Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP)

Connects small businesses with critical professional assistance to complete improvement and growth projects.

Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP)

INTAP is an annual program that helps eligible small businesses complete projects that require specialized assistance by providing funding to work with a vendor that offers technical and professional services. This helps businesses secure the necessary skill set, qualifications, or technical expertise to complete a project.
Qualifying Projects
  • Can be completed within 5 months by December 31, 2021.
  • Show a positive impact for the small business after completion.
  • Cannot include the purchase of assets or the maintenance and upkeep of a business. (Examples of projects that wouldn’t qualify include but are not limited to purchasing new equipment, paying rent, buying advertising, or resolving debt.)

Positive Impact

Projects with a positive impact for a small business could include but not be limited to the creation of new jobs, increased production and sales, or entering a new market.

Up to $15,000

INTAP may provide up to $15,000 per selected business to a qualified vendor to complete the project.

Service Provider’s Estimate

Applying businesses must submit a service provider’s estimate with the application. Funds are paid directly to the service provider.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, small businesses must meet the following criteria:
Must be or become an Indiana SBDC client
Must be registered to do business in Indiana
Companies that have participated once in a previous year may apply to the 2021 program
Companies that have participated twice (in two previous years) are not eligible.
Strongly suggested to provide at least 50% matching funds of requested INTAP funds
Example: If you request $10,000 then it is recommended to provide at least $5,000 in matching funds to complete the project.

Application

January 11 – Application opens
February 15 – Application deadline
April 5-12 – Applicants notified
Interested companies can apply here.
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FAQ

What types of projects can be funded by INTAP?

INTAP can fund any project that requires technical or professional assistance you do not have within your business that will help you grow. Past projects include: SBIR/STTR grant writing, app development, intellectual property legal assistance, prototype development, and more! Contact the Indiana SBDC with any questions.

Does my project have to be related to technology?

No. By technical assistance, we mean projects that require expertise or skills you and your team don’t have.

What should I highlight in my application?

Highlight the measurable and specific impact your project will have on your business and the long-term results of the investment.

What happens if I don’t spend the funds?

Any unspent funds are forfeited at the end of the year.

Why do I need a service provider’s estimate?

INTAP requires an estimate to ensure that an accurate timeline and costs for a project have been adequately estimated. It also safeguards against approved projects receiving inadequate funding and as a result not able to complete the project.

What if I don’t have a service provider for my project?

INTAP can help you identify a service provider if you do not have one in mind. You will still need to submit an estimate in the application, however, so call the Indiana SBDC if you need help!

What if I have the expertise, but just need the funds?

INTAP only provides funding to service providers outside your company.

Questions? Contact the Indiana SBDC at 888.472.3244
or the regional office near you >