Funding Opportunities for November 2022

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GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES (unless specified in the description)

Antler Global Startup Program - Antler is a global early-stage VC that runs multiple programs for business startups around the world. See the website for more info about the program and application dates. - https://www.antler.co/platform/#apply-now

Apple’s Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders - The Camp (virtual) experience begins with an immersive technology lab, where you’ll receive one-on-one code-level guidance from Apple experts and engineers to help you improve your app, as well as mentorship, inspiration, and insights from top Apple leaders. After the lab concludes, you’ll get ongoing support and become part of a growing community of other exceptional alumni who can help you build your business. Apply by 12/5/2022. https://developer.apple.com/entrepreneur-camp/black-founders/

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. Grants for $1,500. Apply by 11/30/22 - https://www.passioncollective.co/atomic-grants

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) - ERA Accelerator companies gain direct access to leading members of the New York City tech community through the ERA mentor network and are also given access to the right investors, sales prospects and partners. They accept companies from anywhere in the world that are able to take full advantage of the NYC opportunity as a starting point to successfully enter the market for their product, service or application. ERA invests $150,000 on a post-money SAFE in return for 6% of each company. Apply by 11/6/22-https://www.eranyc.com/apply/

Google Accelerator: Circular Economy - (North America and Asia-Pacific) - 10-week virtual program for Seed to Series A technology startups and non-profit organizations based in North America and Asia-Pacific. It’s designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people, network, and technology to the most innovative and impactful innovators working to realize a future without waste. Apply by 11/14/2022 - https://startup.google.com/accelerator/circular-economy/

iF Social Impact Prize - The iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE supports projects that contribute to improving our society. If you work towards achieving one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, your project is eligible. Funding of 100,000 Euros. Apply by 11/9/2022 - https://ifdesign.com/en/if-social-impact-prize

Live Your Dream grant for women - The Live Your Dream Awards provide monetary assistance to women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families. Applicant must be enrolled in or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. Grants up to $10,000. Apply by 11/15/2022 - https://www.liveyourdream.org/get-help/apply-for-an-educational-grant/index.html?_ga=2.92240735.493093332.1627052596-237727235.1627052596

Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Food Systems Fellowship - Join a globally diverse cohort of experienced food systems builders in a rigorous year-long experience. Part-time — you stay in your job while participating in the program. All program-related costs are covered by the Fellowship. Apply by 12/1/2022 - https://fellowship.acumenacademy.org/foodsystems

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/

Terre de Femmes International Award - The Terre de Femmes International award is a thematic prize now open to all citizens of the world involved in projects with strong environmental, social and societal impact. This award rewards field actions carried out by a woman or a group of women, in a non-profit structure. Project should have a strong environmental and social impact (involvement of local communities). Prize is 10,000 Euros. Apply by 11/30/2022 - https://www.yves-rocher-fondation.org/en/international-award/

Western Union Fellowship with Watson Institute- (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/




AFRICA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Africa Startup Initiative Porgram (ASIP) Accelerator Program - Accelerator is looking for the next generation of African startups disrupting industry sectors including AgriTech & Supply Chain, IoT & Connectivity, Machine Learning (Data Analytics), Cybersecurity, Clean Tech and RegTech. Apply by 11/11/2022 - https://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/afritech-asip/

Grindstone incubator - Must be based in South Africa - incubator will include training, corporate advisory, coaching, mentorship and funding. Specific interventions for each company include a structured gap analysis, understanding of the company value system, building a digital go-to-market strategy, financial modelling, intellectual property assessment, strategic and financial valuation as well as populating a data room - https://grindstonexl.com/

Women in Innovation Fund (WIN Fund) - Women in Innovation Fund (WIN Fund) is now open for women-led enterprises and innovators working on health innovations and improving access to healthcare in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. Apply by 11/30/2022 - https://winfundnft.org/


CANADA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Boost Your Business Technology - Grant for up to $15,000 offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/00013.html

Desjardins GoodSpark Grants - Must be a small business with less than 50 employees located in: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan that engages in projects that tackle sustainable development, employment, and/or innovation and community impact. Grants for $20,000. Apply by 11/6/2022 - https://www.desjardins.com/ca/about-us/social-responsibility-cooperation/cooperative-movement/goodspark-grants/index.jsp

