Grant Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses


Keep it Local Business Fund provides a one-time $5000 grant to support small businesses. Deadline to apply is September 4, 2023 at noon. 

Fresh Start Business Grant is for $2,500 for business startup costs. Upcoming Deadline September 30th, 2023.

The FedEx® Small Business Grant Contest will award $30,000 in addition to other benefits to 10 businesses. Yearly grant. Future application deadlines will be posted on the webpage.

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. Applications are on a monthly basis.

The Antares REACH Grant Program is providing $20,000 in grants to small businesses from underrepresented entrepreneurs. The deadline to apply is August 4, 2023.

The National Association for the Self-Employed is offering up to $4,000 grants for small businesses. Applications are reviewed quarterly but require membership.

Venmo Small Business Grant is providing up to $10,000 for small businesses with less than $50,000 revenue and 10 employees. The deadline for applications is August 7, 2023.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is offering a grant for scientific and technical merit of investigator-initiated ideas. The application deadline for FY2024 is on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET.


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.


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

The Tanna Fund at ìpàdé is awarding microgrants to early-stage Black women and gender-expansive innovators in the Washington D.C. region. The deadline to apply is September 1.

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator program for certified minority sellers provides access to a $500 start-up credit. The $10,000 grant opportunity has now closed.


The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund provides a $10,000 grant to restaurants affected by natural disasters such as fires, floods, hurricane, etc. COVID-19 related damages are not eligible. Application closing September 29, 2023.

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


The State of Maryland’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. Applications are due at the first of every month.

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:

BGE Energizing Small Business Grants is offering grants for central Maryland businesses. Applications are due August 18, 2023.


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.

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