Advancing Charlottesville Entrepreneurs (ACE) Program


ACE Program Overview

The City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development (OED) is offering a business assistance program to existing City-based businesses.

Eligible businesses may apply for one-time grant funding up to $1,000 that will directly lead to increasing business revenue through acquiring new equipment, products, or services. Business owners are encouraged to apply for marketing, advertising, or technical assistance that will directly lead to increased business revenue. 

Applications will be received on a continual basis during Fiscal Year 2017 (July 2016-June 2017) until grant funds are exhausted. Interviews will be scheduled on quarterly basis during the final weeks of each quarter.

The ACE Program is targeted towards existing businesses with the immediate potential to increase revenue and business opportunities. To be eligible for the program, business owners must not exceed certain income limits based on household size. The ACE Program is a competitive grant process that serves business owners who emphasize organization, initiative, and the dedication to make their business a success.

Initial funding for this program is provided from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Additional funding from the Charlottesville Economic Development Authority has allowed the program to be expanded.

To be eligible for the ACE Program, businesses must meet certain income qualifications. Please use the contact information at the bottom of the page to ask questions before submitting applications.

Businesses that have received ACE Micro Grant funding in past years are not eligible to apply


# Persons in Family/Household       Maximum Yearly Business Owner Income

1 person


2 people


3 people


4 people


5 people


6 people


7 people


8 people




Provide documentation of a City of Charlottesville Business License
Have five employees or less
Have a physical address in the City of Charlottesville (P.O. Boxes are not accepted)
Be able to provide documentation to meet income requirements
Be a for-profit business (non-profits are not eligible)
Be willing to become a registered vendor with the City of Charlottesville 


Micro Grant Application: CLICK HERE for a PDF application. 

For questions, please contact Jason Ness at