Where to get a small-business grant if you are a woman entrepreneur

Socially conscious firms and nonprofit organizations are aware of the financial breach between men and women and make an effort to compensate it with small-business grants designed to support female entrepreneurs.  

Legitimate small business grants for women can give you the support you need to take your business or project to the next level. These five grants specifically aim to support women in business, nonprofits, and the arts
Small-Business Grants for Women

1. Cartier Women’s Initiative Grants

The Cartier Women’s Initiative annual grants are for women-led businesses in any industry anywhere in the world.
Each year, 21 businesses across seven world regions receive grant funding, business coaching,  and a scholarship to attend international business school INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education Programme. To participate, you have to be able to commit to spending three to four hours per week from January to April participating in the program, plus one week of in-person workshops in early May.

One laureate from each region receives $100,000, and two runners-up from each region receive $30,000.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative annual grants are for women-led businesses in any industry anywhere in the world.

2. Amber Grants

WomensNet, an entrepreneurial community for women, launched the Amber Grant in 1998.
Each month, the organization awards a grant of $4,000 to a woman-owned business. At the end of each year, one of the year’s monthly recipients receives an additional $25,000 grant.

3. Girlboss Foundation Grant

The Girlboss Foundation grants of $15,000 are for female business owners in design, fashion, music, and the arts. You must run an established business and use the funding for a project with goals you can achieve within 12 months.

To apply, you must submit an example of your work and a project proposal online or via snail mail. Several application cycles run throughout the year.

4. Eileen Fisher Grants Supporting Women in Environmental Justice

Environmental justice grants from sustainable women’s clothing retailer Eileen Fisher support nonprofit organizations and programs. To be eligible, nonprofits must demonstrate women’s representation in organizational leadership or create opportunities for women to pursue leadership roles in environmental solutions.
Eileen Fisher grants up to $200,000 annually in grants between $10,000 and $40,000.

5. Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women

The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) supports women who are professional artists, writers, and musicians through a biennial conference, webinars, scholarships, and grants.
The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women are three grants of $1,000 each in arts, creative writing, and music to women 35 years old or older.

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