Funding For Women, Minority and LGBTQ+ Business Owners
The NBA and LegalZoom have teamed up to help underserved small business owners with $6 million in grants. This is a multi-year partnership, with the grant opportunity as the first official initiative. They’ll be made available twice per year for the next three years. Mentorship and job training are also available. The companies say the grants will specifically serve women, minority, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses. Applications are due by November 23. Learn more here.
Funding for Women of Color Business Owners
Hello Alice in collaboration with Project Entrepreneur has launched “Democratizing the Friends & Family Round for Female Founders of Color”. Eligible female founders of color can apply. Thirty recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant plus access to virtual coaching and skill-building opportunities. Applications close November 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. ET. Learn more here.
Funding for Black-owned Small Businesses
Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation launched the Power Forward Small Business Grant in partnership with NAACP. This grant program aims to create a lasting impact through the economic empowerment of Black-owned small businesses across New England with grants of $25,000 to be awarded on a rolling basis. Learn more here.
Funding for Black and Latinx Women Business Owners in Greater Los Angeles
Digitalundivided and JPMorgan Chase are partnering to support Black and LatinX women entrepreneurs who have a tech component to their business. The initial program will award 15 of these businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area. Applications for the first round are due TODAY (October 25). Learn more here.
Funding For Visionaries Based in New York City
The David Prize is an annual Open Call for New Yorkers with ideas for a better, brighter city. Each year 5 visionary New Yorkers win $200,000, no strings attached, to support their work & ideas. The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2021. Learn more here.
Funding For Community Based Organizations In Wisconsin
The state of Wisconsin is accepting applications for their Equitable Recovery Program. This program is designed to assist community-based organizations providing services or programming aimed at increasing equity and eliminating disparities in health, early childhood development, education, economic support, housing, and environmental justice in qualified census tracts or communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due November 5. Learn more here.
Funding for Small Business Owners in Seattle
The City of Seattle is providing grants of $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000 to businesses that have been negatively affected by the pandemic. Small businesses and nonprofits must be located within city limits, currently operating with two locations or fewer, have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and have an annual net revenue of $2 million or less. BIPOC and women business owners will also be given priority. Applications must be submitted by November 9. Learn more here.
Opportunity For Undergraduate/Graduate Students Interested in Food Systems
Cultivate Tomorrow is the first cellular and acellular agriculture focused hackathon. This event will allow students to network with companies, investors, academic institutions, and students all working towards the same goal of creating a sustainable future. The hackathon is sponsored by Merck, Ginkgo Bioworks, TurtleTree Labs, and has over 20 mentors from start-ups across the US. The event will take place in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format on February 12, 2022. Applications are open until November 1st, 2021. There is also a chance to win a $2000 cash prize! Learn more here.
For Product Managers (or Non-Profits Who Need Help with Product Management)
The Product League is hosting an online event on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 12pm ET. At this event, Product Managers from all around the world, help and consult Not for Profit organizations, with their Product Management challenges, for free. The event will also feature a product-changing talk with Adam Stevens, VP Product and co-founder at Luna. Apply as either a Product Manager (if you have services to share) or a Non-Profit (if you need help). Learn more here.
General Resources For Business Owners (Note: some of these sites also include links to grants.)
Hello Alice Black-Owned Business Resource Center - click here.
Hello Alice Hispanic/Latino-Owned Business Resource Center - click here.
Hello Alice Military Connected Business Resource Center - click here.
Courtesy of Bank of America Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell University