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Small Business Grants for Women in Minnesota

You’ve just discovered a site awarding small business grants for women in Minnesota.

A Google search for “women’s business grants in Minnesota” will bring up a long list of sites. But most don’t even offer grants for women’s businesses.  And the ones that do are complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.  Most of those sites will make you fill out long forms with tons of personal and financial information.

Fortunately, you’ve landed on a different kind of site.  WomensNet actually gives out grant money every month.  And our two-question application makes it super simple for you to apply. 

We’ll Give Away Three $10,000 Women’s Business Grants This Month

If you’re in search of funding, a great place to start is with our Amber Grants for Women. Businesswomen from Minnesota are eligible — and have won — this grant.  Sarah Olsen of Levity Products/The LECS Project and Lara Cornell of Anahata Collaborative are two examples.

Here’s how it works: Our judges award three $10,000 Amber Grants every month. If you’re one of our  $10,000 winners throughout the year, you become instantly eligible to win one of our three year-end $25,000 Amber Grants.  Imagine the impact that $35,000 would have on your business.

In fact, Dannell Eklund from Minnesota won a $10,000 grant… then a $25,000 Year End Amber Grant.

After you’ve applied, please take a bit of time to view the resources below. There are people in Minnesota waiting to help women business owners just like you. Best wishes.

Resources for businesswomen in Minnesota:

Central Minnesota Score
355 Fifth Avenue South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301
Ph: (320) – 240-1332

Minneapolis SCORE
8700 West 36th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Ph: (952) 938-4570

SE Minnesota SCORE
220 S. BroadwayRochester Chamber of Commerce, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55904
Ph: (507) 288-8103

South Central Minnesota SCORE
525 Florence Avenue, Owatonna, MN 55060

South Metro SCORE
350 W BURNSVILLE PKWY STE 425, Burnsville, MN 55337
Ph: (952) 890-7020

St. Paul SCORE
2345 Rice Street STE 207, Roseville, MN 55113
Ph: (651) 632-893

Minnesota Business Women
7020 Unity Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

NAWBO Minnesota
PMB 172

4335 Pheasant Ridge Dr NE #224, Blaine, MN 55449

Small Business Development Center
Minnesota SBDC
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200, Saint Paul, MN, 55101-1351
Phone: (651) 259-7114

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.”