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List of Grant Opportunities

This list is curated from multiple places. Thanks to Bank of America
Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell University for providing many of these leads.


GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES (unless specified in the description)

Amazon App Store Small Business Accelerator – The Small Business Accelerator Program allows developers that earn less than 1 million USD in total annual revenue in the previous calendar year to access additional benefits up to or equivalent to 20% of Appstore revenue. If eligible, you’ll receive a 10% increased royalty payment and AWS credits equivalent to 10% of your app revenue. – https://developer.amazon.com/apps-and-games/small-business-program

Antler Global Startup Program – Antler is a global early-stage VC that runs multiple programs for business startups around the world. See the website for more info about the program and application dates. – https://www.antler.co/platform/#apply-now

Awesome Foundation – Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees”.  Awarded monthly – https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en

AWS Startup Loft Accelerator – AWS Startup Loft Accelerator equips your technical team with tech resources, guidance and a community of peers. From technical deep dives to round tables on day-to-day CTO challenges, including: recruiting, managing an engineering team, building a minimum viable product, and design principles for cloud architecture.  Provides $25,000 in AWS credits – https://aws-startup-lofts.com/emea/program/accelerator

Canva Pro For Nonprofits – If you are a nonprofit, you can register now to get Canva’s premium features for free. – https://www.canva.com/canva-for-nonprofits/

Echo360 e3 Tech Grants – Echo360 e3 Tech Grants will award up to 20 recipients with cash or software grants US $2,000 in cash or up to $5,000 in software in two categories: EchoImpact and EchoInnovation – Apply by 3/22/2024 – https://echo360.com/company/grants/

Emergent Ventures Grant/Fellowship Application (through Mercatus Center at George Mason University) – Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center, seeks to support entrepreneurs with highly scalable, “zero to one” ideas for meaningfully improving society. Projects will either be fellowships or grants: fellowships involve time in residence at the Mercatus Center in Northern Virginia; grants are one-time or slightly staggered payments to support a project. https://mercatuscenter.formstack.com/forms/emergent_ventures

Etsy Disaster Relief Fund – Sellers will be eligible for a grant if they experienced a federally declared natural disaster within the past year, have been an active seller on Etsy for at least one year, and their Etsy account is in good standing. Grants for $2,500 – https://advocacy.etsy.com/etsy-emergency-relief-fund-at-cerf/

F6S List of Accelerators and Pitch Competitions – Provides a list of accelerators, contests and pitch competitions around the world. https://www.f6s.com/

48 in 48 – Website Build Event – 48in48 provides free websites to empower nonprofits. They recruit teams of talented designers, developers, project managers and content writers come together and create amazing websites over just one weekend. Non-profits with less than $3MM in revenue are welcome to apply. Their next event focuses on women-led nonprofits. The build event will be in early April and the deadline to apply is 3/18/24 – https://48in48.org/events/

Gratitude Network Fellowship – Gratitude Network’s Fellowship is a free 1 year program for non-profit leaders and their organizations anywhere around the world. The program builds leaders’ confidence and capabilities and provides tools and processes for expanding the organization’s impact. Apply by 2/18/24 – https://gratitude-network.org/get-involved/apply-to-be-a-gratitude-leader/

Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition – The competition celebrates and nurtures purpose-driven ventures that seek to address systemic inequities in education through innovation. It welcomes entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in education from around the world and encourages applications in every conceivable educational setting – from early childhood through corporate and adult training, in settings and contexts anywhere in the world. Funding of $40,000. Apply by 2/19/2024 – https://www.educationcompetition.org/apply/

NGO Whisperer Global Fellowship Programme – The NGO Whisperer Global Fellowship Programme is an accredited six-month rigorous virtual leadership programme for exceptional leaders and founders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social enterprises worldwide, especially those from low and middle-income countries. Apply by 3/31/2024 – https://ngowhisperer.com/fellowship/

Pollination Project – Grants to global non-profits. Annual budget for your group or organization must be less than $50,000. The total cost for the immediate project for which you are requesting funding must be less than $40,000 – https://thepollinationproject.org/apply/

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund – The Catalyst Fund is offering grants to Nonprofits & Social Enterprises to fund ideas or early-stage projects that have a high potential for large-scale impact and sustainable change.  You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first-time changemaker. Eligible candidates for the Catalyst Fund may be individuals, teams of individuals, non-profit organizations, or social enterprises. Funding up to $15,000 – https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/catalyst-fund/

