Funding Opportunities for August 2022

We are happy to share these funding opportunities and resources with you. Feel free to share this information with your personal and professional networks. We have no affiliation with these organizations - so any specific questions should be directed to them.




GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES (unless specified in the description)


Atomic Grants - Atomic Grants are available to those who identify as a woman, and who are 21+. You can live anywhere in the world - as long as you have a way to receive the money digitally, and you are connected via email and social media. Grant for $1,500. Next due date is 8/31/22. https://www.passioncollective.co/atomic-grants

Because Accelerator - Because Accelerator is designed for an entrepreneur who is in the early to middle stages of product development. The program is uniquely focused on overcoming the challenges to developing affordable manufactured products which have proven market attractiveness and are ready to aim for production at scale. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 8/17/2022 - https://becauseinternational.org/accelerator

Contrary Sabbatical 2022 - For tech entrepreneurs from any country, Contrary has supported Sabbatical founders like any other portfolio company: with connections to operators who have scaled companies from zero to thousands of employees, a diverse network of potential hires, and tactical advice from their team. Funding up to $250,000. Apply by 8/31/2022 - https://contrary.com/blog/contrary-sabbatical-2022

Ford Fund Fellowship with Watson Institute - Virtual program is for advanced, next-generation social entrepreneurs and community leaders building ventures that create impactful and scalable innovations. Looking for applicants from United States, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Argentina. Ford Fund applicants must be able to commit to be part of the 16-week program from October 17th, 2022, to February 24th, 2023. Grant of $25,000. Apply by 9/15/2022 - https://watson.is/ford-fund/

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund - The Catalyst Fund is offering grants to Nonprofits & Social Enterprises to fund ideas or early-stage projects that have a high potential for large-scale impact and sustainable change. You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first-time changemaker. Eligible candidates for the Catalyst Fund may be individuals, teams of individuals, non-profit organizations, or social enterprises. Grants for up to $15,000. https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/catalyst-fund/

Techstars Accelerators - Techstars accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed. During each three-month program, they surround companies with the best mentors and an unrivaled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni. Companies can receive $20K for 6% of company. Various locations and due dates - https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/

Western Union Fellowship - (specific counties) - Western Union Foundation Fellowship is for next-generation high-promising entrepreneurs and community leaders who are from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe. Looking for applicants from and are working in the following countries: Mexico, Kenya, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Afghanistan. Funding of $25,000. Apply by 11/15/2022. https://watson.is/western-union-foundation-fellowship/




IRELAND-SPECIFIC

Visa She's Next Programme - Women-led businesses in Ireland are invited to apply for a grant as well as a year of coaching through IFundWomen. Grants for 10,000 Euros. Apply by 8/16/22 https://www.visa.ie/run-your-business/women-small-business.html


UNITED KINGDOM-SPECIFIC

Black Equity Future 100 grant program - Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old of Black African, Black Caribbean, Black British and/or Mixed-race descent. You will need to be a UK resident. Grants for up to £15,000. Apply by 8/20/2022 - https://blackequityorg.com/future-100-growth-fund/

Simply Business Business Boost Grant - Must be a small business based in the UK. Grants for £25,000. Apply by 8/17/2022 - https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/business-boost/




STATE-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES


AAUW (American Assn of University Women) Community Action Grant - Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals as well as community-based nonprofits for innovative programs that promote education and equity for women and girls. Grants for up to $10,000. Apply by 12/1/2022 - https://www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/current-opportunities/community-action/

Amazon's Black Business Accelerator - Dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support. https://sell.amazon.com/programs/black-business-accelerator

Amazon's Products for Tomorrow - Amazon is seeking innovative products that were created with sustainability in mind. To qualify, products must be innovative in design, materiality, or chemistry, making them highly effective and desirable, and they must be from a small business in the U.S. Funding up to $20,000. Apply by 8/18/2022 https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/sustainability/new-amazon-program-grants-20-000-to-up-to-five-small-businesses

Apple Entrepreneur Camp - Program has Black, Female and Hispanic/Latinx Founders Track for those who have an existing app on the App Store, a functional beta build in TestFlight, or the equivalent. Programs are online. Includes one year of free membership in the Apple Developer Program and other perks. Apply by 8/24/2022 https://developer.apple.com/entrepreneur-camp/

