The State of New Hampshire Office of International Commerce is pleased to announce that the 2016-17 Financial Assistance Award Program is now available!

Once again, the Export Promotion Financial Assistance Award Program was included as part of the State of New Hampshire’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant. Eligible companies in New Hampshire are invited to apply for a 1:1 cash match grant of up to $6,000 to help offset their activities in international markets.

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**Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Who can use these funds? In order to apply for an Export Promotion Financial Assistance Award, companies must be:
What can the funds be used for? The funding must be used to begin, enhance or support a company’s international development goals. For example, grant funds can be used for:
  • International market research
  • Attending trade missions/ trade shows
  • Development of international marketing material
  • International marketing consultant services
What is the process for using the grant?
  • Complete application 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.
  • Application Deadline: January 20, 2017 at 3 PM EST. 
  • Due to the Federal Fiscal Year calendar, all successful grant activity expenses must be within the STEP grant period (October 1, 2016 through September 29, 2017-no exceptions).
What is the company’s responsibility if they receive a grant?
  • Provide quarterly progress reports for the duration of the activity.
  • Provide information regarding international development successes whether through joint ventures, actual sales, contract agreements, partnering with distributors/agents.

Directions to Apply:

  1. Click NH Export Promotion Grant Program Guidelines to download the application.
  2. Complete application.
  3. Complete information in boxes on right-hand side.
  4. Please note that your application must be one document total (i.e. one word document or one PDF).
  5. Select Submit at bottom right of page.




Tina Kasim
Program Manager
State of New Hampshire Office of International Commerce / NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs
(T) 603.271.8444

Rachel Adams
International Trade Officer
State of New Hampshire Office of International Commerce / NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs
(T) 603.271.8444

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

STEP Grant Financial Assistance Award Application

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