Grants for Entrepreneurs

Find your next grant to grow your business.

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$1,000

American Dream Grant

The American Dream Awards shine a spotlight on small businesses that epitomize the modern American Dream through their innovative solutions, outstanding communi...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000
  • Application Deadline

    April 30, 2024
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The American Dream Awards shine a spotlight on small businesses that epitomize the modern American Dream through their innovative solutions, outstanding community contributions, and commitment to sustainable business practices. These prestigious awards are available to all for-profit businesses operating in the United States. If you become a recipient, you'll receive a package that comprises $1,000 in funding, access to a small business accelerator, media coverage, and various other perks! Feel free to apply for one or more of the categories listed below that align with your business's strengths and values.

The American Dream Awards are open to all for-profit U.S. based businesses.

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$10,000

The FedEx® Entrepreneur Fund

In partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network(GEN), FedEx has launched the second round of the FedEx® Entrepreneur Fund to support ent...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 6, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network(GEN), FedEx has launched the second round of the FedEx® Entrepreneur Fund to support entrepreneurs in the United States by providing them with $300,000 in grants and educational resources. This program is designed to offer entrepreneurs the necessary funding, resources, and networks to enhance the success of their businesses.

Through the FedEx® Entrepreneur Fund, thirty (30) grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to entrepreneurs who have a connection to the military and/or entrepreneurs with disabilities.

To be eligible, small businesses must be:

  • Majority (51%+) owned and operated by entrepreneur(s) with disabilities OR
  • Majority (51%+) owned and operated by military-connected entrepreneur(s) — includes military family members, military spouses, active personnel, or veterans

Other eligibility criteria includes:

  • Maximum of twenty-five (25) employees
  • Annual gross revenues in 2022 of less than $7 million
  • Demonstrated need for funding to support business and serve customers

In 2022, FedEx launched a collaboration with Hello Alice to award $300,000 in grants and help military-connected entrepreneurs and small business owners with disabilities gain access to the funding, resources, and networks they need to help their businesses succeed.

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$2,000
  • Grants for Women

Pure Leaf

Pure Leaf believes “No Is Beautiful.” Nearly 2/3 of moms have questioned their value because they were overwhelmed with doing it all. Household chores, childcar...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Pure Leaf
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Pure Leaf believes “No Is Beautiful.” Nearly 2/3 of moms have questioned their value because they were overwhelmed with doing it all.  Household chores, childcare, and job stresses feel endless, and saying “no” to those responsibilities often comes at a real financial cost. 

That’s why we started the “No” Grants: to give women a little extra financial support to help them say “no” to unrealistic expectations. Last year, as part of our $1 million commitment to dismantle the barriers women face when they say “no,” we partnered with SeekHer Foundation, an organization working to dismantle societal expectations that negatively impact women. We created the “No” Grants, a fund providing short-term support to women who want to say “no” more in the workplace. 

Now, in year two, we also brought in maternal care advocate, author, and mother Elaine Welteroth. With $400,000 in grant funding, we hope to alleviate some of the real financial pressures of motherhood. 

Whether it’s ordering take out, sending out laundry, or getting a sitter on date night, the “No” Grants are designed to give moms the extra help they need, so they can simplify their life. Want to say “no” to doing it all and “yes” to a little extra financial help

  • Grants are subject to applicable taxes 

  • Open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older (19 years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska) as of date of entry, who identifies as a mother.

  • There will be three application periods:  

    1. May 9, 2023 - June 30, 2023

    2. July 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023

    3. September 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023

  • Applications will only be accepted in English

  • You may enter once per application period with a different, unique entry

  • An individual can only be a recipient of one grant

Pure Leaf believes “No Is Beautiful.” Nearly 2/3 of moms have questioned their value because they were overwhelmed with doing it all.

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$5,000

15th Anniversary Entrepreneurship

Submit an engaging pitch of up to 1,000 words highlighting your business and how it would benefit from receiving a $5,000 entrepreneurship grant. Grants will be...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    Cecilia Russo Marketing
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Submit an engaging pitch of up to 1,000 words highlighting your business and how it would benefit from receiving a $5,000 entrepreneurship grant. Grants will be awarded to three recipients for a total of $15,000. 

Must be a new start-up businesses in Georgia

Cecilia Russo Marketing is offering a special opportunity for new start-up businesses in Georgia to join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary!

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

Female Founder Collective x FounderMade Innovation Giveaway

FounderMade and Female Founder Collective have teamed up to award select woman entrepreneurs with the additional funding & resources they need to continue g...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 12, 2023
  • Grantor

    Female Founder Collective
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

FounderMade and Female Founder Collective have teamed up to award select woman entrepreneurs with the additional funding & resources they need to continue growing their businesses through a limited-time giveaway. The grand prize winner will receive a free booth at FounderMade’s upcoming Innovation Show West on 10/19, a one (1) year membership to FFC’s 10th House Community, and a $10,000 grant! Plus, all eligible applicants will receive a 10% discount to attend FounderMade’s Innovation West Show!

  • Grand Prize:
    • One (1) 5 x 8 booth at the FounderMade Innovation Show West (worth $6500)
    • One (1) year membership to FFC’s 10th House Community (worth $619)
    • $10,000 grant*
  • All eligible applicants
    • 10% discount to the FounderMade Innovation Show West

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant business must be a 51% woman-owned company
  • Applicant business must be legally registered, located, and operating within the US
  • Applicant business must be in one of the following categories: Food & Beverage, Wellness, Beauty
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant business must be D2C and product-based

The Female Founder Collective is a network of businesses led by women, supporting women. Our mission is to enable and empower female-owned and led businesses to positively impact our communities, both socially and economically.

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

High Five Grant for Moms

We invite ambitious women who are raising children while growing their company to apply until September 30, 2023! How do I apply? 1) Complete the official appli...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Mama Ladder
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We invite ambitious women who are raising children while growing their company to apply until September 30, 2023! 

How do I apply?

1) Complete the official application below.

2) Share your high five “WHY” behind your business. Please make sure to:

  • Write your “WHY” on your hand and get a picture. Our goal is to help you be confident and clear.

  • Post your picture on a public business Instagram account, Facebook page, or LinkedIn page. It must be a lasting post (not Story) shared during the application window.

  • Tag @themamaladder (grant host) and @loweshomeimprovement (lead sponsor) so we see can cheer you on!

  • Include the #highfivegrant hashtag to share with our community of mom business owners.

For fall 2023, there are four simple requirements:

  • You ARE A MOM! This grant is exclusively for women caregivers with human child(ren) of all ages. If your children are adults, we say: “Once a mom, always a mom.” This grant also welcomes first-time expecting moms, stepmoms, and foster moms.

  • You own at least 50% of a for-profit product or service-based business and are serious about growth.

  • You can verify earning business revenue in the past 12 months.

  • You know the WHY behind your business, and will share it with the world. (See the #HighFiveGrant examples!)

Since 2018, The Mama Ladder has helped mom business owners climb higher with the #HighFiveGrant.

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SMALL BUSINESS, BIG DREAMS: WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHALLENGE

October is National Women’s Small Business Month and BankUnited would like to recognize women-owned small businesses in our communities. If you’re a woman busin...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    September 15, 2023
  • Grantor

    BankUnited
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

October is National Women’s Small Business Month and BankUnited would like to recognize women-owned small businesses in our communities. If you’re a woman business owner in Florida or New York, we invite you to enter the contest by completing the online application form and submitting a 3-minute video telling us about your business and how your business would benefit from $15,000. Ten semi-finalists will be selected from all eligible entries and will have the opportunity to present their business during the first round of judging at a live event in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.

  • Privately owned for-profit business based in either Florida or New York
  • At least 51% owned and controlled by a woman or women who manage the day-to-day operations and make long-term decisions
  • Active, operating and in good standing (must not be under bankruptcy) protection or have judicial liens or attachments)
  • Annual revenue of no more than $3,000,000 for 2021 and 2022 
  • No more than 20 full-time employees on its payroll (sole proprietors are considered as an employee)

BankUnited, N.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BankUnited, Inc., is one of the largest independent depository institutions headquartered in Florida, providing a broad range of consumer and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. 

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$10,000
  • People of Color Grants

Black Women in Food Grant

The Black Women in Food Grant presented by Uber Eats and EatOkra provides $100,000 in grants for Black women-owned food businesses on UberEats. Grants of $10,00...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    Uber Eats and EatOkra
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Black Women in Food Grant presented by Uber Eats and EatOkra provides $100,000 in grants for Black women-owned food businesses on UberEats. Grants of $10,000 will be given to ten enterprises that effectively demonstrate how the funds will catalyze impactful growth.

  • Business must be on Uber Eats 
  • Business must be  51% Black woman-owned 
  • Business must be located in the United States

The Black Women in Food Grant presented by Uber Eats and EatOkra provides $100,000 in grants for Black women-owned food businesses on UberEats.

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$5,000
  • People of Color Grants

NACCP Leslie's Inc. Certification Boost Grant

$5,000 grants will be awarded to deserving entrepreneurs to support small businesses in rural and urban communities across five states and companies led by peop...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    NAACP and Leslie's
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

$5,000 grants will be awarded to deserving entrepreneurs to support small businesses in rural and urban communities across five states and companies led by people of color, women, and people with disabilities, or businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones), focusing on businesses in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas

  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are African-American or otherwise persons of color; or
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women; or
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more persons with a disability; or
  • Have its principal office in a HUBZone (as that term is defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration as of July 1, 2023), have at least 35% of its employees living in a HUBZone, and be: (i) at least 51% owned and controlled by African-American U.S. citizens or otherwise U.S. citizens of color, (ii) a Community Development Corporation whose ownership and control is at least 51% African-American or otherwise persons of color, (iii) an agricultural cooperative whose ownership and control is at least 51% African-American or otherwise persons of color, (iv) an Alaska Native corporation, (v) a Native Hawaiian organization, or (vi) an Indian tribe; and
  • Operate in the consulting and/or food services industries; and
  • Be headquartered in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, or Texas.

NAACP and Leslie's Certification Boost Grant is intended to assist entrepreneurs in obtaining vital business certifications, which are important to facilitate networking, business connections, and draw partnership opportunities with larger corporations and organizations.

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AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund

The AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is designed to benefit Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander-owned restaurants across the country. With the indus...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    September 4, 2023
  • Grantor

    National ACE APPI Strong
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is designed to benefit Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander-owned restaurants across the country. With the industry facing ongoing economic challenges, the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is available to help under-resourced restaurants respond to supply chain disruptions, increased inventory costs, workforce development, and safety for their employees.

  1. The restaurant must be Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian majority-owned (at least 51%); 

  2. Must be based in the United States; (50 states, D.C., and PR)

  3. Must be currently operational; (An exception will be made for businesses affected by the Maui wildfires)

  4. Must be a for-profit business;

  5. Must show proof of their primary licensed activity as “the preparation and serving of food”; 

  6. Operates in a single location;

  7. Cannot be a franchise;

  8. Must demonstrate financial need;

  9. Funds must be used towards growth and expansion of the business;

  10. Must demonstrate community impact (i.e. culture/community, hiring, charitable/philanthropic efforts, etc.);

  11. For grand prize finalists, you must be able to attend our Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on October 12-13. (Flight vouchers and hotel accommodations will be provided via National ACE)

Together with our corporate and nonprofit partners, we are standing up against the racial bias, discrimination, and fear that has plagued our AAPI communities. National ACE is focused on combating the nationwide rise in AAPI bias, harassment, and violence in our small business communities across the country.

 

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$5,000

$5k Skip Growth Grant

Skip is proud to launch it's $5k Growth Grant, powered by Fora Financial. Fora Financial offers term loans, strong working capital financing solutions, and fast...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Skip
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Skip is proud to launch it's $5k Growth Grant, powered by Fora Financial. Fora Financial offers term loans, strong working capital financing solutions, and fast approval times. This grant is open to all small business owners. 

Here's how this program works:

  • To complete your application, you must post on your social media about the grant, tag Skip, #skip5k, and write a caption explaining what you would do with the $5k (more details on application)
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must operate a US-based small business
  • Must have a Skip account and have added this grant to your Funding Assistant
  • Apply by September 30, 2023

Skip Helps Entrepreneurs Go Further

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  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Waves of Change Grant

Waves of Change supports minority, women-owned businesses because they acknowledge that systemic injustices may affect their access, their progress, and their r...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    September 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    Skip
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Waves of Change supports minority, women-owned businesses because they acknowledge that systemic injustices may affect their access, their progress, and their results. They recognize that you are ready to make big waves — and need a circle of support to make it happen.

Here's how this program works:

  • Must identify as a woman of color with an early-stage business

  • Must be at least 18 years old and a US resident

  • Your business makes less than $50,000 annually

  • You need a website and web presence to get your business off the ground

  • You positively impact your community

  • Your goals have been impacted by systemic injustices and these resources would make a huge difference in your ability to bring your business to life

  • You’ve got a product or service that you’re actively trying to sell and grow

Skip Helps Entrepreneurs Go Further

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

Enthuse Foundation 5th Annual Pitch Competition

Five women founders of food, beverage, and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies will be invited to pitch their business live in New York City in front of a p...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Enthuse Foundation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Five women founders of food, beverage, and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies will be invited to pitch their business live in New York City in front of a panel of industry experts.

Grand Prize

  • $10,000 no strings attached cash

  • 20 hours of in-kind business services from Enthuse Marketing

Total prize package = $20,000+

Runner-Up

  • $5,000 no strings attached cash

  • 20 hours of in-kind business services from Enthuse Marketing

Total prize package = $15,000+

Eligibility requirements:
-Food, beverage, or CPG business founder
- At least 51% of business is owned by women
- Company has sales (pre-revenue startups are not eligible)
- Business in operation for less than four (4) years
- Revenue does not exceed $500,000
- Attend the live pitch night in NYC (transportation/lodging stipend available if needed)
- Ability to mail product samples (if chosen as a finalist)

The Enthuse Foundation is a non-profit organization investing in a new generation of female entrepreneurs and cultivating the next generation of business leaders.

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$5,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

CCWC Women of Color Entrepreneur Grant

Corporate Counsel Women of Color will award 5 grants to Women of Color entrepreneurs. Your for-profit business much be established as of January 1, 2020 and hav...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Corporate Counsel Women of Color will award 5 grants to Women of Color entrepreneurs. Your for-profit business much be established as of January 1, 2020 and have over $25,000 in revenue.

Criteria for the CCWC Women of Color Entrepreneur Grant:

  1. The business must operate in the United States.

  2. The business must be established as of January 1, 2020 with a EIN number.

  3. The business is a legal for-profit business. 

  4. The business has generated over $25,000 in revenue since January 1, 2020.

  5. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submitting this application.

  6. The CCWC review committee will review submissions on a rolling basis, and grants will be awarded to winners and finalists in January 2023 and September 2023.

Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) is a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. CCWC has created a program to help women of color entrepreneurs maximize their full potential and connect with successful women of color lawyer-mentors.

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  • People of Color Grants

2023 Beauty Pitch

Welcome to 2023 National Beauty Pitch! The Black Girl Ventures Foundation (BGV), Rare Beauty Brands and JCPenney partnership aims to increase awareness and supp...
  • Grant Amount

  • Application Deadline

    September 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    Black Girl Ventures
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Welcome to 2023 National Beauty Pitch! The Black Girl Ventures Foundation (BGV),  Rare Beauty Brands and JCPenney partnership aims to increase awareness and support of Black and Brown woman founders in the Beauty industry with a large-scale Beauty BGV Style pitch competition.

  • All pitch participants will gain ongoing access to BGV Alumni Benefits, as well as receive access to the BGV Connect incubator and BGV Accelerator Program.
  • Participants will be featured on BGV’s feature supplier network for opportunities with major corporations and partners. 
  • All pitch participants gain access to corporate mentoring, access to the BGV supplier diversity pipeline, funding opportunities, networking, and business referrals.
  • All participants receive funds donated by audience members through BGV’s proprietary pitch competition crowdfunding platform, Raisify and chance to win up to an additional $10,000 

If you are a Black/Brown Woman founder in the Beauty industry who is past the idea-phase, have been in business for at least a year, and is revenue generating, apply to our pitch program TODAY!

 

Black Girl Ventures

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$25,000
  • Grants for Women

Bold Beginnings

Bold Beginnings is for women under 30 with big ideas. Those chosen to attend from across North America share their vision. One leaves with $25,000 - All leave k...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Bold Beginnings
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Bold Beginnings is for women under 30 with big ideas. Those chosen to attend from across North America share their vision. One leaves with $25,000 - All leave knowing they’re capable and believed in, equipped with meaningful support. 

You don’t have to have a fully incorporated company or be finished building/creating your product, but you’ll need to show that you’ve taken action towards bringing to life your clear vision. 

Anyone who identifies as a woman under 30 that currently resides across North America.

Bold Beginnings exists so women with big ideas are empowered to know that they are infinitely capable of creating immense impact in the world and equipped with the golden nuggets of knowledge to bring their visions to life

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$2,500 - $10,000
  • Grants for Women

The Equity Match Grant Program

The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned small businesses in Connecticut The Equity Match Grant Pro...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500 - $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 27, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Women’s Business Development Council
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified women-owned small businesses in Connecticut

The Equity Match Grant Program is designed to help women-owned businesses grow! Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability.

The grant funds cannot be used towards operating expenses (e.g. inventory, on-going marketing expenses, salaries), real estate improvements (e.g. construction costs), reimbursement for past purchases or debt repayment.

Applicants are required to provide a minimum 25% match (see below for more details).

To be eligible, the business must:

– Be 51% or more woman-owned
– Be headquartered in CT, registered in the state of CT and owned by a CT resident
– Have been in business for at least two years before September 27th, 2023 (business must have been established by September 27th, 2021) with a record of sales
– Have a record of annual sales/revenue in last twelve months greater than $25,000 and less than $2,000,000
– Be in good standing with the CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS)
– Have an established business checking account
– Currently utilize a formal, digital bookkeeping/financial system (e.g. QuickBooks, Sage, FreshBooks, Wave Accounting)
– 
Be a for profit business
– Be owned by a woman at least 18 years old

The mission of the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut.

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Beyond Open Round 2

Foundation For The Carolinas has announced program information and applicant support for Round 2 of Beyond Open, a diverse-owned small business grant program ma...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Foundation For The Carolinas
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Foundation For The Carolinas has announced program information and applicant support for Round 2 of Beyond Open, a diverse-owned small business grant program made possible by Wells Fargo’s Open For Business Fund. 

This is the second round of the very competitive grant program. The program expects to award approximately $5 million to more than 150 diverse-owned (minority, woman, veteran, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities) small businesses in amounts from $10,000–$150,000 in Round 2. Beyond Open grants can be used to purchase capital assets including equipment, technology, real estate and inventory. 

Beyond Open is centered on building economic mobility among diverse-owned small businesses in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, with a priority on areas within the six Corridors of Opportunity as identified by the City of Charlotte. These areas have been identified as historically underserved and are the focus of increased investments from the public, private and philanthropic community sectors.

Interested small business owners can access Round 2 eligibility requirements, available grant amounts and allowed uses, a schedule of application information workshops, and a newly created Beyond Open Round 2 Application Guide at beyondopenclt.com. Applicants may complete and submit a Beyond Open Round 2 application from August 1 to August 31. 

Small businesses must meet all eligibility requirements below to apply for and receive a Beyond Open Round 2 grant. 

  • Physically located within one of six Corridors of Opportunity as identified by the City of Charlotte. 
  • 1 - 200 employees.
  • In business for at least one year (since August 1, 2022). 
  • Minimum $30,000 in annual revenue. Maximum $5 million in annual revenue. 
  • If a franchise, must be independent and locally owned.
  • Nonprofits are ineligible in Round 2.

Foundation For The Carolinas inspires philanthropy and empowers individuals to create a better community.

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$50,000

NC Idea Seed

NC IDEA solicits SEED grant applications twice per year, usually in mid-February and mid-August. We typically receive 150-180 applications each grant cycle. App...
  • Grant Amount

    $50,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 28, 2023
  • Grantor

    NCIDEASEED
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

NC IDEA solicits SEED grant applications twice per year, usually in mid-February and mid-August. We typically receive 150-180 applications each grant cycle. Applications from eligible companies are reviewed by the NC IDEA team, investors and other partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Companies are notified of their status and eligible companies receive specific feedback on their application. From each applicant pool, approximately 20-30 companies are selected to progress to the semi-finalist phase. Semi-finalists are given a week to 10 days to complete a “full proposal” allowing them to elaborate on information provided in their original grant application and incorporate feedback from the reviewers. Each semi-finalist also schedules a 15-minute phone interview with NC IDEA. Approximately 10-12 semi-finalists progress to the finalist phase and are invited to pitch. Each company gives a 10-minute in-person pitch followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Ultimately, 5-7 companies are selected and awarded an NC IDEA SEED grant.

**Note: You may only apply to either MICRO or SEED (not both) during a grant cycle.**

  • NC IDEA SEED grants are specifically targeted at companies headquartered in and that conduct a majority of corporate operations in the State of North Carolina. 
  • NC IDEA SEED grants are awarded to innovative companies with proprietary intellectual property or other means of sustained competitive advantage that are solving large problems.
  • NC IDEA SEED grants are awarded to companies addressing large, rapidly growing market opportunities, with a unique value proposition, and on a path to become a multi-million dollar company, have 50+ employees or be investable in 3-5 years.
  • Companies have demonstrated proof of concept (existence of a problem, market readiness and an MVP) and are prepared to leverage a $50K grant to scale the business.
  • Competitive applicants must have at least one full-time founder living in NC.
  • Companies that have revenue in the last 12 months of more than $250K are less likely to be considered.

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster.

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$5,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Breakthrough Program

digitalundivided's BREAKTHROUGH Program, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase's Advancing Black Pathways, provides founders with a deeper understanding of their customer...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 27, 2023
  • Grantor

    digitalundivided
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

digitalundivided's BREAKTHROUGH Program, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase's Advancing Black Pathways, provides founders with a deeper understanding of their customers, startup funding, growth marketing strategies, and networking opportunities to scale their ventures. Each company accepted into the program will receive a $5,000 grant*!

Selected founders will receive:
  • A $5,000 grant*
  • A business mentor
  • A deeper understanding of the tools and resources necessary for establishing banking relationships
  • Sessions with industry leaders focused on growth marketing strategies, customer analytics, and startup funding
  • Access to digitalundivided’s community of Latina & Black women entrepreneurs
  • Business Advisory Sessions with our Entrepreneur in Residence and post-program support

  • In order to qualify for the program, founders must:
  • Identify as a woman
  • Identify as Black or Latina (or both)
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a business registered for at least a year
  • Have majority ownership of an established business with traction
  • Have a technology component incorporated in business (website or mobile app)
  • Generate a minimum of $50,000 annual business revenue

Our goal is to create a greater world where all women of color own their work and worth. Our mission moves the entrepreneurial ecosystem forward, to increase funding, access, and opportunities for women of color in business and innovation.

