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Small Business Grants for Women in Pennsylvania

 Searching for grants for women businesses in Pennsylvania?

Doing a Google search for women-owned business grants can be arduous.  And even when you do come across sites — they can be complicated government sites (like the Small Business Administration).  Or they might be sites that look kind of spammy.

Now for the good news:  WomensNet offers business grants to women in Pennsylvania (as well as all across the United States). We call it our Amber Grant for Women and it’s awarded by our judges every month. The monthly grant is $10,000.  If you’d like to share your story,  you can apply for the Amber Grant right now.  If you win one of our monthly grants, you’re eligible for our year-end Amber Grant of $25,000.  So just a few minutes on our site could land you $35,000 in grant money by the end of this year.

Still looking for more help beyond grants for women businesses? Keep reading:

You can also check out more business resources below. There are plenty of people in Pennsylvania willing to reach out and help women business owners like you!  We know you have business dreams — and like most women entrepreneurs, you just need a little help and encouragement to reach your dreams.  Welcome to WomensNet and good luck!


Resources for businesswomen in Pennsylvania:

Alleghenies SCORE
3900 Industrial Park Drive, The Devorris Center, Altoona, PA 16602
Ph: (814) 942-9054

Bucks County SCORE
409 Hood Boulevard Chamber of Commerce, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Ph: (215) 943-8850

Central PA SCORE
2820 East College Avenue, Suite E, State College, PA 16801
Ph: (814) 234-9415

Chester County SCORE
601 Westtown Road #281, West Chester, PA 19380
Ph: (610) 344-6910

Lancaster SCORE
313 West Liberty StreetSuite 231, Lancaster, PA 17603-2766
Ph: (717) 397-3092

Lehigh Valley SCORE
2158 Avenue C, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Ph: (610) 266-3000

Montgomery County SCORE
1653 The Fairway Baederwood Office Plaza, Suite 204, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Ph: #1: (215) 885-3027

Northeast Pennsylvania SCORE
Stegmaier Building Suite 400M, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-5241
Ph: (570) 826 – 6502

Philadelphia SCORE
105 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ph: (215) 231-9880

Pittsburgh SCORE
411 Seventh Avenue Suite 1450, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Ph: (412) 395-6560 (130

TriCounty SCORE
244 High Street Suite 302, Pottstown, PA 19464
Ph: (610) 327-2673

Westmoreland Co SCORE
300 Fraser Purchase Road, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA 15650
Ph: (724) 539-7505

Pennsylvania Small Business Contracting Program

Women’s Business Enterprise Council
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1116, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 877-790-WBEC

Small Business Development Center
3819-33 Chestnut Street, Suite 325, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3238
Phone: (215) 898-1219

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.”