Small Business Grants

Current Grants from Other Agencies and Organizations

Chik-Fil-A True Inspiration Awards: Through these annual grants, we are proud to celebrate and support nonprofit organizations who are Black-led or serve communities of color and who are working in the areas of education, hunger or homelessness. Deadline: open March 1 through May 31, 2021

Application and eligibility here.

The Halstead Grant: Annual award for student or professional silver jewelry artists, who started after Jan 1, 2016 with intention to sell nationally. Applicants mail application and design portfolios to compete for $7,500 grand prize plus other benefits. Deadline is August 1.

More info here.

Download application here.

Frequently asked questions here.

March Amber Grant: $10K winners selected monthly and $25K at the end of the year for women small business owners. $15 application fee. Deadline March 31. More info and application here.

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Grant: Receive up to $4,000 for your small business. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities. Eligibility: (1) Must be a NASE member (and their dependents), (2) Provide a detailed explanation of how you will use the grant proceeds, (3) Offer supporting documentation such as a resume and business plan. Deadline: Completed applications received in March will be reviewed in April.

For more information here.

For application here.

KKR Small Business Builders: $10,000 grants for small for-profit businesses with between 5 and 50 employees and less than $7M annual gross revenue in 2019. Round 4 Deadline: April 7.

For more information here.

For application here.

Detailed rules and eligibility here.

Essence + Pine-Sol Build Your Legacy Contest: Win $100,000 and 6 months of business coaching with Nicole Walters in support of Black women-owned business owners. Steps to apply: (1) Create a 1-2 min. Video on you and what you would do with the award, (2) Prepare copy of business plan, business registration, and your $100K investment plan. (3) Fill out short online application. Deadline: April 16. Winner announced July 15.

More information here

Application here

Rules & Eligibility here

Visa She’s Next Grant Program for Black Women: Provide $10,000 and a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership to 60 Black women-owned businesses. Eligibilities: (1) Must be a Black women-owned business, (2) Generate minimum annual revenue of $24K or more, (3) Have been in business for 2+ years, (4) Must be a consumer product or service (B2C). Deadline: April 16.

More information here. 

Rules and Eligibility here.

Apply here

Caleb Brown Urban Entrepreneur Community Grant: Award $1,000 and 500 hours of business consulting from Caleb Brown for one year. Eligibilities: (1) Must serve an Urbanized Area, (2) Applicants must be residents, or other invested members of the community that is proposed to be served by the company. (3) Start-up, for-profit businesses opened for less than three years. Funding decisions will be made by the 5th of each month and awardees must attend a presentation event. Deadline: Due on the 15th of every month by 5pm. 

Application here, submitted to 

For questions: (312) 253-7424 or send email to 

Gener8tor Acceleration & Investment Programs: Several accelerators by industur with $20K to $100K equity investments, convertible notes, and other pro bono services. More info and application here.

1863 The 3Rs Program – Recover, Rebuild and Resilience: Supporting Black business owners in DC to grow and scale under current uncertainties. Training and individual coaching to reevaluate your business model, pivot where necessary, set a targeted growth strategy, and execute a clear roadmap. Includes competitive $5K grant for eligible entrepreneurs who successfully complete the required training. Deadline June 1

Wish Local Empowerment Program for Black-owned Businesses: $500 – $2000 to help rebuild your small business. Funds can be used for workforce, operating costs, inventory, and marketing. Eligibility: Have a Black-owned business, 20 or fewer employees, brick-and-mortar location, average annual revenue under $1M. Must join Wish Local if selected as a recipient. 

More info and application here.

WTOP $2K Lottery: WTOP and Long Roofing and Long Baths are sponsoring a drawing to help pay your rent or mortgage. (1) Download or open the WTOP App available on both Apple and Android. (2) Register on the MyWTOP page. (3) Go to MyRewards and enter between March 1 – March 31 for your chance to win! 

Comcast RISE – Marketing Services and Tech Makeovers: Provides free marketing, creative, media, and technology services and equipment to qualifying small businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Deadline is May 7, 2021

Jane Walker • IFundWomen First Women Grant Program: $10K grants to 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses across Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism and Hospitality plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership. Eligibility includes: Generate at least $25K in annual revenue, Have been in business for at least 2 years, and Be a self-identified woman entrepreneur with at least 51% ownership in your business. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through June 2021.

Hidden Star’s Galaxy Grant: Register for a chance to win $2,900 Galaxy Grant. Exclusively for minority and women entrepreneurs. Applications close on March 31. Winner will be announced via email. 

GoFundMeRelief Initiative & Small Business Fund: Start a GoFundMe fundraiser for your small business operating expenses so that community members are able to search small business relief fundraisers and support you! If your fundraiser raises $500+, you can be considered for a $500 matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund. Only one grant per business and no franchisees or chains. Don’t forget to use #SmallBusinessRelief so others can find you!

Black Founder Start-Up Grant: SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, and other sponsors are providing several $10K and $5K cash grants and fundraising support to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. To qualify, you should: (1) Self-identify as a Black woman or Black nonbinary entrepreneur; (2) Have a legally registered business; (3) Plan to seek investor financing in order to scale; (4) Have a scalable, high-impact solution or idea with the ambition to be the next billion dollar business. Rolling application, with new grantees awarded at the end of each month. Grantees will be chosen at random. More info and application here.

Idea Cafe Small Business Grant: $1K grants plus advertising opportunities for business owners open for at least 6 months. Applications are ongoing. More info here.