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Small Business Grants for Women in Idaho

Seeking out small business grants for women in Idaho isn’t easy. We’re here to help.

You probably know the drill. A Google search brings up a long list of sites offering grants. However, most look like scams — even forcing you to pay money up front for grant opportunities. Or they’re complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites that grind up your time with paperwork.

We’re quite different. WomensNet helps women find legitimate grants, loans, and other funding for their business venture. And we’ve done so since 1998.

Of course, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work and time. But if you’re serious about taking your business to the next level — and we know you are — you’ll find our site a big help.

A simple, hassle-free place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Businesswomen from Idaho (and all over America) are eligible to apply for our $10,000 Amber Grant. Our judges award one every month – so today would be the perfect time to apply. Best yet, we’re awarding a $25,000 year-end Amber Grant to 1 of the 12 monthly winners. Just think about what $35,000 would do to boost your business.

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

Resources for businesswomen in Idaho:

Eastern Idaho SCORE
2300 N. Yellowstone Hwy Suite 119, Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Ph: (208) 523-1022

Treasure Valley SCORE
380 E. Parkcenter Blvd. Suite 330, Boise, ID 83706
Ph: (208) 334-1696

Women’s Business Center of Idaho
1607 W. Jefferson St., Boise, ID 83702
PHONE: (208) 336-6722

Small Business Development Center of Idaho
1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-1655
PHONE: 1-800-225-3815 (toll free) or (208) 426-1640

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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Not Sure Where to Start?

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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.”

Nerd Wallet

“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.”

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.”