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Small Business Grants for Women in Ohio

Getting a business grant for women in Ohio doesn’t have to be hard

Have you spent hours looking for money for your women-owned business?  It can be a daunting task if you hit the wrong sites.  Some look very spammy.  Others can be confusing and complicated government sites.

Now here’s the good news: You’ve landed on a site than can help you find funding for your woman-owned business. Yes, it’s going to take an investment of your time and effort to get funding – but if you’re serious about your business plans, we’d love to get you started.

We want to begin by letting you know that WomensNet offers grants to women in Ohio (as well as all across the United States). Our Amber Grant for Women has funded hardworking women business owners since 1998 — and you can apply today.  We give out a $10,000 Amber Grant for Women every month.  And if you are one of our 12 recipients this year, you’re eligible for our year-end $25,000 Amber Grant.  Fill out our online application in just a few minutes — and you could be awarded $35,000 in grant money by the end of this year.

We’d also encourage you to check out the specific resources below. There are plenty of free resources in Ohio for women like you.


Resources for businesswomen in Ohio:

175 S. Main St., Summit County Bldg., Suite 204, Akron, OH 44308
Ph: (330) 379-3163

Canton SCORE
6000 Frank Avenue NW, Kent State University Stark Campus
North Canton, OH 44720
Ph: (330) 244-3280 /3294

Cleveland SCORE
1350 Euclid Ave, #216, Cleveland, OH 44115
Ph: (216) 522-4194

Columbus SCORE
401 North Front Street Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
Ph: (614) 469-2357

Dayton SCORE
200 West Second Street Suite 104, Dayton, OH 45402
Ph: (937) 225-2887

East Central Ohio SCORE
25 Walnut St PO Box 692, Newark, OH 43058
Ph: (740) 345-7458

Greater Cincinnati SCORE
525 Vine Street, Suite 1030, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Ph: (513) 684-2812

North Central Ohio SCORE
55 N. Mulberry Street Chamber of Commerce, Mansfield, OH 44902
Ph: 419-522-3211 Ext 226

Northwest Ohio SCORE
2200 Jefferson Avenue, Mercy Healthcare Center, 1st Floor
Toledo, OH 43604
Ph: (419) 259-7598

Youngstown SCORE
1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555
Ph: (330) 941-2948

Ohio Business and Professional Women

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.”