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Fund Your Dreams: A List of Grants, Accelerators, Fellowships, and More for Entrepreneurs

Last Updated: January 21

Starting and growing a business can be a challenging journey. One of the biggest hurdles entrepreneurs face is securing funding. Fortunately, there are various options available, including grants, which can help level up your business and take it to the next level. Each quarter we'll explore some grants and funding opportunities available to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

  • Jacqueline Troy Inspired Fund by Indy Chamber

    • The Jacqueline Troy Inspired Fund honors the legacy of our former Director of the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, Jacqueline Troy. It provides funding and support to regional small businesses.

    • Deadline: Jan 26, 2023

  • The Amber Grant for Women

    • Every month, WomensNet awards a $10,000 Amber Grant to a woman-owned business in a specific, rotating category and one $10,000 grant to an additional woman-owned business.

    • Deadline: Monthly

  • Female Founders Start-Up Accelerator

    • This accelerator provides funding and support to female-led startups.

    • Deadline: Quarterly

  • MassChallenge US Early Stage

    • These accelerators offer top-level resources, mentorship, and opportunities for global founders to make a transformative impact.

    • Deadline: March 3

  • The Founder Institute

    • The Founder Institute, a pre-seed accelerator, offers female founders the chance to participate in their Accelerator Lab Cohort program for free. Applicants with a pre-seed startup or idea can apply, and the best candidates will receive a fellowship to the program.

    • Deadline: March 27

  • IFundWomen Universal Grant Application Database

    • IFundWomen matches women-owned businesses with funding and coaching opportunities through its grant marketplace. Submit one application and be notified when a matching grant from enterprise partners becomes available.

    • Deadline: Rolling Basis

  • The SoGal Foundation

    • The SoGal Foundation offers grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to Black Women entrepreneurs, along with fundraising advice and lifetime access to their team.

    • Deadline: Monthly

  • Fearless Stivers Grant Contest

    • The Fearless Fund, in partnership with Mastercard, offers $10,000 grants to Black women-owned businesses and mentorship opportunities. Eligibility requires a U.S. based business with 50 or fewer employees and annual revenue under $3 million.

    • Deadline: Monthly

  • Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

    • Cartier awards annual grants to early-stage, women-owned businesses globally in the areas of social, economic and environmental development. Winners receive coaching and training workshops.

  • Comcast RISE

    • Comcast awards $10,000 grants to businesses owned by women and people of color several times per year, and also offers "marketing services and tech makeovers" to help businesses grow. The grants are available to entrepreneurs in specific target cities.

  • FedEx Small Business Grant

    • FedEx awards up to $30,000 to 10 small businesses annually and an additional $20,000 to one veteran-owned business. Winners also receive money for FedEx Office services and must be for-profit businesses with less than 99 employees and at least six months of operating history.

    • Deadline: February 21, 2023

  • National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grant

    • Every quarter, the NASE offers growth grants of up to $4,000 to small businesses for various needs such as marketing, advertising and hiring. To be eligible, you must be an active member of NASE for at least 3 months. Annual members can apply at any time.

    • Deadline: Quarterly

  • Halstead Grant

    • The Halstead Grant is an annual award for entrepreneurs entering the silver jewelry industry. It awards the winner $7,500 in startup funding and $1,000 in jewelry merchandise. Other finalists and semi-finalists receive $250 or $500 and promotion support. Open to both men and women-owned businesses, it requires answering 15 business-related questions and submitting a design portfolio.

    • Deadline: May 1, 2023

  • Fast Break for Small Businesses

    • LegalZoom, the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League offer $10,000 grants twice a year. Along with the grant, winners also receive LegalZoom services worth up to $500.

  • Verizon

    • Verizon helps small businesses by offering free training, courses, coaching, and grant opportunities. Sign up, no need to be a Verizon member, and stay up to date on their grants.

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