15 Best Sites to Search for Small Business Grants
As we mentioned in our article "Why A Grant Is The Answer To A Businesswoman's Funding Needs," grants can be an excellent source of money for women entrepreneurs. The first step to landing a grant is to find the best one for you. We're here to help with this list of 15 organizations that either provide grants themselves or the resources to find them.
Specifically for Women
Men need not apply--these grants are specifically for women!
The Eileen-Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant
Does your business promote sustainable environmental practices? Do you encourage women participation and representation within the community? The Eileen-Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant may be for you!
In honor of Amber Wigdahl--who died at age 19 before realizing her business dream--WomensNet awards $10,000 a month to women entrepreneurs. While there is a small fee to help run the website, the application is easy to fill out so long as you speak from the heart and have passion for your new and future business endeavors.
Ms. Foundation for Women
The Ms. Foundation for Women grants vary in criteria and monetary value, but all support women-ran nonprofits that promote grassroots activism in economic justice, safety, and women's health.
Bell Capital USA
Bell Capital USA invests in women-led businesses in technology and IT fields. They look for products and services that solve a "must have" versus a "like-to-have" problem.
Tory Burch Foundation
Tory Burch's Fellows Program offers $5,000 to up to 50 women entrepreneurs a year. Be sure to sign up for their e-mails to find out when they'll be accepting applications in 2021.
If you make and sell silver jewelry, then this is the grant for you! The Halstead Grant has been awarding $7,500 to up-and-coming artists since 2006.
If none of the above grants work for you, GrantsforWomen.org is another great resource for women entrepreneurs. This site gives you in-depth details about the different kinds of grants available, as well as links to numerous grants specifically geared towards women.
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
While the Institute for Veterans and Military Families doesn't directly give women veterans and women military spouses/partners grants, they do offer V-WISE--a program designed to help women business entrepreneurs get a leg up with starting their dream jobs.
Sharing the Wealth
Men may also use these resources, but each organization encourages women entrepreneurs to apply and promises a fair chance at receiving the grants.
FedEx Small Business Grant
Last year, 12 small businesses won a collective $250,000 from the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Eight of the 12 winners were women-led businesses. Sign up for FedEx's emails in order to be the first to know when the 2021 competition starts.
While 37 Angels consists of women investing in and providing support for new up-and-coming entrepreneurs, they don't limit their aid to just women. Every two months, eight companies will get to pitch their story to investors who usually donate at least $25,000 to those businesses they think worthy.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
The SBIR Program helps small businesses complete research and development of new technologies. Their goals are to increase technological advancements in the private sector that also benefit federal research and development needs. Women and socially/economically disadvantaged individuals are highly encouraged to apply.
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)
The STTR Program is fairly similar to the SBIR Program. However, they put more emphasis on guiding the completed research and development into practical, daily use.
IdeaCafe awards $1,000 a year to new entrepreneurs. Though it's a smaller award, it's great for businesses just getting started.
If you still haven't found a grant that's right for you and your business, you may want to explore Grants.gov for thousands of federal grant opportunities.
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is always a great choice for any entrepreneur to explore when looking for grants and other helpful information. They've even created Women's Business Centers to encourage the continued growth of women-led businesses.
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