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Small Business Grants for Women in Maine

Looking for small business grants for women in Maine 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 Maine (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 Maine 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 Maine:

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

Central Maine SCORE
415 Lisbon Street Chamber Business Center
Lewiston, ME 04240
Ph: (207) 782-3708

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
Fax: (207) 882-4456
E-mail: mwbc@ceimaine.org

Maine Centers for Women, Work, & Community
WWC, UMA
Mail:
46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330-9410
Location:
Gannett Building, 5th Floor
331 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330-9410
Fax: 207-621-3429
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
Fax: (207) 780-4810
TTY Number: (207) 780-5646
Email: mainesbdc.@usm.maine.edu

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