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Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)

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Andrew Borst

IMAGE provides eligible companies a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000 in grant funds (i.e., 50% of $20,000 in eligible expenses) to engage in activities to increase export sales. For more detailed information, please see the IMAGE Handbook below.

  • 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.
  • 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 U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Company has been in business for no less than one year at time of application.
  • 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.

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, 2021, whichever date is later.
  • All grant activities must be completed by the completion date listed on page one of the countersigned grant agreement..
  • Changes to initially approved activities can be made. For more information, please reference the section “Amending the Grant” in the handbook.
  • International Website Development/E-Commerce
  • International Marketing
  • Compliance Testing
  • International Trade Shows
  • Domestic Trade Shows with an International Element
  • Trade Missions
  • Supported Individual Market Visit
  • U.S. Commercial Service Programs
  • EXIM Credit Insurance Premiums

For detailed company and activity eligibility information, please view the IMAGE Handbook.

  • Click the link below
  • Scroll down to the Export section
  • Select and Complete International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)

To start a new IMAGE application, click here

Application Round Applications Open Applications Close For activities starting: For activities ending Reimbursement requests due no later than:
1 9/27/21 11/9/21 10/01/2021 (or when application is approved, whichever is later) 3/31/22 4/30/22
2 TBA TBA 01/01/2022 (or when application is approved, whichever is later) 3/31/22 4/30/22
3 TBA TBA 04/01/2022 (or when application is approved, whichever is later) 6/30/22 7/31/22
4 TBA TBA 07/01/2022 (or when application is approved, whichever is later) 9/29/22 10/31/22

Grantees must submit reimbursement requests within 30 days of completing each activity but no later than Oct. 31, 2022, for activities taking place in September 2022.

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. All activity and company eligibility listed under the IMAGE section applies to the Export Training Grant. Reimbursement requests due within 30 days of training completion.

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