Grant Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

General

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 Collectivefellowship 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

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. 

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 

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 State ofMaryland’s ExportMD Award  grants up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses associated with an international marketing project. Eligible activities include fees for shipping, website development, online market listing and more. The program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Administration. Learn more and get contact information to answer your questions here.  Apply by September 2022.  

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.

The State of Virginia offers grant assistance to small businesses looking to enter or expand in the global marketplace through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The program will provide reimbursement up to $6,000 to cover the cost of business development or up to $3000 for international airfare. Learn more here. 

 

Washington, D.C.

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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