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Small Business Grants for Women in Wisconsin

Looking for a small business grant for women in Wisconsin?

There is a litany of sites promising grants for women-owned small or startup businesses like yours. A quick Google search of “women small business grants for Wisconsin” will show you that.  The bad news is — most of these sites will take you down endless rabbit holes of information.

Our site is unique. We actually give startup and small business grants to women like you… every month. If you’re serious about getting money to grow your Wisconsin woman-owned business, you’ll find our site a valuable resource.

Let’s Start With The Three $10,000 Woman-Owned Business Grants We Give Out Every Month

Yes, businesswomen from Wisconsin are eligible to apply for these grants on a simple two-question application.

Our WomensNet judges award three $10,000 grants each month to our Amber Grant winner. This can be for any kind of business — so long as it’s at least 50% woman-owned. And if you’re one of the three monthly winners, you’re an automatic finalist for our three year-end $25,000 Amber Grants.

So taking just a few minutes right now can turn into $35,000 in grant money.

Even if you’re in the “idea” phase of your business, you can win our $10,000 Startup Amber Grant.  We get it: You have the inspiration, the vision, and the opportunity — but not the money to get started. That’s why we’re here to help…

After you’ve applied for the Amber Grant, be sure to check out the resources below. There are business people in Wisconsin ready to help women entrepreneurs just like you.

Resources for businesswomen in Wisconsin:

West Central Wisconsin SCORE
700 S Central Avenue Chamber of Commerce, Marshfield, WI 54449
Ph: (715) 384-3454

Fox Cities SCORE
532 W College Ave Suite 104 Appleton, WI 54911
Ph: (920) 841-4199

Green Bay SCORE
2701 Larsen Road, Room 105, Green Bay, WI 54303
Ph: (920) 222-2167

Madison SCORE
PO Box 248 Madison, WI 53715
Ph: (608) 535-4978

SE Wisconsin SCORE
310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Ste 585 Milwaukee, WI 53203
Ph: (414) 297-3942

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Small Business Development Center
780 Regent St., Suite 305 Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 263-7794

Does WomensNet Offer Amber Grants to Women In My State?

Yes!! We've been offering business resources and grants to women in all 50 states (and Canada) since 1998. We have three different $10,000 Amber Grant winners EVERY month... Plus at the end of the year, each Amber Grant winner for that year is eligible for an additional $25,000 grant!

How Does It Work?

Submit your application. Our WomensNet judges review every application. Then we announce the three $10,000 Amber Grant winners the following month by the 23rd. At the end of the year, we award THREE more $25,000 grants -- chosen from our previous monthly grant winners for this year. That means you have the opportunity to receive $35,000 from WomensNet by filling out one two-question grant application.

How Do I Apply?

Simple. By telling us your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete. Just answer two questions about your business. But hurry—applications are due by the end of the month for all three of this month's $10,000 Amber Grant opportunities.

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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

“Every month, WomensNet awards three $10,000 Amber Grants to women-owned businesses. At the end of each year, monthly grant winners are eligible to receive one of three $25,000 annual grants.”


“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 offers three $10,000 grants to women-owned businesses each month. Then, at the end of each year, WomensNet gives an additional $25,000 to three grant winners from that year.”

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.”