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Small Business Grants for Women in Oregon

Let’s face it: Finding business grants for women in Oregon can be tough.

The good news is you’ve landed on a site that can help you find funding for your business dream. Sure, it’s still going to take time and effort – but if you’re a woman business owner (or even a hopeful women entrepreneur) we’d love to get you started.

To begin, WomensNet offers grants to women in Oregon (as well as all across the United States). It’s our monthly Amber Grant for Women, and you can apply right now.  Here’s how it works:  Apply right now to become our $10,000 monthly winner.  If you win for this or any month this year — you instantly qualify as one of our 12 eligible businesses for the year-end Amber Grant worth $25,000.  So in a brief period of time, you could be a total grant winner of $35,000.

That beats counting on complicated government sites that want all your personal and financial information.  Not to mention the spammy sites that seemingly never give out any grant money at all.

Still looking for more help with your business venture? Be sure to browse more resources below. Take encouragement from the fact that women in Oregon will stand with business owners just like you.


Resources for businesswomen in Oregon:

Central Oregon SCORE
P.O. Box 1843, Virtual Office – Serving Central Oregon, Bend, Redmond & More, OR 97756
Ph: (541) 316-0662

Portland SCORE
601 SW Second Avenue ODS Tower, Suite 950, Portland, OR 97204
Ph: (503) 326-3441

445 Union Street Suite 204, Salem, OR 97301
Ph: (503) 370-2896

Willamette SCORE
1401 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401-6600
Ph: (541) 465-6600

Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon

Business Oregon
775 Summer St. NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301-1280
Phone: 503-986-0123
Toll-Free Phone: 866-467-3466

Small Business Development Center
Oregon SBDC Network, 99 W 10th Ave, Ste 390, Eugene, OR 97401

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.

Apply Now

Watch videos from our Past Grant Winners

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.”