Chase Bank and LivingSocial have teamed up to present "Mission: Small Business", a program which will award up to 12 small, local businesses with $250,000 grants.
According to the Mission: Small Business website, small business owners who have been in business for at least two years and have less than 100 employees are invited to apply for a grant for their business.
"Small business owners will be required to tell us why their business is unique, outline a proposed plan for utilizing the Grant to grow their business and describe how the business is involved with its community," the website states.
Consumers also are asked to get involved by clicking the "Support" button at missionsmallbusiness.com to vote for their favorite registered small businesses.
"Each time a consumer clicks to support small business, Chase will add five dollars to the Grant Pool, up to a maximum of $3 million," according to the website.
Each registered small business must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant. The voting period is open through June 30.
At the end of the voting period, small business applicants with 250 votes or more will have their applications evaluated for a grant. Grant recipients will be announced on or before September 15, the website states.