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Small Business Grants for Women in Iowa

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Six Steps to find a grant:

1. Analyze Your Organization?s Needs & Determine:
  • The problem or need you want to address
  • The audience or target beneficiaries you will serve
  • The amount & types of support you need
  • The resources & commitment your group brings to the project
  • Potential partners in the community
2. Research Foundations & How They Operate:
  • Learn as much as possible about corporate, civic, and private foundations
3. Look for Funding Matches By Considering Funders Who:
  • Are able or likely to fund projects in your geographic area
  • Have a similar core mission or goals
  • Have already supported similar ventures or projects
4. Compile A List Of Prospects:
  • By Geographic Location (city, state, region)
  • By field of interest or program subject
5. Refine Your List & Eliminate Sources That:
  • Do NOT fund in your state
  • Do NOT fund your subject
  • Do NOT fund the type of support you need (See Types of Funding Support)
  • Fund your type of organization
  • Fund your size project
6. Select The Most Appropriate Funding Sources & Research In Detail
  • Contact funder directly for annual report and other publications
  • Search newspapers and the Internet for former grant recipients and contact them for advice or tips, why they felt they were successful as opposed to other applicants

Looking for small business grants for women in Iowa 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. 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 Iowa (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 Iowa waiting to help women business owners just like you!


We have also done the research of finding the 21 top grants available for women today. To get a copy of our report sign up below.

Resources for Women in Iowa

Central Iowa SCORE
709 South Center Street Fisher Community Center
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Ph: (641) 753-6645

Des Moines SCORE
210 Walnut Street Federal Building/ Room 749
Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph: (515) 284-4760

Dubuque SCORE
300 Main Street Suite 200
Dubuque, IA 52001
Ph: (563) 690-9209

Muscatine SCORE
102 Walnut Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
Ph: (563) 263-8895

SCORE East Central Iowa
2750 1st Avenue NE Corporate Center East
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Ph: (319) 362-6405 (2005)

Sioux City SCORE
320 6th Street Federal Building, Room 186
Sioux City, IA 51101
Ph: (712) 277-2324

South Central SCORE
10 Raynan Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Ph: (641) 683-5127

916 North Russell Street Iowa Central Community College
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Ph: (712) 732-7267

Iowa National Association of Women Business Owners

Iowa Women in Business

Small Business Development Center of Iowa
2321 North Loop Drive, Suite 202
Ames, IA 50010-8218
PHONE: (515) 294-2030
FAX: (515) 294-6522

Iowa Center for Economic Success
8345 University Blvd Suite F
Clive, IA 50325
PHONE: (515) 283-0940
FAX: (515) 283-0438