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Small Business Grants for Women in Mississippi

Where can you find grants for women-owned businesses in Mississippi?

Well, if you’ve done any research, you know finding funding for your business can be a daunting task. The exciting news is you’ve uncovered a site that — since 1998 — has helped many women find grant money for their business dreams. Sure, you’re still the person who has to put in the time and effort. But if you’re serious about your current business, or you have a passion for a new business venture, we’re here to help you succeed.

Our Amber Grant for women provides a great place to start your quest for funding. We won’t make you jump through hoops or grind up a whole day of your valuable time to apply. It’s our simple 2-question application that allows us to get to the heart of who’s applying — and their business.

We award 1 Amber Grant of $10,000 each month.  At the end of this year, 1 of the 12 monthly winners will be awarded an additional Amber Grant ($25,000).  So, today could be the day that puts you on the path to $35,000 in total grant funds for your business.

You’ll also want to check out the information we have below. There are plenty of resources and good people in Mississippi waiting to help women entrepreneurs like you. Good luck in your search.

Resources for businesswomen in Mississippi:

Mississippi Development Authority
Post Office Box 849, Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Phone: (601) 359-3449

Small Business Development Center
P.O. Box 1848, 122 Jeanette Phillips Dr., University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: (662) 915-5001

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.”