Starting or maintaining a business is not an easy endeavor. With present economic conditions, it becomes a struggle to maintain a business, even those which are already financially successful. Furthermore, many women may have incredible ideas and plans to start their own businesses but cannot do so. This is not because of a lack of vision or personal skills and capabilities but because of lack of principal funding. Many foundations and organizations understand the difficulty of starting and maintaining a business and thus, they are generously providing grants for deserving women entrepreneurs.
The Amber Grant for Women Business Owners
With its aim to help women reach their dreams, the Amber Foundation assists women who are starting with their small businesses, either home-based or online by providing $500 to $1,000 grants. The foundation provides grants quarterly, with the application for this quarter ending on April 30, 2011. The winner of the grant will be informed via email within 7 days after the end of the current grant period. Interested women wishing to start their small businesses may apply online at http://www.womensnet.net/ApplyForAmberGrants.aspx and fill out a simple form about yourself and your plans for your future business. For more information, you could visit their website at http://www.womensnet.net.
Digital Women Business Grant
Digital Women will be awarding a $750 business grant to a deserving woman entrepreneur in December 2011. To qualify, your business must be women owned by at least 51%. For those who are interested, you may download an application form at http://www.digitalwomengrants.org/grant-application.html and send it via postal mail to:
3800 Boquillas Cr
Granbury, TX 76048
A condensed business plan (not more than 4 pages) and a condensed marketing plan (not more than 2 pages) must be attached together with the application form. A brief statement on how this business grant will be able to help you is also needed. Deadline for application is until October 31, 2011. The recipient of the grant will be notified via phone and email on or before December 31, 2011. For more information, you may visit the Digital Women site at http://digitalwomengrants.org/.
Webmomz New Business Grant
Recognizing that many women in the country do not have the necessary finances to make their business plans a reality, Webmomz provides a yearly $500 grant to deserving women who want to start their own businesses. A woman or group of women, 18 years old and above, resident/s of the United States, with a plan to start their own business is qualified to apply. Interested women entrepreneurs may accomplish an application form online at http://www.webmomz.com/forms-and-thank-yous/resources-free-business-grants2.shtml. This form includes your personal and contact information, the type of business you want to start and a brief description of your business or marketing plans. To cover for administrative and processing costs, a $10 fee must be settled via PayPal or credit card before the application may be processed. Applications are accepted throughout the year until the last day of March. The winner of the grant will be notified in mid-April.
For more information, you may send a message to Webmomz by filling up a form online at http://www.webmomz.com/about-contact.shtml.