Funding Opportunities for October 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.


Special note – to those of you in the US and Puerto Rico who may have been impacted by recent severe weather events, you might want to refer to the SBA website for small business disaster assistance loans. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance




GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES (unless specified in the description)

48in48 Website Build Events – This group’s largest event of the year will be October 14-16th. The focus is on international nonprofits, charities, and NGOs; but they accept all interested (nonprofit) applicants. Group will build your website with a team of professional web designers and developers within 48 hours for free. To sign up, click here - https://48in48.org/nonprofit-application/

Amazon AWS She Builds SkillUp - AWS CloudUp is a flexible program for women who want to go deeper on AWS Cloud and complete their Solution Architect Associate Certification. The program is self-paced with digital training and fortnightly virtual Q&A sessions with AWS Mentors to support your learning. The program is free with Exam vouchers sponsored by AWS (valued at $150USD). Apply by 10/15/2022. https://awsshebuildscloudupsaa.splashthat.com/?utm_source=aws

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

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/

Giving Joy Microgrant - Available to women 18 and older - You can use the $500 grant to start a new business, or expand your existing business. You can also use the grant to start or expand a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), charity, or propose a specific activity or project you would like to implement. Apply by 10/31/2022 - https://givingjoygrants.org/grant-application

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

Lenovo TransforME Grant - Grants for registered charities or NGOs that train, reskill, or upskill high potential adults to solve problems using innovative, emerging technology. Apply by 10/24/2022 - https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/about/foundation

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

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 the company. Various locations and due dates - https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/


Vital Voices GROW Fellowship 2023 for Women Entrepreneurs - The VV GROW Fellowship is a 10-month virtual programme that fosters growth and skills advancement in strategic planning, financial management, marketing and sales, strategic networking, leadership, human resources, and communications to support you in creating a holistic, sustainable foundation for which your vision and impact can grow. There is a fee to participate is ($1500) but scholarships are available. Apply by 10/18/2022. https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6954639/VV-GROW-Fellowship-2023-Application?utm_source=vv&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=vv

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

2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) - RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs to compete for 20 awards to showcase their innovations, enterprises, and business concepts and propositions. Apply by 10/15/2022 - https://ruforum.smehub.africa/calls/8

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 modeling, 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

Black Food Energy Grants (with DoorDash) - Applicants must be majority Black-owned restaurants in Canada, have one to three physical locations that have been open for six months minimum, have 50 or fewer employees per location, and be able to demonstrate how they support their local community or neighborhood. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 10/28/2022 - https://bof.smapply.io/res/p/restaurants/

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

Digital Transformation Grant - Must be permanent 'brick-and-mortar' establishment in Ontario with less than 50 employees and owned by a Canadian resident. Grants for $2,500. Apply by 10/31/2022 - https://digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-transformation-grant-4-0/

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


INDIA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Sequoia Spark fellowship program - Sequoia will provide $100,000 equity-free grant and immersive mentorship to support aspiring women entrepreneurs in India and Southeast Asia. They are looking for women founders who are solving hard problems across sectors like SaaS, fintech, sustainability, climate tech, consumer tech, Web3, health tech and more. Apply by 10/25/2022 https://form.jotform.com/222272701676455





OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Stacy's Rise Project Grant - For women entrepreneurs in the food and beverage consumer packaged goods space - must have at least $25,000 and no more than $1M in annualized sales. Application for US companies and Canadian companies. Grants for $15,000. Apply by 10/21/2022 - https://www.stacyssnacks.com/riseproject

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/

Alibaba.com Manifest Grants Program - For businesses based in the US or PR - Must have a new or existing innovative physical product, currently on the market or expected to be viable within six months. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 10/31/2022 - https://helloalice.com/grants/alibaba/

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

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

Comcast RISE Marketing & Technology Services Makeover - If your business qualifies, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for marketing consultations, media placements, commercial creative production services, or technology services from Effectv and Comcast Business. Apply by 10/16/2022 - https://www.comcastrise.com/apply/

Don Julio Fund for Hispanic Entrepreneurs - Tequila Don Julio Fund is partnering with the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) to encourage Hispanic entrepreneurs to apply for the business grant. Must be US resident and 25 years of age or older. Grants for $20,000. Apply by 10/15/2022 - https://hhmfund.donjulio.com/

Entrepreneurs Access Network (through E&Y) - Applicants must be a Black or Latino CEO or founder of any privately held company in the US. Company must be more than two years old and 51% minority (Black/Latino) owned. If selected, applicant will have access to network of resources and mentors through Ernst&Young. Apply by end of October. https://www.ey.com/en_us/entrepreneurship/entrepreneurs-access-network

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

FedEx Entrepreneur Fund - Small businesses must be majority owned by entrepreneur with disabilities or military-connected entrepreneur. Grants for $10,000 Apply by 10/7/2022 - https://helloalice.com/grants/fedex/

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

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 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/

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/

Scale For ClimateTech’s Manufacturing Bootcamp - The bootcamp will be held from November 7-10, 2022 (Monday-Thursday). Daily interactive training sessions will be 3 hours, with breaks. Virtual participation is required each day. This bootcamp is ideal for any company — located anywhere — that is working on a hardware technology that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Apply by 10/21/2022 - https://forclimatetech.org/s4c-bootcamp-2022/

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 includes projects focused to, educate or support communities, make systemic change and/or shift power to create justice, bring music to communities. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 10/31/2022 - https://www.sparkplugfoundation.org/information/

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

Stephen L. Tadlock Grant for Veterans - The fund will make investments of $1000 each to 25 veterans who are running employer-based small businesses across the country. Must be a U.S. military veteran who owns or runs the business with less than 50 employees. Apply by 10/18/2022 - https://foundersfirstcdc.org/stephen-tadlock/

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows - The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows program is now accepting applications. It is open to women-identifying entrepreneurs who own the largest or equal stake in a majority women-owned business. Applicants need to be legal residents of the US and the business must be for-profit. Grants for $5,000. Apply by 11/3/2022 - https://www.toryburchfoundation.org/fellows/

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




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/

  • Comcast RISE Investment Fund Grant - Eligible small businesses in Oakland can apply online for one of the $10,000 grants. Apply by 10/16/2022 - https://www.comcastrise.com/apply/

  • 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

  • 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/

  • Westly Prize - Funding for early-stage, young (must be under 28 years of age) social innovators in California with novel solutions to community challenges. Prize of $40,000. Apply by 10/17/2022 - https://westly.org/westly-prize/

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 Startup Loan Fund - Must be for-profit entity located in Colorado with 25 or fewer employees and less than $2MM in revenue. Loans for up to $150,000 -https://oedit.colorado.gov/colorado-startup-loan-fund

  • Fort Collins Small Business Grants - Businesses that have fewer than 50 employees and generate less than $500,000 in annual revenue are eligible, along with solo entrepreneurs, artists and musicians who had challenges that were attributed to or aggravated by the pandemic. Grant for up to $10,000. Apply by 10/31/2022 - https://www.fcgov.com/business/grants

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/

Florida