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Small Business Grants for Women in Massachusetts

You search for small business grants for women in Massachusetts is over

A Google search for women business grants will bring up a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites. And nearly always, these sites want personal information, financial disclosures, interviews and there’s an exhausting form to fill out.

We’re not your typical grant site. WomensNet helps you find real grants, loans, and other funding. 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.

The best place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from Massachusetts (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this grant. And every month, our judges award $10,000 to women-owned business.  Even better — the 12 monthly winners compete for a year-end Amber Grant of $25,000.  So, a few minutes of your time can translate into $35,000 in grant money for your business.

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

Resources for businesswomen in Massachusetts:

Boston SCORE
10 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02222
Ph: (617) 565-5591

Cape Cod SCORE
270 Communications Way, Suite 5A, Hyannis, MA 02601
Ph: (508) 775-4884

NE Massachusetts SCORE
39 Dodge Street Suite 318, Beverly, MA 01915
Ph: (978) 922-9441

SE Massachusetts SCORE
60 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Ph: (508) 587-2673

W. Massachusetts SCORE
Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal Square, Springfield, MA 01105
Ph: (413) 785-0314

Worcester SCORE
446 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608
Ph: (508) 753-2929

Massachusetts Conference for Women
P. O. Box 55071 #75355, Boston, MA 02205-5071

Women’s Business Network
P.O. Box 332, Harvard, MA 01451-0232

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.”