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March Confidently into March with these Women-Focused Grants

Looking to take your women-owned business to the next level? Check out these amazing grant opportunities designed to support and empower women entrepreneurs. Whether you’re in the tech industry, consumer goods, or wellness, there’s a grant program out there for you. Apply today and take your business to new heights!

10 Grants to March into money

IFundWomen Grant Program 

For the second consecutive year, BOTOX® Cosmetic, in collaboration with IFundWomen®, will award 20 innovative women entrepreneurs with $25,000 grants. Winners also get coaching and mentorship. Recipients will also gain access to the acclaimed IFundWomen® Method Crowdfunding Accelerator, aimed at nurturing aspirations, boosting confidence, and fostering lasting success for aspiring women founders. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time on March 19, 2024. 

Galaxy Grant 

Hidden Star, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an 8-year track record, is proud to offer the Galaxy Grant to support women and minority entrepreneurs. Their mission is to empower entrepreneurs throughout their small business journey by providing essential resources, tools, funding and knowledge. Enter the Galaxy Grant for a chance to win $2,750; the grant is free to enter and easy to apply. The deadline to enter is March 31st, 2024, and the winner(s) will be announced the following week! 

HerVillage Grant 

Her Village Grant, a program offered by the Boundless Future Foundation, is accepting applications from nonprofits that support female entrepreneurs. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $30,000, and the current application window is due on March 31, 2024. This grant aims to empower and uplift female entrepreneurs through financial support provided to qualifying nonprofit organizations. 

Bridges to Business Program

The USC Bridges to Business Program is a 10-week comprehensive training program for disadvantaged small business owners, including local, women, veteran, disabled, and minority-owned small businesses. The program prioritizes businesses earning less than $3 million in annual revenue and located in communities surrounding USC’s University Park and Health Science Campuses in Los Angeles. Designed for executive-level entrepreneurs with demonstrated business operation capacity, participants may qualify for certification as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and have the financial strength to access capital. The program offers over 45 hours of classroom training conducted by business subject-matter experts. While the application deadline is not specified, applications for the Spring cohort are now open and may close soon; the program will begin on May 4, 2024.

Cartier Women’s Initiative 

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards program recognizes and supports early-stage women-owned businesses worldwide, focusing on social, economic, and environmental development. Each year, Cartier awards grants to three businesses in nine different regions. The first-place business receives a $100,000 grant, second place receives $60,000, and third place receives $30,000. Winners also benefit from executive coaching and various training workshops. The next application cycle will be open from May 22 to July 3, 2024. 

EmpowHer Grant 

Women entrepreneurs who are 22 years of age or older and own small businesses may qualify for an EmpowHER grant from the Boundless Future Foundation. To be eligible, your business must have been founded within the past three years. Grant funding, awarded as reimbursement, can cover business-related expenses up to $25,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Brown Girl Jane Grant 

Brown Girl Jane Grant offers grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to support Black women-owned beauty or wellness businesses in the U.S. that have been operational for at least one year. In partnership with Brown Girl Jane, a plant-based wellness and beauty brand, this grant has provided over $400,000 in funding since 2020 to empower Black female entrepreneurs in the beauty and wellness industries. Applications for the grant will open in Fall 2024. 

Women of Color Grant Program 

The Women of Color Grant Program, presented by the Tory Burch Foundation and the Fearless Foundation, annually awards grants of $10,000 or $20,000 to 75 businesses owned by women of color. The application submission window for the 2024 cycle has not yet been announced. This program aims to support and empower women of color entrepreneurs in their business endeavors. 

Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Competition

The Women Founders Network (WFN) Fast Pitch Competition is open for applications from April 1 to May 31, 2024. WFN awarded over $55,000 in cash grants to tech or tech-enabled B2B or B2C companies, and over $100,000 in professional services to consumer, CPG, or non-tech businesses in 2023. The founder, co-founder, or CEO must be a woman or the business must be majority-owned by a woman to be eligible. Businesses that have raised no more than $750,000 in outside funding, including personal cash funds, are eligible.

She’s Connected Grant at AT&T 

She’s Connected, an AT&T grant program, accepts applications from U.S.-based, women-owned small businesses with fewer than 51 employees. The grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 grant, a year of free AT&T service, and a new device. AT&T will announce the deadlines for the 2024 cycle soon. This program aims to support and empower women-owned small businesses in the United States.

If you don’t think you’ve found your match yet, check out last month’s money roundup here

About the author

Jessica Zang

Jessica Zang is a student at the University of Chicago studying Economics and English Literature. At school, she writes columns for the newspaper, contributes to the fashion magazine and is part of the Women in Business organization. Outside of school, she loves reading, hiking, making her own lattes, exploring the city and any type of arts and crafts.

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