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Funding Opportunities: April 2022

Funding opportunities April - June

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES (unless specified in the description)

  • 100+ Accelerator - The 100+ Accelerator delivers 6 months of remote programming and training to accelerate the collaboration and growth of cohort companies in addition to a pilot/alliance with their partner companies. You will receive support from a global team champion, access to mentor networks and up to $100K toward pilot execution. Applications due 4/30/2022. Learn more here.

  • Atomic Grants - Atomic Grants are available to those who identify as a woman, and who are 21+. You can live anywhere in the world - as long as you have a way to receive the money digitally, and you are connected via email and social media. Grant for $1,500. Next due date is 5/31/22. Learn more here.

  • Digital Lift Grant for Nonprofits in US, UK, Canada, and Australia - Grant to help nonprofit with digital transformation through grant to fund SaaS or other software. Grant for $1,000. Apply by 4/30/2022. Learn more here.

  • Giving Joy Microgrant - Available to women 18 and older, you can use the grant to start a new business, or expand your existing business. You can also use the grant to start or expand a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), charity, or propose a specific activity or project you would like to implement. Grant for $500. Apply by 6/30/2022. Learn more here.

  • KKR Small Business Builders Grant for Women - Recovery grants for local companies in communities around the world. For the seventh round of the program, KKR is supporting small businesses with female founders from Australia, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and/or the United States. Grants are $10,000. Applications due 4/22/2022. Learn more here.

  • MassChallenge Accelerator - U.S. Early Stage program attracts top founders from around the world and provides access to the tools, resources, and talent founders and corporate innovators needed to make transformational impact, without taking any equity. They have more than a decade of experience accelerating startups, industry, and innovation ecosystems. They work across sectors to drive a stronger future through collaborative innovation. Applications due 4/20/2022. Learn more here.

  • Parallel 18 - Accelerator in Puerto Rico - Parallel18 is a top-level, performance-driven international startup program with a social mission: offer entrepreneurs from all over the world access to high-quality business training, funding, and networks to help them scale globally while working to position Puerto Rico as a unique hub for innovative businesses and technology. Startup must be willing to stay in Puerto Rico for the duration of the 5-month program. Access to $125,000. Apply by 4/25/2022. Learn more here.

  • #ShowUs Grant by Getty Images and Dove - Judges will be looking for submissions which shatter stereotypes and conventions celebrating women and aging. They wish to honor the full spectrum of diverse experiences – showing that beauty has no age limit – all experiences are valid, welcome, and appreciated. Judges will give particular consideration to photographers and videographers who are depicting authentic stories of women, femmes and non-binary individuals in their local communities. Grant for $5,000. Apply by 4/30/2022 Learn more here.

  • Visa Creator Program - One-year immersion program geared towards entrepreneurs working in art, music, fashion and film looking to accelerate their small business through NFTs. Applications due by 5/11/2022. Learn more here.

AFRICA-SPECIFIC

  • No Filter Women's Storytelling Grant - Two grant opportunities - Must be African woman (individual grant) or based in Africa and female led (organization grant). Journalists, bloggers, vloggers, content creators and podcasters can apply for Project Support Grants worth up to US$10,000. Organizations can apply for Operational Support and Capacity-Building Grants worth up to US$25,000. Apply by 4/11/2022. Learn more here. (note- at the time of this mailing, this website was having some technical issues - so you may need to check back)

  • WIA54 - WIA is committed to supporting African women entrepreneurs. Application is 2-step process. WIA team will get back to the pre-selected candidates after step 1. Grant for 5,000-10,000 Euros. Apply by 5/31/22. Learn more here.

CANADA-SPECIFIC

  • Boost Your Business Technology - Grant for up to $15,000 offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. Learn more here.

  • Global Market Development Grant - Provides eligible Ontario companies with funding to participate in international activities that support company growth and produce measurable business and market development results. Primary activities supported include targeted sales trips and attendance at international market events. Grants up to $15,000. Apply by 4/25/2022. Learn more here.

  • Grow Your Business Online - Micro grants of $2400 are for help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies for small for-profit business based in Canada. Business must commit to maintaining digital adoption strategy for six months after participation in the program. Learn more here.

  • Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) - R.A.I.S.E. is a program focused on assisting Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs to start and scale their business. The program will provide coaching, mentorship, advisory services and grants to entrepreneurs looking to increase their capacity and scale their business. Grants for $10,000. Learn more here.

US AND CANADA

  • Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Awards Grant - Must be either a 501(c)(3) based in the U.S. or a Canadian charitable organization. Grants for $30,000 to $350,000. Apply by 5/20/2022. Learn more here.

