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Small Business Grants for Women in New York

Small business grants for women in New York can be tough to find. Not here.

The good news is that you’ve come to the right place to find grant money for your women-owned venture. Of course, you still have to put in the sweat equity. But if your dream is to see your business ideas come to fruition, we’re here to help.

To start, WomensNet offers grants to women in New York (as well as all across the United States). It’s our Amber Grant for Women, where we award $10,000 each month to a woman-owned business. At the end of the year, we’ll award another Amber Grant — in the amount of $25,000 — to one of the (12) monthly winners. That means someone will earn a total of $35,000 this year.

One of our past Amber Grant winners (Krista Woods of GloveStix) appeared on Shark Tank, QVC and the TODAY show. Another Amber Grant winner — Maia Josebachvili of Urban Escapes — had her business acquired by LivingSocial.

Looking for more than just business grants and funding for your company or business idea?  We can point you in the right direction.

Be sure to browse other resources below. There are plenty of people in New York willing to help women business owners like you.  Best of luck.

Resources for businesswomen in New York:

Auburn SCORE
2 State Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Ph: (315) 252-7291

Buffalo Niagara SCORE
130 South Elmwood Ave, Suite 540, Buffalo, NY 14202
Ph: (716) 551-4301

Clinton, Franklin, Essex SCORE
7061 Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Ph: (518) 563-1000

Dutchess SCORE
1 Civic Center Plaza Chamber of Commerce, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Ph: (845) 454-1700 ex1021

Greater Binghamton SCORE
49 Court St, Binghamton, NY 13902
Ph: (607) 772-8860

New York City SCORE
26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278
Ph: (212) 264-4507

Northeast NY SCORE
1 Computer Drive South, Albany, NY 12205
Ph: (518) 446-1118 Ext. 233

Orange SCORE
30 Scott’s Corners Dr., Montgomery, NY 12549
Ph: (845) 457-9700

Putnam County SCORE
34 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512
Ph: (845) 225-6030

Rochester SCORE
100 State Street Keating Federal Building, Room 410, Rochester, NY 14614
Ph: (585) 263-6473

Rockland County SCORE
4 North Main Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977
Ph: (845) 426-1206

SCORE Long Island
350 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (888) 433-3632

Staten Island SCORE
1550 Richmond Road SI Bank & Trust, Staten Island, NY 10304
Ph: (718) 727-1221

Sullivan County SCORE
198 Bridgeville Road, Monticello, NY 12701
Ph: 845.343.1515

Syracuse SCORE
224 Harrison Street Suite 506, Syracuse, NY 13202
Ph: (315) 471-9393 x245

Ulster SCORE
1 Development Court, Kingston, NY 12401
Ph: (845) 339-0468

200 Genesee Street Suite 1, Utica, NY 13502
Ph: (315) 792-7553

Westchester SCORE
120 Bloomingdale Road NYS Dept. of Labor, White Plains, NY 10605
Ph: (914) 948-3907

Women’s Business Center of New York State
200 Genesee St., Utica, New York 13502
Phone: 1.877.844.9848

Women TIES
P.O. Box 339, Syracuse, NY 13211
Phone: (315) 708-4288

Small Business Development Center
New York SBDC
State University Plaza
Corporate Woods Building, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12246
Phone (in-state): (800) 732-SBDC
Alt. Phone: (518) 443-5398

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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“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

“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.”