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$5,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

NAACP and Leslie's Inc. Certification Boost Grant

In an impactful collaboration with the NAACP, Leslie's, Inc. has initiated a grant program aimed at empowering entrepreneurs of color. This program offers $5,00...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    NAACP
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In an impactful collaboration with the NAACP, Leslie's, Inc. has initiated a grant program aimed at empowering entrepreneurs of color. This program offers $5,000 in funding to assist these entrepreneurs in obtaining vital business certifications that facilitate connections with larger corporations seeking partnerships. By acquiring these certifications, entrepreneurs can significantly enhance their prospects of collaborating with renowned companies and government agencies, propelling their businesses to unprecedented heights.

Leslie's, Inc., the largest and most trusted direct-to-consumer brand in the U.S. pool and spa care industry, operates an integrated ecosystem of over 1,000 physical locations and a robust digital platform. Recognizing their influential position in the U.S. pool and spa care industry, Leslie's understands the importance of providing opportunities and essential business connections to small businesses enabling them to elevate their operations and unlock new avenues of growth.

To be eligible, the business must:

  • Be a for-profit business located and registered in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and/or Texas
  • Be majority (51%+) owned and/or operated by a person(s) of color, woman/women, or disabled person(s) 
  • Have been in operation for at least one year.
For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions. Click here to access detailed information about each of the certifications on the approved list.

Our mission is to achieve equity, political rights, and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color.

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$5,000
  • People of Color Grants

Keep it Local Business Fund

The Nextdoor Kind Foundation is partnering with the NAACP for the second year to offer $100,000 in grants and valuable business resources. This collaborative in...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    Nextdoor
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Nextdoor Kind Foundation is partnering with the NAACP for the second year to offer $100,000 in grants and valuable business resources. This collaborative initiative aims to support entrepreneurs of color nationwide in achieving their business goals.

The Nextdoor Kind Foundation believes when many are struggling with daily expenses, that we all have a responsibility as good neighbors to raise our hands to help. The Foundation focuses on microgrants to individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses to support neighborhoods at the hyper-local level.  The Nextdoor Kind Foundation believes small gifts can inspire and empower new leaders across the country, and the world, to deepen our connections to each other and inspire kinder communities. Learn more about the Nextdoor Kind Foundation here.

In addition to funding, recipients will receive public recognition of contributions to their community, participation in events with other recipients to share their entrepreneurship journey, and access to trainings on how to thrive as a small business, including Nextdoor's Recession Playbook. 

To be eligible to enter a business in the Program, you (“Officer”) must be all of the following as of the first day of the Program Period (defined below):

  • Be majority (51%) owned and/or operated by a person of color(s);
  • A legal resident of one of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia; excluding US Territories.
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older (19 in AL and NE).

To be eligible to participate in the program, the business (“Entrant”) must meet all of the following criteria as of the first day of the Program Period:

  • Be a for-profit business;
  • Have less than $1M in 2021 gross annual revenue;
  • Have between 1 – 25 employees (including part-time and contract staff)
  • Have a commitment to the community; AND
  • Have a clear plan for how the funds would help achieve a business goal.

Nextdoor is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can thrive. By bringing neighbors and organizations together, we can cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.

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Cook County Small Business Source 2023 Grant

The Cook County Small Business Source proudly introduces The 2023 Source Grant, which will provide $40 Million in grants to small businesses coupled with no-cos...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 18, 2023
  • Grantor

    Cook County Small Business Source
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Cook County Small Business Source proudly introduces The 2023 Source Grant, which will provide $40 Million in grants to small businesses coupled with no-cost advising and coaching services to help stabilize operations, foster recovery and resiliency, and advance equity in a post-pandemic economy.

Based upon the availability of funds, the 2023 Source Grant program will offer two types of grants based on 2019 gross revenue:

  • Businesses with 2019 gross revenue between $20k-$50k are eligible to receive a grant in the amount of $10,000.
  • Businesses with 2019 gross revenue of more than $50k are eligible to receive a grant in the amount of $20,000.

Important Information:

  • The person filling out this grant application is either: The owner of the business; An individual that has been granted permission by the owner to fill out this application on their behalf
  • All information provided in this application should be true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.
  • Any materially false statement willfully or fraudulently made may render the submitting company ineligible for the program and, in addition, may subject the person making the false statement to criminal charges.

 

Businesses located in Cook County with fewer than 20 full-time employees that were in business prior to 2020 are eligible to apply. The program will prioritize businesses:

  • Located in suburban Cook County.
  • Businesses negatively impacted by COVID in sectors hardest hit by COVID, including Arts & Entertainment; Childcare & Social Assistance; Hospitality, Food & Tourism; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing.
  • $500,000 dedicated to Veteran-owned small businesses.

Helping small businesses become more resilient. 

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$10,000

Venmo Small Business Grant

We started the Venmo Small Business Grant to help small business owners make big things happen - especially those who may face additional barriers to economic g...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 7, 2023
  • Grantor

    Venmo
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We started the Venmo Small Business Grant to help small business owners make big things happen - especially those who may face additional barriers to economic growth. To help level the playing field, Venmo is giving 20 business profile users the money and mentorship they need to reach the next level of success. Special consideration will be given to small business owners from historically underrepresented communities.

What you could receive

  • A $10k grant to boost your business
  • Promotion on Venmo's social channels
  • Mentorship from industry leaders

Who can apply?

  • Venmo business profile users who have
    a business description as well as profile 
and background photos on their accounts
  • Less than $50k in annual revenue
  • 10 or fewer employees

Venmo's mission is to change people's relationships with money and each other. And it's working - people love using Venmo. But we're not done yet. We want to take that magic of sending money with Venmo and sprinkle it into every experience.

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$5,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

$5K Startup Grant for Black Women

We're small, but we’re here to make a big impact. We took $5,000 out of our savings to turn the initial idea of Pepper into a successfully funded Kickstarter pr...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 23, 2023
  • Grantor

    Pepper
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We're small, but we’re here to make a big impact. We took $5,000 out of our savings to turn the initial idea of Pepper into a successfully funded Kickstarter project. Rather than adopting a growth-at-all-costs mentality that usually requires raising venture capital from the very beginning, we hustled for as long as possible so that we could grow our community the way we wanted. Now, we’re giving that $5,000 back every year in the form of a no strings attached grant. But that’s not all: in addition to the grant, we are also committed to providing access to our own networks, resources, exposure, and mentorship opportunities.

The Pepper Startup Grant is specifically for Black women business owners, a dynamic group that has been systematically disenfranchised when seeking to acquire the necessary venture capital funding to expand their businesses. We’re here to change that.

Pepper was inspired by a passion to change beauty standards for women who are overlooked in the bra industry, now we want to help underrepresented Black entrepreneurs kick start their businesses, in their own way.

Eligibility:

  • Business in any industry
  • At least 50% of the business must be owned, controlled or operated and managed by Black or African-American, female or non-binary identifying owner(s)
  • At least 18 years old
  • U.S. resident, and your business must have U.S. legal entity (i.e C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC, Sole Proprietorship, Partnership)
  • Early stage business with less than $500K in external equity financing raised

Pepper was inspired by a passion to change beauty standards for women who are overlooked in the bra industry, now we want to help underrepresented Black entrepreneurs kick start their businesses, in their own way.

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$20,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Antares REACH Grant

The Antares REACH Grant Program, presented in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), will provide $20,000 grants to small businesses, with ...
  • Grant Amount

    $20,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 4, 2023
  • Grantor

    Antares Reach
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Antares REACH Grant Program, presented in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), will provide $20,000 grants to small businesses, with an emphasis on those that have an established product/market fit, have a clearly identified need for growth capital, and are owned by historically underrepresented entrepreneurs.

To be eligible, a business must:

  • Be a for-profit business that is majority (51%+) owned by an individual(s) who is from a historically underrepresented group(s)(HUGs): (Womxn, People of color, Military-affiliated, Persons with disabilities, or LGBTQ+)
  • Have a venture-scalable or venture-viable product or service
  • Have generated a minimum of $25,000 USD in revenue in 2022
  • Complete the Business Health Score prior to application close (the results of the BHS will not impact eligibility for the program)
  • Have a demonstrated need for funding to support growth

Planning success within everyone's reach

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$1,000

July Skip Grant

Want a grant to advance your business? In July 2023, Skip is once again giving out grants to Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. 3 business owners will rec...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 26, 2023
  • Grantor

    Skip
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Want a grant to advance your business? In July 2023, Skip is once again giving out grants to Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. 3 business owners will receive $1,000 grants!

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. based small business owner or entrepreneur 18+
  • Must be subscribed to Skip's YouTube channel
  • Must have a Skip account and have added this grant to your Funding Assistant
  • Enter by July 26th, 2023

Skip helps entrepreneurs go further!

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$15,000 - $25,000
  • People of Color Grants

Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice 2023

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Heinz and The Southern Restaurant for Racial Justice Coalition, we will again be providing grants to Black-...
  • Grant Amount

    $15,000 - $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    The LEE Initiative Store
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Heinz and The Southern Restaurant for Racial Justice Coalition, we will again be providing grants to Black-owned food businesses across the country. Through our partnership, we have been able to provide over 2 million dollars in grants to black-owned businesses. These grants are available to both existing and startup businesses. Our collective intent is to ensure financial support and other resources to sustain long-term business health and success. Because this is about more than saving restaurants; it’s about preserving Black culinary culture today and into the future.

Application closes July 31, 2023 at 12:00am

All applicants will be notified via email of their status once winners are determined in the fall. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding application status or feedback.

Who does qualify:

  • Service based
  • Food service component
  • Prepared and consumed on-site
  • Preferencing: bakeries, restaurants, cafes
  • Brick and Mortars
  • Pop-ups and farmer’s market businesses with established business licenses and histories
  • Food Trucks
  • Catering businesses
  • Must be minimum 50% Black-owned

Who does not qualify:

  • Packaged food product lines
  • Alcohol and spirits companies
  • Grocery or food markets although we will make an exception for markets that have delis, cafes, and restaurants in them

The Black Kitchen Initiative exists to celebrate, uplift, and preserve the legacy of Black food by breaking down the barriers that keep Black voices and cooking out of the American culinary pantheon. The initiative began in 2020, with the support of our partners at the LEE Initiative and Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice (SRRJ), and seeks to connect Black restaurateurs to tangible resources that support the long-term health of their establishments. 

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  • People of Color Grants

Siete Juntos Fund

This year, the Siete Juntos Fund is selecting up to thirteen majority Latina-owned food trucks, bakeries, and eateries (i.e. where the primary purpose is to ser...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 15, 2023
  • Grantor

    Siete Juntos Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

This year, the Siete Juntos Fund is selecting up to thirteen majority Latina-owned food trucks, bakeries, and eateries (i.e. where the primary purpose is to serve food) to receive part of the $200,000 award.

1st place: $50,000
2nd place: $30,000
3rd place: $20,000

$100,000 will be distributed to up to 10 additional recipients, with no business receiving less than $10,000

Eligibility:
- Applicants must own and operate a qualifying business, either independently or with partners and are limited to one (1) application per Juntos Fund application period. Subsidiary and franchise businesses are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants’ businesses must be majority (over 50%) Latina-owned
- Applicants’ businesses must be either be a food truck, bakery, or eatery, where the primary purpose is to serve food.
- Applicants must legally operate their business in the U.S. and must have been in business for at least two years.
- Businesses must also have a annual revenue minimum of $250,000 and a maximum of $2,000,000.
- Award recipients must use funds for a legitimate business purpose. Applicants are required to specifically itemize how they intend to use the award and the positive impact they believe it will have on the success of their business.

The Juntos Fund's goal is to build a more equitable and prosperous future for all by providing the necessary resources and support for underserved communities to thrive.

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$2,500

Capacity-Building Grant Program

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, through the newly formed Franklin Chamber Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building grant program f...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    July 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Franklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, through the newly formed Franklin Chamber Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building grant program for small businesses. This inaugural project of the Franklin Chamber Foundation will award 12 $2,500 grants to local small businesses. 

 

Grant Applications will be available on June 20 and will be open through July 31. Small businesses of 10 or fewer full-time employees are encouraged to submit applications for the grants which may be used for initiatives such as expanding a physical space, online presence or marketing initiatives. Examples of capacity building are: user-friendly online shopping platforms, enhanced point of sale systems, updated websites, increased physical spaces and innovative marketing strategies.

Small businesses of 10 or fewer full-time employees are encouraged to submit applications for the grants which may be used for initiatives such as expanding a physical space, online presence or marketing initiatives. 

The Mission of The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is to sustain and further develop a thriving economy and to enhance our community's quality of life.

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Up to $5,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Emerging CPG Food Brands & Their Founders

The Micro Grants Program supports micro CPG food businesses in Minnesota that are owned by entrepreneurs of color, women, veterans and/or individuals demonstrat...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 19, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Market Entry Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Micro Grants Program supports micro CPG food businesses in Minnesota that are owned by entrepreneurs of color, women, veterans and/or individuals demonstrating socio-economic barriers to equitable participation in business – especially the packaged food industry. Micro-grants of up to $5000 will be awarded. The uses for micro-grants are flexible and open – but we are looking for proposals that have specific and pre-identified uses that can propel the business to the next level – “whatever that next level” may mean for the business. This may be to help address a unique challenge in the industry for the business or a one-time and critical business opportunity that a micro-grant of up to $5,000 can have an important and critical impact.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Micro CPG food businesses in Minnesota
  • Owned by entrepreneurs of color, women, veterans and/or individuals demonstrating socio-economic barriers to equitable participation in business – especially the packaged food industry. 

The Market Entry Fund enables equitable participation in the marketplace by traditionally marginalized and underrepresented entrepreneurs, who are in food production and manufacturing. MEF does this through advocacy, business and technical supports along with micro-grants.

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$25,000
  • People of Color Grants

Rooted in Growth

The amika Rooted in Growth Grant + Mentorship Program powered by SoGal Foundation, aims to support BIPOC women and LGBTQIA+hair entrepreneurs with long-term asp...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 14, 2023
  • Grantor

    amika
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The amika Rooted in Growth Grant + Mentorship Program powered by SoGal Foundation, aims to support BIPOC women and LGBTQIA+hair entrepreneurs with long-term aspirations to succeed in the professional beauty sphere by offering meaningful funding ($25K grant) to provide longevity and sustainability, paired with mentorship and networking with key industry contacts.

 

  • Haircare founder / innovator 
  • Self-identify as a BIPOC female or nonbinary founder
  • Have a legally registered business
  • Plan to seek investor financing in order to scale, now or in the future
  • Have a scalable, high-impact solution or idea with the ambition to be the next billion dollar business

amika x SoGal Foundation

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$10,000

NYC Pride Grant

LGBTQIA+ small business owners are tireless champions of equality and inclusion, values shared and celebrated by Mastercard. With the Heritage of Pride Small Bu...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 16, 2023
  • Grantor

    NYC Pride
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

LGBTQIA+ small business owners are tireless champions of equality and inclusion, values shared and celebrated by Mastercard.  With the Heritage of Pride Small Business Grant Program, brought to you by Mastercard and NYC Pride, LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs will gain access to resources that bring their business dreams to life and empower their communities.

We’ll be awarding three small businesses in the New York City area a $10,000 grant each, digital tools to help grow their business online, and a virtual mentorship session to help them continue to thrive.

Program is open only to individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Non-Binary, and all of the gender and sexual orientations that letters and words cannot yet fully describe) who are at the time and date of entry:

  • Physically located and legal U.S. resident (including D.C.)
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older (or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older)
  • A principal owner of a U.S.-based small business with its primary office located within a 50-mile radius of New York City (which is inclusive of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island)
  • An annual business revenue of three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less in calendar year 2022
  • Business is incorporated or otherwise considered a valid legal entity in good standing in its state of formation

NYC Pride's Pride Gives Back grant program is focused on financially assisting non-profit and community organizations within the local New York metro area looking to create programs/events in the 2023-24 Pride season.

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Up to $100,000

Small Medium Business Growth Fund Program

The Small Medium Business Growth Fund will offer approximately $2 million dollars in total grants aimed to retain, grow and propel innovation in district-based ...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $100,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 21, 2023
  • Grantor

    DC.gov
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Small Medium Business Growth Fund will offer approximately $2 million dollars in total grants aimed to retain, grow and propel innovation in district-based small businesses by supporting large scale capital improvements, critical equipment purchasing, and technological advancements within industries related to green innovation, experiential retail, incubators, immersive entertainment and professional services. 

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded.

  • Must show proof of an active DC-based business license
  • If existing business: The business must be headquartered in DC, independently owned, and operated
  • Must operate out of a physical space (cannot be a home)
  • Have no more than 100 employees
  • Must generate $15 million dollars in revenue or less
  • Must have site control (a lease or a deed)
  • Cannot be a previous recipient of Great Streets Retail Small Business, Locally Made Manufacturing, Neighborhood Prosperity Fund or Small Medium Business Growth Fund
  • Please read the Q&A for a list of Eligible Uses of Funds and Ineligible Businesses
  • Must be one of the 7 eligible business types below:
    • Experiential Retail
    • Professional Services
    • Health Technology
    • Green Innovation
    • Immersive Entertainment
    • Markets*
    • Incubator

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) supports the development, economic growth, and retention of District-based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District's commercial corridors.

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$100,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

The Startup Collective

The Startup Collective by Aveeno offers a remarkable opportunity for Black female-identifying entrepreneurs to win grants of $100,000 and $50,000. Contest start...
  • Grant Amount

    $100,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 13, 2023
  • Grantor

    Aveeno
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Startup Collective by Aveeno offers a remarkable opportunity for Black female-identifying entrepreneurs to win grants of $100,000 and $50,000.

Contest starts at 12:00 AM EDT on 6/16/23 and ends at 11:59 PM EDT on 8/13/23. Visit https://www.aveeno.com/startup-rules for full Official Rules.

Eligibility: 

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S.
  • Age 18+
  • Black female-identifying person and the owner of a US-based small business with a product, brand, or technology that blends science and nature to meet the skin or hair care needs of Black consumers, that is (a) at least 51% owned by a Black female-identifying person or (b) led by a Black female-identifying person who has the role of Chief Executive Officer with an existing Product that meets the skin or hair care needs of Black consumers.

The Startup Collective by Aveeno is an initiative designed to empower Black female-identifying entrepreneurs with a product, brand, or technology that meets the skin or hair care needs of Black consumers.

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Backing The B.A.R.

The NAACP x BACARDI are working together to provide dedicated support to Black-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol service, sales, and hospitality industri...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    NAACP x BACARDI
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The NAACP x BACARDI are working together to provide dedicated support to Black-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol service, sales, and hospitality industries. Backing the B.A.R. is a NAACP initiative that is awarding over $350,000 in acceleration grants, education, support, and entrepreneurship solutions for Black-owned bars, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, liquor stores, and small businesses in the process of applying for a liquor license.

If you are a Black business owner with a liquor license or real liquor license aspirations — and you need financial, educational, or mentorship support, please apply. Grantees will receive a grant of $10,000 dollars. Ideal grant recipients are looking for support in accelerating their business for the future.

  • Must be a Black-owned business (51%+)
  • Must possess a liquor license or currently seeking a liquor license

The NAACP x BACARDI are working together to provide dedicated support to Black-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol service, sales, and hospitality industries

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$20,000
  • Grants for Women

She's Connected

She’s Connected by AT&T is marking a 3-year milestone of showcasing inspiring women who are paving the way for the next generation and to celebrate, we want...
  • Grant Amount

    $20,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    AT&T
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

She’s Connected by AT&T is marking a 3-year milestone of showcasing inspiring women who are paving the way for the next generation and to celebrate, we want to hear your small business story!

Apply today to become a part of the She’s Connected by AT&T community and for a chance to win $20,000 for your small business, along with the full support of the She’s Connected by AT&T platform.

Before proceeding to the application, confirm that you can answer YES to all of the following eligibility questions:

  • Are you nominating a woman-owned business (yours or someone else’s)?
  • Is the business 50 employees or less (small business)?
  • Is the business registered in the United States?
  • Are you or the small business owner that is being nominated 18 years or older?
  • Have you reviewed all Contest Rules & Regulations?

If you can respond YES to all the above, please proceed to the application.

Spotlighting women athletes who are striving to make their dreams a reality in the worlds of sport, business, entrepreneurship and community.

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$10,000

Growth Sustainable Packaging Program

Uber Eats partnered with Visa to create Grants for Growth, a program to provide funding to help businesses move forward and grow on their terms. This year, Uber...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 7, 2023
  • Grantor

    Uber Eats and Vista
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Uber Eats partnered with Visa to create Grants for Growth, a program to provide funding to help businesses move forward and grow on their terms. This year, Uber Eats and Visa are offering small businesses in London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York and Paris the chance to receive a $10K credit for sustainable packaging.

Forty (40) recipients across Los Angeles and New York will be selected based on their demonstrated need and proposed use of sustainable packaging to grow their businesses and serve their communities.

Applicants must meet all of the below criteria to be eligible for this opportunity.

  • Restaurant or food entrepreneur not affiliated with a national brand registered in the Greater New York or Los Angeles area as defined here️
  • Be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico
  • Be 18 or older (19 in Alabama and Nebraska)
  • Have fewer than five locations, 50 or fewer employees per location, and less than $3M in 2022 annual gross revenue️
  • Be an active Uber Eats network partner as of June 1, 2023, with at least five (5) orders through the Uber Eats platform
  • In keeping with its mission, Hello Alice ensures equity in the selection of grantees by monitoring the number of grants awarded to historically underrepresented business owners, defined as women, people of color, military-connected owners, entrepreneurs with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community

Uber Eats partnered with Visa to create Grants for Growth, a program to provide funding to help businesses move forward and grow on their terms.

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  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

2023 PA/NJ Job Creators Quest Grant

The Founders First Job Creators Quest Grant is one of many ways small businesses can apply for the capital needed to grow. As part of our mission to provide con...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    June 26, 2023
  • Grantor

    Founders First CDC
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Founders First Job Creators Quest Grant is one of many ways small businesses can apply for the capital needed to grow. As part of our mission to provide continued education to founders, all grant recipients also receive a scholarship to one of our acclaimed accelerator programs. Grant money can be used as growth capital to hire or rehire premium wage jobs. Cash infusion can be used to purchase, fix or enhance equipment necessary to help manage growth challenges and scale for the future. 

  • Founder identify as one of the following: Latinx, Black, Asian, Women, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, or located in a Low to Moderate Income area

  • Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $5 million
  • Current staff of 2+ employees
  • Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months
  • Must be located in the state of Pennsylvania or New Jersey

The Founders First Job Creators Quest Grant is one of many ways small businesses can apply for the capital needed to grow.

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$50,000
  • People of Color Grants

2023 Ingredients for Success: The Famous Amos Entrepreneurs Initiative

Famous Amos and the National Black Chamber of Commerce return with Ingredients for Success Entrepreneurs Initiative, a national pitch competition awarding three...
  • Grant Amount

    $50,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 25, 2023
  • Grantor

    Famous Amos
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Famous Amos and the National Black Chamber of Commerce return with Ingredients for Success Entrepreneurs Initiative, a national pitch competition awarding three $50,000 grants to Black small business owners. Along with capital, winners will receive resources and tools provided by the NBCC to drive sustainable growth and success.

