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Finding Funding Money

9 May Money Resources for Female Entrepreneurs

It's time to dive into our monthly money roundup!

How’s the warmer weather treating you? Looking for some extra funding as we head into the summer season? You’re in luck! We’ve got a heaping of grant competitions and other money resources to help you out this month. Take a look—and good luck applying!

FORGE Product Development Grant

  • For: Cleantech startups run by women and non-binary founders
  • What: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000
  • Deadline: June 3

Fast Break for Small Business

  • For: Small businesses established at least six months ago
  • What: $10,000 grants and free LegalZoom services
  • Deadline: May 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Monthly Amber Grant – May

  • For: Women-owned businesses
  • What: A $10,000 grant
  • Deadline: May 31
    • Note: This program has a $15 application fee.

eBay Up & Running 2022

  • For: Business sellers who are either:
    • Existing eBay sellers with an active listing in the past 6 months and with an “above standard” or “top-rated” performance level
    • A new eBay seller who joined the platform between June 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022
  • What: Grant packages of $10,000, eBay education, coaching
  • Deadline: June 10 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

Comcast RISE

  • For: Business owners who are people of color (including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian) and/or a woman
  • What: Marketing, creative, media and technology services
  • Deadline: June 17

Driving Small Business Forward with Progressive Commercial Insurance

  • For: Hispanic-identifying entrepreneurs who have a “demonstrated need” for a commercial vehicle, are committed to their local communities and have a clear plan for the future of their business
  • What: $25,000 for 10 small business owners to fund the purchase of a commercial vehicle
  • Deadline: June 17 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund (Spring Round – 2022)

  • For: Restaurant owners impacted by natural disasters (besides COVID-19)
  • What: $10,000 grants, mentorship, education
  • Deadline: June 30 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund

  • For: Women-owned small businesses in San Francisco who have a “current, active relationship with a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to small businesses established and operating in the city”
  • What: $5,000 in grants to assist in two project areas:
    • Business operations improvements (marketing, financial/accounting, new equipment and/or technology, trainings, networking)
    • Visual merchandising, space improvements and marketing (window displays, lighting, signage, layout improvement, design changes, online marketing, trade shows, other marketing and customer acquisition opportunities)
  • Deadline: Rolling

Wish Local Empowerment Program

  • For: Black-owned businesses that:
    • Have 20 or fewer employees
    • Are a brick-and-mortar shop in the United States
    • Earn an average annual revenue of under $1M
  • What: $500–$2000 in grants
  • Deadline: Rolling

If you’re looking for more money resources, check out 34 Funding Sources For Female Entrepreneurs.

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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