Grant Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

General

The US Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Award  will award small businesses in operation for at least one year a 2021 Small Business of the Year award of $25,000. Apply by July 16th!

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 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!

Stacy’s RISE Project was created to bridge the funding  gap for women business owners  by providing monetary and mentoring support to entrepreneurs. Eligible businesses will receive a $10,000 grant and mentoring support. Apply by July 9th!

Arts/Entertainment/Recreation

Shuttered Venue Operator Grant will provide grants to live venue operators, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators, and talent representatives who demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in revenues. Applications are being processed on a first come first serve basis.

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.

The Halstead Grant is an annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists. Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers. Apply by August 1!

Beauty

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

Black/Latina

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.

McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund will provide grants to support black professional women in the wine & spirits, hospitality and finance industries. Grants will support leadership coaching and training, industry conferences and continuing education. Apply by July 2!

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

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.

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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