AT&T Black Future Maker - Black Future Makers are dedicated individuals pursuing greater possibilities for the greater good. Submit a video of 30-60 seconds, or photo, on your Instagram feed explaining how you are pursuing greater possibilities for you and the community. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 12/31/22 https://www.attdreaminblack.com/contest

AWS Impact Accelerator for Women Founders – Program is designed for U.S.-based Women founders who are the CEO and/or CTO of an innovative tech or tech-enabled startup. We're talking pre-seed startups beyond ideation with a fully-developed MVP or launched product. Funding up to $125,000. Apply by 8/26/2022 - https://aws-startup-lofts.com/amer/program/accelerators/women-founders

Black Creator Accelerator - The Black Creator Accelerator will provide 25 aspiring Black creators with a $10k/month stipend to pursue creative endeavors and get connected with opportunities to launch sustainable, full-fledged careers. Selected applicants will receive hands-on training and educational workshops from industry experts that work on a variety of products at Snapchat — from Discover, to Stories, to Spotlight, and Maps. Creators will learn how to use these different offerings to create great content, surface their profiles, grow their audiences, and more. Funding up to $10,000. Apply by 8/12/2022 - https://523.snap.com/black-creators

CHCI Pitch Competition - Entrants can compete in one of three categories; Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit, and Young Changemaker. Intended for startups, nonprofits, and small-businesses with annual revenue of no more than $1,000,000. Applicants should be Latino or serve the Latino community. Prize of $5,000. Apply by 8/12/2022 https://platform.younoodle.com/competition/2022_chci_pitch_competition

DoorDash Disaster Relief - Grants to restaurants who are experiencing hardship due to a state or federally declared disaster (NOT due to COVID), be independently owned, have a brick-and-mortar location with 3 stores or fewer currently operating, have revenues of less than $3 million per location in the last 12 months, and employ 50 or fewer people per store. Grants of $10,000. Apply by 9/30/2022 https://get.doordash.com/en-us/blog/disaster-relief-resources

Fearless Strivers - Open to black women who are legal U.S. residents (including DC), 18+ and the principal owner of a U.S.-based small business. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 12/31/22. https://www.fearless.fund/strivers

HerRise Micro-Grant - Each month a $500 micro-grant will be awarded to a for-profit small business owned by women of color. Past recipients used their growth grants for computers, equipment, marketing materials, software purchase, website creation and more. https://www.hersuitespot.com/herrise/

Incfile Fresh Start Business Grant - Entrepreneurs 21 years or older can apply to receive $2,500 to put toward business startup costs and will also receive free formation services from Incfile. Application deadlines are 9/30/22 and 12/31/22 - https://www.incfile.com/entrepreneur-grant

Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program (PepsiCo) - PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing and digital presence. https://pepsicojuntoscrecemos.com/jefaowned/

Klarna's Small Business Initiative (partner with Macy's) - Will award 10 small businesses, a year of free buy-now-pay-later payment services, plus media services valued at $40,000 across the Klarna ecosystem. Apply by 10/1/2022 - https://www.klarna.com/us/business/small-business-macys/

Official Black Wall Street grant - One Black entrepreneur, based in the US, will be presented with the OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a cash prize, and 1 year of free OBWS membership and legal services to continue growing their business. Prize of $15,000. Apply by 8/12/2022 - http://tinyurl.com/obwsaward2022

Plutus Foundation - The Plutus Foundation awards grants to support bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, journalists, educators, speakers, and authors who create financial literacy programs. Grants for $2,000. Apply by 8/29/2022 https://plutusfoundation.org/grants/apply/

Pure Leaf "No" Grants - "No" grants are $2000 and open to US residents - concept is that women have to say "yes" to so much - what would an additional $2K enable you to say "no" to? Winners receive the $ and access to a support community and resources through SeekHer's Community Care Program. Apply by 8/31/2022 - https://nogrants.dja.com/

Resilia Microgrants for Nonprofits - Resilia is offering $1,000 microgrants to US-based non-profits. No strings attached. Microgrants can be used immediately to support nonprofit's work. Apply by 9/16/2022 - https://discover.resilia.com/microgrant/

SBA Thrive Emerging Leaders Training program – Training program for business owners that have annual revenues of at least $250,000 and have been in business at least 3 years and have at least one employee. https://sbathrive.com/about/

