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Small Business Grants for Women in New Mexico

Finding small business grants for women in New Mexico isn’t easy. We’re changing that.

A Google search will show you a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites that do more to confuse than help.

Our approach is different. For 20 years, WomensNet has helped business owners like you find legit grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Yes, you’re still going to have to put in the hard work and time. But if you’re serious about getting your business to the next level, you’ll find our site is a key resource.

A simple place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Businesswomen from New Mexico are eligible to apply for this $10,000 grant, which runs monthly. At the end of this year, our judges will award an additional $25,000 Amber Grant to 1 of the 12 monthly winners. So, taking just a few moments could truly be life-changing for both you and your company.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. There are people in New Mexico willing to help women business owners just like you. Best of luck in your search.

Resources for businesswomen in New Mexico:

Albuquerque SCORE
500 Gold Ave. SW, Suite 11409, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ph: (505) 248-8232

Las Cruces SCORE
505 S. Main St Loretto Towne Center, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Ph: (575) 523-5627

Santa Fe & North NM SCORE
120 Federal Place #307, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Ph: (505) 988-6302

NAWBO Northern New Mexico Chapter
5901-J Wyoming Blvd. NE #112, Albuquerque NM 87109
Phone: 505.490.6099

WESST Enterprises
WESST Enterprise Center
609 Broadway Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505.246.6900
Fax: 505.243.3035

Professional Business Women of New Mexico

Small Business Development Center
NMSBDC Lead Center
Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Phone: (505) 428-1362

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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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.”