Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

This year, America is celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Between September 15 and October 15, we recognize the generations of Hispanic Americans and their contributions to our society, as well as the group’s heritage and culture.

Benefits.gov honors Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting government benefit programs that may be helpful to that may be helpful to Hispanic Americans and other minority groups alike, including educational, career and business-related programs.  Benefits.gov’s homepage articles, benefit information, and other resources are all accessible in both Spanish and English.

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) provides special research training support to four-year colleges, universities, and health professional schools with substantial enrollments of minorities such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. This program aims to increase the number and of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical research by increasing the research training opportunities for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Minority Access to Research Careers Program.

The MicroLoan Program provides small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses. Under this program, the Small Business Association (SBA) provides funds to nonprofit community-based lenders, which provide loans to eligible borrowers in amounts up to a maximum of $35,000. Applications are submitted to the local intermediary and all credit decisions are made on the local level. For more information, visit the MicroLoan Program.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month, visit HispanicHeritageMonth.gov to learn about facts, heritage history, and celebratory and educational events happening in areas near you. As always, we encourage you to take the Benefit Finder questionnaire to help discover resources you may be eligible to receive. You can also view the benefit detail pages to find easy-to-use tips on how to apply and next steps. We wish everyone a happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

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