Sparkplug Foundation Social Action Grant - The Sparkplug Foundation is offering up to $10,000 grant for nonprofit organizations based in the US that are working on projects that address institutional injustices, and build a just society. This include projects focused to, educate or support communities, make systemic change and/or shift power to create justice, bring music to communities. Apply by 10/31/2022 - https://www.sparkplugfoundation.org/information/

Start Small Think Big is a nonprofit that helps small businesses with limited access to the resources needed to create thriving businesses. They partner with small business owners to provide personalized support. They focus on NY and CA markets. If you are interested in becoming a "client" of theirs for their free services and support, you can fill out this application - https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute (https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute-esp for application in Spanish)

Truist NonProfit Grant - The Truist Foundation supports nonprofits with grants that target leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Quarterly deadlines - https://www.truist.com/purpose/truist-foundation/grant-application

Venmo Small Business Grant - Must be over 18 years of age, have a U.S. Venmo Account and valid business profile on Venmo in good standing; and own a small business in the U.S. or DC. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 8/11/2022 - https://venmo.com/business/small-business-grant

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready - Online curriculum designed to give small businesses tools to succeed in today's digital world including learning modules, expert coaching and peer networking. https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/small-business-training

Wish Local Empowerment Program - You must be a Black-owned business with a brick-and-mortar shop within the United States and less than 20 employees. If selected for the program, you must join Wish Local (which is free). Grants for up to $2000 - https://www.wish.com/local/empowerment

Women of Wall Street Pitch Competition - Chance to be featured on the new television series Women of Wall Street, to premiere on CBS owned and operated TV stations in April 2023. Founders will pitch their business at the world-renowned Nasdaq MarketSite at Times Square for a chance to win a $100,000 investment for their company. Apply by 8/15/2022 - https://events.inc.com/women-of-wall-street




California

  • California Dream Fund - To apply for the grant, the program first requires eligible startups to participate in a no-cost business startup program that combines helpful startup training workshops with one-on-one consulting services. Upon successful completion of the program, eligible participants will be given a link to apply for grant funding up to $10,000 - https://calosba.ca.gov/funding-grants-incentives/california-dream-fund-program/

  • California Paid Family Leave Grant - Grants for small businesses in California with 1-100 employees who have at least one (1) employee utilizing California’s Paid Family Leave program (on or after June 1, 2022). Funding up to $2000. https://californiapfl.com/

  • Irvine Recovery PlanVulnerable Populations and Small Business Assistance Grants Program - Only nonprofit organizations serving the Irvine community are eligible to apply for up to $2.2 million in funding. Apply by 8/24/2022 - https://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-recovery-plan-%E2%80%93-vulnerable-populations-and-small-business-assistance-grants-program

  • Sacramento County Sac4SmallBiz Grant Program - Program will provide grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits throughout the county that were negatively impacted by the pandemic. Business or nonprofit needs to be based in Sacramento County. Funding up to $10,000. Apply by 8/31/2022 - https://sac4smallbiz.org/pre-app-check/

  • San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant - Must be a business located within the San Bernardino County boundaries with 5 or less employees. Grants for $2,500 - https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/microbusiness-covid-19-relief-grant

  • Southern California Job Creators Quest Grant - Must be located in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, and San Diego regions and have a current staff of 2-20 employees. Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $3 million. Founder must identify as: Latinx, Black, Asian, Women, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, or located in a Low to Moderate Income area. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 11/30/22 https://foundersfirstcdc.org/socal/

Colorado

  • Advanced Industries Export Grant - Helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses who want to export or are currently exporting. This grant is for small- and medium-sized businesses for up to $15,000. https://oedit.colorado.gov/advanced-industries-export-grant

  • Colorado Community Revitalization Grant - Provides gap funding for projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers. This grant will support creative projects that combine creative industry workforce housing, commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, and retail partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification. Up to $5MM in funding available. https://oedit.colorado.gov/colorado-community-revitalization-grant

  • Energize Colorado - Targets small businesses across four communities: East Colfax, Pueblo, Southwest Denver, and the Child Care Industry. Includes funding readiness workshops, low-interest Gap Fund loans up to $20k, and an accelerator program valued at $1,200. - https://energizecolorado.com/ecp/

Connecticut

Delaware

  • Site Readiness Fund - The Site Readiness Fund provides grants, loans or other economic assistance to qualified businesses or local governments based in Delaware that invest in constructing, renovating, or improving commercial, industrial sites that are readily available to businesses. https://business.delaware.gov/site-readiness-fund/

