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Small Business Grants for Women in North Dakota

Seeking out small business grants for women in North Dakota can be tough. Not at WomensNet.

There are so very reputable grant sources on the web. You’ve likely learned that already if you’ve preformed a Google search. Government sites might seem like a fine option — but overwhelming paperwork and can be a drain on your energy. And far too often, their requirements are extremely difficult to meet.

We’re different. Since 1998, WomensNet has helped women like you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Not only that, but we’ve awarded our own grants to help grow women-owned businesses for the past 20 years.

They’re called Amber Grants. Business women from North Dakota (and all around America) are eligible to apply. If you win one of the monthly grants ($10,000) awarded during this year, you’ll be eligible for an additional $25,000 Amber Grant to be awarded in December. That’s right — someone will be awarded a total of $35,000 from WomensNet this year. And we’re eager to get to know the future grant recipient.

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


Resources for businesswomen in North Dakota:

Bismarck-Mandan SCORE
700 E. Main Avenue 2nd Floor, Bismarck, ND 58506
Ph: (701) 328-5861

657 Second Ave North Room 218, Fargo, ND 58108
Ph: (701) 239-5677

1925 S. Broadway Suite 2, Minot, ND 58701
Ph: (701) 852-6883

Grand Forks SCORE
1501 28th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND 58201
Ph: (701) 746-5851

North Dakota Women’s Business Center
2720 E Broadway Ave #1, Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-223-0707

Small Business Development Center

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!

Enter your email to receive a FREE copy of our special report,
“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.”