Open only to entrepreneurs applicants who meet the eligibility requirements:

  1. Business must be at minimum 90% Black-owned

  2. In business for five years or less as of May 17, 2023

  3. Headquartered within the US (excluding Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and other commonwealths, Territories, and Possessions) 

  4. Ownership of the business must be held by owners who are at least 21 years of age at the time of submission of the application. Void where prohibited. 

Famous Amos remains committed to fostering racial equity through the work that we do as a company and our connection to the communities we serve.

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$25,000

America's Top Small Business 2023

We’re searching nationwide for America’s Top Small Businesses. Are you up for the challenge? Enter today for a chance to win our $25,000 grand prize, plus final...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 7, 2023
  • Grantor

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We’re searching nationwide for America’s Top Small Businesses. Are you up for the challenge? Enter today for a chance to win our $25,000 grand prize, plus finalists win a free U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership, an article on CO–, an invitation to our in-person event, and more! The application deadline is July 7, 2023.

To be eligible to apply for the America's Top Small Business Awards, an applicant must:

  1.  Be a legal resident of the United States.

  2.  Be a for-profit business operating for at least one (1) year primarily within the United States.

  3.  Have fewer than 250 employees or gross revenues of less than $20 million for both 2021 and 2022.

  4.  Agree to all of the Award Rules, including potentially attending award ceremony.

The US Chamber of Commerce believes in the ability of American businesses to improve lives, solve problems, and strengthen society.

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2023 Small Business Growth Fund (Round 2)

Hello Alice, in collaboration with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and supported by Etsy and Progressive, is providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    July 21, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Hello Alice, in collaboration with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and supported by Etsy and Progressive, is providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to assist small business owners in accelerating their growth.

 

When small businesses succeed, everyone benefits. Join us in shifting your focus forward in 2023 by leaning into your small business dreams. In partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and with funding from Etsy and Progressive, Hello Alice is awarding small business owners between $5,000 and $25,000 in grants to help accelerate their growth. To be eligible, a business must have less than $1M in annual revenue, a commitment to their customers and community, and a clear plan to use the grant funds. 

 

Applications for Round 2 are open now through July 21, 2023 at 6PM ET. For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions. Have questions? See FAQs

  • To be eligible to enter a business in the Program, you (“Officer”) must be all of the following as of the first day of the Program Period (defined below):
    • an entrepreneur who is the leading executive (i.e. Founder and/or President, CEO, CFO, COO, or any such other similar title) of a business that meets the below business criteria;
    • a legal resident of one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico;
    • eighteen (18) years of age or older (19 in AL and NE).
  • To be eligible to participate in the program, the business (“Entrant”) must meet all of the following criteria as of the first day of the Program Period:
    • Be a for-profit business located and registered in one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico;
    • Have less than $1M in 2022 gross annual revenue;
    • Have a commitment to community; AND
    • Have a clear plan for how the funds would help achieve a business milestone.
  • The potential winners are subject to verification of eligibility by Sponsors, which may include completing associated documentation.

Hello Alice, in collaboration with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and supported by Etsy and Progressive, is providing grants to assist small business owners in accelerating their growth. 

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$100,000

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AWARD

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award of the Cartier Women's Initiative is looking for businesses offering products or services designed to close gaps of ...
  • Grant Amount

    $100,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Cartier Women’s Initiative
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award of the Cartier Women's Initiative is looking for businesses offering products or services designed to close gaps of access, outcome or opportunity for communities that have been underrepresented or underserved. Entrepreneurs across all sectors and geographies are encouraged to apply. While the other regional and thematic awards of the Cartier Women’s Initiative focus on supporting women, this pilot award is open to all genders.

 

Embedded diversity, equity, and inclusion impact: The business should demonstrate that its main purpose is to work towards closing gaps of access, outcome or opportunity for underserved or underrepresented communities. Underserved or underrepresented communities might vary according to geographies. These communities suffer from discrimination based on different dimensions of diversity such as age, gender, sexual orientation, abilities (physical and mental), ethnicity, geographic location or religion. This list is not exhaustive. Gaps of access, outcome or opportunity, as they relate to levels of income/income inequality, are also eligible but the applicant should seek to address they are related to existing discrimination based on internal dimension(s) of diversity. Otherwise, the business would be a better fit for the Regional Awards.

For-profit: The business should be designed to generate sufficient revenue to support its operations and return some level of profit to its owners. Non-profit enterprises are not eligible. That said, the business does not have to be profitable at the time of application.

Early-stage: The business should have a proven business model and be in the initial phase of its development and growth (between 1 and 6 years of licensed/registered operations as of the date of application). This means that businesses applying to the 2024 edition must have been incorporated between June 2017 and June 2022.

Revenue generation: The business should be generating revenue from the sales of its products and/or services for at least 1 year as of the date of application, recurring according to your business cycle. For businesses applying to the 2024 edition, this means that they need to have been generating revenue since June 2022.

Fundraising: The business should not have raised more than US$2 million in dilutive funding as of the date of application. Dilutive funding is any kind of funding that requires you to give away a piece of your company, including not only future profits, but possibly control. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award caps the funds raised in order to ensure that the businesses selected fall within a similar range of development. Please note that businesses that have not raised any external funding are also encouraged to apply.

Leadership: The applicant must fill one of the main leadership positions, for example as CEO, COO, CTO, General Manager, or Managing Director of the business.

Ownership: The business must be majority owned by its founders and team members at the time of application. The applicant must be part of the founding team and must own a share greater or equal to that of each of their co-founder(s). Sole proprietorships are ineligible for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award.

Legal entry age: The applicant must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the application deadline (June 30, 2023).

English proficiency: A good command of the English language is required. We require the Common European Framework of Reference Level B2 or above. This level requires an understanding of the main ideas of complex text, technical discussion in business and your field of specialization, and an ability to interact with fluency and spontaneity with native speakers. English proficiency is important because this is the common language for the Cartier Women's Initiative team, its partners, the jury members and the overall community. Being proficient will allow the fellow to fully participate in the community and in the fellowship. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply, and every effort will be made to include them appropriately.

Time commitment: The applicant must commit to participating in the fellowship program from January 2024 to December 2024. Fellows will be expected to dedicate up to 4 hours/week virtually to the program from January 2024 to May 2024 and up to 2 hours/week virtually from June 2024 to December 2024. In addition to the virtual training, fellows will also be expected to attend one week of in-person training in May 2024. Beyond the fellowship, there are also two days of on-site filming of the fellow and their business in the first quarter of 2024. Fellows will also be required to report their impact for 3 years following the completion of their fellowship.

Application: The applicant should be the author of the application. We accept only one application per business. Furthermore, a business will only be considered for one award, so pick the category where your business fits the best: refer to FAQ. Businesses that submit applications to multiple award categories will be disqualified.

 

The Cartier Women's Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship program that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded by Cartier in 2006.

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  • People of Color Grants

Partner to Empower

Partner to Empower is a program dedicated to helping break down the systemic racial barriers that members of our communities face. We help business owners of co...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 11, 2023
  • Grantor

    Brookfield Properties
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Partner to Empower is a program dedicated to helping break down the systemic racial barriers that members of our communities face. We help business owners of color, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander Americans, open brick-and-mortar stores in our malls by providing:

  • One-on-one business planning and guidance
  • Networking opportunities and resources
  • Funding dedicated to store construction expenses
  • A tailored, four-week Retail Workshop led by industry experts

At the core, Partner to Empower is about furthering equity in retail and increasing access to things every business owner deserves: the joy of entrepreneurship and the power of support.

 

We’re looking for small business owners of color, including but not limited to Black, indigenous, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander Americans, that:

  • Are interested in opening a store within the Brookfield Properties U.S. mall portfolio.
  • Have the correct funding to support their business operations and inventory outside of the funding that the program provides for store build-out expenses.  
  • Want to sign a license agreement — ideally for a minimum of two years.
  • Are available to attend the Retail Workshop, our virtual, expert-led course on all things business and brick-and-mortar retail.

Brookfield Properties recognizes the systemic racial barriers that members of our communities face when starting or expanding their business. We also recognize that business owners of color currently make up a small fraction of business owners in the U.S. At Brookfield Properties, we know that our area of expertise in retail can help address and break down these inequalities in our industry, and that we needed to take action.

Pulling together our expertise, our friends in the communities we reside in, retail industry leaders, and funding, we built Partner to Empower as a commitment to business owners of color so that they can access the opportunities they have the right to pursue. 

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

Female-Founded Businesses

The recipient of the grand prize will be responsible for the tax implications of the winnings. FFC Foundation payments may be considered by the IRS as ordinary ...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 26, 2023
  • Grantor

    Female Founder Collective
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The recipient of the grand prize will be responsible for the tax implications of the winnings. FFC Foundation payments may be considered by the IRS as ordinary income to the individual receiving the grant; please discuss this with your tax advisor.

  • $10,000 Grant Prize
  • Exclusive one-year free access to The 10th House, our membership platform for meaningful connections and highly vetted resources
  • One-on-one mentorship session with Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder of The Female Founder Collective & Founder of Rebecca Minkoff 
  • One-on-one mentorship session with Lisa Mayer, Co-Founder and CEO of Boss Beauties.
  • 10 hours of marketing support from the Boss Beauties team over the course of 1 calendar year
  • The winner will be announced on June 30th

  • Applicant business must be legally registered, located, and operating within the US
  • Applicant must demonstrate quantifiable impact in solutions for mothers, children, and/or families
  • Applicant must be the verified founder of the business
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant business must be service or product based 

 

The Female Founder Collective Inc., in partnership with Boss Beauties Foundation, is honored to announce a $10,000 grant opportunity for female-founded businesses making an impact on the future of parents, families, and children.

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$5,000
  • Grants for Women

Comcast Rise

Comcast RISE is supporting the growth of all small businesses committed to uplifting their local communities. The program is built to help businesses and their ...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Comcast Rise
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Comcast RISE is supporting the growth of all small businesses committed to uplifting their local communities. The program is built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth. This year, Comcast RISE will award 500 recipients in five cities with a grant package that includes business consultation services, educational resources, a monetary grant, creative production, a media schedule, and a technology makeover.

From June 1-30, 2023, eligible small businesses in Baltimore (City of Baltimore), Detroit (Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County), Memphis (Shelby County), Philadelphia (Philadelphia County), and Portland, OR (Multnomah County) can apply for the Comcast RISE program.
 
The Comcast RISE application is composed of two parts:
 
  1. Eligibility Criteria Form (Duration: 5 minutes): This form determines your eligibility to complete the application. 
    Once your eligibility criteria form is submitted, it cannot be changed. If you are deemed ineligible, you cannot move forward with the application process.
  2. Application (Duration: 45-60 minutes, depending on documentation readiness - check FAQs for more info): 
    If you are deemed eligible after submitting the Eligibility Criteria Form, you can start the application in the same form; You can Save your application without submitting it and submit it at a later date. Once submitted, the application cannot be changed. 

  • Open only to eligible small businesses located and operating in one (1) of these geographies (as defined by Comcast via zip codes) in the United States:
    • Baltimore, MD (City of Baltimore);
    • Detroit, MI (Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County);
    • Memphis, TN (Shelby County);
    • Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia County);
    • Portland, OR (Multnomah County);
  • Small business must be owned by an individual eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start of the Program Period that also meets the following eligibility requirements:
    • Person who owns the business is the primary decision maker for, and has been actively engaged in, the day-to-day operations of the business;
    • Owner owns at least 51% of the equity of said business;
    • Business is independently owned and operated and not a franchise location
    • Business has been actively operating for at least three (3) years;
    • Business has been revenue generating for at least the 12 months prior to the Program Period
    • Business does not fall into any of the following categories:
      • Non-profit;
      • Chamber of Commerce;
      • Public or private education provider that participates in the FCCs E-Rate Universal Service Program;
      • Church or Religious Organizations including nondenominational ministries, interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, and organizations whose main purpose is to study or advance religion
      • Political advertiser;
      • Any business related in any way to the growing, marketing, sale, distribution, or use of marijuana or related products;
      • Manufacturer or retailer of drug paraphernalia;
      • Virtual MVPD;
      • Internet Service Provider;
      • Gun manufacturer or retailer;
      • Fireworks manufacturer or retailer;
      • Tobacco/vape manufacturer or retailer;
      • Illegal products or services provider;
      • Adult entertainment company, including, but not limited to gentlemen’s clubs, adult toy stores, adult magazines, and adult programming services;
      • Ride sharing service providers (including independent contractors of ride sharing companies.)
    • Business employs one hundred (100) employees (including full-time and part-time employees) or less;
    • Employees of Comcast Corporation, and each of its respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries are not eligible to enter or win;
    • Employees of EY (Ernst & Young), Hello Alice, Peirce College are not eligible to enter or win;
    • Only one submission per business owner;
    • Business owner has no prior felony convictions, tax-related convictions, or child support delinquency convictions; and
    • Business owner may not currently be serving (either in a full time or part time capacity) as a federal, state, or local government or quasi-government official or employee.
    • Business or business owner who has previously received a Comcast RISE monetary grant, consultation, media, creative production, or technology makeover is not eligible

Comcast RISE is supporting the growth of all small businesses committed to uplifting their local communities. The program is built to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth.

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$5,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Business Impact Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the Publish Her Business Impact Grant (BIG) program for women of color business owners. With support from community part...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Publish Her
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Applications are now being accepted for the Publish Her Business Impact Grant (BIG) program for women of color business owners. With support from community partner BankCherokee, Publish Her will award a $5,000 grant to a woman of color whose business is making a difference in the lives of others and the world.

The application process begins in June and goes through August. Ten qualifiers will be selected and highlighted by Publish Her and BankCherokee during the month of September, and the public will have an opportunity to vote for the winner. The grant will be awarded in celebration of National Women's Business Owners Month in October.

Timing:

  • June 1-August 31, 2023 – Grant applications accepted
  • September 2023 – Grant qualifier announcement and public voting
  • October 2023 – Grant winner announcement

Please be sure you meet ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA before submitting a grant application. To qualify:

  • You must be a legal resident of the U.S., 21 years of age or older, and a woman of color business owner.
  • Your business must be 100 percent women-owned, a legally established business entity in the U.S. (established for one year or more), and generate $50,000 or more in annual revenue.

If selected as one of 10 qualifiers, you must be willing to submit a two-minute video about your business and its impact, and encourage the public to vote for you.

Publish Her is dedicated to providing resources to female-identifying business owners and authors. Since 2018, more than $250,000 in grants and services have been awarded to women.

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$2,500

Leave Your Mark

The Leave Your Mark x Norby Brand Builder Grant is a $2,500 grant available to brand builders, small business owners, and side project hustlers. The grant is ai...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    June 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Leave Your Mark x Norby Brand Builder
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Leave Your Mark x Norby Brand Builder Grant is a $2,500 grant available to brand builders, small business owners, and side project hustlers. The grant is aimed at helping the lucky recipient achieve their marketing and business goals with funding, expertise, and tooling to unlock new opportunities. 

Available to brand builders, small business owners, and side project hustlers.

 

Aliza is an award-winning marketer, bestselling author, podcaster, personal branding expert, and the founder of LEAVE YOUR MARK, a multimedia brand, consultancy and community. With over two decades of expertise in marketing, communications, and digital strategy in the fashion industry, Aliza advises businesses and individuals on brand building. Her new book, On Brand: Shape Your Narrative. Share Your Vision. Shift Their Perception. provides a comprehensive roadmap to building a personal brand. Aliza's services can help individuals get their name dropped in rooms they're not in and be considered for opportunities that others may not have heard of yet.

 

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2023 Assistance to Small Businesses Grant

Grant funding is for small businesses that were impacted by the COVID pandemic and need help in post pandemic recovery. Grants of up to $45,000 will be awarded ...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    The City of Spokane
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Grant funding is for small businesses that were impacted by the COVID pandemic and need help in post pandemic recovery. Grants of up to $45,000 will be awarded to small businesses that can show a decline in gross revenue or show increased expenses equal to or greater than the $45,000 grant amount. Additionally, businesses who started operations in 2020 or 2021 are eligible for grants of up to $15,000.

To be eligible, applicants must:

• Meet the qualifications for a “Small Business” 

• Business must have been in operation during the 2019 calendar year to qualify for Revenue loss or Increased Expense.

• Principal place of business must be within the City limits of Spokane.

• Be licensed to do business in City of Spokane.

• Have annual average revenue of less than 1,000,000 in the years of 2018-2021.

• Have been disproportionately impacted and/or operating or serving those in economically distressed census tracts within the City of Spokane. See: Qualified Census Tracts

• Not a licensed marijuana operation.

• Show Gross Business Revenue and Operational expenses 2018-2021 *2018 optional.

• Disclose all covid relief funding applied for and/or received.

• Nonprofit organizations are excluded from this NOFA.

Additionally, applicants must be able to meet the City contracting requirements, such as:

• Audit and financial requirements if applicable.

• Business licensing requirements • Possess an active Unique Entity ID (generated by SAM.gov)

• Not be debarred within the last 5 years. (see Agreement Terms section)

Full eligibility can be found here!

The City of Spokane works to deliver efficient and effective services that facilitate economic opportunity and enhance quality of life.

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$2,000

Matlacha Hookers Hurricane Ian Small Business Grants

After Hurricane Ian, The Matlacha Hookers Inc. adopted a GoFundMe for hurricane relief and then continued to raise funds for the Greater Pine Island area. The o...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 23, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Matlacha Hookers Inc.
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

After Hurricane Ian, The Matlacha Hookers Inc. adopted a GoFundMe for hurricane relief and then continued to raise funds for the Greater Pine Island area. The organization strives to make a positive difference in our community and has decided to use a portion of the money raised for hurricane relief and rebuilding for the locally owned and operated businesses of the Greater Pine Island area, dedicating $20,000 for this grant opportunity.

 

Location visits will be selected at random. Questions on the application must be completed in their entirety. If you are missing any of the required information on the application or do not include the necessary supporting documents, your application will not be eligible to move to the ranking round. If you are chosen as a recipient, we will request that you submit a narrative on how the grant made a positive difference in your business. The applicant agrees that this narrative may be published and shared to promote the Matlacha Hooker Hurricane Ian Grant Program and Greater Pine Island rebuilding initiatives.

 

Each Business chosen will receive a $2,000 grant. Ten (10) businesses will be chosen.

  • Locally owned and operated businesses in the Greater Pine Island area. This is for small businesses. Non-profit or social clubs are not eligible.
  • Open and operating at least one year prior to Hurricane Ian (9/28/2022) – must provide Sunbiz annual report for 2021 and 2022.
  • Currently open for business

The Matlacha Hookers Inc. is a local 501c3 Non-profit organization established in 1998 with approximately 200 current members. After Hurricane Ian, the group adopted a GoFundMe for hurricane relief and then continued to raise funds for the Greater Pine Island area.

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Microgrants for Technology and Equipment

A grant for minority-owned businesses or nonprofits to help purchase technology (such as laptops, cameras, and software) or business equipment (such as tools an...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Miami Open for Business
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

A grant for minority-owned businesses or nonprofits to help purchase technology (such as laptops, cameras, and software) or business equipment (such as tools and cleaning equipment). The selected business will receive between $100 - $20,000. 

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2023. There will be another round of funding in 2024!

Who's eligible: 

  • Minority-owned small business owners or nonprofits in Miami-Dade.
  • Earn less than $1 million in annual revenue.
  • Have been in operation for at least two years.
  • Good financial standing.
  • You don't have to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

The Miami Foundation, established in 1967, is a local community foundation devoted to building our philanthropic, civic, and leadership backbone. The mission of the foundation is to create a stronger, more equitable, more resilient Greater Miami.

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$5,000

Index Small Business Sweepstakes

Index exists to help small businesses succeed by helping them communicate more clearly, quickly, and efficiently with customers. This month, in celebration of S...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Index
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Index exists to help small businesses succeed by helping them communicate more clearly, quickly, and efficiently with customers.

This month, in celebration of Small Business Month, we want to help in a different way by giving one lucky small business $5,000!

The winner will get $5,000 in cash to use toward their business in any way they see fit — whether to invest in branding, marketing, equipment upgrades, inventory, or even just cash reserves for a more stable footing.

To enter, simply fill out the entry form below. Tell us a little bit about your business and what you would do if you won the big prize. After you submit, keep an eye out for ways to earn additional entries. Note max is 5 entries per business. The sweepstakes ends May 31. The winner will be announced on July 16.

To enter, simply fill out the entry form below. Tell us a little bit about your business and what you would do if you won the big prize.

Index exists to help small businesses succeed by helping them communicate more clearly, quickly, and efficiently with customers.

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$1,000
  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

HerRise MicroGrant

The HerRise Micro-Grant provides financial assistance, with the help of our corporate sponsors and donors, to Women of Color creating innovative solutions that ...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000
  • Application Deadline

    December 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    HerSuiteSpot
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The HerRise Micro-Grant provides financial assistance, with the help of our corporate sponsors and donors, to Women of Color creating innovative solutions that impact their community and that are often unable to secure funding for their small business. Each month a $1,000 micro-grant will be awarded to a small business owner.

 

Small business grants are useful for financing a particular small business need. Past recipients used their growth grants for computers, equipment, marketing materials, software purchase, website creation and more 

 

Women of Color are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. Yet, they face the greatest obstacles when scaling our businesses.

 

There is a $10 administration fee payable via secure checkout.

Who Should Apply:

  • Businesses 51% owned by women of color 
  • Businesses currently registered in the US
  • Non-profits, franchise, direct seller, authorized reseller or independent consultant not eligible

HerSuiteSpot raises money to help Women of Color entrepreneurs gain access to the coaching, community and capital they need to take their businesses to the next level.

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$25,000
  • People of Color Grants

Driving Small Business Forward

The Progressive® Driving Small Business Forward fund program will provide $25,000 towards a commercial vehicle to 10 Black-owned small businesses. Progressive C...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Progressive® Driving Small Business Forward fund program will provide $25,000 towards a commercial vehicle to 10 Black-owned small businesses.

Progressive Commercial is the #1 commercial auto insurer in America1 and is committed to serving small businesses. Multiple studies have shown how inequities have made it harder for Black entrepreneurs to access capital. This program aims to alleviate this challenge.

Applicants must meet all of the below criteria to be eligible for this opportunity.

  • Be a for-profit business majority (51%+) owned and operated by a Black-identifying entrepreneur(s)
  • Have 10 or fewer employees and less than $5M in annual gross revenue
  • Have a demonstrated need for a qualifying commercial vehicle to run your business and a clear plan for growth as a result of this vehicle purchase.
  • Not be an independent contractor whose primary business is for a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft, or third-party food delivery such as UberEats, DoorDash, PostMates, Grubhub, Instacart, etc.
  • No purchase necessary. 18+, US only

The Progressive® Driving Small Business Forward fund program is in partnership with Hello Alice

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$5,000

Caress Dreams Fund

As the founding partner of IFundWomen of Color, Caress has provided $2,285,000 to fund, support, and elevate Women of Color founders since 2020. This year, Care...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    iFundWomen
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

As the founding partner of IFundWomen of Color, Caress has provided $2,285,000 to fund, support, and elevate Women of Color founders since 2020. This year, Caress is continuing their commitment to diverse entrepreneurs by awarding $5,000 grants, annual coaching memberships, and a seat in the award-winning IFundWomen Method Crowdfunding Accelerator to 12 deserving applicants. 

