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Where Women Like You Get Small Business Grants

Who is WomensNet?

WomensNet was created decades ago to help women achieve their business dreams. We offer: free tips on how to get a grant, our own monthly grant, and we promote encouraging stories of woman entrepreneurs just like you.

What is An Amber Grant?

In 1998, we gave our first Amber Grant in honor of 19-year old Amber Wigdahl, who died before fulfilling her business dreams. Today, we award three $10,000 Amber Grants each month. And three of our 36 monthly winners get an additional $25,000 Year-End Amber Grant.

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2024 WomensNet’s Grants

WomensNet funds several women business grants throughout the year — $435,000 worth!

To be considered for all these grants, you only need to fill out one application. Yes, it’s that simple.

Monthly Amber Grant

$10,000 winner each month

Each month, our judges review all the applications — then select 10 finalists. One of those finalists will be the monthly $10,000 Amber Grant grant winner. All business categories, including non-profits, are eligible for the Amber Grant each month.

The $10,000 Amber Grant winner each month qualifies for the year-end grant of $25,000.

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Monthly Startup Grant

$10,000 winner each month

Are you in the “idea phase” of your business? We have an additional grant opportunity for you: Our WomensNet Startup Grant. We define a “startup” as a business in the “idea phase,” or one that has only had minimal sales (less than $10,000). Even though startups are eligible for our monthly Amber Grants, we’ve created an additional grant especially for this underserved sector. The $10,000 Amber Grant winner each month qualifies for the year-end grant of $25,000.

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Business Category Grants

$10,000 winner each month

Every woman entrepreneur who fills out her application is eligible for the $10,000 Amber Grant (for the month in which the application is submitted). But we have an additional $10,000 Business Category grant winner every month, too.

You see, we’ve found that some business categories are under-represented in winning grant money.

So applicants who fall under these specific business categories automatically become eligible (once per year) for the monthly $10,000 Business Category Grant based on the calendar below. Your same application remains active for the Category grant until the month of your category. One of the 12 category winners are selected for a $25,000 year end grant.

$25,000 Annual Amber Grant

Three winners per year

We award three separate $25,000 grants at the end of each year.

This additional grant is awarded to one of the 12 monthly winners of our (1) Monthly Amber Grant (2) Startup Grant (3) Business Category Grant.

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What people are saying about WomensNet


“You have to be in it to win it...seize the opportunity and apply.”

Nerd Wallet

“Every month, WomensNet awards three $10,000 Amber Grants to women-owned businesses. At the end of each year, monthly grant winners are eligible to receive one of three $25,000 annual grants.”


“Launched 20 years ago this grant honors the memory of a young woman who wanted to be an entrepreneur but died at age 19 before she could achieve her goal.”


“The Amber Grant offers three $10,000 grants to women-owned businesses each month. Then, at the end of each year, WomensNet gives an additional $25,000 to three grant winners from that year.”

Essence Magazine

“This organization offers monthly grants of up to $10,000 to support female entrepreneurs starting businesses. Those who qualify for these grants are also in the running for a yearly $25,000 grant.”