  • Wilmington Strong Fund - Wilmington Strong Fund offers $1,000 emergency grants to small businesses located in the City of Wilmington struggling with the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.wilmingtonstrongfund.com/

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

  • Chicago Recovery Grant - Chicago's Department of Planning and Development is now accepting applications for grant funding to support local commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. All are welcome to apply. City staff will prioritize projects in areas of Chicago where there is a history of disinvestment or limited private investment. Grants up to $5MM. Apply by 8/19/2022 - https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/ec_dev/svcs/chicago-recovery-grant-application.html

  • Gurnee, IL Small Business Grant - The village of Gurnee, Illinois launched a small business grant program last month. Grants can be used to improve business facilities and each business must provide at least half of the capital (match) for each project. Grants up to $10,000 - https://www.gurnee.il.us/business/small-business-capital-investment-grant-program

  • Illinois Restaurant Foundation - Grants for restaurant workers facing hardships. Grants cover living expenses after life-altering events like accident, illness, or death of a close family member. These are for individuals rather than businesses. Grants for $250 to $1500. Apply by 8/31/22 - https://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/page/ReliefFundApplication

  • Small Business Improvement Fund – Chicago - Grants for permanent building improvements and repairs. Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development facilitates the program. Local businesses can apply for grants that cover between 30 percent and 90 percent of their remodeling or building costs. Up to $250,000. Different application deadlines based on location in Chicago. - https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/small-business-improvement-fund/home.html

Iowa

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

  • Michigan Women Forward 53 Voices Pitch Competition - Open only to women currently living in Michigan. Applicants are asked to submit their idea as a voice recording. No business background or higher education is necessary. Women who already own a business may pitch an idea that modifies the existing business. The verbal pitch can be up to 53 seconds in length. Funding up to $7500. Apply by 8/17/2022 - https://grbj.com/news/small-business-startups/mwf-launches-pitch-competition/

  • Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Grant Program - Reimbursement grant program intended to support long-term investment in the irreplaceable heritage assets of Michigan’s rural lakeshore communities. Program funding is specifically for building rehabilitation (i.e., “bricks and mortar”) projects and associated pre-development (e.g., plans and specifications) work in select communities along the Great Lakes. Grants up to $100,000. Apply by 9/1/2022 - https://www.miplace.org/historic-preservation/programs-and-services/lakeshore-heritage-grant/

Mississippi

  • Jackson Small Business Resiliency & Safe Practices Grant - Business must operate within the Jackson city limits and have less than 50 employees. Grant should be used to modernize systems and equipment to help establishments be better positioned to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 and future variants. Grants up to $30,000 will be issued on first come, first served basis. https://www.jacksonms.gov/safe-practices-grant/

Missouri

Nebraska

  • Fiserv Back2Business program - Must be a Black or minority owned small business located in Nebraska or specific zip codes in Iowa. Grants of $10,000. Apply by 12/31/22 - https://aeoworks.org/fiserv/

New Hampshire

  • Coos Economic Development Corporation Grant - For small businesses in Coos County: Berlin, Colebrook, Gorham, Lancaster, and Whitefield. Grant awardees will receive up to $5,000 towards storefront rent for 3-months, insurance, utilities, signage, and other reasonable expenses. - https://www.coosedc.org/blogcontent/popupgrant

  • Manchester Small Business Grant and Program Assistance - Support small businesses based in Manchester, NH with fixed business costs, including rent, utilities, and payroll, accrued during the pandemic, costs associated with transitioning to e-commerce business platforms, outdoor space upgrades, and other technical assistance needs. Grants up to $10,000 -https://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Comm-Dev/American-Rescue-Plan-Act

New Jersey

  • Morris County Small Business Grant - Business must have been legally established in Morris County since January 1, 2019, as a: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Non-Profit, LLC with less than 25 employees. Grants up to $15,000 - https://solixconsulting.force.com/MorrisCountySBG/s/?language=en_US

  • Small Business Improvement Grant - All creditworthy, small, minority-owned or women-owned businesses in New Jersey may apply for assistance under the Small Business Improvement Grant. Businesses may be reimbursed for capital improvements, or purchase and/or installation of new furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Grants up to $50,000 - https://www.njeda.com/smallbusinessservices/

New Mexico

  • New Mexico Wildfire Business Assistance Grant - Businesses that qualify for priority assistance must be inside the boundaries of the Presidential Disaster Declaration for the Big Ho