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Small Business Grants for Women in Wisconsin

Looking for a small business grant for women in Wisconsin?

There are a litany of sites promising grants for women-owned businesses. The downfall is most look (i) like scams or (ii) complicated government sites that usually fund technical businesses.  We haven’t even mentioned the endless forms and paperwork that ask personal questions.

Our site is unique.  You’re still going to have to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work.  But WomensNet can help you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. If you’re serious about getting money to grow your business, you’ll find our site a valuable resource.

The first place you should start?  Our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from Wisconsin are eligible to apply for this business grant. Our WomensNet judges award a $10,000 grant each month, making any day the perfect time to apply.  And if you’re one of the monthly winners, you’re an automatic finalist for our year-end $25,000 Amber Grant.  So just a few minutes right now can turn into $35,000 in grant money.

After you’ve applied for the Amber Grant, be sure to check out the resources below. There are business people in Wisconsin ready to help women entrepreneurs just like you.

Resources for businesswomen in Wisconsin:

Central Wisconsin SCORE
700 S Central Avenue Chamber of Commerce, Marshfield, WI 54449
Ph: (715) 384-3454

Fox Cities SCORE
125 N. Superior Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Ph: (920) 734-7101

Green Bay SCORE
2701 Larsen Road, Room 105, Green Bay, WI 54303
Ph: Local phone 920-222-2167

Madison SCORE
505 South Rosa Road, MG&E Innovation Center, Suite 37, Madison, WI 53719
Ph: (608) 441-2820

SE Wisconsin SCORE
310 W. Wisconsin Avenue #425, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Ph: (414) 297-3942

Wausau SCORE
200 Washington Street, Wausau, WI 54403
Ph: (715) 845-6231

Western Wisconsin SCORE
500 South Barstow Street Federal Building, Room B11, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Ph: (715) 834-1573

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 263-5450

Small Business Development Center
780 Regent St., Suite 305
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608.263.7794

What is an Amber Grant?

WomensNet launched the Amber Grant in 1998 to honor the memory of an ambitious young woman who died at the age of 19, before she could realize her entrepreneurial aspirations. Today, these grants help women like you fulfill the dreams that Amber could not.

How Does It Work?

Every month, WomensNet judges award one or more Amber Grants of $10,000 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those grant recipients is selected to receive the $25,000 Amber Grant.

How Do I Apply?

By telling us your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete; just answer a few questions about your business. But hurry—applications are due by the end of the month for the next $10,000 Amber Grant.

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Six steps you should take when looking for a business grant:

1. Analyze your organization's needs. Make sure you have a solid understanding of the:
  • Problem or need you want to address
  • Audience that will benefit from your product or service
  • Kind and amount of support you need
  • Resources and commitment your group brings to the project
  • Potential and prospective partners in the community
2. Research various types of foundations. Learn the operational differences between:
  • Corporate foundations
  • Civic foundations
  • Private foundations
3. Look for funding matches. Identify funders who:
  • Are able and likely to fund projects in your geographic area
  • Share a similar core mission or goals
  • Have already supported similar ventures or projects
4. Compile a list of prospects. Group them in two ways:
  • By Geographic Location (city, state, region)
  • By field of interest or program subject
5. Review and refine your list. Eliminate prospects that DON’T FUND:
  • In your state
  • Your type of organization
  • Your subject
  • The type of support you need
  • Your size project
6. Select the most appropriate funding prospects. Research them in detail:
  • Contact them directly to request annual reports and other publications
  • Search print and online media to identify projects that received grants in the past
  • Ask former grant recipients for advice and why they felt they were successful over other applicants
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What people are saying about WomensNet


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

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“The Foundation awards $10,000 to a different women-owned business every month. At the end of each year, one of the 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $25,000.”


“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 Foundation was launched in 1998 to honor the memory of a young woman. The grant was formed to help women entrepreneurs reach their goals when Amber could not.”