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Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)

Contact Information

Andrew Borst

Export Training Grant

Receive 100% reimbursement on export training, up to $5,000 per grant year. Training must be successfully completed to be reimbursed. Grant year runs from Oct. 1, 2021, through Sept. 29, 2022. Currently accepting applications for:

  • GlobalTarget at Cleveland State University.
  • Other export training opportunities that are proposed in the grant applications, subject to the approval of the program manager.

Additional training opportunities will be added to the application as registrations open. All IMAGE eligibility criteria listed below apply to the Export Training Grant.

To apply for the Export Training Grant, click here

Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) Overview

IMAGE provides eligible companies a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000 in grant funds to engage in activities to increase export sales. For more detailed information, please see the IMAGE Handbook. below.

Company Eligibility

  • Company operates a licensed for profit business in Ohio to manufacture, assemble, and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service.
  • Company certifies that the products to be promoted contain a majority of U.S. content. U.S.content is valued at export works price minus the aggregate value contributed by foreign suppliers, including labor and material.
  • Company has identified qualifying and achievable export activities or initiatives requiring financial support and has, in effect, a strategic plan for exporting.
  • Company asserts that it meets the requirements of the Table of Small Business Size Standards set forth by the SBA.
  • Company has been in business for no less than one year before applying for IMAGE.
  • Company attests that it shall not knowingly enter into any transactions with a person in the Excluded Parties List System.
  • Company must be in good standing with all state of Ohio agencies.

Eligible Activities

Important Information about Grant Activities

  • Activities must be approved before the activities are conducted.
    The earliest date that an activity can begin is the application approval date or Oct. 1, 2020, whichever date is later.
  • All grant activities must be completed by the completion date listed in the application but no later than Sept. 29, 2021. If the activity is not completed by Sept. 29, 2021, it cannot be reimbursed. No exceptions.
  • Changes to activities can be made. For more information, please reference the section “Amending the Grant.”

Eligible Grant Activities

  • International Website Development
  • E-Commerce
  • International Marketing
  • Compliance Testing
  • Export Training (100% reimbursable)*
  • Virtual Trade Shows
  • International Trade Shows
  • Domestic Trade Shows with an International Element
  • Trade Missions/Virtual Trade Missions
  • Supported Individual Market Visit
  • Shipping of Sample Products
  • U.S. Commercial Service Programs

For detailed eligibility information, please view the IMAGE Handbook

Grant Caps

For 2021 grant year funds (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 29, 2021), the following caps are in effect:

  • Overall grant cap - $10,000
  • Website Development, eCommerce, Website Translation - $10,000
  • International Marketing (design, translation, and placement) - $6,000
  • Compliance Testing - $6,000
  • Export Training - $5,000*
  • Shipping - $4,000

If an activity category is not capped, the entire grant (up to $10,000) can be used for that activity.

How to Apply

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

To view existing applications, click here

The Grant Process

For the 2021 grant year (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 29, 2021), the application will be divided into two portions. First, applicants will provide required application information except the proposed activities. Due to program changes for the 2021 year, each applicant will be contacted by phone by the IMAGE program manager (Andrew Bost) before the second portion of the application will be opened. When the second portion of the application is opened, the applicant will be able to log back into the application portal to complete the application by providing proposed grant activities.

Reimbursement Requests

Grantees must submit reimbursement requests within 60 days of completing each activity but no later than Oct. 29, 2021, for activities taking place in August and September 2021.

*Items marked with “*” are pending final approval at the time and are subject to change at this time.

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Funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.