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Comcast RISE expands support for small businesses with new grants

Atlanta, GA, May 9, 2024:Comcast is once again bolstering its support for small businesses through its Comcast RISE program. This year, the initiative will award grant packages to 500 small businesses across five cities, with 100 of those grants designated for businesses in Atlanta. The grant packages include business consultation services, educational resources, monetary grants, creative production, media coverage, and technology makeovers. The grant application opened on May 1 and is scheduled to close on May 31.

Comcast RISE, launched in 2020, was initially designed to help small businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $125 million in monetary, marketing, and technology grants to 13,500 small businesses. As businesses transition from pandemic recovery to focusing on growth and expansion, Comcast RISE continues to prioritize diversity, inclusion, and community investment.

Program Details

  • Number of Awards: 500 total, with 100 grants for small businesses in each city, including Atlanta.
  • Grant Components: Each grant package includes:
    • Business consultation services
    • Educational resources
    • Monetary grants
    • Creative production services
    • Media coverage
    • Technology makeovers

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Comcast RISE program, businesses must:

  • Be established for 3 or more years
  • Have 100 or fewer full-time or part-time employees
  • Be located in one of the specified geographic areas, including Atlanta, GA

Exact location eligibility will be confirmed based on a specific zip code list available at www.ComcastRISE.com.

Application Process

  • Application Period: May 1-31, 2024
  • Grant Announcement: August 2024
  • How to Apply: Applications will be available online at www.ComcastRISE.com.

Loren Hudson, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast, highlighted the importance of the program: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are essential to building strong and thriving local communities. As small businesses transition from pandemic recovery to a focus on expansion and growth, Comcast RISE is proud to help strengthen and empower these deserving businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Comcast RISE is part of Comcast’s broader Project UP initiative, which aims to close the digital divide and achieve digital equity. This commitment underscores Comcast’s dedication to fostering economic growth and supporting diverse communities.

Atlanta’s small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to receive substantial support and resources to aid in their growth and success. For more information and to apply, visit www.ComcastRISE.com.

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that delivers broadband, wireless, and video services through brands like Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky. Comcast also produces and distributes entertainment through NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky, and operates Universal theme parks. For more information, visit www.comcastcorporation.com.

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV, and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their operations. Backed by an advanced network and 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is a leading provider to small and mid-size businesses and has become a significant player in the Enterprise market.

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