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to any natural person of any gender who meets all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The entrant is a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia;
  • The entrant is at least the age of majority (18 years old in most U.S. states, 19 in NE and AL, and 21 in MS) at the time of entry;

  • Residents of Puerto Rico and Guam are not permitted to enter or win. 

  • Sponsor, Administrator, their advertising and promotion agencies, the prize providers, any other company or organization involved with the design, sponsorship, or operation of the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Sponsor Parties”), and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are NOT eligible to enter the Contest. "Immediate family members" shall mean a person’s spouse and a person’s and their spouse’s parents, stepparents, legal guardians, children, stepchildren, siblings, and stepsiblings, and each of their respective spouses. "Household members" shall mean those people who share the same residence, whether or not related.

IFundWomen • Caress Dreams Fund Grant Program

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$10,000

eBay Up & Running Grant

The eBay Up & Running Grants program will award 50 eBay business sellers with grant packages of $10,000, including cash, eBay education and coaching, and mo...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 9, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The eBay Up & Running Grants program will award 50 eBay business sellers with grant packages of $10,000, including cash, eBay education and coaching, and more. This year, eBay is expanding its grant with an additional stipend worth up to $500 for each grantee to apply to eBay Refurbished office equipment, technology and tools to keep their small businesses up and running.

Applicants must meet all of the below criteria to be eligible for this opportunity.

  • Be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico
  • Be 18 or older (19 in Alabama and Nebraska)
  • Be either a new eBay seller who joined between July 26, 2022, and April 26, 2023, or an established seller with a strong seller rating
  • Not a recipient of any previous rounds of the eBay Up & Running Grants

In partnership with Hello Alice, eBay is awarding more than $500,000 in grants

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$10,000

Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

Disasters are unpredictable — but critical support shouldn’t be. The average small business loses $3,000 every day they remain closed due to a natural disaster....
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 29, 2024
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Disasters are unpredictable — but critical support shouldn’t be. The average small business loses $3,000 every day they remain closed due to a natural disaster. To help restaurants recover in times of critical need, DoorDash has partnered with Hello Alice to create the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports restaurants impacted by natural disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes, and provides relief through $10,000 grants.

Applicants must meet all of the below criteria to be eligible for this opportunity. Please note: A partnership with DoorDash or Caviar is not required or considered.

  • Be a restaurant located and registered in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • Be experiencing hardship due to a state-or federally-declared natural disaster.
  • Operate a brick-and-mortar location.
  • Own a maximum of three locations, and employ fewer than 50 employees per location
  • Have been open for at least six months.
  • Have revenues of $3M or less per location in the last 12 months.

There are four application rounds: 

  • May 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
  • July 5, 2023 - September 29, 2023
  • October 2, 2023 - December 31, 2023
  • January 2, 2024 - March 29, 2024

Through the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, DoorDash hopes to reduce the financial burden imposed on small businesses

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Small Business Grant

To apply for a Small Business Grant, you must have an Amazon Business account and be signed into your Amazon Business account. If you are not signed in or do no...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    May 21, 2023
  • Grantor

    Amazon
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

To apply for a Small Business Grant, you must have an Amazon Business account and be signed into your Amazon Business account. If you are not signed in or do not have an Amazon Business account, then you will not be able to see the "Apply now" button above the "Frequently asked questions" section.

  • 1 Grand Prize Recipient
  • 4 Finalists
  • 10 Semi-finalists

  • Existing Amazon Business Customers
  • Business must be self owned by a US resident with head quarter location in US and must be 18 years or older
  • Have annual revenue of less or equal to $1,000,000
  • One entry per Amazon Business Account
  • Completed application in full and have reviewed the terms and conditions

Amazon Business teamed up with Entrepreneur.com for their Small Business Grant

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National Pride Grant for LGBTQIA+ Small Businesses

The LGBTQIA+ National Grant provides eligible small businesses the chance to receive one of 25 grant packages totaling $25,000. Founders First is committed to i...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    June 7, 2023
  • Grantor

    Founders First CDC
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The LGBTQIA+ National Grant provides eligible small businesses the chance to receive one of 25 grant packages totaling $25,000. Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses generating over $1 million dollars in revenues. 

Based on stage of growth and need, explore options for developing and acquiring a brick-and-mortar property to expand your business.

  • Complete full application which includes information about your business and a short 1-3 minute pitch video.
  • Minimum of 1 year in business
  • 2 or more full-time employees
  • Have an active U.S. based business
 

Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses generating over $1 million dollars in revenues.

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$2,500+

VELA Micro Grant

VELA is now accepting applications for its 2023 Micro grant program. Micro grants provide fast funding for everyday entrepreneurs – students, parents, educators...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500+
  • Application Deadline

    October 6, 2023
  • Grantor

    VELA
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

VELA is now accepting applications for its 2023 Micro grant program. Micro grants provide fast funding for everyday entrepreneurs – students, parents, educators, and community leaders – who are building unconventional learning ecosystems within their communities. Eligible applicants can apply for $2,500 or $10,000. Approved grant recipients are welcomed into VELA’s fast-growing community of thousands of out-of-system innovators nationwide. As homeschooling, microschooling, and other out-of-system options are emerging nationwide, interest in unconventional options is growing among families, and everyday entrepreneurs are mobilizing to serve this increased demand. Since 2019, VELA has made nearly 2,000 Micro grants, and demand for Micro grants increases each round.

  • Entrepreneurs that provide resources, support, and guidance to families participating in out-of-system learning, or contribute to knowledge sharing and collaboration among entrepreneurs in the out-of-system space are encouraged to apply.
  • Entrepreneurs who offer content, infrastructure supports, resource platforms, and other programming utilized in unconventional, out-of-system learning environments are encouraged to apply.
  • Entrepreneurs operating unconventional learning environments for out-of-system learners not enrolled in public, charter, or traditional private schools (micro school, learning pod, homeschool co-op, unschool, or any other setting that serves as the primary learning environment) are encouraged to apply. Please note: programs that offer supplemental activities for learners enrolled in traditional schooling, like after-school enrichment and mentorship programs, do not qualify for VELA Micro grants.

VELA is a national nonprofit fund that launched in 2020. VELA invests in everyday entrepreneurs – students, parents, educators, and community leaders – who are envisioning new approaches that meet learners’ and families’ needs.

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Small Business Month

This month, in celebration of Small Business Month, we want to help in a different way by giving one lucky small business $5,000! The first few years of any bus...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    index
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

This month, in celebration of Small Business Month, we want to help in a different way by giving one lucky small business $5,000! The first few years of any business are always the hardest, so we hope this prize can help the winner achieve long-term success.

To enter, simply fill out the entry form below. Tell us a little bit about your business and what you would do if you won the big prize. After you submit, keep an eye out for ways to earn additional entries. Note max is 5 entries per business. The sweepstakes ends May 31. Winner will be announced on July 16.

Index exists to help small businesses succeed by helping them communicate more clearly, quickly, and efficiently with customers.

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  • People of Color Grants

BREAKTHROUGH

BREAKTHROUGH is the newest program from digitalundivided in partnership with JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways. This is a national program to support fo...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 22, 2023
  • Grantor

    digitalundivided
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

BREAKTHROUGH is the newest program from digitalundivided in partnership with JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways. This is a national program to support founders and their businesses as they break through barriers in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Each company accepted into the cohort will receive a $5,000 grant. Breakthrough empowers innovative Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs to accelerate their revenue past the 5-figure mark and scale their businesses.

 
 

In order to qualify for BREAKTHROUGH, you must:
• Identify as Black or Latina woman
• Have an established business in the Oakland/ Bay Area that has been registered for at least 1 year
• Have majority ownership of an established for-profit business with demonstrated traction
• Have a technology component to your business (website or mobile app)
• Generate a minimum of $50,000 annual business revenue

digitalundivided leads the global culture shift toward inclusive innovation through powerful, impactful, and unmatched thinking on topics ranging from accessing untapped reservoirs of innovation to creating a women-centered workplace.

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$20,000
  • People of Color Grants

TL Effect Mentorship Program

Started in 2020 to help encourage & support start-ups led by women of color, we choose one recipient every year to receive a $20k grant. Plus, brand amplifi...
  • Grant Amount

    $20,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 3, 2023
  • Grantor

    ThirdLove
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Started in 2020 to help encourage & support start-ups led by women of color, we choose one recipient every year to receive a $20k grant. Plus, brand amplification, business & financial advice from our founders, and close mentorship by our ThirdLove teammates in their area of expertise.

 

In order to qualify for The TL Effect, you must be a woman of color who has founded a consumer-focused, early stage start-up that has an existing product or service, has not received venture capital funding, and is based in the United States. We want to cast a wide net for this search and welcome applicants from all 50 states!

ThirdLove created this 3-month program as a launching pad for building brand awareness and elevating start-ups through grant access, office space, and invaluable mentorship and fundraising advice from our own DTC thought leaders. 

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  • Grants for Women
  • People of Color Grants

Transform Business Grant

The TRANSFORM Business Grant supports entrepreneurs in systemically oppressed groups. Each grantee receives $1,000 to invest in their business or business idea....
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 20, 2023
  • Grantor

    Transform
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The TRANSFORM Business Grant supports entrepreneurs in systemically oppressed groups. Each grantee receives $1,000 to invest in their business or business idea. Grantees also participate in a customized, year-long business strategy and development program.

The TRANSFORM Business Grant is designed to support individuals in systemically oppressed groups who are making social impact and demonstrate financial need. This includes, but is not limited to, BIPOC individuals, individuals who have a disability, formerly incarcerated individuals, and queer, trans, and nonbinary folks.

 At this time, The TRANSFORM Business Grant is only open to applicants in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Individuals and teams/groups are welcome to apply.

Preference is giving to individuals who demonstrate financial need, which we define as not being able to get the things you need with the resources that you have. We understand that financial need is going to look different for everyone.

Grant cycles this year are in March and August. Applications may be submitted between February 20th-March 20th for March review and July 20th-August 20th for August review. Applications submitted outside these windows will not be reviewed. This change is to ensure we are reviewing current needs for your business/idea.


 

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  • People of Color Grants

Fearless Strivers Grant Contest

Black women-owned businesses are vital to our economy yet receive less than one percent of venture capital funding. Fearless Fund is deepening its commitment to...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Fearless Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Black women-owned businesses are vital to our economy yet receive less than one percent of venture capital funding. Fearless Fund is deepening its commitment to this community with the launch of the contest.

With Mastercard prizing,  eleven lucky small businesses across the country will receive $10,000 grants, digital tools to help them get and sustain their business online, and Priceless one-on-one mentorship so they can continue to bolster their business. Don’t miss your chance! Complete your entry form for your chance to win.

The Fearless Strivers Grant Contest is open only to Black females who are at the time and date of entry:

  • Legal U.S. residents (including D.C.);
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older (or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older) (which is eighteen (18) in most states, but is nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, and twenty-one (21) in Mississippi); and 
  • Principal owner of a U.S.-based small business, as described below (referred to herein as, “Entrants”). 

For the purpose of this Contest, a small business means a business with annual revenue of three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less in the calendar year 2021, who are authorized signing officers at said business, and whose business is physically located in the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia and is incorporated or otherwise considered a valid legal entity in good standing in its state of formation as of 2/10/22.

For purposes of the Contest, a ‘small business can be organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal entity that employs no more than fifty (50) individuals on a full or part-time basis. 

Officers, directors, and employees of Fearless Fund (“Sponsor”), Mastercard International Incorporated ("Mastercard"), teamDigital Promotions, Inc. (“Administrator”) and their respective parent companies, divisions, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective agents, advertising, promotional and judging agencies of each of the foregoing, and any other entity or persons that develops, produces or distributes materials for or related to this Contest (collectively, the “Released Parties”), and members of the immediate families (defined for these purposes as including a spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and each of their respective spouse) or households (whether legally related or not) of any of the above, are NOT eligible to enter or win this Contest.

The Contest is void in U.S. territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law.

Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Mastercard is not responsible for the promotion, administration or execution of this Contest.

Fearless Fund invests in women of color-led businesses seeking pre-seed, seed level, or series A financing.

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  • Grants for Women

Embracing Equity Grant

Women’s empowerment business grant up to $10,000 in funding. How to apply: Submit your form application Following submission of this form, an email containing y...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    FinImpact
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Women’s empowerment business grant up to $10,000 in funding.

How to apply:

  • Submit your form application 
  • Following submission of this form, an email containing your specific voting link will be sent to you. This voting link is essential for step 3.
  • Post the following information on your company's Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn page (do not use a story as your submission post; doing so will result in disqualification):
  • #FinimpactGrant4Women and your special voting link that you were sent to your email (or with your link in your Instagram bio) - This crucial step enables our team to see your post.
  • Please State:
    • What your business does (up to 50 words)
    • How you plan to use the prize money (up to 50 words)
  • Share your post to your followers and customers and ask them to vote for your business. Individuals can only vote for a business one time. The post can either be written or a video, though videos are strongly encouraged!

To be considered for the grant, the applicant and their business must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Women-run and women-owned impact-driven businesses: 
    • At least one of the business’s founders must be a woman 
    • Or a woman/multiple women must be the largest shareholder(s) of founder equity (not total equity) in the business or own a share at least equal to that of her/their male co-founder(s) 
    • Or own a share at least equal to that of her/their male co-founder(s).
  • The business has fewer than 99 employees (Sole Proprietorships or Individually Owned LLC’s are considered employees.)
  • The applicant must fill one of the main leadership positions, for example:CEO, COO, CTO, General Manager, or Managing Director of the business.
  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the application deadline (April 30, 2023).
  • The Applicant must be an American Citizen. 
  • The Applicant must have a good command of the English language both verbal and written.

Finimpact is a free service that offers entrepreneurs and business owners the quickest, smoothest, and most reliable route to financing.

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$2,500+

Jobber Grant

You take pride in the work you do, and we want to recognize your accomplishments and accelerate your plans for the future. We have 25 grants to award to every t...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500+
  • Application Deadline

    June 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    Jobber
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

You take pride in the work you do, and we want to recognize your accomplishments and accelerate your plans for the future.

We have 25 grants to award to every type of home service professional and invite business owners to apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000, whether you're just starting out or you're an experienced business owner.

Any home service business owner or aspiring business owner 18 years old or older, residing in the U.S. and Canada, excluding Québec.

Jobber builds award-winning operations management software for home service businesses

 

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  • Grants for Women

DWEN Dream Tech Contest

The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) connects female entrepreneurs around the globe with networks, knowledge and insight that gives them power to do mor...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    April 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Dell
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) connects female entrepreneurs around the globe with networks, knowledge and insight that gives them power to do more. Through DWEN, Dell Technologies empowers female founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and their vision through the power of technology, expansion of their personal networks and access to capital.

The application cycle is open from March 3, 2023 through April 30, 2023, ultimately wrapping in June with Dell technology awarded to three DWEN members. Our grand prize winner will win up to $40K in Dell technology, second place $15K, and third place $5K. But that’s not all, this year we are expanding our offering and partnering with the Dell Grants Support Program, and each applicant will benefit from visibility into other funding for technology that is available through a hosted interactive webinar. Top 40 finalists will also receive a Custom white paper and 4 lucky finalists will have a Consult with the Grants Advisors

 

Who can enter the DWEN Dream Tech Contest?
  1. The contest is for DWEN members. By applying to the DWEN Dream Tech Contest, you will automatically become a DWEN member!
  2. Must have an existing business with up to 100 employees registered within the US
  3. Business is female founded / co-founded or woman owned / co-owned

In partnership with Microsoft, we’ve officially launched our 3rd annual DWEN Dream Tech Contest, in pursuit to help scale three lucky winners through the power of technology. Let us hear it! We want to know how your business is unique, impactful or game-changing. Tell us about your business objectives and how you plan to meet them! 

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  • People of Color Grants

Latino Founders Fund

The Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund provides $150,000 cash awards — without giving up equity in return — and hands-on support to help Latino entreprene...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    March 29, 2023
  • Grantor

    Google
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund provides $150,000 cash awards — without giving up equity in return — and hands-on support to help Latino entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses in the US. In addition to non-dilutive capital and up to $100,000 in Google Cloud credits, recipients also receive hands-on mentorship from Googlers, along with other resources such as sales training, investor prep, mental health therapy, and community offerings at no cost.

Startups are eligible if they are based in the US, have raised less than $5M at the time of application, have a full-time founder/cofounder who identifies as Black or Hispanic/Latino (30% or more of the business must be  Black/LatinX-owned at the time of application), are post-revenue, and demonstrate traction (sales, monthly active users, beta sign-ups, revenue).

You will not be considered if:

  • Your application is missing required information.
  • You do not have a full-time founder or cofounder who identifies as Black or Hispanic/Latino.
  • Startup is pre-revenue
  • We cannot view your video (see above for video best practices).
  • We cannot access your pitch (see above for pitch deck best practices).

 

The Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund provides $150,000 cash awards — without giving up equity in return — and hands-on support to help Latino entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses in the US.

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Argyle, TX: Small Business Grant

The Town of Argyle Small Business Grant is a new program that will provide financial support in the form of grants to small business owners in Argyle that have ...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Town of Argyle
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Town of Argyle Small Business Grant is a new program that will provide financial support in the form of grants to small business owners in Argyle that have been impacted by the pandemic.  The program, funded by the Town of Argyle (2021 American Rescue Plan Grant) has dedicated $250,000 in funding to support for-profit small businesses with grants up to $25,000.

 

To be eligible for this program, businesses must:

  • Have annual gross sales between $15,000 and $2 million; gross revenues are based on Line 1 of Schedule C or Line 1a of 1120, 1120S, or 1065.
  • Be located within the Town of Argyle.  You can check your address using this map
  • Have experienced negative impact on operations due to the pandemic; "Negative impact" is defined as a 15% decrease in gross sales between 2019 and 2020 (Line 1 of Schedule C or Line 1a of 1120, 1120S, or 1065) or a 25% increase in expenses between 2019 and 2020 (Line 28 of Schedule C or Line 1a of 1120, 1120S, or Line 21 of 1065). Other methods may be used if additional documentation is requested.
  • Have been in operation before December 30, 2019 and currently operational; "Operational" is defined as a positive amount of gross receipts or sales on the 2019 tax return (Line 1 of Schedule C or Line 1a of 1120, 1120S, or 1065) or a bank statement prior to April 2020 showing business activity generated sales deposits.  "Currently operational" is defined as presence of business activity generated sales deposits on the most recent bank statement. 
  • Have at least one employee (W2) and no more than 50 FTEs (W2 and 1099) employees
  • Be in good standing with Texas Comptroller's office.

The Town of Argyle Small Business Grant is a new program that will provide financial support in the form of grants to small business owners in Argyle that have been impacted by the pandemic.

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  • People of Color Grants

The Black Ambition Prize

We know that building bold ideas and innovative companies requires collaboration and support. Eligible ventures will compete for awards between $15,000 to $1,00...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    May 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    Black Ambition
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We know that building bold ideas and innovative companies requires collaboration and support. Eligible ventures will compete for awards between $15,000 to $1,000,000. Up to 250 semi-finalists will be selected, with one grand prize winner receiving $1,000,000.

Because it’s time to even the playing field. There’s not just space for more Black and Hispanic leaders in these industries, there’s an overwhelming necessity. Your ideas and innovation, combined with the right support, will tip the scales in a way that permanently changes the landscape in these arenas. We know that building bold ideas and innovative companies requires collaboration and support.

 

  • Be a for-profit venture in the fields of consumer products and services, healthcare, media and entertainment, technology, and / or web 3.0.
  • Are already, or intend to be, legally incorporated in the U.S.
  • Have demonstrated progress against a business concept as illustrated by a minimum viable product and/or existing consumer base.
  • Have raised less than $1M in dilutive funding at the time of applying for the award.
  • All team members must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Eligible teams must include at least one founding member that identifies as Black/African/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx. A founding member is a team member having the title of CEO, Vice President or other C-level role (e.g., the CEO or an executive-level direct report to the CEO).
  • Each team must have a minimum of two team members. A team member is defined as an individual playing a critical role for the venture (e.g., employee, essential contracted support) with responsibilities for specific work streams or deliverables for the venture.
  • The lead of the venture (defined as the CEO or President, or most senior role on the founding team) must be a legal U.S. resident and based in the U.S.
  • For those applying for the HBCU Track: Eligible teams must have at least one founding team member who is the team lead and an HBCU-affiliated individual (a current student, a recent alum within five years of graduating, or a former student within five years of attending the institution) that identifies as Black / African / African American and / or Hispanic / Latina / Latino / Latinx.

Black Ambition finds, funds, and fuels the businesses of the future. Most importantly, we believe that the future looks like you.

 

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  • Grants for Women

Papaya Grant

This International Women’s Day, we are so excited to launch The Papaya Grant, which will award $10,000 to one incredible and deserving female entreprenur. Wheth...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Papaya
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

This International Women’s Day, we are so excited to launch The Papaya Grant, which will award $10,000 to one incredible and deserving female entreprenur.

Whether you’re dreaming of launching your own business, or expanding the one you already have, we want to hear from you!

Must be a female entrepreneur in the United States!

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StartOut Demo Day

Apply today for our annual Demo Day, a pitch event for LGBTQ+ founders. Have you recently launched a product and want to get it in front of investors and other ...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    April 9, 2023
  • Grantor

    StartOut
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Apply today for our annual Demo Day, a pitch event for LGBTQ+ founders. Have you recently launched a product and want to get it in front of investors and other entrepreneurs? This is your opportunity as an innovative LGBTQ+ startup to demonstrate your product, discuss your go-to-market strategy, and pitch for future fundraising rounds in front of a panel of angel investors, venture capitalists, and brands.

Completing this form does not guarantee you/your company a spot to pitch at our 2023 Demo Day digital event. We will select up to 8 LGBTQ+ founded startups with top prizes including $5k for first place, $3k for second place, and $2k for the third place winner.

In order to apply to Demo Day, please fill out – or update – your founder application on StartOut online community portal. Once you submit your founder application, you will be redirected to a dedicated page with additional questions specific to Demo Day.

Must identify as a LGBTQ+ founder

StartOut is the champion for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, promoting the successes of our community, and researches the economic impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.

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BGE Energizing Small Business Grants

In 2023, the BGE Energizing Small Business grant program, presented in partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), is offering f...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 18, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In 2023, the BGE Energizing Small Business grant program, presented in partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), is offering funding to help central Maryland businesses succeed and thrive.

