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Small Business Grants for Women in New York

Getting a small business grant for a woman-owned business in New York isn’t easy.

The good news is that you’ve come to the right place to find 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 take off, we’re here to get you started.

To start, yes, offers grants to women in New York (as well as all across the United States). It’s our monthly Amber Grant for Women and it will only take you a few minutes to apply.

Also be sure to check out more resources below. There are plenty of folks in New York willing to help women business owners like you!

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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, the WomensNet judges award one or more Qualifying Grants of $500 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those Qualifying Grant recipients is selected to receive the $2,500 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 $500 Qualifying 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

Not Sure Where to Start?

You’re in luck. We’ve done hours of research and compiled a list of the 21 best small business grants available for women today—and we’d love to share it with you!

Enter your email to receive a FREE copy of our special report,
“21 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

And be sure to check out these excellent resources available to help businesswomen like you in New York:

Resources for businesswomen in New York:

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

Buffalo Niagara SCORE
130 South Elmwood AveSuite 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

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