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Small Business Grants for Women in Canada

Small business grants for women in Canada are usually tough to find. But not here.

Trust is the key to any relationship. Since 1998, WomensNet has earned trust by providing information on where to obtain grants, loans and other funding.  We also pride ourselves on being one of the very few hassle-free ways to obtain a small business grant on the web.

That’s right — our simple, straightforward application page won’t take a full day to complete.  And we won’t deny you if you’re not in a certain industry.  As long as you have a woman-owned business, are 18+ years of age and reside in Canada or the USA … you’re eligible for our grants.

How do they work?  Each month, we award one Amber Grant of $10,000. If you’re a monthly winner, you’re automatically eligible for our $25,000 year-end Amber Grant. In 2020, we awarded the most total grant money in our 22-year history.

Past winners include Krista Woods (GloveStix), who appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank shortly after earning a year-end Amber Grant. Maia Josebachvili (Urban Escapes) had her company acquired by LivingSocial after being awarded a grant.

It’s our mission to help you grow your woman-owned business. So please consider applying for a grant or sharing our site with friends or family members.

Finally, consider browsing the links below for info from sources like WBE Canada and Canada Business Network. These sites contain information on business planning, marketing, networking and so much more.  Without question, there are women across the country eager to help you and your business thrive.

Best of luck in your search.

Resources for businesswomen in Canada:

Canada Business Network
Phone: 1-888-576-4444

WBE Canada
Phone: 416-646-6233

Women of Influence
Phone: 1-877-208-4212

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.”