Leap Funding Grants

Leap Grants are awarded to businesses that demonstrate the potential to continue to create jobs and opportunities in the region.

$10-$30,000 grants going directly to companies in need.


Provided only for specific projects - e.g. “need to purchase more materials for open purchase orders” or “need to hire X position to deliver for a new client.” In every case, we have very specific ways to check on the positive or negative outcome of the grant funding to better hone future activities.


Special Leap Grants with more specified criteria are also available.

Grant Review Timeline

Application Opens

October 1st, 2021

Open Office Hours


October - November 2021

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons

Application Closes 


November 19th, 2021

Decisions Delivered

during December, 2021

Application Open for next cycle

January 1st, 2022

Criteria to Apply for a Leap Grant

  • Applicant MUST be a business entity (C-Corp, S-Corp, or LLC) with a Federal Tax ID (EIN).

  • Business entity must be be located in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Southeastern Indiana Region

    • Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana

  • Applicant’s business must show sufficient revenue that proves the business concept relative to its industry.

  • Application MUST be project-based where results can be tracked by a defined metric. 

    • The Leap Grant does not provide funds for general business operating funds.

    • The Leap Grant does not provide funds for property acquisitions or renovations.

  • Grant Recipients must agree to limited reporting for 24 months from the time of grant award.

Special consideration will be granted to​

  • Companies that are"tech-enabled."

    • Industries such as Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Biomedical, Energy, Life Sciences, Sensors, and Software / IT

  • Women and Minority-Owned Businesses. 

  • Businesses that can show matching funds from other sources.


Special Leap Funding Grants

Main Street Ventures is proud to partner with generous sponsors to provide Special Leap Grants with more specific criteria. Applicants for these Leap Grants must match ALL criteria above but, if they meet more specialized criteria listed, would be in a potentially smaller pool of applicants and have a greater chance of success in obtaining funding. Use the standard Leap Grant application and check the box where indicated to be considered for one of these Special Leap Grants.


The Wendy S. Lea Female Founder Grant

Created to recognize the continued contributions of Wendy Lea to the Cincinnati startup and small business community. Through her leadership of Cintrifuse from 2014-2018, Wendy was instrumental in improving multiple metrics that serve to assist both startups and other organizations within StartupCincy.

Through funding from Main Street Ventures and generous matching dollars from The Robert A. and Diane J. McDonald Family Foundation, this Leap Funding Grant will be awarded annually to a startup or small business in the Greater Cincinnati Region that has a first-time female founder(s), female ownership of 51%+, and revenue.


Bob McDonald, while serving as the Chairman of Cintrifuse, helped recruit and hire Wendy. Diane and Bob are grateful to Wendy for the incredible impact she has had on the Greater Cincinnati area and more importantly, on the many individuals involved in StartupCincy.