Savvy Fellowship – Savvy is a 12-week virtual Fellowship program for young professionals seeking to be part of the new generation of impact entrepreneurs. Applicants should be 40 or younger – https://savvyfellows.com/team/

SheTrades Accelerator – SheTrades Accelerator Programme for women entrepreneurs and business support organizations in the Apparel, Accessories and Home Décor sectors is targeting women-led businesses (WLBs) and Business Support Organizations (BSO) in the Apparel, Accessories, and Home Decor sector from Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, and South Africa. – https://shetrades-accelerator.converve.io/

Techstars Accelerators – Techstars accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed. During each three-month program, they surround companies (companies should be based in North American time zones) with the best mentors and an unrivaled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni.  Companies can receive $20K for 6% of company.  Various locations and due dates – https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/

We Make Change – Global initiative that matches small businesses (mainly not for profits) with volunteers who are professional individuals or are from companies (including blue chip) that have an interest in supporting not for profits. Helps impact startups build a remote volunteer team for free – https://www.wemakechange.org/

AFRICA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Founders Factory Africa Gen F Incubator – Gen F is for exceptional founders/aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build out and test their ideas, achieve commercial success, and create outsized, systemic impact and founders looking to build tech solutions that solve Africa’s largest problems and catalyze change. Funding up to $250,000 – https://www.foundersfactory.africa/gen-f-eir-initiative

Grindstone incubator – Incubator will include training, corporate advisory, coaching, mentorship and funding. Specific interventions for each company include a structured gap analysis, understanding of the company value system, building a digital go-to-market strategy, financial modelling, intellectual property assessment, strategic and financial valuation as well as populating a data room – https://www.grindstonexl.com/grindstone-accelerator

Tony Elumelu Foundation – To apply, you only need to be a permanent resident of any of Africa’s 54 countries. Your startup must be at an ideation stage or not a business older than 5 years. Funding of $5,000 – https://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/

Visa Accelerator Program – Africa – For Africa based companies that are ready to digitize cash intensive P2P, B2C, B2B, G2C payments to create new commerce opportunities. If your team has already designed a minimum viable product related to the proposed areas designed a minimum viable product related to the proposed challenges or has a market-ready solution, you are the right fit for the program. Apply by 2/18/2024 – https://africa.visa.com/visa-everywhere/innovation/visa-accelerator.html

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Restaurant Disaster Relief Grant – The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, a partnership between DoorDash and Hello Alice, provides $10,000 grants to selected restaurants across the United States, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada that have been affected by natural disasters such as fires, floods, and hurricanes. The fund is available to for-profit restaurants with a brick-and-mortar location, no more than three total locations, 50 or fewer employees per location, and revenues of $3 million or less per location.  Apply by 3/29/2024 – https://helloalice.com/grants/doordash/

CANADA-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Black Innovation Launchpad – The Black Innovation Launchpad is a FREE virtual skills development platform focused on building the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. https://www.dmzlaunchpad.ca/courses/black-innovation-launchpad

Black Pitch Contest  Canada – The Black Pitch Contest is a program operated by the Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society, a non-profit organization aiming to support Canadian Black businesses. The contest offers participants the opportunity to win up to $25,000, learn from mentors, and connect with experts to help transform their businesses. It is designed to help Black entrepreneurs who have been excluded from traditional investment avenues. Top prize of $25,000. Apply by 2/16/2024 – https://www.blackentrepreneursbc.org/black-pitch-contest/

Boost Your Business Technology Grant – Boost Your Business Technology grant offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. Funding up to $15,000 – https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/00013.html

Circular Food Innovators Fund – The Circular Food Innovators Fund is supporting local small businesses (both for-profit and not-for-profit) to implement reuse systems that replace single-use and takeaway items with reusable foodservice ware that is collected and redistributed for further use. Applicant must be a small business (i.e., less than 99 employees) (excluding academic institutions) and must be located within the boundaries of Toronto. Funding up to $35,000. Apply by 2/27/2024 – https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/grants-incentives-rebates/circular-food-innovators-fund/

Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program – Toronto  – The Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program is available to owners and tenants of vacant properties or the risk of being vacant properties at street level, or properties at risk of becoming vacant (that have received funding from the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy program) within the city of Toronto, that are used for commercial purposes at street level, and that are locally owned and operated. A minimum of three eligible improvements must be made. Funding up to $24,000 – Apply by 3/7/24 –  https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-incentives/commercial-space-rehabilitation-grant-program/

