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Small Business Grants for Women in California

Looking for small business grants for women in California is anything but easy.

A Google search will bring up a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.

We’re different. WomensNet.net can help you find REAL grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Yes, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work and time. But if you’re serious about getting your business to the next level, you’ll find our site a big help.

A simple place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from California (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this grant. Our judges award this grant every month – so today would be the perfect time to apply.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. There are folks in California waiting to help women business owners just like you!

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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, the WomensNet judges award one or more Qualifying Grants of $500 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those Qualifying Grant recipients is selected to receive the $2,500 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 $500 Qualifying 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

Not Sure Where to Start?

You’re in luck. We’ve done hours of research and compiled a list of the 21 best small business grants available for women today—and we’d love to share it with you!

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“21 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

And be sure to check out these excellent resources available to help businesswomen like you in California:

Resources for businesswomen in California:

Bakersfield SCORE
P.O. Box 2426
Bakersfield, CA 93303
Ph: (661) 861-9249

Central Valley SCORE
​801 R Street, Suite 201,
​Fresno, CA 93721
​Phone: (559) 487-5605
Website: https://centralvalley.score.org/

Coachella Valley SCORE
43100 Cook Street Suite 104
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Ph: (760) 773-6507

East Bay SCORE
492 9th Street Suite 350
Oakland, CA 94607
Ph: (510) 273-6611

Greater Chico Area SCORE
1324 Mangrove Street Suite 114
Chico, CA 95926
Ph: (530) 342-8932

Inland Empire SCORE
11801 Pierce Street 2nd Floor
Riverside, CA 92505
Ph: (951) 652-4390

Modesto/Merced SCORE
1880 W. Wardrobe Ave
Merced, CA 95340
Ph: (209) 724-2033

Monterey Bay SCORE
30 Ragsdale Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Ph: (831) 648-5360

North Coast SCORE
777 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Ph: (707) 571-8342

Orange County SCORE
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Ph: (714) 550-7369

Sacramento SCORE
6501 Sylvan Road
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Ph: (916) 635-9085

San Diego SCORE
550 West C ST
San Diego, CA 92101-3500
Ph: (619) 557-7272

San Francisco SCORE
455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ph: (415) 744-6827

San Luis Obispo SCORE
3765 South Higuera, Suite 102
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Ph: (805) 547-0779

Santa Barbara SCORE
924 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Ph: (805) 563-0084

Santa Cruz County SCORE
716 G Capitola Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
Ph: (831) 621-3735

SCORE Los Angeles
330 North Brand Blvd. Suite 190
Glendale, CA 91203
Ph: (818) 552-3206

Ventura County SCORE
400 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 301
Oxnard, CA 93036
Ph: (805) 204-6022

Silicon Valley SCORE
234 E. Gish Road Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
Ph: (408) 453-6237

Tuolumne County SCORE
222 South Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Ph: (209) 532-4316

Professional Business Women of California
886 Birdhaven Ct.
Lafayette, CA 94549
PHONE: (415) 857-2923
E-MAIL: info@pbwc.org

Small Business Development Center of California
Small Business Development Center of California Consulting
550 East Shaw, Suite 105A
Fresno, CA 93710
PHONE: (559) 241-7414
FAX: (559) 241-7422

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