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