Women have come a long way in American society. Women have gained the right to vote, to earn equal wages, and the right to own and operate their own business. The number of women-owned businesses has continued to rise in recent years, as reported by Forbes in December 2010, “The survey from the bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners, released every five years, shows 7.8 million businesses owned by women across the country, a jump from nearly 6.5 million in 2002.” For more information visit:visit: facts related to the rise in Women-Owned Businesses . As more women are becoming business owners, more business grants are being created for women.
Government business grants for women are only available to those offering services for the betterment of their community, such as through non-profit activities. Information on these opportunities for government business grants for women that are currently available are located on the womensnet.net website.. Individuals searching these grants should use the keyword search feature to locate government business grants for women that match the type of service that they provide to the community.
In addition to government business grants for women, a number of foundations provide them. For example, Amber’s Grant ranges from $500 to $1000 and is awarded primarily to women wishing to start either a home-based or online business. These funds are offered to assist the recipients in upgrading equipment or paying for a website. For more information visit: womensnet.net. To investigate additional foundations that offer business grants for women, the Foundation Center provides a searchable database of potential funders. For additional information visit: Foundation Centre.
Tips for Applying for Grants
Whether you choose to pursue a government business grant for women or one funded by a private foundation, you should consider the following tips.
- Develop a strong business plan to ensure your ability to obtain a business grant. The plan needs to detail your plans and how they will be accomplished. It should include items such as your mission, vision, and objectives for the business. An old business plan that is sitting in a drawer collecting dust should be pulled it out and tweaked it to make it functional.
- Gather all of the business documentation to ensure that all needed documents are available to complete a grant application. These include the businesses’ EIN, state and local licenses or registrations, prior tax returns, prior and current budgets, financial analysis (often a recent Profit and Loss statement), and audited financial statements to assist in meeting the requirements of a grant.
- When several best-matched business grants are located, it is time to start completing the grant applications. Ensure that all of the requirements outlined in the information are complete, adhere to published deadlines, be consistent and organized in all documents, and complete all required documents to include a detailed project budget.
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