All businesses selected for one of the three monthly $10,000 grants are automatically eligible for three year-end Amber Grants ($25,000).
Best of all, the application process is fairly simple — you only need to fill out one application to be considered for all of these different grants.
IFundWomen universal grant application database
IFundWomen is a funding platform for women entrepreneurs that provides access to capital via crowdfunding and business grants. They offer a variety of grants, including business partnerships and crowdfunded grants. You can check for active grants and eligibility requirements.
Their universal grant application database is unique and delivers grant opportunities directly to you. When you submit your application, you get added to their database. Then, when IFundWomen brokers a grant, they match the grant criteria to their database.
If you match the program criteria, they notify you and invite you to apply. No more spending time on your application to find out you didn’t read the fine print and are ineligible!
Tory Burch Foundation
American fashion label Tory Burch has a philanthropic arm called The Tory Burch Foundation that gives out grants to women entrepreneurs. There are two grant pathways: their fellowship program and a woman of color grant program.
- Fellowship program: Fellows participate in a year-long program complete with virtual education programming, options to attend in-person events and a trip to New York for a five-day workshop. Recipients also receive a $5,000 grant for business education.
- Women of Color grant program: Fearless Fund, The Tory Burch Foundation and The Cru are partnering to give up to 150 small businesses $10,000- $20,000.
Besides these programs, The Tory Burch Foundation also partners with the Bank of America capital program to help provide more access to capital through affordable loans.
Cartier Women’s Initiative
The Cartier Women’s Initiative offers a women’s fellowship program with grants ranging from $100,000 or $30,000 to 30 regional laureates and finalists each year. It also provides executive coaching, peer-learning sessions, collective workshops, networking opportunities and other educational resources to help develop and support business needs.
Additionally, the initiative also the Cartier Women’s Initiative awards several thematic grants:
- Science & technology pioneer award. The award amounts are the same as the regional awards — $100,000-$30,000.
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion award. This award is not disclosed and is also open to men.
Fearless Strivers grant contest
The Fearless Fund invests in women of color-led businesses and holds a contest specifically for black women-owned businesses. The Fearless Strivers Grant Contest will award four $20,000 grants to small businesses across the country along with digital tools and mentorship opportunities to help bolster business.
Women Founders Network (WFN)
The Women Founders Network (WFN) is a nonprofit organization that provides education on entrepreneurship and investing to women and girls. Their Fast Pitch competition offers mentoring, coaching and sponsorships as part of the overall program. Aside from the $55,000+ in cash grants available for distribution, there is a cash investment potential from investors who attend the event, so it pays to sharpen your pitch skills.
digitalundivided BREAKTHROUGH program
digitalundivided is a nonprofit focused on economic growth for Black and Latinx communities through women entrepreneurs. In partnering with JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways, they launched the BREAKTHROUGH program. Upon completing the program, each company accepted to the program will receive a $5,000 grant to invest in their business.
This program is regionally based, accepting cohorts in different cities. Check their website and social pages for information about what city they’re coming to next.
The BGV Pitch program
Got a business idea? Black Girl Ventures holds a hybrid pitch program where they coach entrepreneurs, host a pitch competition and connect founders to their network of professionals for additional support. Winners receive $10,000 (first place), $6,000 (second place), and $2,000 (third place) in addition to money raised from audience votes through Raisify.co.
Ladies Who Launch: Launch Program
If you are in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) business —selling items like food and beverages, household goods, apparel and more, you might be interested in the Launch Program. It grants women or non-binary founders a $10,000 cash grant in addition to their program, community and mentorship.
The Mama Ladder
The Mama Ladder’s High Five grant program has helped mom business owners grow since 2018. In 2023, they provided $38,500 in awards to 24 woman business owners.
Microgrants for woman-owned businesses
Hidden Star, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping minority and women entrepreneurs nationwide offers the Galaxy Grant. Entrants have the chance to win a grant of $2,750.
Kitty Fund Mompreneur business grant
Created in honor of Mother’s Day and Founder’s First CEO Kim Folsom‘s mother, the Kitty Fund makes micro-investments in mothers running employer-based small businesses. Totaling $25,000, this program grants ‘mompreneurs’ in the form of $1,000 microgrants.
HerRise microgrants are worth $1,000 each and are open to women of color entrepreneurs. Winners are selected monthly.
The Enthuse Foundation
The Enthuse Foundation provides a variety of financial awards to help entrepreneurs with crucial business needs. They offer 10 microgrants worth $2,500 each.
Giving Joy Grants
Giving Joy grants are one-time microgrants (up to $500) for entrepreneurs. Women aged 18 or older from any country in the world are eligible to apply.