US Commercial Service (partner) US Commercial Service (partner) US Commercial Service (partner)
US Commercial Service (partner) US Commercial Service (partner) US Commercial Service (partner)
SBA (partner) SBA (partner) SBA (partner)

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

Award Application Information

The State of New Hampshire’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) provides Financial Assistance Award (FAA) grants to eligible New Hampshire small businesses to promote their export related activities. FAA grants range from $1,000 to $7,500 per award and provide up to 80% reimbursement for a project’s total activity cost.

More Information


Information on qualification requirements from the U.S. Small Business Administration can be found at our Qualifications page.

The funding must be used to begin, enhance or support a company’s export related activities. For example, grant funds can be used for:

  • Website development projects focusing on international enhancements (i.e. foreign language translation, SEO, localization services)
  • Development of international marketing materials
  • Online export-related training and education courses
  • Independent export consultant services
  • Product certification/compliance testing to sell internationally
  • Attending trade shows/trade missions
  • International advertisement and eCommerce

Please note that limited funds are available.  Contact Alan Dillingham with any questions.

  • Complete application packet including a proposal detailing an export promotion plan, along with the expense report – Partial application submissions will NOT be reviewed.
  • Provide required SBA certification forms
  • Reimbursements will be based on completion of trade activity and all itemized receipts compiled in one submission.
  • Due to SBA rules, all successful grant activity expenses must be incurred within two (2) years of the grant period (For STEP 11, that is (October 1, 2023 through September 29, 2025-no exceptions).  Companies must have their activities completed by September 29, 2025.
  • Provide quarterly progress reports from October 1, 2023 – September 29, 2025.  Note that once a company’s activity has concluded and the award money has been issued, progress reports are still required to be submitted through September 29, 2025.
  • Provide information regarding international development successes whether through joint ventures, actual sales, contract agreements, partnering with distributors/agents.


Application is NOW OPEN for New Hampshire Companies.

  1.  Submit your application on the STEP Financial Assistance Award Application page.


STEP Project Director

State of New Hampshire Office of International Commerce / NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs
(T) 603.271.0323


New Hampshire Export Assistance Center / U.S. Commercial Service / International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
(T) 603.610.2416