Courier Fresh Fund is a US $150,000 fund of cash grants for black business owners in the UK and US who have great ideas to start or grow a business. Winners will receive a cash grant between US $5,000 and US $25,000 to use towards a key activity in starting or growing their business. In addition to the grant, winners will participate in the Fresh Fund program, which includes one-on-one mentorship from a relevant founder and a series of masterclasses.


Courier is the defining media brand for a new generation who want to live and work on their own terms. Last year, we wrote an open letter declaring our support for Black Lives Matter. We believe that every voice raised against racism can help make a difference, but that words must also be followed by action. The Fresh Fund is just one of the ways we are looking to take responsibility and address the injustices that millions of black business owners face every day.

  • You must be a resident of the US or UK.
  • You must self-identify as black.
  • You must be aged 35 or under on 1 September 2021.
  • You must complete the application process.
  • You must be willing to have your story told in Courier’s print, audio and digital outlets.
  • If the person submitting an application is the founder of a business, then that business must be based in the US or UK.

Additional requirements apply. Please see the full terms and conditions here.


In addition to the cash grants ranging from US $5,000 to US $25,000, selected business owners will also receive ongoing mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, participation in a series of masterclass workshops, and have their stories told in Courier, reaching an audience of more than 1 million people in more than 120 countries across the world.

Program timeline:
  • Applications open: 1 July 2021
  • Applications close: 1 September 2021
  • Winners selected: October 2021
  • Winners matched with mentors: December 2021
  • Fresh Fund program begins: January 2022
Group portrait

Meet the members of the Fresh Fund class of 2021