  • Dear God Are We There Yet? - Community social good activists in US and Canada are encouraged to apply (including Teachers, Students, Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, and Community Members). Additional grants for Hispanic women. Grants are $100-$500 and awarded quarterly. Learn more here.

  • Jobber Grants For Home Service Businesses - Any home service business owner or aspiring business owner 18 years old or older, residing in the U.S. and Canada, excluding Québec is eligible to apply for a grant from $2500-$15,000. Apply by 5/26/22. Learn more here.

OPPORTUNITIES ONLY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

  • 4.0 Fellowships (two options) - Essentials Fellowship is a program for founders at the ideation stage. The Tiny Fellowship is for those who have more established ideas. Capital is invested in startups via stipends. Apply by 4/29/2022. Learn more here.

  • Black Ambition Prize - Black Ambition is a non-profit initiative founded by Pharrell Williams. Open to for-profit, US-based companies with at least one company leader who identifies as Black/African/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx. Grants for $25,000. Apply by 5/1/2022. Learn more here.

  • Colocation America STEM Innovation Grant – This STEM Innovation Grant was created to fund programs that inspire and encourage Pre-K-12 students to pursue their interest and curiosity in STEM. Open to nonprofits and school districts and awards up to $7500. Apply by 5/13/2022. Learn more here.

  • Comcast RISE - Marketing and Tech Support and Investment Fund - There are separate applications for the marketing and technology services awards and the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. Eligible business owners may apply for either, or both programs. Apply by 6/17/22 Learn more here.

  • Derby Diversity Week Business Idea Competition - All submissions on innovative business concepts will be accepted with those ideas with a revolutionary “technological bent” being favored. Finalists will be chosen, introduced at the 2022 Derby Diversity Week in Louisville, Ky., and will receive support, mentoring, and resources to put your idea in motion. Finalists will also have the opportunity to compete later this year for the $50,000 grand prize which will include a host of benefits including monetary support for production. Learn more here.

  • Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant – For Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students that are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. Grant for $4,000. Apply by 5/19/2022. Learn more here.

  • Dream Big Awards - Must be a for-profit business operating for at least one (1) year primarily within the United States with less than 250 employees OR gross revenues of less than $20 million for each of 2021 and 2022. Grant for $25,000. Apply by 7/8/2022. Learn more here.

  • ESSENCE x Pine-Sol Build Your Legacy contest - ESSENCE + Pine-Sol are partnering to offer a $100,000 Legacy Award to help champion Black women and the entrepreneurial spirit. To enter you must have a registered business (LLC, Inc, etc). Apply by 4/16/22. Learn more here.

  • Fearless Strivers - Open to black women who are legal U.S. residents (including DC), 18+ and the principal owner of a U.S.-based small business. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 12/31/22. Learn more here.

  • Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program - 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. Learn more here.

  • Kitty Fund - Helping Mompreneurs – If you are a founder who identifies as a mother and have annual revenue does not exceed $5M, you can apply. Business must be located in the United States. Grant for $500. Apply by 4/11/2022. Learn more here.

  • Northwestern Mutual Black Founder Accelerator - Invests in up to ten high-growth startups per year (two cohorts of five) founded by Black entrepreneurs. Companies with founders or at least 20% ownership who identify as Black/AA can apply. Company must be in following industries: Fintech, Insurtech, Digital Health, Data Analytics. Accelerator will award $100,000 investment or convertible note. Apply by 4/29/2022. Learn more here.

  • Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership - Organization that vets, trains, and partners with individuals from underserved communities to own and operate competitive businesses. They strive to remove barriers to Black ownership entry and accelerate ownership outcomes for those seeking new opportunities to own, manage and expand their careers through foodservice franchisee ownership. Learn more here.

  • Pure Leaf "No" Grants - "No" grants (grants are $2000 and open to US residents - concept is that women have to say "yes" to so much - what would an additional $2K enable you to say "no" to?) Winners receive the $ and access to a support community and resources through SeekHer's Community Care Program. Apply by 5/31/2022. Learn more here.

  • Restaurant Giving Grant - The grant for up to $120,000 is awarded to one tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and can be used to support infrastructure, capital improvement and capital expenditures and/or salary. Apply by 6/1/2022. Learn more here.

  • Spotify's SoundUp - Sound Up will be working with 10 up-and-coming podcasters in the U.S. who create high-quality content geared toward kids, families, and co-listening experiences. With the U.S. population growing ever more diverse, family content from underrepresented creators is needed now more than ever. Sound Up is on a mission to discover and elevate those voices. Apply by 4/8/2022. Learn more here.

