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Small Business Grants for Women in Washington

Don’t give up looking for small business grants for women in Washington.

Even though you can find dozens of sites offering small business grants for women — the truth is that many look shady, while others come from complicated government sources…long forms with personal questions and endless financial disclosures.  Is that what you really want to do with your valuable time?

We’re offering you something different. WomensNet helps you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business.

A simple place to start is with our own Amber Grant for Women. Since 1998, businesswomen from Washington (and all around America) have applied for this $10,000 grant. Our judges award this Amber Grant every month, so there’s always an opportunity to apply. Even better — if you win this or any month, you’re automatically one of our 12 finalists for the year-end $25,000 Amber Grant.

Why not take the time to fill out our simple, 2-question application? A few minutes right now could translate into $35,000 in grant money this year. Just think about what you’d do with that life-changing money.

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

Resources for businesswomen in Washington:

Bellingham SCORE
1313 E. Maple St #591, Bellingham, WA 98225
Ph: (360) 685-4259

Central Washington SCORE
2 S. Chelan Ave. Suite B, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Ph: (509) 888-2900

Vancouver SCORE
4001 Main Street, Suites 120, 121, Vancouver, WA 98663
Ph: (360) 699-1079

Greater Seattle SCORE
2401 4th Avenue Suite 450, Seattle, WA 98121
Ph: (206) 553-7320

Mid-Columbia SCORE Tri-Cities
7130 W. Grandridge Blvd Suite C, Kennewick, WA 99336
Ph: (509) 736-9962 (3139

SCORE Spokane
801 W. Riverside Ave. #444, Spokane, WA 99201
Ph: (509) 353-2821

South Sound/Tacoma SCORE
1101 S. Yakima Ave. Bates Technical School, Room M-123, Tacoma, WA 98405
Ph: (253) 680-7770

Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises
210 11th Avenue SW, Suite 401
Olympia, WA 98501
(866) 208-1064 Toll Free
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 41160
Olympia, WA 98504-1160

Washington State Business and Professional Women

Small Business Development Center
534 E. Trent #201, P.O. Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210-1495
Phone: (509) 358-7765

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.”