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Finding Funding Money

It’s Time to Apply to June’s Money Resources

We’ve hit the halfway point of 2022. Schools are nearly out for summer vacation—but that doesn’t mean it’s time to take a break. We found pitch competitions, regional awards, monthly contests and other money resources to spice up your financial picture. Let’s go!

Explore 7 money resources:

digitalundivided’s BIG Pre-Accelerator Program

  • For: Latina and Black women entrepreneurs who are pre-revenue and want to go to market
  • What: The chance to create a pitch, minimum viable product and revenue model; curriculum led by industry leaders; mentorship; networking
  • Deadline: June 26

The FemAging Project and Keiretsu Forum Fast Pitch Competition

  • For: Companies that meet the following criteria
    • Based in the United States
    • Addresses a “real market need” for women ages 40+
    • Clear business and money-making model
    • Clear source of differentiation, such as a patent or unique feature difficult to copy
  • What: A varying prize package
    • Grand prize winner: $10,000 in funding, 1:1 meeting with an investor, eligibility for the AARP Innovation Labs Accelerator, one-year participation in the Keiretsu Forum, pitch coaching, free professional services
    • Two runners up prizes: Eligibility for the AARP Innovation Labs Accelerator, discounted participation in the Keiretsu Forum, needs-based consultations, opportunities to connect with investors
  • Deadline: June 27

Cartier Women’s Initiative Regional Awards

  • For: Women-run and women-owned impact-driven businesses from nine regions:
    • Latin America and the Caribbean
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Anglophone and Lusophone Africa
    • Middle East and North Africa
    • East Asia
    • South Asia and Central Asia
    • Oceania
  • What: A multi-tiered support package for the top three fellows from each region
    • Financial capital: 
      • A $100,000 grant for each first-place awardee
      • A $60,000 grant for each second-place awardee
      • A$30,000 grant for each third-place awardee
    • Human capital: trainings, workshops, knowledge sessions, coaching
    • Social capital: media coverage, peer connections, networking
  • Deadline: June 30 at 2 p.m. CEST

Fearless Strivers Grant Contest – Fifth Period

  • For: Black women-owned small businesses
  • What: $10,000 in grants, mentoring and additional resources for 11 winners
  • Deadline: June 30 for the fifth entry period
    • Note: The contest has 11 entry periods between Feb. 10 and Dec. 31. One winner will be selected from each period. See the Official Rules for more dates and period deadlines.

Monthly Amber Grant – June

  • For: Women-owned businesses
  • What: A $10,000 grant
  • Deadline: June 30
    • Note: This program has a $15 application fee.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Dream Big Awards

  • For: Businesses that have been open for at least one year, have less than 250 employees OR gross revenues of less than $20 million for each of 2020 and 2021
  • What: Various prize packages
    • The Small Business of the Year Award: $25,000, a one-year paid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Membership, a promotional video played during the award ceremony, media coverage on CO’s website
    • Eight Business Achievement Awards: a one-year paid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Membership, recognition during the award ceremony, media coverage on CO’s website
      • The eight winning categories include:
        • Emerging Business
        • Green/Sustainable Business
        • Minority-Owned Business
        • Veteran-Owned Business
        • Woman-Owned Business
        • Young Entrepreneur Business
        • LGBTQ-Owned Business
        • Community Support and Leadership Award
  • Deadline: July 8

Antares REACH Grant Program

  • For: Businesses that meet the following criteria
    • Owners are women, people of color, military-affiliated, people with disabilities or part of the LGBTQ community
    • Have less than $5 million USD in annual revenue
    • Have a demonstrated need for support
    • Have a strong plan for moving forward
  • What: $20,000 grants, with the opportunity to receive an additional $5,000 unrestricted grant
  • Deadline: July 15 at 6 p.m. ET

For more tips on generating money resources, read our coverage of “Raise Capital on Your Own Terms.”

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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. 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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