Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth partners with Etsy to foster creative local economies

Applications for the 2019 Maker Cities Grant Initiative Now Open

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth partners with Etsy to foster creative local economies

May 20, 2019

We know that creative entrepreneurship is a powerful force, providing supplemental income and jobs to makers while helping to drive local economic development and revitalize cities. Yet, this important community of microbusinesses is often overlooked as an engine of economic development and empowerment.

This year, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth is thrilled to announce our partnership with Etsy to launch the next iteration of Maker Cities. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods and strives to help spread ideas of sustainability and responsibility, creating impact far beyond their own business. We’re proud to partner with a company with shared beliefs around fostering creative local economies.

Since 2016, the Etsy Maker Cities initiative has sought to encourage local policymakers, nonprofit organizations and Etsy sellers to work together and tackle some of the biggest barriers faced by microbusinesses in their community. Over the years, the Maker Cities initiative has supported creative entrepreneurial communities by investing in innovative projects to help traditionally underrepresented groups participate in the creative economy. These programs grow local economies by building local wealth and economic power through entrepreneurial endeavors.

About the 2019 Maker Cities Grant Program

Powered by the Etsy Impact Fund and the Mastercard Impact Fund, and supported by Recast City, the 2019 Maker Cities program will provide grants up to $40,000 to five nonprofit organizations to invest in a year-long economic development project submitted in their application. We are seeking proposals for data-driven, innovative new programming that supports localized, creative economic development and addresses the barriers creative entrepreneurs face related to accessibility, building community, small-batch manufacturing, resource sharing and collaboration.

In addition to $40,000 in direct program support, grantees will receive robust, customized training and support, and access to tools and resources to help them bring their project plans to life.

To learn more about the program, eligibility, and the process, please visit

About the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth focuses on promoting equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. As a subsidiary of Mastercard, the Center leverages the company’s data, expertise and technology along with administering the Mastercard Impact Fund’s philanthropic investments to empower a community of thinkers, leaders and innovators on the front lines of inclusive growth.  For more information and to receive its latest insights, follow the Center on Twitter @CNTR4growth or subscribe to its newsletter.

About Etsy  
Etsy, Inc. is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Our mission is to keep commerce human, and we're committed to using the power of business to strengthen communities and empower people. We connect millions of buyers and sellers from nearly every country in the world. Buyers come to Etsy to be inspired and delighted by items that are crafted and curated by creative entrepreneurs. For sellers, we offer a range of tools and services that address key business needs. Etsy was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York