Food & Beverage Accelerator program at YSpace – The accelerator is a five-month program focused on supporting high-growth ventures, with a timeline from application open to the showcase celebration. The program includes bi-weekly peer sessions for additional feedback, milestone-driven goal setting, and bi-weekly mentoring with industry experts.  Apply by 2/15/2024 – https://www.yorku.ca/yspace/programs-streams/food-bev-accelerator/

Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders – Google for Startups: Black Founders is a program designed to support high-potential Seed to Series A tech startups founded by Black entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Canada. The program runs for 10 weeks and includes a mix of remote and in-person learning sessions, sprint projects, and mentorship. In addition to the accelerator program, the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund provides founders with $150,000 in non-dilutive capital. Funding of $150,000. Apply by 2/1/2024 – https://startup.google.com/programs/accelerator/black-founders/

Google for Startups AI First – The accelerator runs for a period of 10-weeks with a mix of remote and in-person, 1-to-1, group learning sessions, sprint projects and mentorship. As part of the Google for Startups Accelerator, selected founders outline the top technical and business challenges facing their startup, and are then paired with relevant experts from Google to help solve those challenges. Apply by 2/15/2024 – https://startup.google.com/programs/accelerator/ai-first/north-america/

IMPACT grants – Primary goal of grant is to fuel the endeavors of businesses and nonprofits that are actively making a significant IMPACT within their communities and beyond. Open to US and Canada-based organizations. Funding of $1,000 –https://impactfundingsolutions.com/impact-grant-application-for-businesses/

Launchpad for Women Entrepreneurs – Launchpad for Women Entrepreneurs is designed to empower early-stage women entrepreneurs interprovincially by offering dedicated resources to kickstart and grow a successful business. Program is available via its on-demand self-paced learning platform nationally or through in-person sessions across Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia –https://www.launchpadforwomen.ca/

Prince Edward Island Small Business Grant – The Small Business Investment Grant helps Prince Edward Island’s small businesses improve efficiency and innovation by way of a non-repayable financial contribution toward the purchase of eligible capital asset costs. Business must be located in Prince Edward Island and be the primary source of income for the applicant OR employ at least one employee. Funding up to $3750. Apply by 3/31/2024 – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/small-business-investment-grant

Restaurant Disaster Relief Grant – The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, a partnership between DoorDash and Hello Alice, provides $10,000 grants to selected restaurants across the United States, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada that have been affected by natural disasters such as fires, floods, and hurricanes. The fund is available to for-profit restaurants with a brick-and-mortar location, no more than three total locations, 50 or fewer employees per location, and revenues of $3 million or less per location. Funding up to $10,000.  Apply by 3/29/2024 – https://helloalice.com/grants/doordash/

OPPORTUNITIES ONLY WITHIN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Innovate UK KTN – Resource for sourcing grant programs available in the UK across all sectors. Funding opportunities section allows visitors to the website to filter grants by sector or type of funding required. – https://iuk.ktn-uk.org/opportunities/

Portsmouth Match Fund – The fund offers between 20-50% (minimum amount of £2,000 and maximum amount of £5,000) towards a growth or start up project. Ideal business development costs could fund a new digital platform, e commerce development, development of a new product, purchase of new equipment or training.  Apply by 2/4/2024 – https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/business/business-support/portsmouth-match-fund/

OPPORTUNITIES ONLY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator – Dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support. – https://sell.amazon.com/programs/black-business-accelerator

American Dream Grant – The American Dream Awards celebrate small businesses embodying the modern American Dream. Open to all US for-profit businesses, recipients get $1,000, a business accelerator, media exposure, and more. Apply by 4/30/2023 – https://helloalice.com/funding/grants

BOSS Impact Fund Invest in Progress Grant – Less than 1% of minority founders get investment funding for the start of their small business. The BOSS Network aims to tackle the issue by providing grants for Black women entrepreneurs and access to a 1-year mentorship program, to assist in their business growth. Funding of $10,000.  Apply by 2/23/2024 – https://www.bossimpactfund.com/

