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Grant Updates (03/27 - 04/07/23)

48 in 48 - Social Justice Event

The event is designed to support and promote nonprofits in marketing and technology. They are gathering teams to build websites for nonprofits with social justice missions. If you are interested in either being part of a team or are a non-profit looking for free website development.

Deadline: June 10, 2023


$5K grants for Black owners: The Catalyst Fund Mastercard, in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Hello Alice, is offering $5,000 grants to help Black entrepreneurs in Atlanta, Birmingham, Dayton, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. achieve their next milestone.

Deadline: March 31, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET.


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. (Note - I have heard that some students who have applied have not heard back from Amazon in a timely manner and have not been able to get much help with their application status).

Deadline: N/A


American Savings Foundation

American Savings Foundation is an independent charitable foundation in Connecticut, providing grants to local nonprofit organizations. With a core focus in New Britain and Waterbury, the Foundation also serves 62 additional towns throughout the state. Up to $5000

Deadline: October 12, 2023 PitchHER competition

The annual PitcHER™ contest is a pitch competition bringing leading women and non-binary entrepreneurs to Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists – with the goal of supporting, encouraging, and providing new funding opportunities to these entrepreneurs. Total of $100,000

Deadline: April 14, 2023


Arch Grants - Startup Business Competition Grant

Grants of up to $75,000 and in-kind services to USA, Canada, and International startup companies to support business growth and development in Missouri. Funding is intended to recruit companies from a range of industries with the potential to strengthen the local economy, foster entrepreneurship, and revitalize the community. Companies must relocate to St. Louis, Missouri, for at least one year.

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Aurora Downtown's Business Attraction and Retention Committee Grant

Businesses can apply for either up to $2,500 to support a special event, or for up to $5,000 to support permanent improvements on the exterior or interior of a space including signage. Only one grant application per grant cycle will be considered. Businesses must be in Aurora's downtown special service area. Up to $5,000.

Deadline: May 1, 2023


Backing Small Business (with AmEx)

On March 20, 2023, applications will open for 350 small business grants of $5,000 to eligible businesses in the U.S. and territories. If you are awarded a $5,000 grant through this program, your business may be eligible to be considered for an additional $25,000 Enhancement Grant. $5,000

Deadline: April 7, 2023


BeChangeMaker 2023

Are you 18 to 35 years old and have a business idea with the potential to bring positive impact and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Apply with your project to join the Global Social Entrepreneurship Acceleration Competition.

Deadline: June 3, 2023


Because Accelerator

The Because Accelerator was created for early- to middle-stage entrepreneurs with a manufactured, physical product who are prioritizing job creation in communities impacted by poverty and who can show the potential for future impact through a clear vision for the future of their enterprises.

Deadline: March 27, 2023


Beyond Open CLT grant

The Beyond Open grant program aims to help diverse small business owners in Charlotte-Mecklenburg build wealth by investing in capital assets such as equipment, technology, inventory, and real estate. Beyond Open grants in three categories of support from $5k - $250k+ and do not need to be repaid.

Deadline: Round 2 is opening soon.


Black Ambition Prize

Teams applying for the Black Ambition Prize must have at least one founder or co-founder that identifies as Black/African/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino/a/. Eligible ventures must have raised no more than $1M in dilutive funding to date. Up to $1,000,000

Deadline: May 8, 2023


Black Innovation Launchpad

The Black Innovation Launchpad is a FREE virtual skills development platform focused on building the next generation of Black entrepreneurs.

Deadline: N/A


Black Girl Ventures Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program

The Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is a fully unique 12-week leadership intensive development program created specifically to expand the capacity of early to mid-stage entrepreneurs. In this program, rising leaders will be developed to champion creating access to community, capital, and capacity building in their own markets.

Deadline: March 27, 2023


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. Up to $15,000

Deadline: N/A


Cannabis Equity Grant Program

NJEDA is currently developing financial assistance products to support cannabis and cannabis-related businesses – more information will be shared on the NJEDA website, when available. The Cannabis Equity Grant Program is a $10 million pilot program that is open to conditional and annual New Jersey recreational cannabis license holders. It will utilize a state appropriation to support new businesses in the cannabis industry for their start up and operational costs during the first three years of operation.

Deadline: Details coming soon


Canva Pro For Nonprofits

If you are a nonprofit, you can register now to get Canva’s premium features for free.

Deadline: N/A


Catalyst Fund Mastercard Strive Program

In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and Hello Alice, Mastercard is awarding $5K grants to Black entrepreneurs based in Atlanta, Birmingham, Dayton, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. to help them achieve their next milestone. $5,000

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Center for Economic Inclusion

The $50,000 fund will make investments of $5,000 each to ten Black or Latina owned businesses Minneapolis or St. Paul region. Must have been in business at least 3 years and have 3 or more employees.

Deadline: May 16, 2023


Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network Grant

The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) connects female entrepreneurs around the globe with networks, knowledge and insight that gives them power to do more. Through DWEN, Dell Technologies empowers female founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and their vision through the power of technology, expansion of their personal networks and access to capital. Up to $40,000 in Dell technology.

