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Small Business Grants for Women in North Carolina

Need a grant for your women-owned business in North Carolina?

Did you Google search something like “startup business grants for women in North Carolina”? Well, we’re glad you landed on this page. A lot of other sites claim to give away business grants… but send you down a deep rabbit hole to other sites.  Then there are complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.  They require endless forms, financial disclosures, and applications that ask personal questions.

We’re different. We actually give grants to women just like you.  Women who have a small business or startup idea who simply need a little financial push in the right direction.

Women Business Owners From North Carolina Can Win A $10,00 Grant This Month.

A simple place to start is with our Amber Grants for Women. Business women from North Carolina (and all around America) are eligible to win this grant. Our judges award three $10,000 Amber Grants every month – so today would be the perfect time to apply.  And if you’re one of our monthly winners — you’re automatically eligible to win one of our three $25,000 year-end grants.  That’s $35,000 in grant money in less than a year.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. There are folks in North Carolina waiting to help women business owners just like you!

Resources for businesswomen in North Carolina:

Asheville SCORE
151 Patton AvenueFederal Building, Room 259, Asheville, NC 28801
Ph: (828) 271-4786

Cape Fear Region SCORE
4010 Oleander Drive, Browning Plaza II, Suite 6
Wilmington, NC 28403
Ph: (910) 452-5395

Chapel Hill SCORE
104 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Ph: (919) 968-6894

Charlotte SCORE
6302 Fairview RoadSuite 300, Charlotte, NC 28210
Ph: (704) 344-6576

Coastal Carolina SCORE
3615 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Ph: (252) 222-6126

NC Piedmont Triad SCORE
1451 S. Elm-Eugene Street, Suite 2306, Greensboro, NC 27406
Ph: (336) 333-5399

Raleigh SCORE
300 Fayetteville St., Suite 440,
Century PO Bldg, Raleigh, NC 27602
Ph: (919) 856-4739

Sandhills SCORE
10677 Hwy 15-501 Moore County Chamber of Commerce
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Ph: (910) 692-3926

Western NC SCORE
140 4th Avenue West Federal Building, Room 108
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Ph: (828) 693-8702

National Institute of Minority Economic Development
114 West Parrish Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 956-8889

North Carolina Business and Professional Women’s Clubs
175 BPW Club Road, Carrboro, NC 27510

Small Business and Technology Development Center
5 West Hargett St, Suite 600, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 715-7272

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.”