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Small Business Grants for Women in South Carolina

Looking for small business grants for women in South Carolina?

We hope you haven’t spent hours looking online for a women’s business grant!  We know that a web search will bring up a long list of sites. But too many look like scams.  Or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites that will ask a lot of personal questions.

We’re different. WomensNet can help you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Yes, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work and time. But if you’re serious about getting your business to the next level, you’ll find our site a big help.

A simple place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from South Carolina (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this $10,000 grant that we award each month.  Here’s even better news:  If you are one of our 12 winners, you’ll be automatically eligible to receive our $25,000 year-end Amber Grant.  That’s $35,000 in grant money by the end of this year.

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

Resources for businesswomen in South Carolina:

Coastal Carolina SCORE
4500 Leeds Ave #100, N. Charleston, SC 29405
Ph: (843) 727-4778

Grand Strand SCORE
605 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Ph: (843) 918-1079

Midlands SCORE
1835 Assembly StreetStrom Thurmond Building, Room 1425, Columbia, SC 29201
Ph: (803) 765-5131

Piedmont SCORE
SCORE Piedmont
My Greenville Office
130 Boland Court
Suite 150
Greenville, SC 29615
Ph: (864) 271-3638

SC Lowcountry SCORE
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Ph: (843) 785-7107

Center for Women
1 Carriage Lane
Building C, Unit 200
Charleston, SC 29407

Small Business Development Center
State Director’s Office, 1705 College Street
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803.777.4907

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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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.”