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Digital Undivided BIG Pre-accelerator

The program is open to Latina and Black women founders based in the United States or its territories.

Deadline: April 27, 2023


EDGE Grant program

To be eligible for an EDGE award, a company must be under seven years old and have less than ten workers. Up to $100,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Empower Digital Grant

The Empower Digital Grant provides funding for the needs of eligible Massachusetts-based small businesses seeking relevant capital expenses, tools, and services to develop their digital capabilities in partnership with a Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) provider. MGCC will administer grants for up to $5,000 for digital services and up to $5,000 for digital capacity-building capital expenses.

Deadline: June 30, 2023


Enthuse Foundation Grant Intiative

The Enthuse Foundation is offering a series of nine financial grants to assist entrepreneurs with critical business needs. Grants include funds for child care, health or business insurance, and business tools and digital marketing expenses. $2,500

Deadline: April 17, 2023


Fast Pitch Grant - Women Founders Network

Founder/Co-Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by a woman. Applications from Life Sciences, nonprofits, or cannabis/CBD companies will not be accepted. $55,000

Deadline: Apply 4/1/23 - 5/31/23


Fearless Strivers Grant

Open to black women who are legal U.S. residents (including DC), 18+ and the principal owner of a U.S.-based small business. $20,000

Deadline: August 31, 2023


Finimpact Women's Empowerment Business Grant

Women-owned, U.S.-based, small businesses that have been operating for at least six months and have less than ninety-nine employees can apply for the grant. Up to $17,500

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Forward By Square Accelerator

A business accelerator for Black and Latino entrepreneurs, in partnership with Social Change Fund and in collaboration with American Express and 1863 Ventures. $20,000

Deadline: April 1, 2023


Foundation for Financial Planning Grants

Each year, FFP awards grants to community-based and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to fund the development of programs connecting volunteer financial planners to individuals and families in crisis or need. Up to $40,000

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Gender Equity In Stem Incubator

Incubator is seeking submissions from individuals, new teams, or established organizations. Solutions can be for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid models and must be at least at the prototype stage. Solution teams must be US-based to be eligible for the Challenge. Pool of $1MM for 8 finalists.

Deadline: June 2, 2023


Halcyon Fellowships

Halcyon’s Fellowships are free, with no fee or equity stake required. We are currently accepting applications for: Halcyon Opportunity Intensive Fellowship, Fall 2023, Halcyon Climate Resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Intensive Fellowship and Halcyon Food & Agtech in Africa Intensive Fellowship.

Deadline: April 28, 2023


Incfile Fresh Start Business Grant

Entrepreneurs 21 years or older can apply to receive $2,500 to put toward business startup costs and will also receive free formation services from Incfile. $2,500

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Innovating for Women's Health Pitch Competition

Portfolia and AgeTech Collaborative™ from AARP are seeking to identify and showcase best-in-class solutions in the active aging space -- products and services that allow people to thrive as they age. This is a national competition where the finalists have the opportunity to pitch to top influencers, investors, venture capitalists, and industry leaders. Moreover, the winning solution will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2023


J.M.K. Innovation Prizes

Applications are open to individuals or teams representing nonprofit or mission-driven for-profit organizations. The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. $150,000

Deadline: April 28. 2023


J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant 2023

The non-profit grant provides one year of professional news distribution services (to print, online and social media) for each grant recipient, which has a cash value of approximately $2600; it is not a “cash grant,” meaning Neotrope is not writing your charity a check if accepted, only providing services to help promote and raise awareness of the charity. $2600 in kind.

Deadline: April 1, 2023


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. $2,500-$15,000

Deadline: June 8, 2023


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.

Deadline: N/A


Lift as We Climb Grant

Company must be based and operated in the United States and be in one of the following categories: fashion, skincare or hair accessories/tools. $25,000

Deadline: April 19, 2023


M51 Founder's Lab

Founder’s Lab is accepting applications for its inaugural cohort until March 31, which will be in hybrid form and open to startups across Canada. The M51 Founder Lab is for women and gender-diverse people who are leading or co-founding companies headquartered in Canada, ideally, those planning to raise a pre-seed ($25k - $1.5M CAD) round within 6-8 months of applying.

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Meriden Business Investment and Growth Program

Priority funding will be for projects located in the Meriden Transit Oriented District, being located in a census tract, to permit additional employment and business opportunities for minority and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Up to $300,000.

Deadline: December 31, 2024


Microsoft TechSpack Community Engagement Fellowship Grant

Community organizations focused on creating inclusive economic opportunities will have the opportunity to apply to receive a mix of funding and contextual technical assistance through in-person and virtual support. Awarded organizations will select a member of their team to represent their organization as a TechSpark Fellow. Applicant must be US-based non-profit. Upto $50,000

Deadline: N/A


Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Must be a women-owned or led business that ss a social enterprise that is intentional about supporting women’s economic empowerment, climate resilience, or the intersection of both and have at least $20K in income.

