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Small Business Grants for Women in Virginia

Searching for small business grants for women in Virginia is anything but easy.

Are you seeking a simple, hassle-free way to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 business grant?

If so — you found the right website.  Our Amber Grant for Women has funded businesses since 1998.

This year, we’re awarding a $10,000 Amber Grant each month.  At the end of the year, those 12 winners are automatically eligible to earn a year-end $25,000 Amber Grant.  That means a few minutes filling out a short, easy application can earn you up to $35,000 in grant money.

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Not only are women from Virginia (and all across America) eligible to apply for this grant, but WomensNet can also 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 — and we know you are — you’ll find our site a big help.

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

From all of us at WomensNet, we wish you the best with your business dreams.

Resources for businesswomen in Virginia:

Central Virginia SCORE
209 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: (434) 295-6712

Hampton Roads SCORE
838 Granby Street Retail Alliance, Norfolk, VA 23510
Ph: (757) 455-9338

Martinsville SCORE
115 Broad Street, Martinsville, VA 24112
Ph: (276) 632-6401

Richmond SCORE
400 N. 8th Street Federal Building, Richmond, VA 23219
Ph: (804) 771-2400

Roanoke SCORE
105 Franklin Road SW Suite 150, Roanoke, VA 24011
Ph: (540) 857-2834

Shenandoah Valley SCORE
301 W. Main Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Ph: (540) 949-4423

Williamsburg SCORE
421 N. Boundary Street, Chamber of Commerce, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Ph: (757) 229-6511

Virginia Women’s Business Conference
Ph: 703-777-8577

Small Business Development Center
George Mason University
4031 University Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030-3409
Ph: (703) 277-7727

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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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.”