Small business grants are in high demand. The U.S. Small Business Administration partners with government organizations to provide grants for small businesses. Grant funding is also available through a number of nonprofits and private businesses. My Founder Story has compiled a list of grant resources from private businesses that support female founders. While we’ve done our best to provide the most up-to-date information, please refer to the grant provider websites for current guidelines.
Amber Grants: WomensNet founded the Amber Grant to honor the memory of Amber Wigdahl, a young woman with big business dreams that were never fully realized. The organization awards 10 grants of $1,000 to women small business owners monthly, and a $25,000 grant annually. Learn more here.
Business for All Grants: Hello Alice aims to provide access to all business owners, but especially women, people of color, military connected, the LGBTQ+ community and persons with disabilities. The organization is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners. Learn more here.
Eileen Fisher Grants: Eileen Fisher, a women’s clothing company and certified B Corporation awards a dozen $10,000 grants to women-owned businesses each year. Your business must be at least three years old and demonstrate a proven commitment to environmental and social change. Learn more here.
The Fellows Program: The Tory Burch Foundation created The Fellows Program with a goal of providing a community of support for women entrepreneurs to connect, learn and grow your business. The 1-year fellowship provides access to educational programs and networking, plus a $5,000 grant to advance your education. Learn more here.
Fueled by Purpose Grants: Since launching in 2018, My Founder Story has donated more than $200,000 in grants and services to womxn. To qualify for a Fueled by Purpose micro grant, you must be a womxn business owner who generates less than $100,000 in annual revenue. Learn more here.
Get Venture Ready Grants: Fearless Fund supports women of color through its 12-month Get Venture Ready program taught by industry experts. Upon completion of the yearlong program, participants have the opportunity to pitch their business for a $5,000 grant. Learn more here.
IFundWomen: IFundWomen has a wide variety of grants available to members, from its monthly “pay-it-forward” grant to larger grants from its generous funding partners including adidas, Unilever, Visa, Barbara Corcoran and Systane, GingerBread Capital, and others. Learn more here.
Red Backpack Fund Grants: The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish the Red Backpack Fund. One thousand grants of $5,000 will be awarded to female entrepreneurs. Learn more here.
Do you know about a grant for women business owners not listed here? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!