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Small Business Grants for Women in Maine

Finding small business grants for women in Maine is tough. But you’ve come to the right place.

You’d think it’s nearly impossible to find a small business grant for women anywhere online. A Google search will produce a long list of sites. But a lot of these sites either look shady or they’re way too complicated government-run sites — agencies that typically give out large grants to women business owners, but only if you’re in the tech sector. Plus, the paperwork and financial info you’re forced to disclose is invasive.

That’s not what we’re about. WomensNet helps you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your small business. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. You’re going to have to put in some hard work and time. But if you’re serious about growing a successful business, you’ll find our site is a big help.

Here’s a great and simple way to start — apply for our Amber Grant for Women. Businesswomen from Maine (and all across America) can easily apply for this grant. Our judges pick a $10,000 Amber Grant recipient each month – and if you win, you’re automatically eligible for our $25,000 year-end Amber Grant. That means you could be awarded $35,000 total this year by completing your application today.

After you’ve applied, consider reading about the resources below. There are businesspeople in Maine waiting to help women business owners just like you.

Resources for Women in Maine

Augusta SCORE
68 Sewall Street, Room 512, Augusta, ME 04330
Ph: 207-622-8509

Bangor SCORE
202 Harlow Street Federal Office Bldg, Room 230, Bangor, ME 04401
Ph: (207) 942-0103

Downeast Maine SCORE
PO Box 1507, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Ph: (207) 667-5800

Oxford Hills SCORE
2 Market Square, South Paris, ME 04281
Ph: (207) 743-0499

Portland SCORE
100 Middle Street, 2nd Fl., Portland, ME 04101
Ph: (207) 772-1147

SCORE Androscoggin County
100 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101
Ph: (207) 782-3708

Maine Women’s Business Center
36 Water Street, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
Telephone: (207) 882-7552

Maine Centers for Women, Work, & Community
Gannett Building, 5th Floor, 331 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04330-9410
Reception Desk: 207-621-3440
Toll Free in Maine: 800-442-2092

Small Business Development Center
Mail: 96 Falmouth, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, Maine 04104-9300
Location: 501 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine 04103
Telephone: Information (207) 780-4420
TTY Number: (207) 780-5646

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.”