Micro to million dollar global funding sources for your business

Looking for a grant, accelerator program or general resource to grow your business? We have a long list of opportunities organized by geographic locations around the world, with deadlines, resources, fund amounts, along with links to the organizations that are offering the resources and funding — just for you. 

There are also mentorship, training, investment, strategic planning opportunities for individuals or businesses for the purpose of digital transformation, disaster or financial recovery, startup and development in the restaurant and tourism or creative industries, for-profit and non-profit ventures, Black, Indigenous, people of colour, women, and marginalized groups, across continents.

Global Opportunities (unless specified in the description)

Atomic Grants – Atomic Grants are available to those who identify as a woman, and who are 21+. You can live anywhere in the world – as long as you have a way to receive the money digitally, and you are connected via email and social media.  Grant for $1,500.  Next due date is 8/31/22.  https://www.passioncollective.co/atomic-grants

Do You Fellowship through digitalundivided – 15 promising Latina and Black women entrepreneurs and innovators will be selected to participate in the 2022 Do You Fellowship. This one-year program helps founders access the tools, resources and networks necessary to supercharge their businesses.  Grant for $5,000. Apply by 7/25/2022 – https://www.digitalundivided.com/fellowship

Entrepreneurship World Cup – The Entrepreneurship World Cup is one of the biggest and most diverse startup pitch competitions and support programs of its kind, featuring more than 370,000 entrepreneurs from over 200 countries and offering winners life-changing prizes. Grants for up to $1 million. Apply by 7/10/22 – https://www.genglobal.org/ewc/

Ford Fund Fellowship with Watson Institute – Virtual program is for advanced, next-generation social entrepreneurs and community leaders building ventures that create impactful and scalable innovations. Looking for applicants from United States, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Argentina. Ford Fund applicants must be able to commit to be part of the 16-week program from October 17, 2022, to February 24, 2023.  Grant of $25,000. Apply by 9/15/2022 – https://watson.is/ford-fund/

Global E-STEM Innovation Grants – Applicant must be a nonprofit organization. Application must reference a project that works with students ages 11–18. Grant for $15,000. Apply by 7/11/2022 – https://cdn.naaee.org/sites/default/files/u31406/pw_e-stem_innovation_grant_final_2.pdf

Milestone Makers Cohort – Since 2020 the Center’s Milestone Makers cohorts have been focusing on supporting early-to-mid stage founders working on the specific UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Program is virtual. Fall 2022 Milestone Makers program will support companies that are working towards the Quality Education for All, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Gender Equality. Apply by 7/24/2022 – https://thecenter.nasdaq.org/milestone-makers/mm-open-apps/

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund – The Catalyst Fund is offering grants to Nonprofits & Social Enterprises to fund ideas or early-stage projects that have a high potential for large-scale impact and sustainable change. You can be a seasoned social entrepreneur or a first-time changemaker. Eligible candidates for the Catalyst Fund may be individuals, teams of individuals, non-profit organizations, or social enterprises. Grants for up to $15,000.  https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/catalyst-fund/

Techstars Accelerators – Techstars accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed. During each three-month program, they surround companies with the best mentors and an unrivalled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni. Companies can receive $20K for 6% of company. Various locations and due dates – https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/

Visa Global She’s Next Program Grant – For applicants from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and UAE. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 7/20/2022 – https://ifundwomen.com/visa


Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation – The lead applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants must have developed, or be in the process of developing, a new technological innovation. Applicants should have the ambition to take a leading role in creating a new business to commercialize this innovation. Grants for up to £25,000. Apply by 7/19/22 –  https://www.raeng.org.uk/global/sustainable-development/africa-prize/apply

Grindstone incubator – Must be based in South Africa – incubator will include training, corporate advisory, coaching, mentorship and funding. Specific interventions for each company include a structured gap analysis, understanding of the company value system, building a digital go-to-market strategy, financial modelling, intellectual property assessment, strategic and financial valuation as well as populating a data room. – https://grindstonexl.com/


Small Business Northern flood grant – If your small business or not-for-profit organization in northern NSW was impacted by storms and floods in February and March 2022, you may be eligible for a one-off $10,000 small business northern flood grant. Apply by 7/31/22 – https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-small-business-northern-flood-grant


