Grants Available for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

“Don’t give up, don’t take anything personally, and don’t take no for an answer,” advises Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and award-winning bestseller of Girlboss, a book turned television series describing her experience.

Amoruso and other top women entrepreneurs share their success tips and secrets in a blog article on CreativeLive.com, with lots of great insights. 

Tiffany Angeles, top photographer, business owner, speaker, and coach shares that she felt dead inside working at her corporate job but was too scared to leave. Many women are scared to leave their jobs without having anything to fall back on. Tiffany didn't immediately leave her day job. She started a business on the side, in the evenings and weekends until that income surpassed her income from her corporate job. She has now developed a business with Sue Bryce teaching people to make more money and discover their worth, which has already been attended online by 27.8 thousand students. 

If you're a woman business owner looking for a grant, we list many on our business site, MWBEzone.  

Women who've made it big have started foundations.  Entrepreneur Tory Burch, grants fellowships to women entrepreneurs to participate in her business guidance program. Winners gain access to regular discussions on business topics with designated experts, the other fellows, and the foundation staff. 

Women who are awarded the grant must own a majority stake and manage a "qualifying business," on a day-to-day basis. Qualifying businesses must be for-profit from any industry in the early growth stage (in operation between one and five years), and operating in the United States.  The $10,000 grant is to be used to further their business education. 

The Foundation’s Tory Burch Fellows program chooses 10 fellows annually. The fellowship includes a four-day trip to the Tory Burch campus, located in Jersey City, NJ, where they participate in a series of experiential learning workshops on entrepreneurship and leadership development led by notable experts. The four-day trip culminates with a Pitch Day event where they present their pitch with all the fellows for investors, business experts, and other Tory Burch Foundation affiliates, where the winner of a $100,000 investment in selected. (Half the money is a grant and half is a recoverable grant, which is equivalent to a zero-interest loan). 

Participants also gain access to a new Tory Burch Foundation Online Community. The Foundation's online platform will be a dynamic community of women entrepreneurs leading early and growth stage businesses from diverse sectors across the United States. The primary purpose of the online community is to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and meaningful collaboration. 

Here are just some of the grants for women entrepreneurs currently listed on MWBEzone: 

Grants to USA and Canada Women Entrepreneurs to Start a Business or Grow an Existing Business 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Grants of $1,000 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business. One grant will be awarded each month. One of the 12 monthly winners will be awarded a $10,000 grant at the end of 2018. Funding is intended to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,and IHEs to Apply New Technologies to Global Health Priorities 

Deadline: 4.10.19

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profit companies, agencies, and IHEs for the application of new technologies to help solve global health problems. Health priority areas include outcomes related to infectious diseases, child growth and development, pregnancy and birth, disease surveillance, and research into the development of new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Funding is intended to foster and support impact in global health through innovative uses of emerging technologies.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Filmmakers for Films that Promote Social Justice and Cultural Exchange

Deadline: 06/01/19.

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for film projects that align with the themes of empowerment, social justice, and cultural exchange. Funding is available to both novice and experienced filmmakers for all stages of development, including development, production, post-production, as well as film festival applications. 

Opportunity for USA Female Veterans and Military Spouses or Partners to Attend an Entrepreneurship Training Program

Deadline: Ongoing.

Opportunity for USA female veterans and female military spouses or partners to attend a small business management and entrepreneurship program. This program will equip eligible women with the skills they need to successfully develop and grow a business venture. 

Awards to Nashville, Tennessee Women to Recognize Their Impact on the Music and Entertainment Industry

Grants to Kentucky Women for Training and Career Development

Awards to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Women in Eligible Areas to Recognize Excellence in Business Leadership


To find other grants for women, businesses and nonprofits you might be eligible for, please visit MWBEzone.com or GrantWatch

About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone.

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