Small Business Grant and Business Opportunities

  • Jane Walker - IFW First Women Grant Program - Originally launching the program with 15 grants, Jane Walker will now be matching the program and funding an additional 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses through the end of the year. Together with a network of powerful icons, businesses will be selected across Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism, STEM, and Hospitality, all on their journey towards a monumental first. Each recipient will receive a $10K grant plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through October 2021. Learn more here.

  • IFundWomen Universal Grant Application - When IFundWomen brokers a grant with a partner, they match the partner’s grant criteria to those businesses who have applied through their Universal Grant Application. If you’re a match, they may request that you apply for that partner’s specific grant program, and you will be notified.  Learn more here.       

 

Grants for Not-For-Profits

  • She Angels Foundation Grant - She Angels Foundation awards grants ranging from $3-10k to female-founded and operated non-profit organizations that provide mentorship, funding, training, and advancement resources to girls and women.  Learn more here by clicking on "grants".

  • Patagonia Corporate Grant Program - The corporate grant program at Patagonia gives between $10,000 and $20,000 of funding to innovative nonprofit organizations that work to preserve and protect the environment.  Learn more here.

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as 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. Grants range from $3K to $10K.  Applications open on August 1, 2021 and close on December 1, 2021.  Learn more here.  

 

Grants for Black Artists

  • YouTube Black Voices Fund  - Beginning June 21, 2021, applications will open for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2022. If you identify as a Black creator, artist, or songwriter/producer, looking to further build your voice on YouTube and make an impact, we want to hear from you. If selected, you receive resources and seed funding. Applications for the Fund will be open from Monday, June 21st through July 9th, 2021.  (Note: This fund is for Black creators, artists and songwriters/producers, located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.)  Learn more here.

 

Grants for Indigenous Peoples 

  • Henry Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship 2022 - First Nations will award 10 fellowships of $75,000 each to 10 outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities. The fellowship is a two-year, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the process of growth, development, knowledge and networks of Native leaders and thinkers. The fellowships supports the work of Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they significantly advance their work and spark transformative change in their communities. Applications are due by July 13, 2021.  Learn more here.                                    

 

Grants to Support Continuing Education

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Career Development Grants - For women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least eight years before the award period.  Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Grants range between $2K and $12K.  Applications open August 1, 2021 and close November 15, 2021.  Learn more here

 

Venture Funding

  • Astia  - Astia is a nonprofit founded in 1999 that works to identify and invest in high-potential women-owned startups. It uses a review system based on personal referrals to find, prioritize, and reward the right female entrepreneurs. The organization operates globally with locations in SF, London, and NYC. Learn more here

BGE is pledging $15 million to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area can apply for a $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grant. This grant program is part of BGE's comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic. To apply, visit the application site. 

Eligible small businesses selected as grant recipients will receive $20,000. Apply by sharing how a grant would provide economic relief and help grow your business.

APPLICATION OPENS MAY 5, 2021.

Comast RISE Small Business Award (Marketing Campaign)

  • Comcast RISE Awards nearly 2,000 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses with Marketing and Technologies Resources to date! How to apply: https://www.comcastrise.com/recipients/

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

Bank of America and Kiva US

  • Bank of America has partnered with Kiva US to invest in women entrepreneurs.  Loans range from $1,000-$15,000 with 0% interest and have 12-42 month repayment terms. Click this link to see if you are eligible and to apply.   Note: There is a crowdfunding component to this opportunity.  Here is a link to re-watch our August 2020 webinar with Olivia Owens from IFundWomen where she discussed successful crowdfunding strategies.

 

Chick Fil A True Inspiration Awards

  • The True Inspiration Awards program is an annual grant that supports nonprofit organizations that are Black-led or serve communities of color and who are working in the areas of education, hunger, or homelessness. Applications for the 2022 True Inspiration Awards are open from March 1 through May 31, 2021. Click here to learn more.

 

For Entrepreneurs In the Environmental Space

  • This summer, Wild Gift will select a group of environmental entrepreneurs for a fellowship rooted in wilderness-based programs that develop leadership and business skills.  The fellowship includes business workshops, a three-week wilderness trek, alumni retreat, airfare allowances for travel to Idaho and access to a network of mentors.  Apply by April 2, 2021. To learn more, click here.

 

For Entrepreneurs In The Education Space 

  • Applications for the 4.0 Essentials and 4.0 New Normal Fellowships will open April 2, 2021.  These fellowships are intended for entrepreneurs who have identified a specific issue or need in related to education and you have personal experience with the issue you are trying to address.  The primary purpose of the idea should be to address inequities in our education system that disadvantage many different populations.  To learn more, click here.

  • PFC Black Chamber (http://www.pfcblackchamber.org/) is awarding grants to local small businesses. The purpose of the Open Door Fund is to provide short-term funding to small businesses impacted by Covid-19. ​This aligns with the mission of the PFC Black Chamber as we strengthen the capacity of black businesses to serve their communities by providing a collective voice, fair access to capital, and leadership support.

  • The Cartier Women's Initiative (https://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/) - is an international entrepreneurship program that provides multiple awards each year to “women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact.” Grant awards range from $30,000 to $100,000.

  • Operation Hope Small-Business Empowerment Program (https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/small-business/small-business-grants-minorities) - The Operation Hope program is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs in low-wealth neighborhoods, which often include minority communities. The program combines business training and financial counseling along with access to small-business financing options. Participants complete a 12-week training program, plus workshops on business financing and credit and money management.

  • MSC Wells Fargo is awarding Grants to small businesses that fit the following criteria. Please see this attachment for more information.  You can download the application here.