AmEx Blueprint: Backing BIPOC Businesses – Mentorship and grant program designed to support the advancement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) business owners across Canada. Grants for $10,000.  Apply by 7/26/2022 – https://dmz.ryerson.ca/amexblueprint

Boost Your Business Technology – Grant for up to $15,000 offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/00013.html

Digital Transformation Grant – Must be permanent ‘brick-and-mortar’ establishment in Ontario with less than 50 employees and owned by a Canadian resident. Grants for $2,500. Apply by 10/31/2022 – https://digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-transformation-grant-4-0/

Stand With Owners Telus Business Grant – Application is open to all small business owners (for profit and not for profit) who are residents of Canada. Thirty winners will be chosen. Contest period runs through September but winners will be selected as early as June. Prize of $25,000. Apply by 9/18/2022 – https://www.telus.com/en/business/small/stand-with-owners-application-guidelines

Strategic Innovation Fund – Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) provides financial support to projects that will improve Canada’s innovation performance while providing economic, innovation and public benefits to Canadians. Must be a for-profit corporation or non-profit (depending on application) in Canada and be requesting a minimum government contribution of $10 million for a proposal with total costs of at least $20 million. – https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/125.nsf/eng/home


Coca Cola Thank You Fund – For a non-profit organization that is working to deliver impactful youth projects targeted at 16–25-year-olds. Grants for up to 10,000 Euros. Apply by 7/20/2022 – https://www.coca-cola.ie/community/thank-you-fund/how-to-apply-in-five-simple-steps

Visa She’s Next Programme – Women-led businesses in Ireland are invited to apply for a grant as well as a year of coaching through IFundWomen. Grants for 10,000 Euros.  Apply by 8/16/22 – https://www.visa.ie/run-your-business/women-small-business.html

United Kingdom-specific

Black Equity Future 100 grant program – Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old of Black African, Black Caribbean, Black British and/or Mixed-race descent. You will need to be a U.K. resident. Grants for up to £15,000. Apply by 8/20/2022 – https://blackequityorg.com/future-100-growth-fund/

Grand Plan Fund – Fund awards £1,000 grants to creative people of colour based in the U.K. who want to make a new cultural project happen. It can be anything from: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs to workshops or events. Awards ten grants of £1,000 every two months. Apply by 7/31/2022 – https://www.grandplanfund.co.uk/

Simply Business Business Boost Grant – Must be a small business based in the U.K. Grants for £25,000. Apply by 8/17/2022 – https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/business-boost/

South East Business Boost (SEBB) Grants – South East Business Boost (SEBB) Grants of up to £10,000 are available to small to medium sized businesses in East Sussex. Apply by 8/1/22 – https://www.alwayspossible.co.uk/building-business/how-we-help/sebb-grants/

Opportunities Only Within the United States

Accelerate(HER) Fund sponsored by Tiger Global Impact Ventures – For women entrepreneurs building breakthrough technologies or tech-enabled companies. These entrepreneurs should have a demonstrated need for funding and a plan to reach their next stage of growth. Grants for up to $50,000.  Apply by 8/5/2022 – https://helloalice.com/grants/tiger-global/

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator – Dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support. – https://sell.amazon.com/programs/black-business-accelerator

Antares REACH Grant Program USA – Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), the Antares REACH Grant Program will provide $20,000 grants to small businesses, with an emphasis on businesses preparing for their next stage of growth; operated by historically underrepresented entrepreneurs; and providing important community services. Grant for $20,000. Apply by 7/14/22  – https://helloalice.com/grants/antares-capital/

AT&T Black Future Maker – Black Future Makers are dedicated individuals pursuing greater possibilities for the greater good. Submit a video of 30-60 seconds, or photo, on your Instagram feed explaining how you are pursuing greater possibilities for you and the community. Grants for $10,000.  Apply by 12/31/22 – https://www.attdreaminblack.com/contest

Black Visionaries Program – If you are a Black-identifying artist or designer between the ages of 18 and 35, or a Black-identifying leader of a small design business no more than 10 years into its practice and based in the U.S., you can apply. Two grants available – Emerging Visionary grant and Visionary Small Business grant. Funding through Instagram, Antwaun Sargent and the Brooklyn Museum for up to $100,000. Apply by 7/29/2022 – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIzoXvGoaMk1jmFLUBV5fUUPHSsqeZScn2hQ8odmtliZaYtQ/viewform