  • To be eligible to enter a business in the Program, you (“Officer”) must be all of the following as of the first day of the Program Period (defined below):
    • an entrepreneur who is the leading executive (i.e. Founder and/or President, CEO, CFO, COO, or any such other similar title) of a business that meets the below business criteria;
    • a legal resident of one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico;
    • eighteen (18) years of age or older (19 in AL and NE).
  • To be eligible to participate in the program, the business (“Entrant”) must meet all of the following criteria as of the first day of the Program Period:
    • For-profit business founded in 2021 or prior;
    • Existing BGE electric and/or gas customer in good standing with BGE;
    • In good standing (or on the way to) with the State of Maryland;
    • A maximum of twenty-five (25) employees;
    • Annual gross revenues in 2022 of less than $7 million USD;
    • Demonstrated need for funding to support business and serve customers;
    • Must not be a recipient of previous BGE Energizing Small Business rounds;
    • Not engaged in illegal, potentially illegal, or illegitimate activities as adjudged in Sponsors’ determination; and
    • Business entity legally permissible in the United States.
  • The potential winners are subject to verification of eligibility by Sponsors, which may include completing associated documentation.

Hello Alice is a free platform designed for AND by small business owners.

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$2,500
  • Grants for Women

Enthuse Foundation Insurance Grant

All types of insurance might be an issue for entrepreneurs, especially if they are not covered by a partner, parent, past employer, or the government. Insurance...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    April 17, 2023
  • Grantor

    Enthuse Foundation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

All types of insurance might be an issue for entrepreneurs, especially if they are not covered by a partner, parent, past employer, or the government. Insurance can range between hundreds to thousands of dollars per month, not including costs related to appointments, procedures, equipment, and rent. This reality might drive individuals away from pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams and steer them towards the benefits provided by a private employer.

Thanks to the support of Alera Group, the Enthuse Foundation Insurance Grant will provide women entrepreneurs with funds towards insurance costs.

One woman entrepreneur will receive $2,500 towards insurance-related costs (car, homeowners, medical, life, equipment).

  • Identify as a woman entrepreneur with an established business
  • Business must be entrepreneur’s full-time job
  • Prove use of funds (documentation, proof from external agency)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • If selected, submit Required New Vendor Forms (will be provided by our Foundation)
  • Submit most recent W2 Forms (if selected as a finalist)
  • Use the funds between June 2023 – June 2024

Criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need and proof that grant will further entrepreneur business
  • Strength of written answers
  • Clear plan for use of grant

The Enthuse Foundation is a non-profit organization investing in a new generation of women entrepreneurs and cultivating the next generation of business leaders.

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$2,500
  • Grants for Women

Retirement Grant

Did you know that 34% of entrepreneurs have no retirement savings plan for themselves? According to SCORE, small business owners cited the following reasons for...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    April 17, 2023
  • Grantor

    Alliant
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Did you know that 34% of entrepreneurs have no retirement savings plan for themselves? According to SCORE, small business owners cited the following reasons for not having a retirement savings plan: don’t make enough profit, used money to start their business, plan to sell their business for retirement fund, don’t see a need to save or don’t plan on retiring.

With uncertainty around social security, a possible recession, and improved access to healthcare, it is more important than ever to save for retirement. Thanks to the support of Alliant the Enthuse Foundation Retirement Grant will provide a woman entrepreneur with funding specifically for her retirement savings.

One woman entrepreneur will receive $2,500 to be used towards retirement.

Applicants Must: 

  • Identify as a woman entrepreneur with an established business
  • Business must be entrepreneur's fulltime job
  • Prove use of funds (documentation, proof from external agency)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • If selected, submit Required New Vendor Forms (will be provided by our Foundation)
  • Submit most recent W2 form (if selected as a finalist)
  • Use the funds between June 2023 – June 2024 

Criteria: 

  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Strength of interview and written answers 
  • A clear plan for the use of grant

Established in 2002, Alliant Retirement Consulting is wholly owned by and in strategic partnership with Alliant Insurance Services, one of the fastest growing insurance brokerages in the industry.

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$25,000
  • People of Color Grants

LIFT AS WE CLIMB GRANT

Historically, there has been a significant gap in access to capital, expertise, and opportunities among Black, female entrepreneurs. Flawless by Gabrielle Union...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    April 19, 2023
  • Grantor

    Flawless by Gabrielle Union
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Historically, there has been a significant gap in access to capital, expertise, and opportunities among Black, female entrepreneurs. Flawless by Gabrielle Union is helping bridge this gap by awarding three Black, female entrepreneurs $25,000 each in financial support, along with a one-year LinkedIn Premium membership and a mentorship session to help elevate your LinkedIn profile.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be 18+.
  • Company must be based and operated in the United States (open to U.S. residents and U.S.-based brands only).
  • Company must be in one of the following categories: fashion, skincare or hair accessories/tools.
  • Must have an existing company website and social media presence.
  • Products are not in distribution at a major retailer.
  • Business must be past the ideation phase with a fully developed product or service with customers, or ready for customers.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Eligible members must complete the application in its entirety and submit it by the 4/19/23 deadline.
  • The completed application must be submitted with the following:
  1. Submit a two-page brand deck that includes a one-page executive summary and one-page product overview.
  2. Submit a one minute video that provides insight into your brand, purpose, point of differentiation and how your brand plans to leverage the monetary grant. Video submissions cannot exceed 10 mb.
  3. Submit a high resolution, headshot-type photo.
  • If any portion of the application is incomplete or not included, the applicant will be disqualified.

 

Lift As We Climb is a project of Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Lift As We Climb are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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$25,000

Small Business Growth Fund

When small businesses succeed, everyone benefits. In partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and with funding from Etsy and Progressive, the ...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    April 21, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

When small businesses succeed, everyone benefits. In partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and with funding from Etsy and Progressive, the Small Business Growth Fund provides small business owners the capital they need to make their next move. Recipients will receive $5,000-$25,000 grants to accelerate their growth and achieve their goals in 2023.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit business located and registered in one of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia
  • Have less than $1M in 2022 gross annual revenue
  • Have a commitment to their customers and community
  • Have a clear plan for how the funds will help them achieve a significant growth milestone in 2023

 

Hello Alice is a free platform designed for AND by small business owners.

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$25,000
  • Grants for Women

BOTOX® Cosmetic Grant Program

For the first time, BOTOX® Cosmetic, in partnership with IFundWomen®, will help close the Confidence Gap by providing 20 groundbreaking women entrepreneurs each...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    April 7, 2023
  • Grantor

    iFundWomen
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

For the first time, BOTOX® Cosmetic, in partnership with IFundWomen®, will help close the Confidence Gap by providing 20 groundbreaking women entrepreneurs each with $25k grants, coaching, and mentorship. Honorees will also become a part of the award-winning IFundWomen® Method Crowdfunding Accelerator, designed to fuel ambitions, increase confidence, and drive long-term impact for future women founders.

The Contest is open to any natural person of any gender who meets all of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. The entrant is a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia;
  2. The entrant is at least the age of majority (18 years old in most U.S. states, 19 in NE and AL, and 21 in MS) at the time of entry;
  3. The entrant’s business must be owned and operated in the United States;
  4. If the entrant’s business is a subsidiary of another business, both the business and its parent company must be based in the United States;
  5. The entrant must not be an employee of IFW, AbbVie, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), or immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees;
  6. The entrant’s business may not be a multilevel marketing company or a franchise; and
  7. The entrant’s business must not be a publicly traded entity.

IFundWomen is the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them with access to capital, coaching, and connections.

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AnitaB.org Pitch Competition

The top 6 finalists will compete at Grace Hopper Celebration 2023 (GHC 23) for a total of $100,000 in investment capital provided by Backstage Capital – to be s...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    April 14, 2023
  • Grantor

    AnitaB.org
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The top 6 finalists will compete at Grace Hopper Celebration 2023 (GHC 23) for a total of $100,000 in investment capital provided by Backstage Capital – to be split among the top three finalists, including an Audience Favorite. The top 6 finalists will also receive registration to attend GHC 23 in Orlando, FL.

 

  • Executive Team: You (the applicant and, if selected as a finalist, the pitch presenter) must identify as a woman or non-binary, be the founder of your business, and be part of the current executive team (e.g. the CEO or CTO).
  • Stage: Your startup is in its early stage of development (seed): You have a minimum viable product (MVP) and have gotten some user feedback. Revenue is not required.
  • Funding: Your startup has raised less than $2 million in total funding including self-funding, friends and family, angel investors, grants, etc.
  • Location: Your startup is based in the U.S. and serves the U.S. market (although it may also be international).
  • Return of Capital: (For-profit startups only) Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will be profitable enough to reward investors for risk.
  • Scale of Impact: (Nonprofit startups only) Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will have an impact that aligns with its mission.

 

At AnitaB.org, we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. We connect, inspire, and guide women in computing, and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.

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$2,500

Friends & Family Fund

Each month, they award a startup grant of up to $2,500 to an entrepreneur (up to £2,000 for UK grants). So far, they've provided over $200,000 in funding to hel...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Skys the Limit
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Each month, they award a startup grant of up to $2,500 to an entrepreneur (up to £2,000 for UK grants). So far, they've provided over $200,000 in funding to help young underrepresented entrepreneurs get closer to their business dreams

Eligibility is relatively simple, in order to be eligible you must:

  1. Be based in the U.S or U.K.

  2. Be a full member with a completed profile on Sky’s the Limit

 

Our mission is to build a global community where all entrepreneurs and their allies can build meaningful relationships and grow together.

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$5,000
  • People of Color Grants

BGV Pitch Competition

The BGV Pitch Competition is a crowdfunding meets pitch competition. The audience votes with their dollars via our tech platform to determine the winner. The pe...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 27, 2023
  • Grantor

    Black Girl Ventures
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The BGV Pitch Competition is a crowdfunding meets pitch competition. The audience votes with their dollars via our tech platform to determine the winner. The person with the most votes wins (not the most money raised).

  • Identifying as a Black or Brown woman. 
  • Revenue Generating
  • 51% owned by Black/Brown women founders
  • In good standing
 

 

Our mission is to provide Black/Brown woman-identifying founders with access to community, capital, and capacity building in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship.

 

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$10,000

Verizon Digital Ready

Our program helps small businesses thrive by offering free and quick online business courses on marketing, finance, efficiency and more, as well as networking a...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 12, 2023
  • Grantor

    Verizon
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Our program helps small businesses thrive by offering free and quick online business courses on marketing, finance, efficiency and more, as well as networking and expert coaching.

Grant application is now open. Register for Digital Ready, complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events, and apply by May 12, 2023.

Grant application is now open. Register for Digital Ready, complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events, and apply by May 12, 2023.

Verizon is helping your business succeed with the latest technology—from mobile plans to collaboration tools to our award-winning 5G network.

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$25,000

More to Life Grant

LeBron James has teamed up with LIFEWTR to offer the More to Life Grant. Whether it's experiencing a new culture, learning a new skill, building a community gar...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    Life Wtr
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

LeBron James has teamed up with LIFEWTR to offer the More to Life Grant.  Whether it's experiencing a new culture, learning a new skill, building a community garden, or supporting a local charity, share what the "more" in your life is and you could be awarded a $25,000 grant to help you pursue it. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC, ages 18+.

What is your "more"? Is it a passion, purpose or talent? In 300 words or less, tell us what the "more" in your life is and how this grant can help you pursue it. Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and the age of majority in their state of residence (nineteen (19) in AL and NE) at the time of entry. 

LIFEWTR is a new premium bottled water brand that fuses creativity and design to serve as a source of inspiration and hydration. It is a purified water, pH balanced with electrolytes added for taste. LIFEWTR bottles provide a beautiful canvas for art and design, featuring rotating label motifs created by emerging and developing artists, whose work will serve as a spark of creativity and dose of inspiration.

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$20,000

Warrior Rising Grant

Warrior Rising strives to accept and assist veterans at any point in the process of starting their own business, whether it is only a concept or if they have ac...
  • Grant Amount

    $20,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Warrior Rising
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Warrior Rising strives to accept and assist veterans at any point in the process of starting their own business, whether it is only a concept or if they have actual operations.

Based on available resources at any given time, Warrior Rising strives to accept and assist veterans at any point in the process of starting their own business, whether it is only a concept or if they have actual operations.  Please take note:  If you are considering forming a non-profit, be aware that while we may offer assistance in the nature of training and mentoring, there may be limitations placed on us providing financial assistance in order to avoid conflicts or other concerns with donors having funds directed towards another non-profit.  In addition, passive investments (ex. flipping houses, stock speculating) are not considered by us to be an operating business that our platform is intended or able to assist.

 

Founded in 2015, Warrior Rising is a non-profit started by Veterans, for Veterans.

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$10,000
  • People of Color Grants

National Black Business Pitch

The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who seek to expand and diversify their supp...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    National Black Business Pitch
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who seek to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services.

Through the National Black Business Pitch we are seeking to do more than provide a seat at the table, but to open doors and build relationships that can lead to long-term and sustainable contracts. Our ultimate goal is to create a Black business network that corporations can access and do business with.

  • Participant must be a Black owner, operator owning at least 51% of the business.
  • Participant must be engaged throughout the entire process, no transferring or sharing pitch participation.
  • Participant must utilize the same email address throughout the entire process and that email address should be the business email.
  • Participant must pitch an existing business solution which is in existence and currently in business, not a future endeavor in need of an investment.
  • Pitches must not be longer than three (3) minutes in the live-virtual finals.
  • Participants agree to be available for all mandatory sessions and the exception will be determined by NBBP administrators only.
  • Should you be included in the top thirty, you will be notified of next steps and requirements, not being able to fulfill the required steps will result in disqualification.
  • Participants realize that all times are communicated in Pacific Standard Time (PST) and are required to convert all times to their own time zones.
  • The Live pitch will be held on our online- virtual platform and it is a requirement to attend a training session (time slots will be made available to all top thirty finalists) failure to selected and attend a timeslot will result in disqualification.
  • By participating in the NBBP competition, business owners give us the right to post and use pitch videos/recordings of live pitch sessions for marketing purposes.

 

The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who seek to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services.

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$10,000+

Latinas in Tech Startup Competition

The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition is aimed at discovering, supporting, and amplifying tech startups with at least one Latina co-founder. Non-dilutive cash...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000+
  • Application Deadline

    March 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    Latinas in Tech
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition is aimed at discovering, supporting, and amplifying tech startups with at least one Latina co-founder. Non-dilutive cash prizes ($30K, $20K, and $10K) will be awarded to top three winners.

  • At least one Latina Co-founder whose ownership percentage is reflected on the capitalization table. Please note that we do not consider founding team members unless they are Co-founders. 
  • Only a Founder or Co-founder can enter and submit a pitch application. 
  • The company is legally incorporated in the US or elsewhere. We will be awarding the corporate entity the financial non-dilutive cash grant. 
  • Companies can be headquartered outside of the United States.
  • The company should not have raised more than $750K USD in total funding prior to the competition.
  • The company must have a strong tech or tech-enabled component. A few examples include a mobile app, direct-to-consumer e-commerce company, B2B or B2C marketplaces, software, etc. Please at least consider applying if you find that the use of a computer or cell phone is needed to use or access the service or product. 
  • Decks must be submitted in English.
  • All questions in the submission form must be answered in order to have your entry reviewed by our selection committee.
  • The video submission must not be longer than 2 minutes. 
  • If you make it to our semi-finalist round, please be prepared for us to request key documents and ask additional questions to get more insight into your company prior to going before the jury committee. 
  • An investor jury team will select the three winners.

 

The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition is aimed at discovering, supporting, and amplifying tech startups with at least one Latina co-founder.

 

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$5,000
  • People of Color Grants

Catalyst Fund

In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Hello Alice, Mastercard is awarding $5K grants to Black entrepreneurs based in Atlanta, Birmingham...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Hello Alice, Mastercard is awarding $5K grants to Black entrepreneurs based in Atlanta, Birmingham, Dayton, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. to help them achieve their next milestone.

Mastercard will award $175,000 in grants to Black entrepreneurs across the United States. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a for-profit business located in Atlanta, Birmingham, Dayton, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, St. Louis, and/or Washington, D.C.
  • Be majority-owned (51+%) by a Black-identifying entrepreneur
  • Have between 1 and 10 employees (including yourself)
  • Have a clear plan for how the funds would help achieve a business milestone

The deadline for this round is March 31, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET.

Hello Alice supports small business owners looking to learn and grow

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$25,000
  • People of Color Grants

REI Navigate Program

The Navigate program supports emerging Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) entrepreneurs in the outdoor industry by of...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 12, 2023
  • Grantor

    REI
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Navigate program supports emerging Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) entrepreneurs in the outdoor industry by offering opportunities to connect, learn, and grow. We provide funding, mentorship, curated programming, and access to REI’s experts in production, distribution, marketing services, and talent.

  • Your company has between $75K and $2M in revenue in the past twelve months.
  • You are over 18, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and your company is U.S.-based.
  • You have at least one founder who is Black, Indigenous, Latina/o/x, or Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), holds an active leadership position in the company, and who received at least 20% founder's equity at initial incorporation.
  • Your business is in the activity or outside categories (apparel, footwear, gear, or CPG).
  • You have built a company that provides a product that aligns with REI values, inspires people, and equips them in their outdoor lives.

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Santa Rosa Small Business Support Program

The primary goal of the Small Business Support Program is to encourage economic development and destination awareness of historically under-invested areas by en...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    June 3, 2024
  • Grantor

    City of Santa Rosa
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The primary goal of the Small Business Support Program is to encourage economic development and destination awareness of historically under-invested areas by enhancing the exterior appearance and commercial viability of storefront businesses.

Business must be based in Santa Rosa, CA and have 500 employees or fewer and projects around improvements for: 

  • Paint
  • Signage
  • Landscaping 
  • Exterior lighting
  • Security systems
  • Awnings/canopies
  • Windows, doors, and safety grilles
  • Restoration of historical façade features
  • Parklet buildouts
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) 

A typical award will grant 70% of the project costs, depending on funding availability and evaluation criteria. o 20% of the award is available up front for start-up costs; the remaining award will be issued through reimbursement. 

The City of Santa Rosa is the North Bay's premier location for technology and entrepreneurial businesses

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$25,000+

J.M.K. INNOVATION PRIZE

In 2023, we will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000+
  • Application Deadline

    April 28, 2023
  • Grantor

    JM Kaplan Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In 2023, we will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, providing tools and training to support them through the challenges of a startup organization.

 

 

Applications are open to individuals or teams representing nonprofit or mission-driven for-profit organizations. The Prize will be awarded to projects or ideas that:

  • Represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need;
  • Innovate within one or more of the Fund’s three program areas;
  • Demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with Prize funding; and
  • Hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change. 

A first-round application will be made available on the JMKFund.org website on February 7 and will be open until April 28. Select applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed second-round application in the late spring. Finalists will present their ideas to the trustees of The J.M. Kaplan Fund in the fall, with awardees formally announced in November 2023.

 

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice.

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Mom and Pop Grant

Accepting applications: District 1 (Northwest Dade): Applications are available now until February 15 and will be accepted February 16-24. District 4 (Northeast...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    February 28, 2023
  • Grantor

    Axis Helps
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Accepting applications:

  • District 1 (Northwest Dade): Applications are available now until February 15 and will be accepted February 16-24.
  • District 4 (Northeast Dade): Applications will be accepted until February 24 at 12pm.
  • District 7 (South East Dade/Pinecrest): Applications will be accepted until February 28.
  • District 8 (South Dade/Cutler Bay): Applications are available now and will be accepted February 21-27 at 4pm.
  • District 9 (South Dade/Homestead): Applications will be available on February 13.
  • District 12 (North-West Dade): Applications are available now and will be accepted February 16-23.

Not yet open:

  • District 2 (North Central Dade)
  • District 3 (Central North Dade)
  • District 5 (Downtown, Central Miami)
  • District 6 (Central Dade)
  • District 10 (Central-West Dade)
  • District 13 (Northwest Dade/Hialeah)

Have a small business in Miami-Dade County and your District’s Grant application is currently available.

Are a for-profit business (home based businesses can apply).

Axis Helps connects Miami-Dade residents and small business owners to the resources to overcome today’s challenges, and emerge with stability and strength.

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$10,000
  • People of Color Grants

Fast Break for Small Business

Accion Opportunity Fund is proud announce the latest round of Fast Break for Small Business: a $6 million commitment in small business grants and LegalZoom serv...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 17, 2023
  • Grantor

    Accion Opportunity Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Accion Opportunity Fund is proud announce the latest round of Fast Break for Small Business: a $6 million commitment in small business grants and LegalZoom services to help thousands of small businesses across the country! This round of the program—focused on Black-owned businesses—will provide 50 small business owners with $10,000 grants, and an additional 1,950 small business owners with free LegalZoom products or services, valued at $500.

LegalZoom has teamed up with the NBA, WBNA, and NBA G League to support this effort, and Accion Opportunity Fund is thrilled to serve as the nonprofit administrator of the program. Applications are open February 1 – February 17, 2023, and we invite you to share with your networks and encourage your followers to apply!

Eligible small businesses must:

  • Be based in the United States
  • Must be a Blackowned business
  • Have been in business for at least 6 months [since August 1, 2022] and currently in operation
  • Have one of the following if in business for between 6 and 12 months:
    • articles of incorporation for LLCs, S Corps, and C Corps
    • sole proprietorship formation
    • fictitious name statement or DBA
    • EIN registration
    • city, state, or federal license to do business
    • or relevant professional license
  • If the business is between 6 and 12 months old but does not have any of these documents, the business is not eligible for this opportunity
  • Have an annual revenue of less than $1 million
  • Have a business bank account
  • Not be in an industry that has been identified as a prohibited industry for this program

AOF and LegalZoom have joined forces to provide entrepreneurs across the country with grants and LegalZoom services to support their small businesses.

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$5,000

The Conservancy’s Legacy Business Grant

The Los Angeles Conservancy is thrilled to announce a new grant program available to longtime small businesses within Los Angeles County. The Conservancy’s Lega...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    Los Angeles Conservancy
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Los Angeles Conservancy is thrilled to announce a new grant program available to longtime small businesses within Los Angeles County. The Conservancy’s Legacy Business Grant will award ten $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses that have operated and contributed to their community’s history and/or identity for at least 20 years. This grant program was made possible thanks to funding from Wells Fargo.

  • Business must be operating and located within the boundaries of the County of Los Angeles  
  • Business has operated and contributed to its community’s history and/or identity for 20 or more years  
  • Business is not franchised or affiliated with a national, corporate chain  
  • For-profit business
  • Less than 25 full-time employees 

The Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. We raise awareness of the value of historic places in strengthening communities, fostering economic development, and enriching lives.

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

2023 Launch Program

Women and non-binary small business owners often lack the funding and resources they need to scale and grow their operations. That's why the Launch Program exis...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Ladies Who Launch
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Women and non-binary small business owners often lack the funding and resources they need to scale and grow their operations. That's why the Launch Program exists: to remove barriers to access that prevent you from succeeding. The Launch Program provides you with capital through a $10,000 grant, mentorship from industry experts, and six months of free education that supports you on your unique journey.

The 2023 Launch Program is open to women- and non-binary-owned consumer packaged goods businesses selling items like food and beverages, household goods, apparel, and more. When you join the Launch Program, you become part of a diverse and supportive community of founders.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Launch Program is Friday, March 31, 2023, at 11:59:59 PM ET.

  • Applicant must be a woman or non-binary founder or co-founder of the company.
  • Applicant must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States or a US territory.
  • Applicant must be 21 years or older.
  • Only one entrepreneur per business may apply and/or participate.