  • WalMart Open Call - Walmart is looking for small businesses and U.S. manufacturers that have shelf ready, innovative, new items at the great value that meet the needs of our customers and members. If your product is made, grown or assembled in the U.S. and you want the chance to pitch your products at Open Call 2022, register by 4/8/2022. Learn more here.

  • UnderFUNDED Spring 2022 - Grant for $5000 for one deserving Black female small business owner. Learn more here.

  • You Glow Girl Women Entrepreneur Grant – Grant for $10,000 is open to all women entrepreneurs in the US. Apply by July 1. Top 25 will be announced for round 2 on July 8. Top 10 will be announced for round 3 on August 1. Winner announced mid-August. Learn more here.

STATE-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES


Alabama

  • Black Belt Community Foundation - Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) is looking for community-based organizations from Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox Counties. Grants for $500-$5000. Apply by 4/18/2022. Learn more here.

Arizona

  • Phoenix Small Business Grants - Micro and Small Businesses in the City of Phoenix can apply for up to $15,000 grant funds that can be used for any business expense categorized by the Internal Revenue Service as a “deductible expense.” Must have less than 25 employees and operate in city of Phoenix. Apply by 4/15/22. Learn more here.

California

  • Alhambra Small Business Assistance Grant - Qualifying businesses must be a for-profit and physically located in the city limits of Alhambra with no more than 25 employees including the owner(s) or be a microbusiness with 5 or fewer employees including the owner(s). Grants for $5,000 . Apply by 4/14/2022. Learn more here.

  • Black Cooperative Investment Fund - Primary target population: Black business owners or residents in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Orange Counties. 0% Interest Rate with 25% forgivable option. Applicable loan processing fees. Loans for up to $20,000. Learn more here.

  • Chico Building Improvement Grant - The City of Chico has allocated $200,000 toward a Building Enhancement Grant Program to assist business owners with the funds necessary to improve their business exterior, thereby enhancing the attractiveness and appeal of the business to potential patrons. Grants for $5,000. Learn more here.

  • Dream Keeper Small Business Stabilization Program - Program will provide real estate services—including lease review, negotiation, and relocation assistance—to reverse the displacement of brick-and-mortar small businesses in San Francisco, with a focus on Black-owned and African American-owned businesses and commercial storefronts. Grants for $20,000. Apply by 4/15/2022. Learn more here.

  • Long Beach Small Business Grants - City Of Long Beach Small Business Grants are available in several areas - food service, fitness, small business and nonprofit. See website for eligibility for each category. Grant for $2500-$25,000. Apply by 5/15/22. Learn more here.

  • Pledge LA Founders Fund - Business must be led by a Black and/or Latinx co-founder based in Los Angeles County, have raised less than $250,000 from any source prior to applying and have an innovative product with evidence of traction. Grants for $25,000. Applications due by 4/10/22. Learn more here.

  • Riverside County Relief Grants – Grants for $2500 are available to for-profit located in Riverside County with less than $50,000 in revenue for 2019 and less than 5 employees. Apply by 6/30/22. Learn more here.

  • Sacramento County Microbusiness Grant Program - Funding available for microbusiness which are defined as those that have less than $50,000 in gross revenue with fewer than five full-time employees in Sacramento County. Grants for $2,500. Apply by 4/29/2022. Learn more here.

  • San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant - Must be a business located within the San Bernardino County boundaries with 5 or less employees. Grants for $2,500. Learn more here.

  • San Luis Obispo County Small Business Grant - Must have a business in San Luis Obispo County and a business of less than 25 employees. Grants up to $10,000. Apply by 4/30/22. Learn more here.

  • Santa Clara Microbusiness Grants - Santa Clara County based business must have been in business in 2019, have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, made less than $50,000 in total revenue in 2019, and have less than five employees. Grants for $2,500. First come, first served. Learn more here.

  • Solano Small Business Grant - For-profit microbusinesses are eligible for this grant if they are based in Solano County and had less than $50,000 in revenue last year. Grants for $2,500. Apply by 5/14/2022. Learn more here.

Colorado

  • Advanced Industries Export Grant - Helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses who want to export or are currently exporting. This grant is for small- and medium-sized businesses for up to $15,000. Learn more here.

  • Cannabis Business Pilot Grant - Funding opportunity for social equity cannabis businesses who have been awarded, or are actively pursuing, a regulated business license from the Marijuana Enforcement Division in Colorado. Grants for up to $50,000. Apply by 4/11/2022 Learn more here.

  • Colorado Community Revitalization Grant - Provides gap funding for projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers. This grant will support creative projects that combine creative industry workforce housing, commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, and retail partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification. Up to $5MM in funding available. Learn more here.

