Any specific questions about grant eligibility should be directed to contacts on their websites
Grants for Small Businesses funded by Verizon
On Monday, February 8th, LISC will launch the grant application that small businesses can use to apply for a $10,000 grant. Grants will be eligible for small businesses across the U.S., particularly in historically underserved communities hit hard by the pandemic. Eligible expenses for the grant include: paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs. To subscribe to learn when the grant goes live, click here.
Citi Trends Grant
Black entrepreneurs with a confirmed selling history of their products in at least one of the following categories: Apparel, Beauty, Skin Care, Hair Care, Footwear, Home Décor, Bedding, Bath, Technology or Accessories are eligible for this grant. Ten grants of $5000 each will be awarded. (double check and make sure your U.S. state is on their eligible list) Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here.
2021 New Voices + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grants
Grants of $10,000 each to five entrepreneurs will be made to Black women-owned businesses. The grants program also includes complimentary business coaching and mentoring from New Voices Foundation for each grantee company. Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here.
Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant
This grant is open to for-profit businesses that are majority-owned by a Black woman (cisgender or transgender) or a Black femme-identified individual. The program will award four grants of $10,000 each. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. Learn more here.
Bold.org - African-American Entrepreneurs Grant - Female Award
This grant will be awarded to a female African-American entrepreneur at any education level who is currently building or who aspires to build a new business and is currently enrolled as a student. One reward of $1000 will be made (paid to the student's college or university). Deadline is February 11, 2021. Learn more here.
Emma Johnson Single Mother Grant
Every month, Johnson gives out $500 cash to one single mom, no strings attached. The 2021 Kickass Single Mom Stimulus Grant has one goal: Give a hand to single moms struggling with money, health, stress, child care, illness and loneliness. Qualifications are simple: 1. You’re a single mom. 2. You need the money right now. Click here to learn more.
Women Who Tech
Open to North America-based, women-owned startups in tech that have already raised $50K in seed revenue or that are already generating revenue. The organization awards equity-free grants to women-led tech startups on a rolling basis throughout the year. For each grant period, there is a different theme. For the first grant period of 2021, the theme is Emerging Tech; applicants should be focused on emerging technologies to solve systemic global problems. The first place prize for the Women Who Tech Emerging Tech grant is $15,000, and the second-place awardee will receive $5,000. Deadline is February 19, 2021. More information can be found here.
Chicago Foundation For Women (CFW) - 2021 Spring Primary Cycle Process
CFW will be accepting applications for program or operating support in any of CFW three issue areas (economic security, freedom from violence, access to health) or grants to specifically address the epidemic of violence against women. Grants will range between $10K-$30K. Organizations must be a 501c3 and in the Chicago area. Applications are due by February 17, 2021. More info can be found here.
Asian Women Giving Circle Grant
These grants will support Asian American women-led organizations and individual artists in NYC who are using arts and culture to: bring about progressive social transformation, raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that affect Asian American women, girls and families, and highlight and promote women’s central role as leaders, creators, developers and managers of these projects. RFP is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists. 5-8 project grants will be awarded, contingent on available funding. The maximum grant amount is $15,000. Deadline to apply is March 12, 2021. Learn more here.
Looking for Support but Not Necessarily Funding?
Here is a list of “21 Accelerators, Incubators, Programs and More for Female Founders”. Lots of great resources on that page!
Free Webinars Through eCornell
The Diverse Culinary Family - Representation, Identity, and Inclusivity - Stories from five culinary trailblazers who share what the future holds for them and other people from underrepresented communities in the world of culinary arts - Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4pm ET. Register here.
He Said, She Listened - Mansplaining, Gaslighting, and Epistemic Entitlement - Cornell Professor, writer and philosopher Kate Manne will connect the notion of epistemic entitlement with a variety of problematic behaviors, including mansplaining, gaslighting, and misogynistic anger at the expert testimony of women – Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:15pm ET. Register here
Courtesy of Bank of America Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell University of which Coach Racquel, our inhouse Executive Coach is a beneficiary.