Ladies Who Launch's (LWL) mission is to celebrate, elevate and empower a global community of women and non-binary small business owners and entrepreneurs to grow and sustain the businesses of their dreams.

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$50,000

2023 Startup Competition

THE APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE 2023 STARTUP COMPETITION WILL BE OPEN FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 31, 2023 We’re on a worldwide search for innovative, diverse early-stag...
  • Grant Amount

    $50,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Arch Grants
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

THE APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE 2023 STARTUP COMPETITION WILL BE OPEN FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 31, 2023

We’re on a worldwide search for innovative, diverse early-stage startups looking to take their business to the next level. The Arch Grants Startup Competition awards innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups with $75,000 non-dilutive grants (plus an additional $25,000 for companies relocating to St. Louis) and access to an ecosystem of resources in exchange for headquartering their business in St. Louis for at least one year. Competition applications are evaluated by over 400 industry experts from the St. Louis community and around the country.

  • For-profit entities with technology-based products, services or solutions.
  • All industries
  • Scalable business models
  • Early-Stage companies (includes Bootstrapped, Pre-Seed, and Seed Stage)

All applicants must be incorporated as a for-profit entity, and it is recommended that applicants have made some progress in proving their concept, which may include a prototype or minimum viable product.

Arch Grants disrupted the status quo of economic development in 2012 with a mission to transform the economy – in St. Louis and throughout the world – by attracting and retaining extraordinary entrepreneurs. 

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$5,000

Everett Forward Grant Program

The Everett Forward Grant Program offers one-time grants to businesses and other eligible applicants with innovative solutions to move Everett’s economy forward...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 28, 2023
  • Grantor

    Everett Community, Planning & Economic Development
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Everett Forward Grant Program offers one-time grants to businesses and other eligible applicants with innovative solutions to move Everett’s economy forward. 

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Everett's economy are broad and differ significantly across businesses, industries and neighborhoods. The Everett Forward Grant Program is designed with equity, creativity and community empowerment at its forefront.

Everett's economic recovery requires creativity and collaboration across the entire city. Whether you're a small business, sole proprietor or nonprofit: if your organization has been negatively impacted by the pandemic and has a program or project that will help move Everett forward, we want to hear from you. 

To be eligible to apply for an Everett Forward Grant, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Your organization was open in Everett before March 2020.

  • If awarded a grant, your organization must be licensed by the City of Everett. If you do not have an Everett business license, you can apply for one and write "applied" on your Everett Forward Grant application.

  • Your organization must be either: (1) a small business with less than 500 employees or (2) a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) nonprofit organization. The term “small business” includes corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships and other business entities.

  • Prove that your organization has suffered economic loss due to COVID-19 and that the Everett Forward Grant would help your organization recover from these losses.

  • Whether brick-and-mortar or home-based, your organization must be located within Everett city limits. Or, if not located in Everett city limits, it must primarily serve the people of Everett.

  • Your organization cannot be a national chain.

  • If applicable, all city taxes and fees must be paid and current.

  • Your organization cannot be facing any pending litigation or legal action.

  • Your organization does not have unresolved state or city compliance or regulatory issues.

  • Your project will be completed by 12/31/2023. More time may be allowed for certain projects. Please indicate on your application if your proposed project will extend in 2024. 

Everything we do as a City, whether in public safety, community engagement, economic development or delivering services, supports our ultimate vision and goal of ensuring the best quality of life possible for our residents, businesses, and visitors.

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$10,000
  • Government Grants

ARPA Small Business Grant Program

Eligible Kingston businesses may apply for cash assistance to help mitigate the impacts of revenue losses associated with the pandemic. The City anticipates awa...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 17, 2023
  • Grantor

    City of Kingston
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Eligible Kingston businesses may apply for cash assistance to help mitigate the impacts of revenue losses associated with the pandemic. The City anticipates awarding approximately 100 small businesses a one-time cash grant of up to $10,000. The grant application is due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023.

To be eligible for an award, a business must:

  • Be a for-profit business based within City of Kingston limits
  • Have 50 or fewer employees
  • Be registered to do business in the State of New York unless the business is a sole proprietorship
  • Be registered as a DBA if the sole proprietorship does business under a name other than the owner’s
  • Be independently owned and operated and not be dominant in its field of operation
  • Have been operating in the City of Kingston prior to October 1, 2021
  • Not be facing any pending litigation or legal action
  • Not have any business owners, including all managing members and/or officers, who have been convicted of financial crimes within the past three years
  • Not have received alternate federal, state, or local grant funding to cover the same costs and/or uses included in this application
  • Not be suspended or debarred from the use of federal funds
  • Not be a franchise, unless the franchise is not a subsidiary of a larger corporation

 

City of Kingston's ARPA Small Business Grant Program, which is made possible with funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act

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$25,000
  • People of Color Grants

W.E. Build Accelerator

The W.E. Build Accelerator by Build in Tulsa and sponsored by Goldman Sachs will empower 8 innovative and diverse early-stage startups led by Black and Latinx w...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Build in Tulsa
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The W.E. Build Accelerator by Build in Tulsa and sponsored by Goldman Sachs will empower 8 innovative and diverse early-stage startups led by Black and Latinx women to create and launch scalable ventures in Tulsa, OK. The program runs full-time from April 26, 2023 - August 10, 2023 in Tulsa, OK

Must be early-stage startups led by Black and Latinx women.

W.E. Builders Benefits:

  • A $25,000 non-dilutive grant
  • 3 months of business training
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities
  • Free legal and accounting services
  • Coworking desks and conference room access
  • Laptop devices and connectivity
  • Financial education
  • Cost of living stipends to help provide housing, childcare, and health care
  • Bi-weekly mental health counseling

Build in Tulsa is an entrepreneurship accelerator designed to help Black women progress their professional development, achieve personal growth, and build companies that catalyze multi-generational wealth.

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$2,000
  • Government Grants

Storefront Repair Fund

The Office of Economic Development is leveraging nearly $2 million in federal funding to support the economic recovery of small businesses who experienced prope...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Seattle
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Office of Economic Development is leveraging nearly $2 million in federal funding to support the economic recovery of small businesses who experienced property damage. Through the Storefront Repair Fund, small businesses can apply for $2,000 grants to help repair storefront property damages that occurred on or after January 1, 2021.

Storefront Repair Fund grants will help cover costs to repair current property damage or reimburse business owners for costs paid out of pocket for past damages. Eligible property damages include broken windows, broken doors, broken locks and etching on windows. This grant will not cover loss of stolen goods or damages such as graffiti.

  • Have experienced direct economic disruption because of COVID-19
  • Have an active City of Seattle Business License.
  • Have City B&O taxes paid in full
  • Be in compliance with all federal, state and city laws and regulations
  • Be located in Seattle city limits
  • Have two locations or fewer
  • Have 50 full-time employees (FTEs) or fewer as of January 1, 2022
  • Make more than $1,000 and Not exceed $7,000,000 in annual net revenue as reported in Business and Occupation (B&O) taxes to the Seattle City Finance Department in 2020 and 2021
  • Have been in business at least 24 months as of October 1, 2022
  • Be an independently owned, non-franchise, non-chain business
  • Have experienced physical damage to storefront after January 1, 2021
  • Be a for profit business
  • Be currently open and active for business
  • No more than two applications may be submitted per business, business owner, EIN, SSN, UBI number, Business License number, home and/or business address. Each application must be for separate incidents and different dates.
  • Operate from a physical location and/or mobile truck that serves the general public.

Businesses are not eligible if:

  • Nonprofit entities, 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(19)
  • The business is a short- or long-term rental or investment property (Personal real estate (independent realtors; short-term rentals include Airbnb, Vrbo, etc.)
  • The business is a taxi, rideshare, or food delivery service (e.g., Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab, Door Dash, Uber eats etc.)
  • Cannabis shops, growers and dispensaries
  • The business is regulated as "adult entertainment" under Seattle Municipal Code 6.270
  • Businesses located in unincorporated King County

The Office of Economic Development is leveraging nearly $2 million in federal funding to support the economic recovery of small businesses who experienced property damage.

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$3,000+

CITY OF TACOMA RESTORATION GRANT

Property Damage Repair (up to $3,000 for one occurrence of storefront damage occurring after January 1, 2022) Examples of storefront damage qualifying for cover...
  • Grant Amount

    $3,000+
  • Application Deadline

    February 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Make It Tacoma
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Property Damage Repair (up to $3,000 for one occurrence of storefront damage occurring after January 1, 2022)
Examples of storefront damage qualifying for coverage include broken windows, broken doors, broken locks, or etching on windows. Loss of stolen goods or graffiti removal/paint are not eligible for coverage. Repairs must be completed, and eligibility verification paperwork with receipts submitted, no later than May 1, 2023.

  • A for-profit business with a physical location within Tacoma city limits that serves the general public
  • Independently owned, non-franchise, non-chain business, with no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,000,000 in annual net revenue as reported in Business and Occupation (B&O) taxes to the City of Tacoma
  • No more than 30 FTE employees, including the owner(s), any time after January 1, 2022, and no more than two locations
  • Registered with Washington Secretary of State and have current Washington State and Tacoma business licenses

The City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department (CED) is your go-to source for growing, relocating, or starting a business in Tacoma.

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$10,000
  • People of Color Grants

The BOSS Network and Sage's Invest in Progress Grant

In addition to the $350,000 in grants given in 2022, this year Sage will invest $10,000 in grants for 25 Black women entrepreneurs, provide 1-year of monthly me...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    Hello Alice
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In addition to the $350,000 in grants given in 2022, this year Sage will invest $10,000 in grants for 25 Black women entrepreneurs, provide 1-year of monthly mentorship through the BOSS Business University, marketing, and guidance to help Black women achieve their goals with everything that’s needed to successfully start and grow a business. Attendance at monthly two-hour workshops, quarterly trainings, and events throughout the year will be required.

You are a Black, woman-identifying founder in the first five years of your entrepreneurial journey. You are purpose-driven. You know who your customers and/or clients are, and you are committed to delivering exactly what they need, when they need it. You let nothing stand in the way of your progress, and today you are ready to invest in the most important person of all - yourself.

 

Hello Alice supports small business owners looking to learn and grow

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$10,000
  • People of Color Grants

Black-Owned Small Businesses in Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) announced the availability of grants through its Minority Small Black Business Capitalization Program for small to me...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 23, 2023
  • Grantor

    Axis Helps
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) announced the availability of grants through its Minority Small Black Business Capitalization Program for small to medium minority businesses in Miami-Dade County in the amount of $10,000 to improve or stabilize neighborhood businesses throughout Miami-Dade County.

All grant applicants are required to submit a one-page document indicating how they intend to use the grant funds and how this will help their businesses. Applicants are also required to complete and submit the attached survey. As a part of MDEAT’s on-going efforts to improve and sustain minority-owned and small businesses, MDEAT is requiring each grant recipient to attend a minimum of two technical assistance workshops.

  • Businesses must have a physical location in Miami-Dade County
  • Business must have been in existence for at least a minimum of three (3) years
  • Provide three (3) years of business or Schedule C personal tax returns
  • Employs fewer than twenty-five (25) employees
  • Must have documentable hours
  • Is not in default or non-compliance with any county loan or grant program
  • Is not part of a national chain
  • Does not engage in illegal activity
  • Average revenue must not exceed $750,000 over the last three years
  • Only one affiliate by common ownership and/or common management awarded
  • Awardees are not eligible to receive an award no more than two years consecutively

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust's mission is to ensure the equitable participation of Blacks in Miami-Dade County's economic growth through advocacy and monitoring of economic conditions and economic development initiatives in Miami-Dade County.

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$2,500

Lake County Micro-business COVID-19 Relief Grant

The Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC) is pleased to announce the launch of the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, whi...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    May 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Lake County Economic Development Corporation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Lake County Economic Development Corporation (Lake EDC) is pleased to announce the launch of the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, which will provide grants of $2,500 to local microbusinesses significantly impacted by COVID-19. Grant amounts and eligibility requirements are set by the funder, the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). The intent of this program is to provide relief to the hardest-to-reach microbusinesses and entrepreneurs. 

  • Verified as locally-owned and operated (physically located in Lake County) 
  • Currently active and operating
  • Open and operating prior to COVID-19 (prior to December 31, 2019)
  • Currently have <5 full-time equivalent employees and had <5 full-time equivalent employees in 2019 and  2020
  • Generated <$50,000 in business revenue in 2019 (as verified by tax returns)
  • The applicant is the majority owner and manager of the microbusiness
  • This business was the applicant’s primary means of income in the 2019 taxable year
  • Significant negative impacts to operations as a result of COVID-19
  • Did not receive a grant from the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program 
  • Not a business excluded from participation in the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The purpose of the Lake County Economic Development Corporation is to facilitate the creation, retention, expansion, and attraction of businesses in Lake County.

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Up to $25,000

City of Carson Small Business Grant Program

The City of Carson is offering a one-time business assistance grant to businesses in Carson who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19 but not ha...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 27, 2023
  • Grantor

    The City of Carson, CA
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The City of Carson is offering a one-time business assistance grant to businesses in Carson who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19 but not have not yet received any type of COVID-19 related assistance from the City.

Once awarded, grants do not have to be repaid. The City will start accepting applications from Carson small business owners starting October 26. To be added to the interest list, or for any questions, please call 310-952-1778 or email smallbusiness@carsonca.gov and specify the Small Business Grant Program in the subject line.

The City is providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to assist Carson small businesses. To qualify for this grant, businesses must meet the below criteria:

  • Be physically located and have operated in Carson prior to March 15, 2020
  • Have 50 employees or less
  • Be able to demonstrate a decline in revenue due to COVID-19
  • Cannot be a recipient from past City of Carson COVID-19 assistance programs
  • Funds must be used for business-related items and other requirements may apply

The City of Carson is offering a one-time business assistance grant to businesses in Carson who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19.

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$500

Freed Fellowship

Every month, one $500 grant is awarded to an underrepresented founder in the US to invest in their existing business. No strings attached. No equity required. G...
  • Grant Amount

    $500
  • Application Deadline

    December 29, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Freed Fellowship
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Every month, one $500 grant is awarded to an underrepresented founder in the US to invest in their existing business. No strings attached. No equity required. Grant recipients are also eligible to receive an additional end-of-year grant of $2,500.

If you are selected as a Freed Fellow, you will receive a $500 grant. You do not need to repay this money and do not need to give up any equity in your business. You can use these funds however you want to grow your business. We only ask you help spread the word by sharing news of your selection on social media and be a guest on our weekly podcast.

Each Freed Fellow will receive a complimentary half-hour strategy session with a business expert (valued at $250) to help you strategize the best way to make the biggest impact on your business with the grant funds. 

The Freed Studio is a safe and supportive space for emerging entrepreneurs to receive the mentorship, learn the skills, and build the support network they need for business success. Yearly membership normally costs $499 per year. Each Freed Fellow will receive complimentary membership for one year in the business studio.

All Freed Fellows will be considered for an additional $2,500 grant at the end of the year.

 

The Freed Fellowship helps small business owners get the resources, mentorship, and community they need to build successful companies that make an impact.

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

FemHealth Accelerator

This program, run in collaboration with FemHealth Founders, an organization focused on cultivating a world-class femhealth ecosystem in the heartland, supports ...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    January 27, 2023
  • Grantor

    StitchCrew
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

This program, run in collaboration with FemHealth Founders, an organization focused on cultivating a world-class femhealth ecosystem in the heartland, supports women entrepreneurs building technology-enabled, consumer-centric products and solutions that drastically improve women’s health and wellness.

Alongside StitchCrew, FHF and industry experts, participants will have the opportunity to refine and scale their approach to bringing women’s health and wellness products to market. Selected participants will receive a $10,000 non-dilutive grant and learn from Industry Executives, Capital Access Providers and other Thought Leaders in the space.

We seek to engage early-stage women-owned companies in the FemHealth space building technology-enabled products and solutions that drastically improve women’s health and wellness. To be considered, applicants must:

  • be women led

  • be based in the U.S.

  • be at least 18 years old at the time of application

Due to the extensive commercialization process and timeline, we are not focusing on biopharma, life-sciences products and incumbent medical devices requiring FDA approval.

StitchCrew launched five years ago to build a more inclusive and equitable economy through entrepreneurship. Since launch, we've partnered with brands like the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Google, BASF, and others to connect women and BIPOC entrepreneurs with the capital, resources and networks they need to launch and scale companies.

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Up to $500,000
  • People of Color Grants

BK-XL Accelerator Program

BK-XL is a 10-week early-stage startup accelerator program focused on supporting BIPOC founders and is based in Brooklyn. The accelerator is a partnership betwe...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $500,000
  • Application Deadline

    January 20, 2023
  • Grantor

    Visible Hands
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

BK-XL is a 10-week early-stage startup accelerator program focused on supporting BIPOC founders and is based in Brooklyn. The accelerator is a partnership between the Social Justice Fund and Visible Hands. The 12 companies participating in the program will receive investments of up to $500,000 on competitive terms. The program will run between April and June of 2023.

 

Must be a BIPOC founder.

Brooklyn Residency: You do not need to be a current New York resident to apply. However, upon acceptance into the BK-XL program, you must be based out of Brooklyn for the duration of the programming. If you would like to go through the program with your co-founder(s), please include information about them where prompted and submit one application. 

Visible Hands is the most trusted platform for early-stage, overlooked founders.

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$1,000

Awesome Foundation

Monthly Grant Opportunity! Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000
  • Application Deadline

    December 29, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Awesome Foundation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Monthly Grant Opportunity! Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given up front in cash, check, or gold doubloons.

Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? They award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. They don't want a stake in it. They just want to help you make it happen! Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. If you can fill out the application form, you can apply.

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.

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$60,000

Small Business: Big Wins

Small business ownership can be rewarding, challenging, and liberating — a meaningful way to live out your dreams or play an important role in your community. W...
  • Grant Amount

    $60,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 28, 2023
  • Grantor

    Barclays
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Small business ownership can be rewarding, challenging, and liberating — a meaningful way to live out your dreams or play an important role in your community. What’s your small business story? Tell us how you’re making that dream a reality. What motivates you? How do you make it happen every day? Winning stories will receive one of 60 cash prizes starting at $2,000, with a Grand Prize of $60,000.

Promotion is open to Small Businesses owned by a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States including the District of Columbia, and who are at least eighteen (18) years of age; current business must be currently open and in operation/established on January 10, 2022 and must have remained open and in operation at time of entry and if selected as a prize winner at time of award; Entrant must be listed as the business owner (in whole or in part) of the business; have a valid employer identification number or taxpayer identification number; employ less than one hundred (100) employees for the duration of the Contest; and have annual business revenue of five million dollars ($5MM) or less. Additional criteria are outlined in the Eligibility section of the Official Rules.

Barclays US, backed by Barclays, a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank with global reach. They have deep roots. They may not have branches, but they're part of a network of 85,000 people strong who move, lend, invest and protect money for customers and clients across 40 countries.

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Up to $6,000
  • Grants for Women

MTWBC Impact Grant

Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 or $6,000 to be used for equipment, marketing, signage, staffing, trailers, leasehold improvements, or anything that will ...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $6,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Prospera
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 or $6,000 to be used for equipment, marketing, signage, staffing, trailers, leasehold improvements, or anything that will take your business to the next level—please only apply for exactly how much you need. For example, if your project will cost $5,200, you will apply for $5,200. You can enter yourself into either the $3,000 or $6,000 grant; if you enter the $3,000 grant pool, then you will only be reimbursed $3,000, even though your project costs $5,200.

There are four different grants available; you can only apply for one grant per business. More than one application per business automatically disqualifies all applications for that business.

Requirements to Apply:

  • This is a statewide opportunity for Montana women-owned businesses only, with ownership of 51% or more.
  • This opportunity is open only to for-profits.
  • Grant funding cannot be used for businesses in the cannabis industry.
  • Applicants do not need to be Prospera members.
  • Applicants can apply for up to $3,000 or $6,000 to be used for equipment, marketing, signage, staffing, trailers, leasehold improvements, or anything that will take your business to the next level—please only apply for exactly how much you need. For example, if your project will cost $5,200, you will apply for $5,200. You can enter yourself into either the $3,000 or $6,000 grant; if you enter the $3,000 grant pool, then you will only be reimbursed $3,000, even though your project costs $5,200.
  • Please do not submit a grant for training—the Department of Labor has an excellent grant called the Incumbent Worker Training Grant that can help you.
  • If grant funds will leverage other fund sources, the applicant must show proof that those funds are confirmed. If you are applying for funds to hire a new employee, please show proof that your business has the cash flow to support this new position beyond the grant period as well as a job description with wage information.
  • Recipients of the MTWBC grant from the past five years are ineligible to receive grant funding.

There are four different grants available; you can only apply for one grant per business. More than one application per business automatically disqualifies all applications for that business.

Prospera Business Network is where ideas and opportunities connect.

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Up to $15,000
  • People of Color Grants

Black Equity Grant Program

In alignment with the Square mission of economic empowerment, we began the Black Equity Grant Program to support the growth of Black developers after recognizin...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $15,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    Square
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In alignment with the Square mission of economic empowerment, we began the Black Equity Grant Program to support the growth of Black developers after recognizing that many technologies founded by historically underrepresented communities were also underresourced, lacking the necessary funding and resources to build on Square. This program will provide Black-led platform partners with both financial support as well as increased exposure and visibility.

Selected grant awardees will be chosen to receive this grant on a first-come, first-serve, basis. If for any reason any of the chosen grant awardees is unable to accept the grant, an alternate grant awardee will be chosen, as remaining grant funds allow.

  • The partner’s company must have been founded by or have a current CEO who identifies as Black/African American.
  • The partner’s company must be headquartered in the U.S. and serve U.S.-based customers.
  • The partner’s platform must be publicly launched (i.e., it cannot be in alpha, beta, or stealth).
  • The partner must have at least five (5) monthly active customers of any size.
  • The partner must be willing and able to begin development of a new integration between partner and Square, to be utilized by the partner within three (3) months of applying for this grant. The partner must also complete the integration and launch within nine (9) months of grant approval.

There is a massive opportunity in front of us. Square is building a business that is big, meaningful, and lasting. And they are helping sellers around the world do the same.

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$7,500

2023 Halstead Grant

The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. It is critical that new artists also hone their business ...
  • Grant Amount

    $7,500
  • Application Deadline

    May 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    Halstead
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. It is critical that new artists also hone their business skills in order to effectively manage their small businesses in today's global market. Each summer Halstead awards a grant to a new jewelry designer working primarily in silver.

The grand prize consists of $7,500 in start-up capital and $1,000 in merchandise as well as recognition in the industry. We also recognize finalists who receive a smaller cash prize and help promoting their business.

  • Be a student or a professional jeweler.
  • Maintain a consistent catalog of metal jewelry for resale
  • Create a line with sterling or fine silver elements
  • Plan to sell on a large scale
  • Should never have been found guilty of a crime
  • You must be a US citizen.

The Halstead Grant started in 2006 and has helped many talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field.

