STEP Grant


The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant offers eligible Delaware businesses assistance to help launch or expand export activity. Grant funds can be used to reimburse Delaware businesses for up to 50 percent of all pre-approved, eligible, export marketing expenses, up to a maximum of $7,000 per fiscal year, per company. Delaware companies can receive funding for a maximum of three times, per country market, in a five-year period. For more information, contact the Export Delaware Team.


Here are some examples of how you can use STEP Grant funds to expand your exports: 


Please note that the STEP Grant is only available to companies with a physical operation and employees in Delaware.



IBT Online

Delaware’s Online Global Program


Be found, be understood, and be easy to do business in markets around the world with localized websites. IBT Online works with Export Delaware to deliver the Delaware Online Global Programs to help Delaware companies grow their exports, sales, brand and business. You may be eligible for STEP Grant funds to help cover the costs.

For more information, click here.



STEP Grant Guildines

STEP Grant Allowable Expense Reimbursements:


Please note that STEP Grant funds may only be used to cover the expenses of one traveler per company. An exception may be made if the second traveler is a technical person who is needed to facilitate sales.


STEP Grant Unallowable Expense Reimbursements:



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Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.



Additional Funding For Export Activities


Additional capital resources are available from the federal government and other organizations for export activities. Options range from tax credits to low interest loans, and other financing plans. Search here to find the right option for your business.

  • Name of Incentive: Export Express Loan Program
  • Issuing Organization: SBA
  • Details: Simplest loans offered by the SBA, granted to support export activity. Loan approval in 36 hours or less.
  • Connect:  website
  • Name of Incentive: Export Working Capital Program
  • Issuing Organization: SBA
  • Details: Loans to fund export transactions from purchase order to collections, with a low guaranty fee and quick processing time.
  • Connect:  website
  • Name of Incentive: International Trade Loan Program
  • Issuing Organization: SBA
  • Details: Loans available to small businesses in a position to expand existing export markets or develop new export markets, or that have been adversely affected by import competition and can demonstrate that the loan proceeds will improve their competitive position.
  • Connect:  website

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Export Delaware
Delaware Department of State
820 N. French Street,
4th Floor
Wilmington DE, 19801

P: +1 (302) 577-8464
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