Grant Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

General

Tory Burch Fellowship will provide a $5,000 grant to advance your business education in addition to an online community of business owners and virtual workshops and tools to grow your business! Apply by November 12th

The IFundWomen Universal Grant Application is used to match IFW partner’s grant criteria to businesses(like you) who have applied through the Universal Grant Application. If you’re a match, IFW may request that you apply for that partner’s specific grant program, and you will be notified.

1863 Venture’s 3R’s Grant Program is a nation-wide education and grant opportunity designed to help businesses rebuild post COVID. This program will provide $5000 grants, mentorship and coaching. Apply by June 2022!

The Association of Women’s Business Center Upskilling Grants for Employers will provide $2000-$2500 training reimbursement grants for employees 50 years and older. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  

The Next Collective fellowship program is seeking entrepreneurs with early-stage ideas that reduce the use of new plastics in fashion. Business owners have the opportunity for a $20,000 grant and access industry experts. 

Arts/Entertainment/Recreation

The Garden Grant is an art grant for broad and varied definitions of art that fund short-term projects and encourage experimental work by diverse, multidisciplinary creatives. Applicants can request up to $10,000. Apply by November 30th   

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!.

Beauty

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

BIPOC Focus

The K4 Foundation seeks to assist and support women of color who dream of becoming an entrepreneur or who are new entrepreneurs. The K4 Foundation will  provide small grants ($500) and educational workshops. Grantees are eligible for a year end $1500 grant.  Learn more and apply here: https://natashanwright.com/k4-foundation 

Project Entrepreneur is providing an opportunity to receive a $25,000 grant and access to virtual coaching and skill-building opportunities for women of color. Learn about eligibility and more at http://hialice.co/UBS-grant! 

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

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator program for certified minority sellers provides access to a $500 start-up credit, $400 in advertising credits and free product imaging services. The $10,000 grant opportunity has now closed. To learn more visit: https://sell.amazon.com/programs/black-business-accelerator

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 in 2022, for rules and eligibility go to: https://www.melaninpreneurs.com/business-program/ 

Food/Restaurants

The National Urban League and PepsiCo Foundation’s Black Restaurant Accelerator Program will provide small business grants, coaching and technical assistance for black-owned food service companies, contact your local Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center for an application to be considered: Greater Washington Urban League  Greater Baltimore Urban League  

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.

Maryland

The Maryland Department of Commerce maintains the Maryland Financial Incentives for Businesses resource list for up to date State grant opportunities from Maryland please visit: https://commerce.knack.com/maryland-funding-incentives 

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.

DMPED – Equitable Economic Recovery Grant 2021 is an initiative of DC DMPED and Industrial Bank to support non-profits, residents and small businesseswho began operations before January 1, 2020 and can demonstrate the effects of COVID-19 on the business. To learn more about resident and business requirements visit: https://www.industrial-bank.com/home/dmped 

DC DMPED Funding Opportunities  For a complete list of upcoming funding opportunities from DMPED visit: https://www.obviouslydc.com/fy22-business-funding-opportunities 

Special Event Fee Relief Fund will support event organizers that celebrate local communities in DC with financial assistance to cover 100% of fees from certain government agencies.  Learn more here: https://www.obviouslydc.com/fy22-business-funding-opportunities 

Art Venue Relief Fund will provide support to art venues that have experienced financial losses as a result of COVID-19. For program updates and details visit: https://dmped.dc.gov/page/fy22-business-funding-opportunities 

Nourish DC Collaborative will provide technical support, flexible loans and grants to locally-owned emerging and existing small business food businesses in the District of Columbia. Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000. Applications will open soon. For details and eligibility guidelines visit: https://www.capitalimpact.org/what/capacity-building/nourish-dc-collaborative/ 

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.

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