Deadline: March 31, 2023


National Black Business Pitch

The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who seek to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. $10,000

Deadline: June 1, 2023


National Association for the Self-Employed

Apply for a business development grant from the NASE worth up to $4,000! Join NASE, and you can apply for quarterly Growth Grant opportunities. There are no time-in-business requirements for these grants of up to $4,000, but you’ll need to provide details about how you plan to use the grant and how it will help your business grow. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs.

Deadline: Reviewed Quarterly. Visit website for deadlines


NGO Whisperer Global Fellowship Programme

NGO Whisperer Global Fellowship Programme is a 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.

Deadline: April 30, 2023


Northeastern Dairy Product Innovation Competition

Open to startups located in the United States that are pre-formation or early-stage, have a viable product and scalable business model, and are ready to commit to scaling their products if they are selected as finalists, utilizing milk and/or dairy ingredients produced at dairies in the Northeast. $20,000

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Nye County Small Business Grant Program

Nye County has reopened applications for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Small Business Grant Program, adding Premium Incentive Pay Program applications. Grant Awards have been made available for small business and nonprofit applicants with fewer than 30 employees who are independently owned and operated.

Deadline: April 15, 2023



The Papaya Grant will will award $10,000 to one incredible and deserving female entreprenur. $10,000

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Pure Potential Business Grants - Livonia

Business must be for-profit and located within Livonia. Must have fewer than 100 employees. Up to $15,000

Deadline: N/A


Quality Jobs Program Grant (Philadelphia)

The City of Philadelphia launched the Quality Jobs Program (QJP), a fund that invests in eligible businesses creating new full-time employment opportunities that pay a living wage and include health insurance benefits for Philadelphia residents. Up to $125,000

Deadline: N/A


Santa Rosa Small Business Exterior Improvement Grant

Business must be based in Santa Rosa and have 500 employees or fewer. average award will cover 70% of project costs.

Deadline: June 2024


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.

Deadline: N/A


Show-Me Entrepreneurial Grants for Agriculture

Missouri-based farmers, businesses and higher education institutions can apply. Up to $250,000.

Deadline: April 28, 2023


Small Business Growth Fund (Hello Alice)

Must be a for-profit business located and registered in one of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia with less than $1MM in revenue. up to $25,000

Deadline: April 21, 2023


Small Business Growth Fund

When small businesses succeed, everyone benefits. In partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and with funding from Etsy and Progressive, the Small Business Growth Fund provides small business owners the capital they need to make their next move. Recipients will receive $5,000-$25,000 grants to accelerate their growth and achieve their goals in 2023.

Deadline: Apr 21, 2023 • 6:00 pm EST


Spark Cleantech Accelerator

12-week program and will kick-off on August 14 at the UT Research Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The program provides mentorship, connections, stipends, prototyping services, and business acceleration services to early stage cleantech entrepreneurs to help commercialize new innovations. $15,000 Stipend for travel and living

Deadline: May 12, 2023


TechRise Chicago

TechRise Chicago hosts virtual weekly pitch competitions for BIPOC and Woman/Trans/Non-Binary entrepreneurs building early-stage startups out of Chicagoland. Each week, 5 founders are invited onstage to pitch their business to a panel of VC judges. Up to $50,000.

Deadline: N/A


TL Effect Mentorship Program

The TL Effect is an in-house mentorship program geared towards women-of-color entrepreneurs looking to take their consumer-focused early-stage start-up* to the next level. One recipient will receive a $20,000 grant.

Deadline: N/A


Topeka & Shawnee County Small Business Incentive Program

The for-profit business must be located in the City of Topeka or Shawnee County and less than 100 employees.

Deadline: Quarterly


TRANSFORM Business Grant

The TRANSFORM Business Grant is designed to support individuals in systemically oppressed groups who demonstrate financial need. This includes, but is not limited to, BIPOC individuals, individuals who have a disability, formerly incarcerated individuals, and queer, trans, and nonbinary folks. $1,000

Deadline: August 20, 2023


Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

Sign up for Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events. Not only will you be eligible to apply for a $10k grant but you’ll benefit from free access to business courses, live coaching sessions led by industry experts, and insightful resources. Small businesses can access, for free, personalized learning through over 40 courses, mentorship, peer networking, 1:1 expert coaching and incentives such as grant funding.

Deadline: May 12, 2023


VOA Futures Fund Community Health Incubator

This program is designed for entrepreneurs creating innovations toward community health equity. Upto $200,000

Deadline: March 31, 2023


Washington Hospitality Grants

This program will award one-time grants to eligible restaurants, hotels, motels, and other small hospitality businesses in Washington State that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Webinar on 3/13/23 and apps open 3/14/23.

Deadline: Not listed


Watson Institute Venture Accelerator

The Watson Institute is launching a fully-funded Venture Accelerator program for next-generation entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. This program is offered with virtual and in-person components that allow fellows to take advantage of the global cohort while also focusing on creating local impact within their communities. Applicants can be from any geographical location with a preference to applicants from the USA, Brazil, China, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Up to $6,000

Deadline: May 15, 2023


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.

Deadline: N/A


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