Grant Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

General

Small Business Growth Fund provides capital to growing small businesses looking to pivot. The awardees will receive up to $25,000 to help accelerate their business growth in 2023. Application closing January 2023

Keep it Local Business Fund provides a one-time $5000 grant to support small businesses. Deadline to apply is December 16.

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.

WomensNet Amber Grant awards up to $25,000 to women businesses. Next round of application deadline is November 30, 2022. Applications are on a monthly basis.

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

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.

BIPOC Focus

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, up to $3000 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 Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund provides a $10,000 grant to restaurant affected by natural disasters such as fires, floods, hurricane, etc. COVID-19 related damages are not eligible. Application closing December 30, 2022

2023 Food Waste Innovation will provide support restaurant, food manufacturers, shared commercial kitchens, and corridors to minimize food waste. Deadline to apply is December 22, 2022.

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. Application for the second round are due November 20. For details and eligibility guidelines visit: https://www.capitalimpact.org/what/capacity-building/nourish-dc-collaborative/

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