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Up to $5,000

The Fruit Guys

The applicant farm must be an established working farm with at least 1 year of experience that is looking to improve operations. Projects should help small farm...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    January 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Fruit Guys Community Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The applicant farm must be an established working farm with at least 1 year of experience that is looking to improve operations. Projects should help small farms and orchards operate more environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach.

  • U.S. farms only are eligible
  • Applicant is an owner/operator of the farm or has long-term, legal access to the land. If farming on leased land, a letter of support from the landowner specifying length of the lease agreement must be provided with the grant application.
  • Agricultural nonprofits are also encouraged to apply.
  • The applicant farm must be an established working farm with at least 1 year of experience that is looking to improve operations.
  • We welcome farms to re-apply for the same project or a different one if you have not been funded in an earlier grant cycle.
  • Farm is small to medium-sized as determined by acreage in agricultural production. Farms with more than 300 acres in agricultural production are ineligible to apply.

We believe that providing small, manageable grants can have big impacts for farms.

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$10,000
  • People of Color Grants

2022-2023 Restaurant Business Development Program

Funding for the Restaurant Business Development Program (RBDP) is provided by external corporations with a vested interest in the creation and sustainability of...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    January 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Feed the Soul Foundation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Funding for the Restaurant Business Development Program (RBDP) is provided by external corporations with a vested interest in the creation and sustainability of businesses owned and operated by marginalized individuals who identify as Black and Latinx.
 
The awarded grant amount for the RBDP recipients is $10,000, plus 6 months of business development consulting and training, at a value of $15,000. Awarded recipients are determined through a comprehensive review process. It is not guaranteed that all those who apply will receive the grant. 

  • Applicant must be a "Culinary Business". A Culinary Business is defined as; Restaurant, Food Truck, Bakery, Bar/Lounge, Pop-up Food Stand, or Ghost/Cloud Kitchen.  Other business will not be considered. 
  • Culinary Business must be at least 51% owned by a person (or persons) who identify as Black or Latinx.
  • Culinary Business must be located in the United States, including Puerto Rico.
  • Culinary Business must be in operation 24 consecutive months prior to applying to the RDBP.
  • Culinary Business must have more than 4 employees.
  • Culinary Business must have an accounting software program like QuickBooks, that is active and currently being used.
  • Grant applicant or owner must be committed to attending 2-hour virtual classes with industry experts from May-August.
  • Grant applicant or owner must be committed to attending virtual and in-person meetings with consultant(s) for 4-6 hours per week for 6-8 weeks from September-November.
  • Grant applicant or owner must be willing to provide 3 years of financial statements including but not limited to; Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss/Income Statements, Taxes and General Ledgers.
  • Applications must be submitted using this electronic application. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Feed the Soul Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, developed to aid marginalized professionals in the culinary industry.

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$1,000 - $5,000

2023 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Application

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching....
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000 - $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 14, 2023
  • Grantor

    Farmer Veteran Coalition
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 to purchase equipment or supplies that will support your farm business.  The application process is extremely competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

  • Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, currently be on active-duty, or serving in the military reserve/National Guard.
  • Applicants must be members of FVC (you can join for free at farmvetco.org)
  • Applicants must have an honorable discharge (other characters of discharge may be accepted on a case-by-case basis). Active duty or reserve members need a command support letter.
  • Applicants must have an agricultural business in operation, and submit a business plan.
  • Applicants must be willing to fully participate in the Fellowship Program, which includes reporting progress, capturing photos of the purchase, and mentoring aspiring veteran farmers if needed.
  • Applicants must have the desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on the farmer veteran community. 

The Mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition is Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America.

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  • People of Color Grants

Amazon's Black Business Accelerator

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator (BBA) supports Black-owned businesses to build sustainable growth by explicitly targeting barriers to access, opportunity, a...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    December 22, 2023
  • Grantor

    Amazon
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator (BBA) supports Black-owned businesses to build sustainable growth by explicitly targeting barriers to access, opportunity, and advancement created by societal and historical imbalances. The program helps Black entrepreneurs grow their business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance, mentorship, and marketing and promotional support.

To enroll in BBA, click on the BBA landing page and then click on “Get started.” Your business must meet and maintain all the following criteria, including:
  • A U.S. address located in the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico. This must be the same address listed on your Amazon Professional Selling Account;
  • A physical products(s) ready to promote and sell in Amazon's US store;
  • An active Amazon Professional Seller account, with no fraudulent activity;
  • A valid minority-owned business registration or certification uploaded to your Professional Selling Account in Seller Central. BBA accepts businesses registered as minority-owned on the U.S. System for Award Management or certified through SupplierGATEWAY, U.S. Small Business Administration, or the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Amazon committed $150 million over four years to empower Black-owned businesses through the launch of the Black Business Accelerator

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$30,000

Small Business Grant Contest

You have a chance to win $30K from the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest—are you ready to go all in to try to win? Benefits of winning the Small Business Grant...
  • Grant Amount

    $30,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 21, 2023
  • Grantor

    FedEx
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

 

You have a chance to win $30K from the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest—are you ready to go all in to try to win? 

Benefits of winning the Small Business Grant Contest:

  • Get one of the cash grants that are awarded annually to multiple small businesses
  • Collaborate with other winners in virtual and live forums
  • Participate in feedback sessions with high-level FedEx executives
  • Gain opportunities to participate in small business networks, like our Entrepreneur Advisory Board

The Small Business Grant Contest has awarded more than $1.6 million in cash and prizes to over 100 small businesses. This could be your chance to join them! 

10 winners will receive a $30,000 grant each. Additional prizes may be available and will be posted to the website, in the FAQs, and in the Rules as they are finalized.

 

 

Typically, any U.S.-based for-profit small business that meets the following requirements is eligible to enter the contest:

  • Has a FedEx business account number
  • Has been in continuous operation selling a product or service in market for at least six (6) months by the time the contest starts
  • Has fewer than 99 employees (Solo owners are considered employees.)
  • Has a shipping need for their business

Any additional entry eligibility requirements will be available in the official Rules, which will be posted to this page when they are available.

FedEx's Small Business Center provides shipping solutions, tools, and insights from entrepreneurs and experts.

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$2,500

Fresh Start Business Grant

Whether you’re starting over or starting from scratch, Incfile wants to be there to help your business succeed. One adult entrepreneur will receive $2,500 to pu...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    September 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Incfile
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Whether you’re starting over or starting from scratch, Incfile wants to be there to help your business succeed. One adult entrepreneur will receive $2,500 to put toward business startup costs and will also receive free formation services from Incfile. 

 

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must be a U.S. resident
  • Must be planning to start a new business or grow an existing business in a significant way
  • Application requires a 2-minute video and business plan

Incfile helps you quickly and easily create your LLC or other business entity.

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$1,500
  • Grants for Women

Atomic Grants

In 2023, we will award four grants to applicants who are looking for support in bringing their passion to life. The passion should be one that looks to create p...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,500
  • Application Deadline

    December 15, 2023
  • Grantor

    Passion Collective
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

In 2023, we will award four grants to applicants who are looking for support in bringing their passion to life. The passion should be one that looks to create positive change for the applicant and others.

These awards include a $1500 cash grant, coaching from leading strategy and culture consulting firm Keystone Group International and a free year of Passion Collective On Demand!

To apply, complete the quick application form, telling them why you want this grant, and what impact it will make on your life. Be as expressive as possible about why this matters to you, and the impact you hope it will create on you, or others.

 

Atomic Grants are available to those who identify as a woman, and who are 21+. You can live anywhere in the world - as long as you have a way to receive the money digitally, and you are connected via email and social media.

What are the deadlines for applying?
Grants run each quarter, with a new form each time. 2023 deadlines are 5pm CST on these dates:

  • March 17, 2023

  • June 23, 2023

  • September 22, 2023

  • December 15, 2023

Atomic Grants are made possible by the generous support of our partners, Atomic Data and Keystone Group International.

 

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$25,000

Match On Main

Match on Main is a reimbursement grant program, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, that serves as a tool to support new or expanding pla...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    miplace
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Match on Main is a reimbursement grant program, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, that serves as a tool to support new or expanding place-based businesses by providing up to $25,000 in funding to support an eligible small business through an application submitted, administered, and managed by the local unit of government, downtown development authority, or other downtown management or community development organization where the business is located.

  • Match on Main is a reimbursement grant program that serves to support new or expanding place-based businesses by providing up to $25,000 in funding to support eligible activities.
  • Applicants are local units of government, DDA, or other management districts located in essentials or certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® or select or master Michigan Main Street Communities.
  • The applicant will determine which business within their district is selected for inclusion in the final application for support. Applicants are responsible for dispersing funds to businesses.
  • The maximum award to any individual applicant is $25,000 (enough to support only 1 eligible business). Applicants may submit no more than 2 applications per funding round.

MiPlace is a website dedicated to community development and placemaking in Michigan. Content on this site is relevant for communities, developers and individuals interested in topics ranging from redevelopment and brownfield tools to crowdfunding.

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Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative

The objective of the 4th “F” Fund (4FF) is to provide direct assistance to Montana bioscience entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses in need of money for...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    July 31, 2024
  • Grantor

    Montana Bioscience
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The objective of the 4th “F” Fund (4FF) is to provide direct assistance to Montana bioscience entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses in need of money for travel to key conferences, small equipment purchases, or temporary staff assistance in relation to proposal development, ect. This fund is designed for maximum flexibility in support of new and established businesses and entrepreneurs in the bioscience industry.

4FF Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to all bioscience entrepreneurs in Montana

  • Open to for-profit, not-for-profit and social entrepreneurship ideas

Many, if not most, startup ideas require some small level of expenditure in order to better define, refine or validate their business, product or service ideas. Expenditures may relate to activities such as:

  • Market research activities (including costs of trips to trade shows, potential customers or suppliers)

  • Product design, prototyping or testing

  • Patent searches or provisional patent applications

  • Legal costs

These “proof of concept” activities precede startups being able to demonstrate viable products and services to customers that might otherwise result in orders and revenue. With orders a startup may be able to gain funding via customer prepayments or from angels, banks or other investors willing to invest on the basis of customer commitments.

Entrepreneurs and innovators can and do put sweat equity and their own money into such “proof of concept” activities and call on friends and contacts for help to minimize such costs. But such endeavors can only take them so far. At which point startup founders often turn to the so-called “3Fs” of friends, family and fools to source funds to cover these startup activities.

In Montana however, low income levels mean that many bioscience entrepreneurs have no, or little, access to 3F funding. The 4th F fund would address this need and gap.

The Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative is a multidimensional program with seasoned stakeholders from the private sector, university, economic development, trade associations and others who already have boots on the ground providing technical assistance as well as support, training, and mentoring to new and established life science businesses, entrepreneurs and students.

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$25,000
  • People of Color Grants
  • Government Grants

Power Forward Small Business Grant

The Power Forward Small Business Grant program aims to create a lasting impact through the economic empowerment of Black-owned small businesses across New Engla...
  • Grant Amount

    $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    June 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Vistaprint
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Power Forward Small Business Grant program aims to create a lasting impact through the economic empowerment of Black-owned small businesses across New England. Through a combined commitment of $1 million, Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation are teaming up with the NAACP to award transformative grants of $25,000 on a rolling basis. Through this initiative, grant recipients will have opportunities to be featured on national co-branded platforms along with receiving marketing and design resources customized to their specific needs to help their businesses grow and thrive.

Qualified applicants must be Black-owned small businesses with 1 to 25 employees and be based and operating in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or select areas of Connecticut*. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the impact their small business has on their greater community and showcase how they intend to use the $25,000 grant award.

 

Boston Celtics United, VistaPrint and NCAAP

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$1,000 - $10,000
  • People of Color Grants

Job Creators Quest Grants

Pre-Register For The 2023 SoCal Job Creators Quest Grant The $100,000 fund will make investments to 25 diverse-led businesses in Southern California. Complete t...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000 - $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    April 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    Founders First CDC
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Pre-Register For The 2023 SoCal Job Creators Quest Grant

The $100,000 fund will make investments to 25 diverse-led businesses in Southern California. Complete the full application, which includes information about your business, organization chart, Profit and Loss (P & L) statement, and a short pitch video.

 

 

To qualify:
  • Founder identifies as one of the following: Latinx, Black, Asian, Women, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, or located in a Low to Moderate Income area.
  • Must be located in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, and San Diego regions and have a current staff of 2-20 employees.
  • Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $3 million.
 

Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led businesses generating over $1 million dollars in revenues and creating premium wage jobs.

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$2,500
  • People of Color Grants

Kinetic Black Business Support Fund

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Your business must meet the following requirements to participate in the Black Business Fund Support. The...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    September 25, 2023
  • Grantor

    Kinetic Business
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Your business must meet the following requirements to participate in the Black Business Fund Support. The Black Business Fund can support your business through free business internet, grant funding, or free business consultations if awarded.

 

Your business must meet the following requirements to participate in the Black Business Support Fund Grant program:

  • You must be a new or current small business customer within our service area;
  • Your small business must be black-owned and have 25 or fewer employees;
  • You must not be currently engaged in bankruptcy proceedings;
  • Your small business must not be a: non-profit organization, Wine & spirits, check-cashing agency, gun shop, pawn shop, cannabidiol (CBD) stores or adult entertainment business; and
  • You may not apply on behalf of multiple small businesses or receive multiple awards.

If awarded a Black Business Support Fund Grant, you must maintain compliance with these eligibility requirements during the 12-month grant term; failure to maintain compliance may result in termination of a Grant Award and repayment of the award, in whole or in part. Eligibility determinations are made at the sole discretion of Windstream.

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that in submitting an application, you are not guaranteed a Grant Award or an award of any particular amount. If you are selected as a potential Grant Recipient, you must provide all required documentation upon request by Windstream, such as a bank statement, tax report, and a balance sheet from the prior tax year, so that Windstream may confirm your eligibility for an award.

Windstream Communications provides high-speed broadband internet, phone service, and digital TV packages to residential customers as well as products and services for small, medium, and large businesses and government agencies. 

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$5,000
  • Government Grants

ARPA City of Roanoke

The Economic Development Authority of the City of Roanoke (EDA) will award 100 grants, each of which will amount to $5,000.00. Such grant funds will be awarded ...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    April 24, 2023
  • Grantor

    City of Roanoke
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Economic Development Authority of the City of Roanoke (EDA) will award 100 grants, each of which will amount to $5,000.00. Such grant funds will be awarded after entering into a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the EDA. This process will occur as follows:

1. Completion of this Grant Application outlining the use of funds. 

2. Following written approval of application by Roanoke City Economic Development staff, applicant shall enter into an MOU with the EDA. Once all funds are spent, applicant will submit a report to the EDA as described in the MOU and provide receipts, canceled checks, or order confirmations documenting actual spending of all grant funds on eligible expenses.

3. One (1) grant per business, regardless of number of locations within the City.

4. The following items must also be included with application:            

  • Federal tax return for Tax Year 2020 or copy of Applicant's 2020 IRS Form 1040 Schedule C, 
  • Copies of City of Roanoke 2020 and 2021 Businesses Licenses, and 
  • Current IRS Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number & Certification
 

Roanoke City businesses meeting ALL of the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrate that they were in operation pre-Covid (March 1, 2020)
  • Must be an existing for-profit business located in the City of Roanoke
  • Must have at least one (1) Full Time Employee (owner included) but less than 500 (defined as at least 30 hours of service per week, or 130 hours per month per IRS regulations - https://www.irs.gov/affordable-care-act/employers/identifying-full-time-employees)
  • Must possess a valid City of Roanoke business license and certification by the Virginia State Corporate Commission (as required)
  • Must demonstrate impacts due to COVID-19 (revenue loss, reduced sales, closure or suspended operation, employment decline, business interruption or other)
  • Must demonstrate how grant funds will be used to make adjustments to operations (new operations or addition/expansion to existing operations are permissible)
  •  Must demonstrate a sustainability plan for maintaining the business in the City of Roanoke
  • Must be current on all taxes and fees owed to the City of Roanoke

Eligible Expenses may include:

  • Equipment and inventory purchases that respond to a shift in market conditions (e.g. purchase of equipment that will allow a restauranteur to offer outdoor dining);
  • Employee retention efforts for front-facing employees – e.g. licensed practical nurses or register workers. (remote workers are not eligible) 
  • Purchase of equipment or services to shorten or alleviate inventory or supply chain issues – e.g. shipping; (combine with point one)
  • Deep cleaning services, purchase of PPE, installation of protective barriers, etc. 

City of Roanoke

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$3,250
  • Grants for Women

Galaxy Grant

Galaxy of Star's mission is to help minority and women-owned businesses succeed. Starting and growing a business is no easy task. Apply for a $2,750 grant to fu...
  • Grant Amount

    $3,250
  • Application Deadline

    March 8, 2023
  • Grantor

    Galaxy of Stars
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Galaxy of Star's mission is to help minority and women-owned businesses succeed. Starting and growing a business is no easy task. Apply for a $2,750 grant to fund your business and make your dreams a reality! Exclusively for minority and women entrepreneurs.

 

Minority or Women entrepreneurs

501(c)(3) non-profit helping low income and minority entrepreneurs nationwide.

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$10,000
  • Grants for Women

2022 BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program

Currently closed, check back for 2023 dates. We’re excited to present the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program, in collaboration with Deloitte. Eight women-owned...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 31, 2022
  • Grantor

    BMO and Deloitte
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Currently closed, check back for 2023 dates. We’re excited to present the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program, in collaboration with Deloitte. Eight women-owned businesses each will be receiving a $10,000 grant to take their businesses to the next level.

We’re looking for women business owners who are motivated by growth and change and are excited to break barriers to achieve success. We recognize that access to funding and capital is a challenge that women business owners often face. BMO is committed to investing in and supporting women-owned businesses and has honored over 215 women since 2012.

The BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program will assess applicants based on their high-level business growth plans. Any type of business growth will be considered whether expanding into a new market or creating a new product/service.

To be eligible for the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program, you’ll need to show us your high-level overview of your business growth strategy.

You’ll also need to meet specific eligibility criteria as an applicant and as a business.

Criteria for applicants:

  • You’re the owner of a business
  • You’re a resident of the U.S.
  • You’ve reached the legal age of majority in the state where your business resides

Criteria for businesses:

  • Must be at least 51% owned or controlled by women or by individuals who self-identify as women
  • Currently active and operating in the U.S.
  • Has a physical location (or a mailing address for their headquarters) in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri or Wisconsin
  • Must be a for-profit business with annual revenues of $5 million USD or less
  • In good standing in the state in which the business is registered
  • In operation selling a product or service for at least 2 years as of January 1, 2022
For full eligibility details for the 2022 Grant Program, see the Official Terms and Conditions.

BMO is committed to investing in and supporting women-owned businesses.

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$5,000

Texas Food & Wine Alliance Grant

Grant winners will be announced and awarded at a ceremony at the Holdsworth Center in Austin on January 21, 2023. The unique grant program has provided $532,500...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Texas Food & Wine Alliance
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Grant winners will be announced and awarded at a ceremony at the Holdsworth Center in Austin on January 21, 2023.

The unique grant program has provided $532,500 in funding over the past ten years.

Eligible applicants for the grant program include farmers, artisan producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits makers, culinary nonprofits, businesses and professionals whose projects and initiatives show innovation and impact on the community, according to a press release.

Eligible applicants for the grant program include farmers, artisan producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits makers, culinary nonprofits, businesses and professionals whose projects and initiatives show innovation and impact on the community, according to a press release.

The Texas Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming, and events.

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$2,000

Small Business Utility Grants

The City of Lincoln is offering Small Businesses Utility Grants. Grants are available for small businesses in Lincoln with 50 or fewer employees that operate in...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    City of Nebraska
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The City of Lincoln is offering Small Businesses Utility Grants.

Grants are available for small businesses in Lincoln with 50 or fewer employees that operate in a Qualified Census Tract. Small businesses may apply for up to a year of their average electric and water expenses.

A total of $1.5 million dollars will be made available for small businesses.

Grant awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are available from the American Rescue Plan and small businesses must meet federal requirements. Fraudulent documentation or activity will not be tolerated and will be subject to relevant legal actions and consequences.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to small businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic. The program will provide utility payments to assist small businesses in stabilizing and growing business operations and employment as well as to recover from pandemic losses.

Grant Program Benefits

Qualifying small businesses may apply for up to a year of electric and water expenses. Applicants may apply for an amount equal to or less than the total of their electric and water bills from September 2021 through August 2022.

The total amount for any business will be based on the current electric and water invoices. The grant award will be made directly to Lincoln Electric System and Lincoln Water System on behalf of the business.

Eligibility Requirements

Businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Businesses must be for-profit, independently operated businesses with 50 or fewer employees. A sole proprietorship may qualify.
  • Applicants must have a physical location doing business in a Qualified Census Tract in the City of Lincoln. Please check to see if your address is located in a Qualified Tract. (You will enter your business address and then click “Color QCT Qualified Tracts” on the left-hand side.)
  • Businesses can not have received the City’s Small Business Stabilization Grant for rent or mortgage.
  • Businesses must have been in operation prior to February 29, 2020.
  • Businesses must provide all necessary documentation.

Nebraska City is located within Otoe County in southeastern Nebraska. The city sits on the eastern edge of Otoe County and is bordered by the Missouri River and the State of Iowa to the east. Nebraska City is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 75 and Nebraska State Highway 2; also, Interstate 29 is located three miles to the east in Iowa.

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New York State Seed Funding Grant Program

The New York State Seed Funding Grant Program (the “Program”) was created to provide assistance to early-stage small businesses to succeed in a recovering New Y...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    September 25, 2023
  • Grantor

    Empire State Development
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The New York State Seed Funding Grant Program (the “Program”) was created to provide assistance to early-stage small businesses to succeed in a recovering New York State economy. Eligible Applicants must provide evidence, acceptable to New York State that the Eligible Applicant is operational and meets the program requirements. As part of the application each micro-business, small business, or for-profit arts and cultural organization including independent arts contractors shall provide sufficient documentation in a manner prescribed by Empire State Development (ESD) to demonstrate program qualification.

For firms that have already filed a Federal Tax Return for operations:

  • Grant awards will be calculated based upon the annual amount of gross receipts as shown on their provided 2020 or 2021 business tax return.
    • Businesses with $5,000 and up to $49,999.99 in gross receipts: Award is $5,000/business.
    • Businesses with $50,000 – $99,999.99 in gross receipts: Award is $10,000/business.
    • Businesses with $100,000 – $1,000,000 in gross receipts: Award is 10% of gross receipts with a maximum grant amount of $25,000/business.

For firms that have NOT filed a Federal Tax Return for operations thus far:

  • Award is $5,000/business.