Dream Big Awards – Must be a for-profit business operating for at least one (1) year primarily within the United States with less than 250 employees OR gross revenues of less than $20 million for each of 2021 and 2022. Grant for $25,000. Apply by 7/8/2022.  https://www.uschamber.com/co/dream-big-awards/dream-big-awards-2022

EatOkra Black Women In Food Grant – Must operate a brick-and-mortar restaurant location. Must be majority owned by Black woman and located in the U.S. Must have been in business less than five years and more than six months. Grant for $10,000. Apply by 7/17/2022 – https://www.blackwomeninfood.org/grants

Fearless Strivers – Open to black women who are legal U.S. residents (including DC), 18+ and the principal owner of a U.S.-based small business. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 12/31/22. https://www.fearless.fund/strivers

Find Help Fellowship – The purpose of the fellowship program is to support and enhance the work of social care champions in their communities. Their fellows organize innovative projects that directly contribute to improving social care outcomes in their focus areas. Fellows in each cohort work together to create and promote their activities and will have the support of FindHelp in helping them achieve their project goals.  Grants for $1,000. Apply by 7/15/2022 – https://go.findhelp.com/fellowship-program

HerRise Micro-Grant – Each month a $500 micro-grant will be awarded to a for-profit small business owned by women of color. Past recipients used their growth grants for computers, equipment, marketing materials, software purchase, website creation and more. –  https://www.hersuitespot.com/herrise/

Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program (PepsiCo) –  PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing and digital presence. – https://pepsicojuntoscrecemos.com/jefaowned/

Klarna’s Small Business Initiative (partner with Macy’s) – Will award 10 small businesses, a year of free buy-now-pay-later payment services, plus media services valued at $40,000 across the Klarna ecosystem.  Apply by 10/1/2022 – https://www.klarna.com/us/business/small-business-macys/

McBride Sisters SHE CAN Fund in Food and Wine – SHE CAN Fund invests in the professional advancement and career growth of high-potential, professional women, with a particular focus on women of color. Mission is to close the gender and race gap in leadership positions in wine & spirits, hospitality, and finance industries by providing professional development – https://www.mcbridesistersfund.org/grants

SBA Thrive Emerging Leaders Training program – Training program for business owners that have annual revenues of at least $250,000 and have been in business at least three years and have at least one employee. – https://sbathrive.com/about/

She Runs It and DigitalUndivided Accelerator – Must be a woman of color entrepreneur with an early stage marketing, media and/or tech business. Your idea must be for a tech-based or tech-enabled business. Apply by 8/7/2022 – https://www.digitalundivided.com/start-2022-x-she-runs-it

Truist NonProfit Grant – The Truist Foundation supports nonprofits with grants that target leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Quarterly deadlines – https://www.truist.com/purpose/truist-foundation/grant-application

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready – Online curriculum designed to give small businesses tools to succeed in today’s digital world including learning modules, expert coaching and peer networking. – https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/small-business-training

Wish Local Empowerment Program – You must be a Black-owned business with a brick-and-mortar shop within the United States and less than 20 employees. If selected for the program, you must join Wish Local (which is free). Grants for up to $2000 – https://www.wish.com/local/empowerment   

