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Finding Funding Money

10 More Money Resources for Small Businesses

Before February ends, check out 10 resources we found to help your business.

As an entrepreneur, it can take a lot of your time to find funding, business services and skill development opportunities. We’ve got a collection of money resources posted throughout the month to help you focus on what matters most: running your business and serving your customers. Good luck applying! 

Our money resources for February:

Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grants for AAPI-Owned Restaurants

  • For: Asian American and Pacific Islander entrepreneurs who own a restaurant, food cart, kiosk, grocery store, bakery, cafe or other foodservice business
  • What: $10,000 in grants
  • Deadline: Rolling – only accepting 5,000 applications in total

SoCal Venture Pipeline Program

  • For: Businesses in Southern California that are Seed and Series A ready. Some general indicators for applicable companies include:
    • Raised at least $500k of angel/seed investment
    • A dedicated team of at least three people
    • Product in market 
    • Demonstrated market traction (revenue or users)
  • What: Accepted businesses are matched with investors
  • Deadline: Applications reviewed monthly

SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant

  • For: Black business owners who are women or non-binary (including multiracial entrepreneurs)
  • What: $5,000 – $10,000 in grants
  • Deadline: Rolling

The Women’s Business Development Council – Equity Match Grant Program

  • For: Women-owned small businesses in Connecticut
  • What: $2,500 – $10,000 in grants
  • Deadline: Feb. 13
    • Note: This program requires a 25 percent match for any grants received. See the application page for more details.

Chicago Foundation for Women – Spring Program Primary Cycle

  • For: Chicago-based businesses owned by women and focused on one of three areas to help women and girls:
    • Access to health services and information
    • Economic security
    • Freedom from violence
  • What: $10,000 – $30,000 in grants
  • Deadline: Feb. 16

Atto Aspire Pre-Accelerator

  • For: Early-stage female founders
  • What: Online workshops, coaching, mastermind groups, internal startup showcase
  • Deadline: Feb. 20

2022 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

  • For: Small business owners
  • What: Three Grand Prize packages and Seven First Place packages
    • Grand Prize: $50,000 in grants, $4,000 in FedEx printing services, data analysis, website audit, sustainability consultation
    • First Place: $20,000 in grants, $1,500 in FedEx printing services, data analysis, website audit, sustainability consultation
  • Deadline: Feb. 28

Monthly Amber Grant – Feb.

  • For: Women-owned businesses
  • What: A $10,000 grant
  • Deadline: Feb. 28
    • Note: This program has a $15 application fee.

Abie Award – Technology Entrepreneurship

  • For: A woman or non-binary technologist building an “innovative, ground-breaking and game-changing technology venture startup”
  • What: $15,000 prize, speaking opportunities, celebration ceremony
  • Deadline: Feb. 28

Comcast RISE

  • For: Business owners who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of color or a woman
    • Note: the program was recently expanded – all female business owners are eligible to apply. The deadline is now June 17.
  • What: Marketing, creative, media and technology services
  • Deadline: June 17

For more funding ideas, read our feature on “The Funding Is Out There!: Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business.”

About the author

Laura Grant

As Managing Editor of Lioness, Laura Grant works with the editorial team and a slew of freelancers and regular contributors to produce a publication that offers equal parts inspiration and information. Laura is a graduate of Western New England University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Communications. She spent her undergraduate term developing her writing and communication skills through internships, tutoring and student media involvement. Her goal is to publish a novel one day. Before joining Lioness full-time, Laura was a freelancer herself and wrote many stories for the magazine.

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