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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest FAQs

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest FAQs
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General FAQs

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is a grant program by FedEx to award twelve (12) U.S. based small businesses with grants up to $50,000 and up to $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services. Refer to the Contest Rules for contest details.

The entry period for the 2020 contest is January 28, 2020 – March 2, 2020. The voting period is February 4, 2020 – March 8, 2020. Top 100 finalists will be announced March 16, 2020. Top 12 winners will be announced May 4, 2020.

There will be a total of twelve (12) winners:

  • Grand Prize: One (1) winner of $50,000 + $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Silver prize: One (1) $30,000 winner + $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Bronze prize: Ten (10) $15,000 winners + $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

There will be up to 4 additional Prize Packages based on prize level:

  • Website Optimization or Website Audit Prize Package
    • Grand Prize: Custom in depth Technical SEO Website Audit detailing all SEO (search engine optimization) deficiencies and detailed recommendations for improvements, valued between $2,500 - $5,000 depending on number of website pages; audit takes approximately 30-45 days. Prize expires December 31, 2020.
    • Silver Prize: One (1) Website Conversion Optimization Audit detailing potential conversion issues and recommended enhancements to improve conversion, valued between $1,500 - $2,000 depending on number of website pages; audit can take up to 30 days to complete. Prize expires December 31, 2020.
    • Bronze Prize: One (1) Website Audit with high level review and recommendations for enhancements to SEO, valued at $50; audit can take up to 14 days to complete. Prize expires December 31, 2020. 
  • Trip to FedEx World Headquarters: 
    • All winners: All expense paid trip for up to two (2) people/owners per business to FedEx World Headquarters in Memphis, TN. Includes group meetings with all winners and high-level FedEx executives across Marketing, Sales, Innovation, along with special behind-the-scenes tour of the FedEx Express World Hub (dependent upon availability). Other meetings/opportunities as available may be added during the trip. Valued up to $4,000 per business.
  • Print Expert Consultation Prize Package:
    • All winners: One (1) 30-minute consultation with a dedicated FedEx Office representative to discuss opportunities for usage of FedEx Office prize towards print and business services including custom branded packaging at FedEx Office. Consultation and print services prize package available until May 31, 2021.   
  • My FedEx Rewards Voucher 
    • All winners: Each winning business will receive one (1) $300 voucher redeemable through My FedEx Rewards limited catalog. Voucher expires August 4, 2020.

You may send an email to USGrantContest@fedex.com and someone will get back to you within two business days. Answers to most questions can be found in these FAQs and in the Contest Rules.