Small businesses, Micro-businesses and For-profit independent arts and cultural organizations, including independent arts contractors submitting an application for a grant award to the Program (collectively, “Eligible Applicants”) must:

  1. Be incorporated in New York State or licensed or registered to do business in New York State and must be resident in the State of New York;
  2. Be a currently viable Micro-business, Small business, or For-profit arts and cultural organization including independent arts contractors that started business on September 1, 2018 or later and has been operational for at least six months before an application is submitted;
  3. Have between five thousand dollars ($5,000) and one million dollars ($1,000,000) in gross receipts per annum as reflected on their most recent Federal Business Tax Return (line 1a, IRS Form 1120 or 1065; line 1 IRS Form 1040 Schedule C) or be able to demonstrate five thousand dollars ($5,000) in business expenses for businesses that have not yet filed a Federal Business Tax Return;
  4. Be in substantial compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, codes and requirements;
  5. Not owe any federal, state or local taxes, or have an approved repayment, deferral plan, or agreement with appropriate federal, state, and local taxing authorities;
  6. Not qualify for business assistance grant programs under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or any other available federal COVID-19 economic recovery or business assistance grant programs, including loans forgiven under the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or are unable to obtain sufficient business assistance from such federal programs.*

    * Eligible Applicants may have received or been awarded the following federal assistance:

    • Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $250,000 or less.
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 of any size.
    • COVID-19 EIDL Advance Grant of any size.
    • COVID-19 EIDL Supplemental Targeted Advance Grant of any size.
    • SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant of any size.
    • Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant of any size.
  7. Did not qualify for business assistance under the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program.

The mission of Empire State Development (“ESD”) is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

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  • People of Color Grants

Holyoke Latino Business Grant Program

The Latino Business Grant Program includes $150,000 in funding to support Latin-owned businesses in Holyoke, Massachusetts that were affected negatively by the ...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    April 30, 2023
  • Grantor

    Latino Economic Development Corporation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Latino Business Grant Program includes $150,000 in funding to support Latin-owned businesses in Holyoke, Massachusetts that were affected negatively by the pandemic. The program is funded through the state’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds. Local organization Partners for Community is partnering with local chambers of commerce and state representatives to fund and facilitate the program.

Latino owned micro-businesses in Holyoke, Chicopee, or Springfield who have experienced negative economic impacts because of the Covid-19 Pandemic are encouraged to apply. 

Our goal is to drive the economic and social advancement of low to moderate income Latinos and other underserved communities in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Puerto Rico by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

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$7,500
  • Government Grants

Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

Renewable fuel businesses in Missouri have the opportunity to vie for infrastructure project funding through a state program this month. The Biofuel Infrastruct...
  • Grant Amount

    $7,500
  • Application Deadline

    March 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    MASBDA
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Renewable fuel businesses in Missouri have the opportunity to vie for infrastructure project funding through a state program this month.

The Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program (BIIP), which is administered by the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA), will dole out up to $40 million in funds for clean fuel businesses undertaking infrastructure projects. Funds are to be awarded to fuel retailers or distributors, fleet operations or terminal companies that currently or plan to store or dispense ethanol blends. Funds are available for the construction, installation, retrofitting or upgrading of infrastructure within the state that's solely used for the environmentally-friendly biofuel practices, including fuel dispensers, pumps, and underground and above-ground storage tanks.

Projects may include multiple locations across the state, according to MASBDA.

Applicants must be a business entity that is constructing new, or retrofitting or improving existing, infrastructure or equipment which handles biodiesel fuel, biodiesel blend fuel, or ethanol blended gasoline at a facility located in Missouri. The project may include multiple locations within the state.

A business entity with both biodiesel and ethanol infrastructure needs may submit separate applications in each category and be eligible for maximum funding in each category.

The purpose of the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program (BIIP) is to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. 

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$250

The Hug Grant

HUGs (Helpful Unfettered Gifts) are $250 strings-free micro-grants – aka “Love Bombs of Cash” – awarded monthly to non-profit and for-profit creative initiative...
  • Grant Amount

    $250
  • Application Deadline

    July 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Charlotte is Creative
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

HUGs (Helpful Unfettered Gifts) are $250 strings-free micro-grants – aka “Love Bombs of Cash” – awarded monthly to non-profit and for-profit creative initiatives in Charlotte to help propel the project forward or remove a small obstacle to its overall success. This is real money, making a real difference. All of it is at work today in the Queen City.

HUG Micro-Grants are open to:

  • ANY CHARLOTTE-BASED CREATIVE PROJECTS — NON-PROFIT OR FOR-PROFIT.

    • For example, if an artist uses a HUG to buy canvases and then sells the paintings on the canvases … AWESOME.
    • Or, if a non-profit uses a HUG to boost Facebook posts and invite people to a free event … AWESOME.

  • PRIVATE CITIZENS OR ORGANIZATIONS

    • That said, we’re looking to support efforts that push creativity forward so our community can see and experience them. We’d like your grant to be used in a community-facing way.

  • ONGOING PROJECTS OR NEW INITIATIVES.

  • PREVIOUSLY HUG-FUNDED PROJECTS

    • While further funding is not assured, you are welcome to apply for a second HUG 12-months after your previous grant.

These days, the framework exists to communicate and connect with each other and with resources instantly. But, sometimes it feels harder to connect than ever. The pandemic has added new challenges to connection.

And, that’s what we do at Charlotte Is Creative.

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$5,000
  • Government Grants

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

The San Mateo County California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief grant is a $2,500 grant for businesses that made under $50,000 in gross revenues in 2019 and were ...
  • Grant Amount

    $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    San Mateo County
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The San Mateo County California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief grant is a $2,500 grant for businesses that made under $50,000 in gross revenues in 2019 and were hurt by COVID-19. The business cannot have received the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief grant (aka the California Relief Grant administered by Lendistry), and the business must be the owner's main source of income.

There are two steps. First, you fill out the eligibility form. If you appear eligible, we send the full application to fill and ask for some verifying documents. We are collecting eligibility forms until October 17 as all the money must be disbursed by November 30.

San Mateo is a county in California looking to make a difference for its residents. They are offering a grant, especially for small businesses that are looking for funding.

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$20,000
  • Grants for Women

Fourth Annual Pitch Competition

Five women founders of food, beverage, and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies will be invited to pitch their business live in New York City in front of a p...
  • Grant Amount

    $20,000
  • Application Deadline

    October 2, 2023
  • Grantor

    Enthuse Foundation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Five women founders of food, beverage, and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies will be invited to pitch their business live in New York City in front of a panel of industry experts

Eligibility requirements:
-Food, beverage, or CPG business founder
- At least 51% of business is owned by women
- Company has sales (pre-revenue startups are not eligible)
- Business in operation for less than four (4) years
- Revenue does not exceed $500,000
- Attend the live pitch night in NYC (transportation/lodging stipend available if needed)
- Ability to mail product samples (if chosen as a finalist)

Eligibility requirements:
-Food, beverage, or CPG business founder
- At least 51% of business is owned by women
- Company has sales (pre-revenue startups are not eligible)
- Business in operation for less than four (4) years
- Revenue does not exceed $500,000
- Attend the live pitch night in NYC (transportation/lodging stipend available if needed)
- Ability to mail product samples (if chosen as a finalist)

The Enthuse Foundation is a non-profit organization investing in a new generation of women entrepreneurs and cultivating the next generation of business leaders.

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Up to $5,000

UpStart Small Business Grant

The Startup Junkie Foundation launched on June 4th a new program entity called the UpStart Thrift Store, located at 235 Main St, Farmington, Arkansas. This enti...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $5,000
  • Application Deadline

    December 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Startup Junkie Foundation
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Startup Junkie Foundation launched on June 4th a new program entity called the UpStart Thrift Store, located at 235 Main St, Farmington, Arkansas.  This entity is run by an all-volunteer team.  UpStart Thrift resells donated clothes and home goods at very affordable prices. 

All of the proceeds, after rent and utilities are covered for the store, will be used to fund Kiva loans and small business grants to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Washington County.

UpStart Thrift will do competitively awarded grants of up to $5,000 to small business owners in Washington County. The Upstart Thrift team will work with the Startup Junkie Foundation leadership to select the awardees based on the merits of their application.

An eligible business must:

  • Be operated in Washington County, Arkansas
  • Been in business for more than one year
  • Be in good standing with the state of Arkansas

Startup Junkie supports, inspires, and educates entrepreneurs and innovators by providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting, events, workshops, and programs; and access to capital and talent.

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Up to $25,000
  • People of Color Grants

Minority Business Enterprise Grant Program

Applications will open Fall 2023 A local grant program offers funding to support Black and Latinx-owned small businesses in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Th...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $25,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 26, 2022
  • Grantor

    Greater Winston-Salem
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Applications will open Fall 2023

A local grant program offers funding to support Black and Latinx-owned small businesses in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) grant fund is focused on improving business success, job retention, and job creation for minority-owned businesses.

  • Grants up to $25,000 are available.
  • Eligible uses of grant funds are special projects and general operating expenses such as salary, wages, lease, rent payments, working capital, and capital expenditures. 

  • Businesses must be Black- or Latinx-Owned.
  • Businesses must be located in Forsyth County and in operation as of January 1, 2022. 
  • Businesses’ gross annual sales must not exceed $1 million.
  • Businesses must have at least 1 but not more than 25 full-time employees.

Applicants should read the entire criteria and gather supporting documentation before submitting an application.

Promoting business and economic development in Winston-Salem NC.

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Up to $10,000

Fort Collins Small Business Grant

As part of pandemic recovery efforts, the City of Fort Collins is launching the Small Business Grants program to help our local small business community address...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    January 27, 2023
  • Grantor

    City of Fort Collins
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

As part of pandemic recovery efforts, the City of Fort Collins is launching the Small Business Grants program to help our local small business community address the impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis.  

Eligible small businesses include those with less than 50 employees who make less than $500K in revenue a year, along with solopreneurs, artists, and musicians who had challenges that were attributed to or aggravated by the Covid-19 public health crisis.

Examples of continuing challenges to businesses include:

  • reduced revenue from ongoing spikes in COVID cases
  • increased expenses from supply chain issues
  • increased salary and hiring costs
  • and other increases in operating expenses.   

Small Businesses Grants are available to help with three recovery goal areas:  

  • Stabilization  
  • Technical Assistance   
  • Workforce & Talent Acquisition   

Applicants may request up to $10,000 in TOTAL funding within the goal areas. 

There will be two rounds of grants:

  • Round 1: Opens August 1  and closes August 30, 2022  
  • Round 2: Opens October 3 and closes October 31, 2022  

  • Less than 50 employees who make less than $500K in revenue a year
  • Have a sales tax/business license in good standing with the City of Fort Collins   
  • Maintain good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, and compliant with all city, state, and federal licensing and taxing authorities.  
  • Make less than $500K in revenue per year. 
  • Had to have been in operation since at least November 1, 2019. 
  • Have less than 50 employees. 
  • For the Stabilization Grant only: show 15% revenue loss due to the pandemic.   

To provide world-class municipal services through operational excellence and a culture of innovation.

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$10,000

Re-Start Retention Grant Program

Re-Start and Finish Line Grant Applications Open February 1, 2023 The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting mitigation efforts have negatively impacted a number o...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    City of Aurora, Illinois
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Re-Start and Finish Line Grant Applications Open February 1, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting mitigation efforts have negatively impacted a number of business sectors throughout the country. There is a real fear in our community that many of our local businesses who otherwise can continue as viable businesses may permanently close without additional financial assistance.

The City of Aurora’s Re-Start Retention Grant was established to assist small businesses located in all commercial areas of the City of Aurora with business expenses and operational expenses to prevent business closure and the loss of jobs. This program allows the City to offer grants to reimburse a portion of business losses suffered as a direct result of the public health crisis, and assist as they adjust to the resulting business demands.

Any business intending to apply for the program should complete and submit an application and all required documentation and signatures so the City may process the application, and if approved, disburse the grant funds.

All small businesses in all commercial areas of the City of Aurora, including those operating on City-owned property, are eligible to apply with the exceptions listed below. Only complete applications received by the deadline will be processed. Applications can be emailed to moedgrants@aurora.il.us or dropped off at the City of Aurora Development Services Center (77 S. Broadway) Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm before the close of business on October 1, 2022.

Businesses that answer yes to any of the following are NOT eligible:
  • A government-owned business entity
  • A business that is delinquent on payment of any State of Illinois tax obligation
  • A business that is engaged in a business that is unlawful under Illinois or federal law
  • A business that is on the federal System for Award Management excluded parties list
  • A business that has permanently closed
  • A business that employs more than 50 employees
  • Applicants must NOT have made more than $2 million in gross revenue in 2019, 2020 or 2021
  • Have no outstanding code enforcement violations

The City of Aurora exists to provide municipal services through efficient, effective, and progressive governance allowing individuals, families, and businesses the opportunity to thrive in a friendly, safe, and dynamic environment.

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$50,000

LaunchKC Grants Competition 2022

Currently closed - check back soon for 2023 dates.
  • Grant Amount

    $50,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 9, 2022
  • Grantor

    F6S
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Currently closed - check back soon for 2023 dates. 

LaunchKC Grants Competition recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit entity
  • Provide a technology-based product, service, or solution
  • Have a scaleable business model
  • Be an early-stage company (validated idea stage through pre-Series A funding)
  • Be a US-based company
  • Be willing to relocate to Kansas City, Missouri for at least one year. This includes the business headquarters, significant operations, and 51% of the Founding Team (or 1 Founder and 51% of the team).

F6S is a global community that delivers billions in growth to startups and companies with funding, accelerators, jobs, grants, and more. 

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Up to $50,000

Commercial Property Improvement Grant

Small Business owners are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000 that can be used for both internal and external improvements to their commercial propert...
  • Grant Amount

    Up to $50,000
  • Application Deadline

    February 29, 2024
  • Grantor

    Invest Atlanta
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Small Business owners are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000 that can be used for both internal and external improvements to their commercial property. Small businesses across the city are eligible with priority to minority-owned small businesses in disinvested areas, as identified in the One Atlanta Economic Mobility Plan.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until program funds are fully allocated, or the end of the program term in 2024.  In addition to prioritizing minority-owned small businesses in disinvested areas, selection will be based on project readiness, need for funding, and project impact on business operations.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • For-profit and nonprofit small businesses operating in commercial properties with a total building size smaller than 15,000 square feet located in the City of Atlanta are eligible to apply
  • Small businesses who lease their commercial space should have a minimum of 1-year left on their lease and will need approval from the property owner.
  • Applicants must show a current City of Atlanta business license.
  • Owners of vacant commercial properties that meet the size requirements may be eligible to apply.  Please reach out to the Program Manager prior to submitting application, as vacant properties may be eligible if scope of work will bring them into leasable condition.
  • Small businesses in multi-tenant commercial buildings smaller than 15,000 square feet are eligible,
  • Awardees must provide a match equal to at least 10% of the grant award.
  • Priority will be given to small businesses located in disinvested areas of the city. Check if your property is in a Disinvested Area.

Invest Atlanta facilitates economic development within the city limits of Atlanta.

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$2,500

San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

The San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant is designed to assist businesses that have experienced economic barriers due to the effects of the...
  • Grant Amount

    $2,500
  • Application Deadline

    November 15, 2022
  • Grantor

    San Bernardino County
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant is designed to assist businesses that have experienced economic barriers due to the effects of the global pandemic. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved $2,500 to be disbursed to qualified businesses. 

  • Business located within the San Bernardino County boundaries
  • Business started before December 31, 2019
  • 5 or less full-time employees
  • Gross Revenues of less than $50,000 in 2019 Tax Year and 2020 Tax Year
  • Did not receive the California Relief Grant issued by Lendistry

The mission of the government of the County of San Bernardino is to satisfy its customers by providing service that promotes the health, safety, well being, and quality of life of its residents according to the County Charter, general laws, and the will of the people it serves.

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$1,000

Colorado SBDC TechSource: Commercialization Program

The Colorado SBDC TechSource: Commercialization program has funding available to help women-owned, minority-owned and/or rural-based science and technology busi...
  • Grant Amount

    $1,000
  • Application Deadline

    September 1, 2023
  • Grantor

    Colorado SBDC TechSource
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Colorado SBDC TechSource: Commercialization program has funding available to help women-owned, minority-owned and/or rural-based science and technology businesses access private resources for assistance with SBIR/STTR proposal development.

Grant awards will be up to $1,000/business. Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Preference will be given to businesses that have not received this grant in the past as well as those that are using service providers headquartered in the State of Colorado.

Businesses must be a science and technology venture based in Colorado that is women-owned, minority-owned and/or located in rural Colorado to be eligible to apply.

The mission of the Colorado SBDC Network Technology Program (SBDC TechSource) is to help (1) existing and new technology businesses and (2) all businesses to grow and prosper.

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Launch Minnesota Grant

We anticipate accepting applications for $1.5 million of FY 2024 funds on July 5, 2023. Additional details will be published on June 1, 2023. The Innovation Gra...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2022
  • Grantor

    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

We anticipate accepting applications for $1.5 million of FY 2024 funds on July 5, 2023. Additional details will be published on June 1, 2023.

The Innovation Grant reimburses business expenses, incurred in Minnesota, for research and development, direct business expenses (including wages of employees, but not salaries or wages of 20% or more owners of the business or their family members), and the purchase of technical assistance and services. Qualifying businesses may receive grants up to $35,000, which are disbursed on a 1:1 reimbursement basis (grantee spends $2, then gets reimbursed $1). 

  • Primary business activity is in innovative technology or in an innovative business model or product
  • Business operations and headquarters are located in Minnesota
  • Business has not been in operation for more than 10 years
  • Business has generated less than $1 million in revenue since inception

To empower the growth of the Minnesota economy, for everyone.

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$10,000
  • Government Grants

Small Business Incentive Grant

If you are starting a new business and need capital to get off the ground, you can apply for a Small Business Incentive Grant. This program provides up to $10,0...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    December 22, 2023
  • Grantor

    City of New Ulm
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

If you are starting a new business and need capital to get off the ground, you can apply for a Small Business Incentive Grant.  This program provides up to $10,000 in reimbursement for eligible expenses during the first year of operation.  The only home-based businesses eligible for this program are in-home daycares.

Small Business Incentive Grant Fact Sheet 

  • Businesses are eligible for reimbursement after 3 months of operation
  • Business must have a commercial address (In-home childcare providers qualify with a residential address)
  • Business must have 10 or fewer full-time employees
  • Business must submit proof of payment for reimbursement
  • Submittal of grant application does not guarantee funding
  • Funding subject to availability

Our goal is to provide the citizens of New Ulm with value and service.

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$10,000

All In Neighborhood Grants

The All In Neighborhood Grant and Neighborhood Business Grant applications are now open. CitizensNYC makes direct cash grants for neighborhood-led projects, and...
  • Grant Amount

    $10,000
  • Application Deadline

    May 12, 2023
  • Grantor

    CitizensNYC
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The All In Neighborhood Grant and Neighborhood Business Grant applications are now open.

CitizensNYC makes direct cash grants for neighborhood-led projects, and neighborhood businesses that improve the quality of life in New York City. We are providing $1 million in grants to New Yorkers on the front lines of rebuilding our city.

Each grantee awarded will receive up to $10,000 and have access to our vast network of like-minded community leaders to help implement and support their projects.

-Your business must be based in five boroughs of New York City.

CitizensNYC makes direct cash grants for neighborhood-led projects, and neighborhood businesses that improve the quality of life in New York City.

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West Hartford Small Business & Non-Profit Recovery Grant Program

The “Small Business and Nonprofit Recovery Grant Program” is to assist Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations in responding to the public health emergenc...
  • Grant Amount

    Varies
  • Application Deadline

    August 31, 2023
  • Grantor

    Town of West Hartford
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The “Small Business and Nonprofit Recovery Grant Program” is to assist Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations in responding to the public health emergency and/or its negative economic impacts. Businesses/organizations that can demonstrate negative impacts from the COVID-19 public health emergency should apply.

Application Period: July 20, 2022 8:30 a.m. through August 10, 2022 4:30 p.m. If the Town has not awarded the entire allocated amount of $2 million by August 10th, the application period will be extended until all of the monies are awarded.

Small Business Eligibility:

  • Must be physically based in West Hartford, CT
  • Not more than 50 FTE employees (min. 35 hours week w/benefits)
  • Must currently be in business and have been in operations as of January 1, 2020
  • All Town licenses and permits must be current
  • Must be current on taxes for the 2021 Grand List
  • Must be in “Good Standing” with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services along with being current on its federal, state and local tax obligations and have no outstanding liens or judgements. Letters of Good Standing (Status Letters) may be requested requested via  https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/TSC/Help-Text/Status-Letter or via paper request (Form TPG-170). [According to State of Connecticut website this may take up to 2 weeks] If COVID-19 affected the ability to pay local taxes then that should be indicated in the application.

Non-Profit Organization Eligibility:

  • Files a 501(c)3 or 503(c)19
  • Fall in one of two sectors:
    • (1) Community arts, cultural, and humanities organizations; or
    • (2) Community based human services organizations
  • Must be physically based in West Hartford, CT
  • Not more than 50 FTE employees (min. 35 hours week w/benefits)
  • Must currently be in business and have been in operations as of January 1, 2020
  • All Town licenses and permits must be current
  • Must be current on taxes for the 2021 Grand List
  • Must be in “Good Standing” with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services along with being current on its federal, state and local tax obligations and have no outstanding liens or judgements. Letters of Good Standing (Status Letters) may be requested via https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/TSC/Help-Text/Status-Letter or via paper request (Form TPG-170). [According to the State of Connecticut website this may take up to 2 weeks] If COVID-19 affected the ability to pay local taxes then that should be indicated in the application.

The Town of West Hartford is dynamic and diverse, offering the best of the urban and suburban experience. We are an inclusive and engaged community with caring and responsible leadership. 

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$15,000
  • People of Color Grants

Groundswell Grant

Groundswell grants are stabilization funds awarded to Black-owned and Black-led nonprofits and small businesses working in East Buffalo. From payroll and operat...
  • Grant Amount

    $15,000
  • Application Deadline

    July 28, 2023
  • Grantor

    The Soil Fund
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

Groundswell grants are stabilization funds awarded to Black-owned and Black-led nonprofits and small businesses working in East Buffalo. From payroll and operating expenses to essential supplies and facilities improvements, these investments help each organization thrive, both in the wake of trauma and well into the future, strengthening their ability to continue serving our shared community.

Applications close on July 31 at 11:59 pm ET.

Applicants may apply for one business or nonprofit organization only and must be 18 years of age to apply. For business owners with multiple businesses, please complete this application based on your largest business owned. Each grant is limited to one business/organization. 

Awards will be made to qualified businesses and nonprofits, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission. For this particular grant, priority will be given to Black entrepreneurs and Black-led businesses in the following industries: Food Access, Housing, Transportation, Cultural and/or Historic Assets.

All awardees will have to certify that they are promoting the best interests of the community.

An investment in Black Buffalo that will strengthen our entire community.

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$15,000
  • Government Grants

Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program

The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and te...
  • Grant Amount

    $15,000
  • Application Deadline

    March 15, 2023
  • Grantor

    State of New Hampshire Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR)
  • Application Fee

    No Fee

The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchases up to an award cap of $15,000.

Such purchases must be a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

This program is intended to help address workforce issues, consumer expectations, and overall restaurant safety challenges experienced by small, local restaurants across New Hampshire due to COVID-19.

Awards will be issued to applicants for reimbursement of eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchased between November 1, 2021, and March 15, 2023, to help them adapt to service and technology changes due to COVID-19 in the market that can be costly and disruptive.

To receive an award, eligible restauran