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Finding Funding

Act Quickly! Accelerators and Grants You Can Apply to Now

These resources have deadlines coming up throughout July. Don't miss your chance!

We’ve passed the halfway point of the year. Just a few weeks ago, you (hopefully!) filed your quarterly business taxes. How are you doing? Are you looking for some extra funds? Maybe you want to push your business to the next level. Check out these resources, accelerators and grants made for women and founders of color. Make sure to apply fast, though – these deadlines are coming up soon. We’ve organized these by upcoming due dates to help you focus your time and attention.

Good luck applying! If you have any other sources in mind, be sure to share them in the comments.

Money from accelerators and grants in a briefcase

Utilize these accelerators and grants for your business

  • Meda’s Million Dollar Challenge
    • For: High-growth, high potential BIPOC-owned businesses
    • What: Funding
    • Deadline: July 11
  • Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship — 2022
    • For: Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers, including small business owners
    • What: $75,000
    • Deadline: July 13
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Awards
    • For: Businesses of over a year and with one of two conditions
      • Less than 250 employees OR
      • Gross revenues of less than $20 million for each of 2019 and 2020
    • What: $25,000
    • Deadline: July 16
  • Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders
    • For: Women founders in the U.S. and Canada
    • What: Mentorship, technical project support, workshops on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development
    • Deadline: July 19
  • digitalundivided’s BIG pre-accelerator
    • For: Black and Latina women founders with a tech component to their business and who are preparing to go to market
    • What: Operation support, coaching, networking
    • Deadline: July 25
    • *Note: the program has a $1975 participation fee, but digitalundivided provides scholarship and payment options
  • 2021 NBMBAA Scale-Up Pitch Challenge
    • For: Businesses with Black founders and at least one team member in the National Black MBA Association
    • What: Cash prizes of $50,000, $10,000 or $7,500 for first, second and third place, respectively
    • Deadline: July 26
  • Amber Grant for Women
    • For: Businesses owned by women
    • What: A $25,000 grant
    • Deadline: July 31
    • *Note: this grant has a $15 application fee
  • Comcast RISE
    • For: Entrepreneurs of color in the U.S.
    • What: One or more of the following benefits
      • Funding
      • Consulting
      • Media coverage
      • Creative production of a TV commercial
      • A “technology makeover” of computer equipment, complimentary internet, phone and cybersecurity services
    • Deadline: July 31

For more resources, check out this Lioness guide on finding small business grants.

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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