Downtown Vancouver Storefront Security Grant - Businesses in the Downtown Vancouver catchment are eligible to apply for this funding. Downtown Van will match up to 50% of the cost (max $5,000) incurred to repair and restore damages from criminal activity. Apply by 2/28/2023 - https://www.dtvan.ca/projects/storefrontsecuritygrant/

Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) Grant - The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) exists to ensure that every Black person in Canada thrives, and that all Black communities have agency in defining their own future by investing in Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused (B3) organizations. Social purpose organizations operating in Canada are eligible to apply for IRP funds. Grants up to $75,000. Apply by 12/1/2022 - https://www.forblackcommunities.org/grants/irp/

Nova Scotia Small Business Relief Grant - Small Business Hurricane Relief Program provides a one-time $2,500 grant to help Nova Scotia small business owners cover the cost of unanticipated business closures from Hurricane Fiona. Grants of $2,500 - https://beta.novascotia.ca/small-business-hurricane-relief-program

Strategic Innovation Fund - Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) provides financial support to projects that will improve Canada's innovation performance while providing economic, innovation and public benefits to Canadians. Must be a for-profit corporation or non-profit (depending on application) in Canada and be requesting a minimum govt contribution of $10 million for a proposal with total costs of at least $20 million. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/125.nsf/eng/home





OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Evolve Small (Lenovo and Goodie Nation) - Lenovo Evolve Small initiative will be providing $10,000 grants and professional development to minority and woman-owned small businesses in the United States and Canada, through Goodie Nation. This grant with provide small businesses not only with capital to support economic growth, but also with coaching, networking, and partnership to help grant recipients thrive. In addition to the cash grant, each of the selected businesses will also receive a Lenovo ThinkBook, powered by AMD. Apply by 12/16/2022 - https://goodienation.org/evolve-small/#apply

StandwithStudios Grant Program - WellnessLiving is committing up to $150,000 in grants, marketing support, software, and business education to 16 fitness studio owners in the US and Canada. Grants up to $5000. Apply by 12/15/2022 -https://standwithstudios.com/program-overview/

OPPORTUNITIES ONLY 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

Association of Women's Business Centers - For small businesses that intend to train and upskill low-wage workers age 50+, this grant program will reimburse employers up to $2,000-$2,500 per employee for training. Apply by 11/30/2022 - https://awbc.smapply.io/prog/2022/

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

Aurora Tech Award - The Aurora Tech Award is an annual prize for women founders of IT startups whose projects have had the most profound impact on world development. Its goal is to support women in the field of advanced technologies, especially women entrepreneurs. Any woman founder or co-founder of a company that was created within the last five years can be nominated for the award. The key product of the nominee’s company must be based on information technologies. The nominee must hold a C-level position in the company at the time the application is submitted. Grants up to $30,000. Apply by 12/2/2022 - https://auroratechaward.com/

BIPOC Fitness Grant Program - Grants are available for female, women of color entrepreneurs actively creating or building businesses and/or programs that aim to make wellness and fitness practices more inclusive to female BIPOC communities - or female-led, women of color non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses that’s purpose is to make wellness and fitness more inclusive to female BIPOC communities. Grants up to $5000. Apply by 12/31/2022 - https://movemeantfoundation.org/bipoc-fitness

Community Food Systems Fellowship - Emerging leaders who are committed to food justice and equity should consider the Community Food Systems Fellowship. The fellowship is an opportunity to contribute to developing a roadmap for community-powered food systems and to learn how to better capture impact. Grants for $2,000. Apply by 11/7/2022 - https://www.vitalvillage.org/projects/community-food-systems-fellowship

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

First Strides Grant Program (Johnnie Walker and iFundWomen) - Will fund 10 groundbreaking women-owned businesses in celebration of Women’s History Month. Businesses selected will receive a $10K grant plus one year of premium coaching services through IFundWomen. Apply by 12/31/2022 - https://www.ifundwomen.com/johnniewalker

Freed Fellowship - Every month, one $500 grant is awarded to an underrepresented founder in the US to invest in their existing business. No strings attached. No equity required. Grant recipients are also eligible to receive an additional end-of-year grant of $2,500. https://www.freedfellowship.com/grant1

