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Small Business Grants for Women in Rhode Island

Small business grants for women in Rhode Island can be tough to find. But not at WomensNet.

It’s easy to find sites offering grants to women-owned businesses. The issue? You’ll likely have a choice of intimidating government websites — and the time consuming paperwork that comes with them — or private sites that seem shady.

Don’t worry. For 20+ years, WomensNet has helped business owners find real grants, loans, and other funding for your woman-owned business. Yes, you still have to put in some sweat equity. But the good news is this: if you’re serious about launching or growing your business, you’ll find our site is a key resource.

A good start is with our Amber Grant for Women.  Women entrepreneurs from Rhode Island (and all over America) can apply for this grant.  Here’s how it works…

Our judges award one $10,000 Amber Grant every month. If you win, you automatically have a chance to be awarded our $25,000 year-end Amber Grant. Imagine what $35,000 in total grant funds would do for your business.

Want more chances to get funding? Interested in business advice?  Take a minute to view the resources below. You’ll be surprised to discover additional places ready to help women business owners in Rhode Island.  Good luck in your search.

Resources for businesswomen in Rhode Island:

Rhode Island SCORE
380 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Ph: (401) 528-4561

Center for Women and Enterprise
132 George M. Cohan Blvd., 2nd Floor, Providence, RI, 02903
Telephone: 401-277-0800

Small Business Development Center
State Administrative Office

University of Rhode Island
75 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881
Tel: 401-874-5965
Tel: 401-874-SBDC (7232)

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.”