Grant Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

General

Great Streets Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant  will support legacy DC businesses that have been operating over 20 years in the “Great Streets Corridor” with financial support to continue operations.  Apply by August 18th!

Made in DC Market Access grant will provide a lottery-based grant opportunity for eligible online, mobile or home-based small businesses with under 5 employees for a grant of up to $5,000! Apply by August 31st! Sign up here for notifications.

IFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 will award one winner with a $100,000 equity investment. Grants and coaching scholarships will be awarded to honorees and runner-ups!  Apply by September 20th! 

Green Book DC Connecting Small Business with Government Opportunities In Fiscal Year 2021, Mayor Bowser charged the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO) and DSLBD to develop a guide designed to help Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) navigate the procurement opportunities available at District agencies. As such, DSLBD now annually develops the SBE Opportunity Guide with support from the Office of Contracting and Procurement and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The Guide provides details on each monitored agencies budget, outlines the goal setting process for each agency, and identifies planned acquisitions and areas where spending waivers were applied.  Fiscal Year 2021 Green Book

Bank of America has partnered with Kiva US to loan woman entrepreneurs $1,000-$15,000 with 0% interest for 12-42 month repayment terms.

Marketing For Changing Times: Your Toolkit for Success 
This marketing webinar and e-Book were written for small businesses and freelancers. The webinar and e-book are full of tips and tools to help freelancers and small business owners to retool their marketing strategy–in bite-size steps–in today’s changing landscape. You can check out a free preview on Kindle of the e-book! It has 5-star reviews on Amazon. It’s a small investment in your business that can reap large rewards.

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Matching Grant will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19.  If your business raises up to $500, you can get a $500 match from the fund.

The American Association of University Women’s Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences. Grant ranges from $2000 to $1200. Apply by November 15th!

The American Association of University Women’s Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals and community-based nonprofits for innovative programs that promote education and equity through projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career. Grant amounts range from $3000-$10,000. Apply December 1st!

Arts/Entertainment/Recreation

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund will provide assistance towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to individuals in the music industry who have been impacted due to sickness or loss of work. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

Jane Walker x IFundWomen First Women Grant Program The Jane Walker grant supports women-owned businesses across the Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism and Hospitality on their journey towards a monumental first. Recipients will receive a $10,000 grant and one-year IFW Annual Coaching Membership. Apply today!

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund’s one-time microgrant of $200 for BIPOC artists and administrators. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Beauty

Professional Beauty Association provides $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work. Rolling basis.

Black/Latina

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council’s National Black Business Pitch aims to build long term networking connections for sustainable contracts, exposure and new business opportunities. Three finalists will receive cash prizes of up to $10,000.  Pitch event will be hosted Apply by August 17th – August 19th! Learn more here.

Courier Fresh Fund will provide cash grants of up to $25,000, one-on-one mentorship and training for black business owners in the United States to start or grow their businesses. Entrepreneurs must be willing to have their story told in Couriers print and digital media outlets. Apply by September 1st!

Black Founder Startup Grant by SoGal Foundation will provide $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs.   Applications are rolling – more info can be found here.

Walker’s Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

So Gal Black Founder Startup Grant So Gal is awarding $5000 and $10,000 grants to self-identifing Black woman or Black nonbinary entrepreneurs (inclusive of multiracial Black women and multiracial Black nonbinary folks). Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

DC Fashion Foundation’s MelaninPreneurs Black-Owned Small Business Program is an annual opportunity to receive business development assistance and an award of up to $5000 for black owned businesses in the United States. Businesses are judged on products/services, marketing plan, years in business and website design. Applications open September 6, 2021!

Food/Restaurants

Hello Alice and SIA Scotch Whisky’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund is a chance for entrepreneurs of color to receive a $10,000 grant plus small business mentorship.  Apply by August 10th!

Food Access Fund Grant will support eligible food businesses to expand their business by opening a new location in an area designated as having low access to food, priority will be given to food business locations in Ward 7 and Ward 8.  Apply by August 18th!

Black Restaurant Accelerator Program   will by PepsiCo Foundation and the National Urban League will  provide grants to 500 businesses, and technical assistance, including entrepreneurial coaching. Must be a Black-owned food service company and located in one of the following cities:  Washington DC; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Philadelphia, PA.

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator program for sellers provides access to grants and services to accelerate business growth. New sellers are eligible for a $500 credit, $400 in advertising credits and a chance for a $10,000 grant in partnership with Hello Alice.

Southern Smoke Financial Assistance Southern Smoke is a crisis relief agency for entrepreneurs/small businesses in the food and beverage industry. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

JBF Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans The James Beard Foundation will provide grants on a first come, first serve basis food to food and beverage businesses with and without a stand alone brick-and-mortar. Sign up to be notified when Round 3 for the grant process opens.

Maryland

BGE Energizing Small Business Grant will provide small businesses in Maryland with a grant of $20,000 to help economic recovery from the pandemic. Round 2 opens May 5, 2021 and closes June 16, 2021. Round 3 opens September 1, 2021 and closes October 13, 2021.

Virginia

Dominion Energy Small Business Relief provides qualified businesses one-time assistance with their Dominion Energy electric bill up to $1,000.

Washington, D.C.

FY2021 Food Access Fund Grant will support eligible food businesses to expand their business by opening a new location in an area designated as having low access to food, priority will be given to food business locations in Ward 7 and Ward 8. Apply by August 18th! 

FY2021 Great Streets Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant will support legacy DC businesses that have been operating over 20 years in the “Great Streets Corridor” with financial support to continue operations. Apply by August 18th!

Are you a woman in tech? DCFemTech Grant is providing $500 grants to help cover the cost of community events. Eligible events include panels, professional development and other workshops.

Additional Resources

District of Columbia Mental Health Hotline

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the District’s Mental Health Hotline – 888-793-4357. Clinicians are available 24/7.

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