State-specific Opportunities Within the United States
  • Azusa Small Business Support Grant – Eligible small businesses operating in the City of Azusa will have the opportunity to apply for one-time cash assistance for a list of approved uses aimed at supporting business recovery and longer-term resiliency. The goal of this program is to encourage broad private-sector reinvestment into existing facilities and infrastructure, public-facing enhancements and amenities, and critical technology and business systems that may have been deferred due to impacts of the pandemic. Grant for up to $50,000. Apply by 7/28/2022 – https://www.ci.azusa.ca.us/smallbizresources
  • Black Cooperative Investment Fund – Primary target population: Black business owners or residents in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Orange Counties. Loans for up to $20,000 with 0% Interest Rate with 25% forgivable option.  Applicable loan processing fees. http://www.bcifund.org/borrowers/
  • California Dream Fund – To apply for the grant, the program first requires eligible startups to participate in a no-cost business startup program that combines helpful startup training workshops with one-on-one consulting services. Upon successful completion of the program, eligible participants will be given a link to apply for grant funding up to $10,000 – https://calosba.ca.gov/funding-grants-incentives/california-dream-fund-program/
  • San Bernardino County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant – Must be a business located within the San Bernardino County boundaries with 5 or less employees. Grants for $2,500 – https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/microbusiness-covid-19-relief-grant
  • San Diego Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program – Owners can use the money to purchase equipment, invest in working capital, apply for new permits, or for costs accrued because of COVID. Funds prioritized for those in rural areas, low-income or low-wealth communities, and businesses majority-owned and operated by veterans, women or persons of color. Grant could benefit businesses such pet sitting, professional shopping, cleaning, home health care, and food cart operators. Grant for $2,500. Apply by 7/15/2022 – https://sdivsbdc.org/county-of-san-diego-micro-business-grant-program/
  • Southern California Job Creators Quest Grant – Must be located in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, and San Diego regions and have a current staff of two to 20 employees. Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $3 million.  Founder must identify as: Latinx, Black, Asian, Women, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, or located in a Low to Moderate Income area. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 11/30/22 https://foundersfirstcdc.org/socal/
  • Advanced Industries Export Grant – Helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses who want to export or are currently exporting. This grant is for small- and medium-sized businesses for up to $15,000. https://oedit.colorado.gov/advanced-industries-export-grant
  • Aurora Small Business Grants – Grants for small businesses and non profits based in Aurora. Small business grants are on first come-first served basis. Non-profit grants are due by 7/15/22. https://www.auroragov.org/news/whats_new/apply_now_for_business_and_nonprofit_grants
  • Colorado Community Revitalization Grant – Provides gap funding for projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers. This grant will support creative projects that combine creative industry workforce housing, commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, and retail partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification.  Up to $5MM in funding available.  https://oedit.colorado.gov/colorado-community-revitalization-grant
  • Energize Colorado – Targets small businesses across four communities: East Colfax, Pueblo, Southwest Denver, and the Child Care Industry. Includes funding readiness workshops, low-interest Gap Fund loans up to $20k, and an accelerator program valued at $1,200. – https://energizecolorado.com/ecp/
  • Tourism Recovery Marketing Grant – Funding will be considered only to entities within the travel and tourism industry in Colorado that meet the stated eligibility requirements. Grants for up to $500,000. Apply by 8/1/22 https://oedit.colorado.gov/tourism-recovery-marketing-grant
  • Zonta Club of Hilo Microgrants – Funding for women-owned small businesses on Hawai‘i Island. Women entrepreneurs who are seeking financial support are encouraged to apply. Grants for $2,000.  Apply by 7/31/2022 – https://zontahilo.org/pay-it-forward-microgrant/
  • Chicago Recovery Grant – Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development is now accepting applications for grant funding to support local commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. All are welcome to apply. City staff will prioritize projects in areas of Chicago where there is a history of disinvestment or limited private investment. Grants up to $5 million.  Apply by 8/19/2022 – https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/ec_dev/svcs/chicago-recovery-grant-application.html
  • Gurnee, IL Small Business Grant – The village of Gurnee, Illinois launched a small business grant program last month. Grants can be used to improve business facilities and each business must provide at least half of the capital (match) for each project. Grants up to $10,000 –https://www.gurnee.il.us/business/small-business-capital-investment-grant-program
  • Illinois Restaurant Foundation – Grants for restaurant workers facing hardships. Grants cover living expenses after life-altering events like accident, illness, or death of a close family member. These are for individuals rather than businesses. $250 to $1500. Apply by 8/31/22 – https://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/page/ReliefFundApplication          
