Small Business Grants for Women

Grants can help a single mom make her business dream a reality.Grants can help a single mom make her business dream a reality.

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Private foundations, the federal government, state governments and many organizations award grants to small businesses and much of the money is earmarked for specific populations like women, minorities and nonprofits. Grants for a single mom's business are awarded on the merit of the proposal and the business plan. Membership in a niche population may get you the opportunity to have your request read, but it requires viability, innovation and stellar presentation to get it funded.

The Basics

Grants are typically targeted to specific goals and serve particular populations; this is most always the case with foundation and corporate giving. The type of business you operate or intend to start and your business structure determine which agencies or organizations are most likely to entertain your proposal and award you funds. The Small Business Administration will help you develop and polish your business plan and provide counseling and training. It also works with business owners to obtain the grant funding they need, and the SBA's services fit perfectly into a single mom's budget. They're free.

Federal Programs

The National Science Foundation may award grants for a single mom's business if she is engaged in software development and the Department of Justice may do so if she is working with delinquent or other at-risk youth. Finding federal funding starts with locating the right agency. Ask your SBA representative to help you find such funding or search the government database at Grants.gov. Be aware that the majority of federal grants are awarded to state and local governments and registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporations.

State Funding

Many states fund supplemental grants in addition to administering the federal programs. Contact your state economic development office to determine which grants are available to assist a single mom's business in your location. Stay alert for special events and contests that may award funding to a single mom's business; for instance, Charter One Bank awarded $130, 000 in grant funds to small businesses in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2011. Your SBA counselor or economic development representative can help keep you abreast of special funding opportunities in your area.

Foundations and Organization

Private gifts are most often disbursed to nonprofit businesses and organizations in specific regions and typically fund projects that are closely aligned with the donor's products, services and corporate culture. 3M funds health and human services, education, science and environmental projects in the communities where its major U.S. facilities are. The Juvenile Justice Fund in Atlanta helps businesses that serve children affected by the court system, providing basic necessities like eyeglasses and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds educational projects in the Pacific Northwest. Use a reputable website like the Foundation Center to locate the grants for a single mom's business available in your area.


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2008-01-21 23:54:44 by Vica

Need a Grant for Women Owned Small Business

Hi. I just started my own business and I'm looking for a grant for Women Owned Small Business. Does anyone have info for Washington State or National organization which offers programs for small women owned businesses?
Also, the foundation of the business is to promote American manufacturers and to help lift our economy. Are there grants for businesses like that as well?
Thanks for all the helpful info that you might have!

2007-10-05 08:19:26 by toomuchcoffeewoman

Women and Small Business

Myself and another woman are considering starting a small business. We decided that we would like to see us build a day care that provides service to those parents who make too much to qualify for state stuff like head start, etc. However make too little to keep their children in a structure full-time day care.
I heard a while back that the government provides grants to women small business owners that will provide something for their community.
Does anyone know of any resource that may help her and I get started on our goals? Any info is very much appreciated.
TIA!!!

2006-03-29 11:26:27 by bizgirl

Starting a small business- funding

Has anybody started their own small business? did you look into getting grants? there are a lot of grants for women starting their own small business but I don't feel confident enough to make a decision on which engine to use. HELP! also, i would love to talk to a women who has started a small business of her own-from scratch.

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