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Small Business Grants for Women in Connecticut

Small business grants for women in Connecticut are scarce. But we give away 3 grants every month.

Have you ever pursued grants for your woman-owned business? A Google search will bring up a lengthy list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.

That’s why we’re glad you found us!!.. Since 1998, WomensNet has helped women like you find legitimate grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Yeah, 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 is a key resource.

Check out our 3 grants for this month 

A simple place to start is with our trio of monthly Amber Grants for Women. Business women from Connecticut (and all across North America) are eligible to apply for this trio of monthly $10,000 grants.  If you’re a recipient, you’re automatically eligible for one of our $25,000 year-end Amber Grants.

That’s right — someone will be awarded a total of $35,000 in grant funds this year. Just think about how that would elevate your business.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take some time to review the resources listed below. There are people in Connecticut eager to help women business owners just like you. Please take advantage of any resource that can help with your business dreams! Good luck in your search.

Resources for businesswomen in Connecticut:

Fairfield County and Greater Bridgeport SCORE
111 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Ph: (203) 831-0065

Greater Hartford SCORE
280 Trumbull Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT, 06103
Ph: (860) 519-5851

New Haven SCORE
110 Washington Ave., 3rd flr.,
North Haven, CT
Ph: (203) 234-6305

Northwest Connecticut SCORE
333 Kennedy Dr, Torrington, CT 06790
Ph: (860) 482-6586

Southeastern SCORE
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce
1 Main Street
Ph: (860) 388-9508

Western Connecticut SCORE
155 Deer Hill Avenue City Hall, Danbury, CT 06810
Ph: (203) 794-1404

Women’s Business Development Council
184 Bedford Street, Suite 201, Stamford, CT 06901
PHONE: (203) 353-1750

University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center
50 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2280
PHONE: (860) 768-5681

Small Business Development Center of Connecticut
2131 Hillside Road
Suite 3026 Tasker Building, Storrs, CT 06269

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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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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“16 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

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.”