Citi Foundation’s Global Innovation Challenge – The Citi Foundation’s Global Innovation Challenge is an open call for applications or requests for proposals (RFP) designed to provide catalytic grant funding to community organizations across the world. This year, the Foundation is specifically focusing on identifying leading solutions to homelessness. Applicant must be non-profit. Funding of $500,000. Apply by 2/13/2024 – https://citi.fluxx.io/apply/Challenge

Communitas America Accelerator – The Communitas Ventures Accelerator Program is open to all changemakers who are transforming their communities through inclusive economic impact and social entrepreneurship. Communitas America highly encourages women and BIPOC community leaders and entrepreneurs to apply. Funding of $5,000.  Apply by 2/11/2024 – https://communitasamerica.org/programs/ventures

Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders – Google for Startups: Black Founders is a program designed to support high-potential Seed to Series A tech startups founded by Black entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Canada. The program runs for 10 weeks and includes a mix of remote and in-person learning sessions, sprint projects, and mentorship. In addition to the accelerator program, the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund provides founders with $150,000 in non-dilutive capital. Funding of $150,000. Apply by 2/1/2024 – https://startup.google.com/programs/accelerator/black-founders/

Google for Startups AI First – The accelerator runs for a period of 10-weeks with a mix of remote and in-person, 1-to-1, group learning sessions, sprint projects and mentorship. As part of the Google for Startups Accelerator, selected founders outline the top technical and business challenges facing their startup, and are then paired with relevant experts from Google to help solve those challenges. Apply by 2/15/2024 – https://startup.google.com/programs/accelerator/ai-first/north-america/

HerRise Micro-Grant ($10 fee to apply) – Each month a $500 micro-grant will be awarded to a for-profit small business owned by women of color. Past recipients used their growth grants for computers, equipment, marketing materials, software purchase, website creation and more. – https://www.hersuitespot.com/herrise/

IMPACT grants – Primary goal of grant is to fuel the endeavors of businesses and nonprofits that are actively making a significant IMPACT within their communities and beyond. Open to US and Canada-based organizations. Funding of $1,000 –https://impactfundingsolutions.com/impact-grant-application-for-businesses/

Josephine Collective – The Josephine Collective are angel investors who look at deals on a rolling basis, and founders can apply to be considered at any time. Goal is to have the entire process take no more than 3 weeks from presentation to wire. They invest anywhere from $10K to $100K depending on the Collective’s interest. – https://joinjosephine.com/

Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program (PepsiCo) – PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing and digital presence. https://pepsicojuntoscrecemos.com/jefaowned/

MassChallenge – Entries are now open for the U.S. Early Stage Accelerator, a dynamic, industry-agnostic program designed to propel startup growth through unparalleled access to mentors, peers, customers, knowledge, and capital. The program experience is tailored for early-stage companies, from the ideation stage to early market engagement with less than $2MM in revenue. Apply by 2/29/2024 – https://masschallenge.org/united-states-early-stage/

Military Entrepreneur Challenge – The Military Entrepreneur Challenge is a nationwide grant program that gives veteran, military spouse, and Gold Star Family entrepreneurs the opportunity to network, learn, and compete for capital to grow their small business. – https://secondservicefoundation.org/mec/

Minority Business Circle – Supportive network for diverse entrepreneurs in various industries, offering opportunities like grants, loans, significant discounts on essential business products, and a comprehensive step-by-step guide with customized tools to track progress and foster growth. See link for info – https://minoritybusinesscircle.com/

Novae Grants Database – Novae Grants database are intended for small businesses with 6-100 employees, though some are also intended for larger businesses and sole proprietor startups – https://grants.novaegrants.com/

Restaurant Disaster Relief Grant – The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, a partnership between DoorDash and Hello Alice, provides $10,000 grants to selected restaurants across the United States, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada that have been affected by natural disasters such as fires, floods, and hurricanes. The fund is available to for-profit restaurants with a brick-and-mortar location, no more than three total locations, 50 or fewer employees per location, and revenues of $3 million or less per location.  Apply by 3/29/2024 – https://helloalice.com/grants/doordash/

Rev’s Prototyping Hardware Accelerator – Over 10 weeks, Rev’s Prototyping Hardware Accelerator offers four tracks – Classic, AgTech, ClimateTech, and MedTech – to guide product teams to determine if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically feasible, and economically viable. Upon program completion, participants can recruit team members, bring on partners, initiate work with contract manufacturers, and pitch to investors. Teams will receive a stipend of up to $2,000 to advance their prototype. Early deadline 2/16/24, regular deadline is 3/25/24 – https://www.revithaca.com/prototyping-hardware-accelerator/

SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition – Stage One offers $50,000 in cash prizes awarded to organizations for ecosystem-building activities, including recruitment of new partners, and strengthening existing alliances among stakeholders (including public, private, non-profit, and academic partners). Contestants work collaboratively with chosen partners to bring additional resources, deepen network connections, and develop strategies to support STEM/R&D-focused entrepreneurs and small businesses. SBA welcomes Stage One submissions from a broad range of organizations with a collaborative vision to nurture a national ecosystem for equitable access to entrepreneurship.  Funding up to $200,000. Apply by 2/16/2024 – https://www.americasseedfund.us/accelerators

SPUR (Shared Purpose, Unlimited Reach) Pathways – Through an integrated and collaborative approach, Macy’s, Inc. and Momentus will provide access to a range of capital options from microloans to growth capital to equity investments. This represents a commitment to underrepresented businesses and aims to galvanize the retail industry to invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs – https://www.macysinc.com/purpose/spurpathways

Start Path Small Business (Mastercard) – During the 4-month program, startups will have the opportunity to leverage Mastercard’s network and subject matter expertise to uncover product partnerships, scale their companies and power solutions that drive safe, secure and simple experiences. Companies should be in one of following industries: Customer Service, Banking, Security, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Payment Processing, Digital Lending, FinTech –https://developer.mastercard.com/programs/start-path-small-business/

Start Small Think Big is a nonprofit that helps small businesses with high potential and limited access to the resources needed to create thriving businesses. They partner with small business owners, providing personalized business support and building connections with local communities.  If you are interested in being considered as a “client” for free services, you can fill out this form https://partner.startsmallthinkbig.org/bofainstitute (check toggle on side for English/Spanish).  They also offer free webinars (in Eng and Span) with upcoming events listed here – https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/events-for-small-businesses

Truist NonProfit Grant – The Truist Foundation supports nonprofits with grants that target leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Quarterly deadlines – https://www.truist.com/purpose/truist-foundation/grant-application

Veterans Business Battle – Event gives invited military veterans an opportunity to pitch business ideas to investors and lenders for a chance to raise capital. During the competition, finalists attend workshops geared toward businesses in early stages of development, have the opportunity to perfect their pitch and receive feedback from professionals, network with potential investors and learn from other entrepreneurial success stories. Funding up to $15,000. Apply by 2/13/2024 – https://business.rice.edu/veterans-business-battle

Veterans Business Outreach Center – The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program offers resources to veterans who are interested in starting or growing a small business. There are 22 locations (soon expanding to 35) and they offer workshops, training, counseling, and mentorship opportunities. – https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/resource-partners/veterans-business-outreach-center-vboc-program

Warrior Rising Grant – Warrior Rising strives to accept and assist veterans at any point in the process of starting their own business, whether it is only a concept or if they have actual operations. Funding of $20,000 – https://www.warriorrising.org/apply/

Wish Local Empowerment Program – You must be a Black-owned business with a brick-and-mortar shop within the United States and less than 20 employees. If selected for the program, you must join Wish Local (which is free). Grants for up to $2000 – https://www.wish.com/local/empowerment

Women and Minority Business Owner Down Payment Grant (Bank of America) –  Non-repayable grant is for up to $25,000 on SBA owner occupied commercial estate loans for business locations within select opportunity zones (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles) Program may expand based on pilot. – https://promotions.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness/downpaymentgrant

YippityDoo Big Idea Grant ($15 application fee) – Each month, one $1000 grant is awarded to a woman, age 18 or over, in the US to invest in their Business or Idea. It can be used as a start up grant, marketing grant, operational grant or whatever you need to help you to the next level with your idea or business. – https://programs.yippitydoo.com/thebigideagrantforwomen

ZenBusiness Free LLC Formation for Moms – To help mothers take the first step toward entrepreneurship, ZenBusiness is covering business formation costs and will help entrepreneurs form an LCC, track expenses, secure a business name, and more.  –https://www.zenbusiness.com/moms/

ZenBusiness Small Business Grants – The ZenBusiness 2024 Small Business Grant Program offers $5,000 to small businesses who form a legal business entity (LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp). In order to qualify for this grant, you must have used their formation services in the last 3-6 months. Apply by 12/31/2024 – https://www.zenbusiness.com/grants


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Updated February 5, 2024