  • Small Business Improvement Fund – Chicago – Grants for permanent building improvements and repairs. Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development facilitates the program. Local businesses can apply for grants that cover between 30 per cent and 90 per cent of their remodelling or building costs. Up to $250,000. Different application deadlines based on location in Chicago. – https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/small-business-improvement-fund/home.html
  • Hispanic Owned Business Grant for Louisiana – Must be at least 51 per cent Hispanic owned business for profit business operating in the state of Louisiana and be/become a Member of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Louisiana.  Grants are $2,500 – first come, first served. https://hispanicchamberla.com/hispanic-owned-small-businesses-grant/
  • Kalamazoo Sustaining BIPOC Leaders – The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is funding the Sustaining BIPOC Leaders initiative to provide rest, respite, professional development, executive coaching, and wellness grants to local nonprofit leaders. Grants for $3,000.  Apply by 7/14/2022 – https://www.kalfound.org/grants/specialty-grants/sustaining-bipoc-leaders
  • Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Grant Program – Reimbursement grant program intended to support long-term investment in the irreplaceable heritage assets of Michigan’s rural lakeshore communities. Program funding is specifically for building rehabilitation (i.e., “bricks and mortar”) projects and associated pre-development (e.g., plans and specifications) work in select communities along the Great Lakes. Grants up to $100,000. Apply by 9/1/2022 – https://www.miplace.org/historic-preservation/programs-and-services/lakeshore-heritage-grant/
  • Jackson Small Business Resiliency & Safe Practices Grant – Business must operate within the Jackson city limits and have less than 50 employees. Grant should be used to modernize systems and equipment to help establishments be better positioned to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 and future variants. Grants up to $30,000 will be issued on first come, first served basis. https://www.jacksonms.gov/safe-practices-grant/
Nw Hampshire
  • Coos Economic Development Corporation Grant – For small businesses in Coos County: Berlin, Colebrook, Gorham, Lancaster, and Whitefield. Grant awardees will receive up to $5,000 towards storefront rent for 3-months, insurance, utilities, signage, and other reasonable expenses. – https://www.coosedc.org/blogcontent/popupgrant
  • Manchester Small Business Grant and Program Assistance – Support small businesses based in Manchester, NH with fixed business costs, including rent, utilities, and payroll, accrued during the pandemic, costs associated with transitioning to e-commerce business platforms, outdoor space upgrades, and other technical assistance needs.  Grants up to $10,000 –https://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Comm-Dev/American-Rescue-Plan-Act
New Jersey
  • Morris County Small Business Grant – Business must have been legally established in Morris County since January 1, 2019, as a: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Non-Profit, LLC with less than 25 employees. Grants up to $15,000 – https://solixconsulting.force.com/MorrisCountySBG/s/?language=en_US
  • Small Business Improvement Grant – All creditworthy, small, minority-owned or women-owned businesses in New Jersey may apply for assistance under the Small Business Improvement Grant. Businesses may be reimbursed for capital improvements, or purchase and/or installation of new furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Grants up to $50,000 – https://www.njeda.com/smallbusinessservices/
New York
  • Communitas Ventures Accelerator – Communitas Ventures Accelerator is a four-month cohort-based program that supports primarily BIPOC and women social entrepreneurs. Must be based in NYC.  Apply by 8/1/2022 – https://communitasamerica.org/programs/ventures
  • Growth Support in NY – List of funding options for businesses based in NY – https://esd.ny.gov/growth-support 
  • Jamestown Small Business Grants – The Downtown Small Business Evolution (DSBE) grants will provide capital to eligible Jamestown businesses to create a fresh and exciting draw to their establishments that will generate new sources of revenue, enhance the vitality of Jamestown, and assist in their financial recovery from the COVID-19 response efforts. Grants up to $15,000. Apply by 7/15/2022 – https://www.jamestownny.gov/departments/department-of-development/
  • NY State Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant – Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants from $5,000 to $50,000 –          https://nysmallbusinessrecovery.com/
  • Rockland County Grants – Grant opportunities for restaurants and small businesses located in Rockland County up to $25,000 – https://rocklandgov.com/departments/county-executive/reviving-and-rebuilding-rockland/grants/
  • Syracuse Retail Incubator Program – Utilizing an award from The Central New York Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund, Ecodessa will identify & train entrepreneurs who collaborate with the Downtown Syracuse Foundation to secure a three-month Popup shop location in Downtown Syracuse. Entrepreneurs will be eligible to receive a grant amount of up to $5,000 to fund expenses associated with their Popup shop. –https://www.ecodessa.com/pages/retail-incubator-program
North Carolina
  • NC Small Business Impact Grant Program (RETOOLNC) – Eligible businesses are certified HUB and DBE firms with 50 employees or less. Grants are ONLY available to certified businesses with $1,500,000 or less in gross revenue. Grants up to $25,000. –  https://theinstitutenc.org/retoolnc/
