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Small Business Grants for Women in New York

Are you ready to land a small business grant for your women-owned New York business?

How long have you been chasing grant money for your New York-based, women-owned business? We’re glad you found us… Since our founding in 1998, WomensNet has awarded grants to women from all over the United States and Canada — including women entrepreneurs in New York. That includes nearly two million dollars of grants in the past three years.

Here’s how it works:

To start, WomensNet offers a trio of $10,000 grants every month to women startups and small businesses. It’s our Amber Grants for Women program. At the end of the year, we’ll award another three Amber Grants — in the amount of $25,000 each — to three of the past 36 monthly winners. That means three women will earn a total of $35,000 this year for their startup or small business.

Our application process is super simple: Just answer two questions. No financial records, personal bank statements, or formal business plans. And, yes, startup businesses from New York are eligible to win this month’s $10,000 Startup Amber Grant.

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:

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

Mid-Hudson Valley SCORE
1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Ph: (845) 454-1700 ex1021

New York City SCORE
26 Federal Plaza, Rm 3100 New York, NY 10278
Ph: (646) 580-2066

Northeast NY SCORE
1 Computer Drive South, Albany, NY 12205
Ph: (800) 634-0245

Putnam County SCORE
110 Old Rte 6, Donald B Smith Cty Gov’t Campus Carmel, NY 10512
Ph: (845) 600-4260

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

Rockland County SCORE
Daniel T. Brucker Hall, 145 College Rd, 6102G Suffern, NY 10901
Ph: (845) 426-1206

SCORE Long Island
350 Motor Parkway RM. 109, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Ph: (631) 454-0771

Staten Island SCORE
1855 Victory Blvd Staten Island, NY 10314
Ph: (718) 727-1221

Central NY SCORE
224 Harrison Street Suite 506, Syracuse, NY 13202
Ph: (315) 616-3544

Westchester SCORE
White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue White Plains, NY 10601
Ph: (914) 267-6570

Women’s Business Center of New York State
200 Genesee St., Utica, New York 13502
Ph: (877) 844-9848

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

Small Business Development Center
New York Small Business Development Center, H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
353 Broadway
Albany, NY 12246
Phone (in-state): (800) 732-SBDC
Alt. Phone: (518) 944-2840

Does WomensNet Offer Amber Grants to Women In My State?

Yes!! We've been offering business resources and grants to women in all 50 states (and Canada) since 1998. We have three different $10,000 Amber Grant winners EVERY month... Plus at the end of the year, each Amber Grant winner for that year is eligible for an additional $25,000 grant!

How Does It Work?

Submit your application. Our WomensNet judges review every application. Then we announce the three $10,000 Amber Grant winners the following month by the 23rd. At the end of the year, we award THREE more $25,000 grants -- chosen from our previous monthly grant winners for this year. That means you have the opportunity to receive $35,000 from WomensNet by filling out one two-question grant application.

How Do I Apply?

Simple. By telling us your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete. Just answer two questions about your business. But hurry—applications are due by the end of the month for all three of this month's $10,000 Amber Grant opportunities.

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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

“Every month, WomensNet awards three $10,000 Amber Grants to women-owned businesses. At the end of each year, monthly grant winners are eligible to receive one of three $25,000 annual grants.”


“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 offers three $10,000 grants to women-owned businesses each month. Then, at the end of each year, WomensNet gives an additional $25,000 to three grant winners from that year.”

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.”