA staff.
Grant Amounts: Awards up to $2,500 for most Newport News small private businesses, not to exceed 50% of total project cost.
Grant Amounts (Women- and Minority-owned Businesses): Awards up to $4,500, not to exceed 50% of total project cost.
Grant Process / How Program Works
Contact Tricia Wilson, Business Development Specialist, at 757-926-3793 or email
* City of Newport News employees, employee spouses, EDA Board Members, spouses or other City officials and spouses are not eligible to participate in grant program.
The York County E-Commerce Grant Program is a partnership of the York County Economic Development Authority and Office of Economic Development. The program was created to encourage e-commerce development of York County's private businesses.
This grant program awards matching grants only; on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants are for design work only. Annual Maintenance or Service Fees (i.e. Internet Service Provider, Priority Listing, Domain Name, or Website Hosting Fees) are not eligible for grant funds.
Grants are 50 percent of total project costs up to $500 per business. Minority and women owned businesses (SWAM Certification required) may receive a matching grant up to $1,000.
Businesses must have a current York County Business License. The web site must not contain illegal or adult material.
A new website must be established, where none previously existed for the applicant; or, the applicant's existing web page must be enhanced to accept online payments and/or to offer online shopping (catalog or cart).
Applicant must first download and print the APPLICATION.
Submit Application via:
Mail: York County Economic Development, P.O. Box 612, Yorktown, VA 23690
In person: York County Economic Development, 224 Ballard St., Yorktown, VA 23690
The County has set aside a business assistance grant fund to help businesses grow revenues and jobs through e-commerce.
E-Commerce Projects Include:
The Williamsburg EDA offers matching grants up to $1,500 to businesses that are creating or enhancing ECommerce on their web sites.
The Williamsburg ECommerce Grant Program is a joint undertaking by the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority and the City of Williamsburg that began in 2008. The EDA established the Program to help facilitate technology access for small, private businesses located exclusively in the City of Williamsburg. The City supplied start-up funding for the Program and continues to provide financial support.
Projects for which grants are available include:
Annual Maintenance or Service Fees (i.e. Internet Service Provider, Priority Listing, Domain Name, or Website Hosting Fees) are not eligible for grant funds.
Grants are matching grants equal to 50 percent of total cost of the approved project, with a maximum lifetime grant amount of $1,500.00. Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Businesses must be for-profit, have a current City Business License, and be located in the City of Williamsburg, with no more than three physical locations in the City, and no locations outside of the City. The same business may not receive more than one grant within a 12-month period.
The primary physical business location of the website designer must be in the Commonwealth of Virginia and website design must be one of the designer's primary full-time business activities.
Applicant must first download and complete the application.