  • Lincoln and Gilbert Grants (Cincinnati) – For Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in Cincinnati – who been negatively impacted by COVID-19, or that predominately serve businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID. Grants for up to $15,000 Apply by 7/23/22 https://www.lincolnandgilbert.com/grants
South Carolina
  • Nashville Small Business Recovery Fund – Business must be currently active and open for business and must be able to show proof of operations in Nashville/Davidson County and have 50 or fewer employees.  Grant up to $35,000. Apply by 7/31/2022 – https://www.pathwaylending.org/nashville/
  • BIPOC Small Business Accelerator – Open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) owned businesses residing in Greater Houston, Fort Worth, and El Paso. Program participants will receive access to technology and tools including LivePlan business planning software and an online curriculum for a period of 12 months. Graduates will be eligible for loan and grant opportunities.  Loan for up to $50,000 and grant for 10 per cent of loan.  Apply by 7/17/2022 – https://peoplefund.org/bipoc-business-accelerator/
  • Fort Bend TX Small Business Grant – To qualify, you must be a Fort Bend business that has been operational since December 30, 2019 and prove a revenue decline of at least 25 per cent from 2019 to 2020. Grants for $5000-$25,000 –https://fortbendcounty.com/expansion-and-relocation/grants
  • Social Innovation Incubator (Dallas-area) – The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is accepting applications for its Social Innovation Incubator 2022 to empower entrepreneurs who identify as women and people of color to develop their social venture ideas in North Texas. Grants for $2,500. Apply by 7/14/22 https://programs.bridgeforbillions.org/social-innovation-incubator-2022-entrepreneurs/
  • Texas Job Creators Quest Grant – Must be located in the North, Central or South Texas regions and have a current staff of 2-20 employees. Will have the ability to add 1-2+ net new premium wage jobs in the next 12 months. Must be a for-profit company with annual revenues between $100K and $3 million.  Founder must identify as: Latinx, Black, Asian, Women, LGBTQIA+, Military Veteran, or located in a Low to Moderate Income area. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 7/25/22 https://foundersfirstcdc.org/texas/
  • B-Force Accelerator – A 12-week intensive for black and Latinx businesses that are at least two years old to prepare them for capital access. Must be located in Norfolk. https://blackbrand.biz/b-force-accelerator/
  • Dulles Minority Small Business Owner Grant – The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Minority Small Business Owner Grant program was established to assist minority and women owned small businesses in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia, to foster an inclusive culture of encouragement, as well as offer financial support. Grant for $2,500. Apply by 7/8/2022 – http://www.charities.org/DullesChamber
  • James City County Small Business Relief Grant – Existing businesses located in James City County are eligible to apply. Must be locally or regionally owned and have less than 20 employees. Grants up to $15,000 – https://www.yesjamescitycountyva.com/3803/COVID-19-Small-Business-Relief-ProgramGr
  • Newport News Microenterprise Grant – Micro Enterprise must be within Newport News and will have five or fewer employees.  Not-for-profit businesses, organizations and entities are not eligible for this program. The business owners must be low to moderate income or the business must be located in a low to moderate-income area at the time of application. Grants for $500-$3,500 – https://www.nnva.gov/2723/Newport-News-Micro-Enterprise-Grant-Prog
  • Prince William County, VA Small Business Grant – Prince William County, VA is offering a “Restore Retail” Grant program for up to $25K per grant. – https://apply.pwcded.org/prog/restore_retail_grant/
Washington State
  • NextCycle Washington Accelerator – Circular Accelerator is designed to identify and support businesses and projects focused on reducing, reusing, repairing, and recycling. Accelerator is a six-month program. Apply by 7/15/2022 – https://www.nextcyclewashington.com/program-details#circular
  • Small Business Flex Fund – For businesses in Washington State – loans for up to $150,000 are available for profits and not-for-profits. Loans have 3% – 4% interest rates, no fees & interest-only payments for the first year and 60-month loan terms https://smallbusinessflexfund.org/
West Virginia


  • Start Small Think Big is a nonprofit that helps small businesses with high potential and limited access to the resources needed to create thriving businesses.  They offer fabulous free webinars – in English and Spanish.  They have an upcoming webinars this July on topics ranging from understanding commercial leases to crowdfunding to website/SEO issues. See this link for their upcoming events. https://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/events

These opportunities are being shared with you courtesy of Kirsten Barker, Program Director at the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell University.

I participated in the 2021 entrepreneurship program and received a certificate from Cornell. This is not a paid promotion or advertising and I’m not under any obligation, nor is Core Magazines or Core Media, to share any information about the program. Please feel free to send me a line to let me know if you find the list useful: https://www.coremagazines.com/contact/

by Cherryl Bird – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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