Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women
Grant Recipient

January 29, 2016

We’ve announced our $2,500 Amber Grant winner!

Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women

Woman Entrepreneur:
Maria Klemperer-Johnson

This past year the WomensNet team came up with a new way to give back to the WomensNet community. This method allowed us to continue to award a monthly Grant of $500 as selected by our WomensNet judges. But from those 12 monthly grant winners we’re now awarding an additional grant -The Amber Grant- to one of the 12 monthly winners. For our first Amber Grant we’re awarding our recipient with an additional $2,000.

Last week we narrowed down our Amber Grant finalists to two great companies, Stretch Recipes and Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women. Choosing between these two companies was extremely tough but after much debate we have finally chosen our first Amber Grant Winner.


Congrats Maria Klemperer-Johnson, founder of Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women!


Hammerstone School

Watch Maria’s video to learn more about Hammerstone and what they are doing to help women feel more empowered:

Video Transcript


As always, thank you for reading! Remember we award a grant every month – if interested, here’s the link to apply!

Stay tuned: We will be announcing January’s Qualification Grant finalists very soon!

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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.”