Georgia

  • Chatham County Small Business Grants - Must be a business affected by COVID-19 with less than 100 employees and located in unincorporated Chatham County. Grants up to $25,000. Learn more here.

  • Invest Atlanta Small Business Grants - Small businesses and property owners in five City of Atlanta Tax Allocation District (TADs) can apply for grants of up to $20,000 for interior and exterior improvements. Learn more here.

Louisiana

  • Hispanic Owned Business Grant for Louisiana - Must be at least 51% Hispanic owned business for profit business operating in the state of Louisiana and be/become a Member of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Louisiana. Grants are $2,500 - first come, first served. Learn more here.

Maine

  • New Ventures Maine - Mini Marketing Grants- Eligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Businesses must apply to the region in which they are based in Maine. Grant for $1,000. Apply by 5/6/22. Learn more here.

  • Portland Microenterprise Grant Program - The entity must have seven (7) or fewer employees (including the owner), and the business owner(s) must be low/moderate income. This program is also open to non-profits with annual operating budgets of $150,000 or less. Grants for up to $7500. Learn more here.

Maryland

  • Business Growth Advantage Program - Charles County - BGAP is an eight-week program with online sessions held one evening per week. Each class will have up to 15 participants. Must be small business in Charles County, MD. Funding up to $10,000. Apply by 5/19/2022. Learn more here.

  • Takoma Park Small Business Grants - Grant is intended for any business that operates with a legal business structure in the State of Maryland and either produces goods or offers services within the City of Takoma Park. This includes home-based and co-working businesses within the City boundaries. Grants for $5,000. Apply by 4/15/2022. Learn more here.

Massachusetts

  • InnovateMass Clean Energy Grant - Applicant teams must include at least one Clean Energy Company with proprietary technology who will serve as the “Lead Applicant”. The Lead Applicant must meet the definition of a small business - but does not have to be a Massachusetts-based company. If the Lead Applicant is not a Massachusetts-based company, then at least one project site must be in MA. Grants for $250,000. Apply by 6/1/2022. Learn more here.

Michigan

  • Kalamazoo Small Business Grants - Program is designed to bring relief to Kalamazoo businesses in need of support. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and women-owned businesses, as well as those located within Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo neighborhoods, are highly encouraged to apply. Grants for $5,000. Apply by 5/13/2022. Learn more here.

Minnesota

  • Resiliency Fund Grants – Grants to support nonprofits with a focus on sustainability solutions in their response to and recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible counties: Becker County, Clay County, Douglas County, Grant County, Otter Tail County, Pope County, Stevens County, Traverse County and Wilkin County. Grants for $25,000. Apply by 4/13/2022. Learn more here.

Missouri

  • St. Louis City Small Business Grant Fund - Primary place of business must be located in the City of St. Louis. 25 or fewer employees. Grants for $5,000. Applications open 4/14/22. Learn more here.

New Jersey

  • Greener JC Grant - Jersey City businesses can apply to receive funding of up to $1,000 to support their plastic reduction efforts. Apply by 4/15/2022. Learn more here.

New York

  • Affinity Grant Program – Grant up to $25,000 available to tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code that operate programs within Affinity’s 10-county service area – Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Applications due 4/15/22. Learn more here.

Texas

  • Lubbock Small Business Grants - Business must be located in Lubbock, TX and employ less than 100 people. Apply by 5/15/2022. Learn more here.

Virginia

  • Black-led Nonprofit Grant Program-Loudoun County - Black-led Nonprofit Grant Program seeks to provide general support mini-grants to Black-led not-for-profit organizations serving Loudoun County. Grants for up to $3500. Apply by 4/29/2022. Learn more here.

Washington

  • Kirkland Small Business Grants - Business must be located and operating within the boundaries of Kirkland and have less than 10 full time employees. Grants up to $8000. Apply by 4/14/2022. Learn more here.

  • 2022 New Economy Washington Frontline Community Fellowship - They are accepting applications from frontline communities of color – individuals and teams such as entrepreneurs, community leaders, and organizations such as nonprofits, small businesses, etc. who have a backing from communities they intend to benefit. Project applicants and projects should be based in Washington State and demonstrate benefits to residents. Grants up to $10,000. Apply by 4/25/2022. Learn more here.

Wisconsin

  • Red Letter Grant - Open to women throughout ten counties in western Wisconsin who want to start a NEW business. They will consider applications from existing women-owned businesses looking to expand, but preference is given to applicants in the start-up phase. They consider the start-up phase to be three years old or younger. Eligible counties include: Buffalo, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, and Trempealeau. Grants for $2,000. Apply by 4/25/2022. Learn more here.

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