Having marketing materials, including websites, brochures, business cards, etc. available in foreign languages can be vital to your success in global sales.
To help defray the costs of first-time language translation, Montana STEP grant provides partial reimbursement for foreign language translation of marketing materials.
*Submit your application at least 30 days before the translation service.
- 50% reimbursement of translation expenses, up to $3,000 per language.
Eligible Small Businesses
To be eligible for the Montana STEP grant, you must:
- have been in business for more than 1 year
- meet the SBA’s definition of a small business
- market products that are of U.S. origin or have at least 51% U.S. content
- show in the STEP application your understanding of the costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign purchasers, including the costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers, packing and shipping, etc.
- agree to provide the program with export activities/results from the grant activities
Eligible Expenses *
- Hiring a translator
- Promotional and sales materials (brochures, catalogs)
- Technical specifications, data sheets
- Layout, design, and printing
*If an anticipated cost is not listed above, contact ExportMontana to ensure eligibility.
- Souvenirs, models, imprinted clothing, buttons, gifts, prizes, promotional items, mementos, scholarships, contributions, donations, or similar gratuitous transfers (whether in the form of cash, property, or services);
- Employee or owner salaries or compensation (in-house translations are ineligible);
- Entertainment costs, including meals, alcohol, parties, receptions, mixers, or other social activities, or tickets to shows or sporting events;
- Creation of or supplementing a reserve or contingency fund or account;
- Match or support for any other Federal projects;
- Membership fees or dues in any business, technical, trade, professional, civic, community, country club, social or dining organization (whether in the name of the recipient organization or an individual);
- Fund-raising (including, but not limited to, soliciting funding or contributions or raising investment capital from individuals, public/private organizations, or government entities);
- Lobbying or "grassroots" advocacy activities (including the endorsement or opposition of political parties, candidates, initiatives, referenda, petitions, or the cost of protests or demonstrations) directed at any level or branch of government;
- Indirect costs or depreciation; bid and proposal costs; legal expenses; fines, penalties and mischarging costs;
- Any cost not directly related to international trade development and preapproved by this program
Montana STEP grant is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.