Q: Can I really get a Small Business Grant on the Internet?

A: Yes, you really can get a small business grant on the Internet.

That’s a great question, though – and it’s one you should ask yourself.

After all, if you decide to pursue our monthly Amber Grant (now $4,000) and the $25,000 year-end Amber Grant, your application will take some time and energy to write.  You’ll commit a few dollars to cover the application fee.  And you’ll do so with the undeniable reality that many internet scams exist.

We understand all of those things.

So in this space, we’d like to address those questions or concerns. Below, you’ll learn who we are, how the grant process works, and much more.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us. In our 20-year history, we’ve always put a strong emphasis on customer service.


Q:  How do you pick the WomensNet Amber Grant winner each month?

A: It’s a simple, straightforward process.  We carefully read through and research grant applications daily and select finalists — typically 5.  At the end of each month, we discuss each finalist and vote to determine a winner. We usually announce the grant winner(s) 7-10 days into a new month.

Businesses selected for a monthly Amber Grant are automatically eligible for the year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).  While considering Voting results, check-ups with the monthly Amber Grant winners and other factors, we’ll award the $25,000 in December of 2020. You can view the 2019 announcement on this page.


Q:  Who selects grant recipients?

A:  Our WomensNet Advisory Board, comprised of Christina Lambert, Kelsey Ptucha and Marcia Layton-Turner.


Q: Why do you charge an application fee?

A. The fee makes the grant and operation of the site — including reviewing each application — possible.


Q: If I apply for one month and don’t receive a grant am I automatically enrolled for the next month?

A. Since the grants run on a month-to-month basis, we typically only consider applicants that applied in that specific months’ time frame. But we have had exceptions over the years and it’s not necessary that you apply twice. We welcome application edits/updates via email.


Q: Do I need a website to apply?

A. You don’t. However, it’s very helpful if you provide a social media profile from your company — ideally Facebook.


Q: What are your social media accounts?

A. We mostly focus on Facebook, but these are our official social media links:

Facebook Page




Q: Are non-profits eligible?

A. As of December 2018, non-profits are not eligible for Amber Grants.


Q: How many applications do you get per month?

A. It depends.  In the past year, we’ve gotten anywhere from roughly 400 to 700 per month.  When we’ve received more applications than projected, we’ve awarded more money to multiple grant winners.


Q: What types of businesses do you select as winners?   

A. There isn’t one sector or industry that we focus on.  Here’s a short list of past winners, made up of all kinds of businesses (from food tours to literacy programs):

Access Trax


Madison Eats Food Tours


Anahata Collaborative


Q: What criteria do you use to select a winner?

A:  We’re looking for a number of qualities: passion, business savvy, vision, and so much more. Women who believe in what they’re doing tend to make us believers, too.

Beyond that, details are vital. While we’ll do our own research prior to selecting finalists and a winner (or winners), assume that we’re 100% unfamiliar with your company, industry and market. So avoid any jargon or lingo that could lead to confusion.


Q: Is the Amber Grant only for US-based businesses?

A:  Businesses operating in the US or  Canada are eligible for our grants.


Q: How old do I have to be to apply for an Amber Grant?

A. You must be 18 years or older to apply and receive a grant.