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Small Business Grants for Women in Maryland

Finding business grants for women in Maryland just got a lot easier.

Let’s face it, people aren’t exactly standing in line to give money to women small business owners or startups in Maryland.  A quick Google search will turn up government sites (like the Small Business Administration).  Or some sketchy-looking sites that, frankly,  don’t give away any grant money to women-owned businesses.

But we know of some people and places that absolutely will help you find grants, loans and other sources of financing for your business dream. We’re not saying it’s going to be easy. You’ll have to invest the time and effort. But if you’re serious about your business, we’d love to get you started today.

We Award Three $10,000 Business Grants to Women Every Month.

First things first: WomensNet offers grants to businesswomen in Maryland (as well as all across the United States). They’re awarded monthly, and we call them the Amber Grants for Women. You can apply right now by answering two simple questions… and perhaps become one of our three monthly $10,000 grant recipients.  If you do win the $10,000 grant, you’re instantly eligible to earn the year-end $25,000 Amber Grant.  Think of the impact that $35,000 would have on your business.

Also take a few quick minutes to check out the resources listed below. There are like-minded folks in Maryland who will help out women business owners like you!


Resources for businesswomen in Maryland:

Greater Baltimore SCORE
10 South Howard Street The City Crescent Bldg., 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
Ph: (410) 962-2233

Hagerstown SCORE
14 North Potomac Street Suite 200 B, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Ph: (301) 766-2043

Mid-Shore SCORE
101 Marlboro Ave Talbot City Chamber of Commerce, Easton, MD 21601
Ph: (410) 822-4606

SCORE Frederick
4539 Metropolitan Court, Frederick, MD 21704
Ph: (240) 215-4757

Southern Maryland SCORE
49 Old Solomons Island Road Suite 204, Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph: (410) 266-9553

Women Business Owners of Montgomery County
PO Box 1281, Rockville, Maryland 20849-1281
Phone: (301) 365-1755

Small Business Development Center

Maryland Women’s Business Center
3 Locations:

Montgomery County:
51 Monroe Street, PE-20, Rockville, MD 20850

Prince George’s County:
Bowie Business Innovation Center, Bowie State University Center for Business
14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715
301-383-1550 x104

Frederick County:
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
118 North Market Street, Third Floor, Frederick, MD 21701


Does WomensNet Offer Amber Grants to Women In My State?

Yes!! We've been offering business resources and grants to women in all 50 states (and Canada) since 1998. We have three different $10,000 Amber Grant winners EVERY month... Plus at the end of the year, each Amber Grant winner for that year is eligible for an additional $25,000 grant!

How Does It Work?

Submit your application. Our WomensNet judges review every application. Then we announce the three $10,000 Amber Grant winners the following month by the 23rd. At the end of the year, we award THREE more $25,000 grants -- chosen from our previous monthly grant winners for this year. That means you have the opportunity to receive $35,000 from WomensNet by filling out one two-question grant application.

How Do I Apply?

Simple. By telling us your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete. Just answer two questions about your business. But hurry—applications are due by the end of the month for all three of this month's $10,000 Amber Grant opportunities.

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Not Sure Where to Start?

You’re in luck. We’ve done hours of research and compiled a list of the 16 best small business grants available for women today—and we’d love to share it with you!

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“16 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

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

“Every month, WomensNet awards three $10,000 Amber Grants to women-owned businesses. At the end of each year, monthly grant winners are eligible to receive one of three $25,000 annual grants.”


“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 offers three $10,000 grants to women-owned businesses each month. Then, at the end of each year, WomensNet gives an additional $25,000 to three grant winners from that year.”

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.”