Girls in Tech Startup Challenge - The startup must have a software or hardware product, must be less than 24 months old and have at least one female founder. Pitch competition with prize of $20,000. Apply by 11/25/2022 - https://platform.younoodle.com/competition/girls_in_tech_2022_startup_challenge

Grow-NY Summit - Grow-NY Summit is a two-day event on Nov 15-16 highlighting food and agriculture innovation and entrepreneurship. The event is hybrid this year, attendees can join in person in Syracuse, NY, or virtually. Virtual access is free and in-person tickets are $50 (use a $5 off discount code of BOAWOMEN if you plan to attend in-person) Register by 11/14/2022 - https://cvent.me/kAa4Vo

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/

Home for Dreams Initiative Grant - Home for Dreams Initiative Grant is a mentorship and grant program created to support Black-owned businesses with capital, advisory meetings and brand amplification. Focus is on companies that sell physical products. Grants for $25,000. Apply by 11/9/2022. https://www.parachutehome.com/mentorship

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 deadline is 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/

New York FinTech Innovation Lab - Open to any US-based company that is early- and growth-stage technology with innovative solutions for financial institutions and insurance companies or Non-fintech, growth-stage companies interested in serving financial services and insurance clients. https://www.f6s.com/fintech-innovation-lab-nyc-2023/apply

Square Black Equity Grant program - This program will provide Black-led platform partners with both financial support as well as increased exposure and visibility. Company must have been founded by or have a current CEO who identifies as Black/African American. Company must be US based and its platform must be publicly launched and have at least 5 customers. Funding up to $15,000 - https://squareup.com/us/en/campaign/black-equity-grant-program

Start Small Think Big is a nonprofit that helps small businesses with high potential and limited access to the resources needed to create thriving businesses. They partner with small business owners, providing personalized business support and building connections with local communities. They focus on NY and CA markets. If you are interested in being considered as a “client” for free services, you can fill out this form https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute (for English) or https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute-esp (for Spanish) They also offer free webinars to any participant regardless of location. See this link for their upcoming events: https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/events-for-small-businesses

Transform Business Microgrant - The TRANSFORM Business Grant is designed to support individuals in systemically oppressed groups who demonstrate financial need. This includes, but is not limited to, BIPOC individuals, individuals who have a disability, formerly incarcerated individuals, and queer, trans, and nonbinary folks. Grants for $1,000. Apply by 11/20/2022 - https://www.transformgrant.org/the-grant/

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

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

Workshop at Macys - Through a comprehensive retail curriculum and mentoring program from Macy’s, Inc.’s top executives and industry partners, The Workshop at Macy’s sets the stage for the next level of sustained growth for underrepresented retail businesses. Apply by 11/30/2022 - https://www.theworkshopatmacys.com/application

Zen Business - For a limited time, Zen Business is giving every mom in America the ability to start an LLC for free. - https://www.zenbusiness.com/moms/




STATE-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES


Arkansas

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/

  • Concord Chamber of Commerce Small Business Grant - The reimbursement grant is intended to help businesses recover typical operating costs such as rent/lease payments, utilities, payroll, inventory, facility repairs, upgrades, and other expenses. Business must have physical location within City of Concord limits. Grants up to $5,000. Apply between 11/7/22-11/18/22 - https://concordfirst.com/local-business/covid-19-resources/arpa-reimbursement-grant/

  • Lake County, CA Microgrant Program - Must be physically located in Lake County and have <5 full-time equivalent employees. Grants for $2,500 on a first come, first served basis - https://www.lakecountycaedc.org/grants/

  • 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

  • San Bernardino Small Business Grants - San Bernardino is accepting grant applications of up to $35,000 from local nonprofits and small businesses looking for assistance. Apply by 11/21/2022 - https://ociesmallbusiness.org/san-bernardino-arpa/

  • 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/

  • Tehama County Small Business and Non Profit Grants - Must be a resident of Tehama County, have 20 employees or less, and show a need for the grant. Funding up to $10,000. Apply by 11/15/2022 - https://tcgrants.org/

Colorado

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 construc