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Small Business Grants for Women in Nebraska

You’ve found the right place for small business grants for women in Nebraska.

You could spend all day looking for grant opportunities on the web. In our own search, it was frustrating how many sites look spammy. Others were highly competitive and specialized government-run sites that chew up your time with excessive paperwork.

We’re much different. For 20 years, WomensNet has helped business owners like you find real grants, loans, and other funding. Yes, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work. But if you’re serious about getting your business to the next level, you’ll find our site a big help.

A simple, straightforward place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Businesswomen from Nebraska (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this grant. Our judges name 5 finalists and award a $10,000 grant each month – and at the end of the year, 1 of the 12 recipients will earn an additional $25,000 Amber Grant. Think about what $35,000 would mean for the life of your business.

Beyond applying for our grant, consider viewing some of the resources below. There are people in Nebraska waiting to help women business owners just like you. We wish you the best in your quest for funding.


Resources for businesswomen in Nebraska:

Central Nebraska SCORE
16 West 11th Street, Kearney, NE 68848
Ph: (308) 865-5675

Columbus SCORE
3014 39th St, Columbus, NE 68601
Ph: (402) 564-2769

Lincoln SCORE
285 S. 68th St. Place Suite 530, Lincoln, NE 68510
Ph: (402) 437-2409

Norfolk SCORE
609 W Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701
Ph: (402) 371-4862

10675 Bedford AvenueSuite 100, Omaha, NE 68134
Ph: (402) 221-3606

REAP Women’s Business Center
145 Main St, PO Box 136, Lyons, NE 68038
Phone: (402) 687-2100

Nebraska Business Development Center
College of Business Administration
Mammel Hall, Suite 200 , University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0248
Phone: (402) 554-2521

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?

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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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.”