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50+ Resources for Funding Women Entrepreneurs

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One of the primary pain points for female founders is getting capital for their business venture. Studies have shown that funding women entrepreneurs is not happening at the rate that it is for men. Yet women-owned businesses tend to succeed at higher rates than those by their male counterparts. According to a January 2019 article from Fortune Magazine, only 2.2% of venture capital funding went to women in 2018.

In addition, a 2019 Fundera report states that women-founded companies in First Round Capital’s portfolio outperformed companies founded by men by 63%. For women of color, raising funds is exceptionally challenging. Fortunately for women wanting to start their own business, there are many organizations offering different types of funding, including grants, scholarships and crowdfunding. Here are 50+ resources for funding women entrepreneurs.

Grant & Fellowship Funding Women Entrepreneurs

  1. AARP Women’s Scholarship Foundationwww.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/income/womens-scholarship-program/?cmp=RDRCT-WSC_Feb6_2012
  2. Amber Grantwww.ambergrantsforwomen.com/about-us
  3. Anita Borge Memorial Scholarshipwww.womentechmakers.com/scholars
  4. Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundationwww.arizonabpwfoundation.com
  5. The Asia Foundationwww.asiafoundation.org/about/grant-guidelines.php
  6. The Awesome Foundationwww.awesomefoundation.org
  7. Business Owners’ Idea Cafewww.businessownersideacafe.com/small_business_grants/index.php
  8. Canadian Women’s Foundationwww.canadianwomen.org
  9. The Trotter Projectwww.thetrotterproject.org
  10. Chicago Foundation for Womenwww.cfw.org/grants
  11. College Art Associationwww.collegeart.org/fellowships
  12. The Columbus Foundationwww.columbusfoundation.org/nonprofit-center/grant-opportunities/supporting-foundation-grants/l-brands-foundation
  13. Educational Foundation for Women in Accountingwww.efwa.org
  14. Eileen Fisher Co. – www.eileenfisher.com/social-consciousness/community-partnerships?country=US&currency=USD
  15. Exxon Contributionswww.corporate.exxonmobil.com/Community-engagement/Womens-economic-opportunity
  16. Fedex Small Business Grant Contestwww.fedex.com/en-us/small-business/grant-contest.html
  17. The Fund for Women Artistswww.womenarts.org
  18. Fundsnet Serviceswww.fundsnetservices.com
  19. Generation Advantage Fund – www.generationaladvantagefund.com
  20. Global Fund for Womenwww.globalfundforwomen.org
  21. Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.weavespindye.org/grants
  22. Iowa Women’s Foundationwww.iawf.org
  23. The Kentucky Foundation for Womenwww.kfw.org
  24. National Sculpture Society, Inc.www.nationalsculpture.org
  25. Procter & Gamble Fundwww.us.pg.com/community-impact
  26. Government Challenges, Your Solutionwww.challenge.gov
  27. Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer
    (SBIR)www.grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm
  28. Spanx by Sarah Blakely Foundationwww.spanxfoundation.com
  29. Tory Burch Foundation Fellowship www.toryburchfoundation.org/fellows
  30. Women’s Fund of Central Indianawww.cicf.org/page26569.cfm
  31. Womens Fund of Central Ohiowww.womensfundcentralohio.org
  32. The Women’s Fund of Greater Birminghamwww.womensfundbirmingham.org
  33. Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valleywww.womensfoundation.org
  34. Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizonawww.womengiving.org

By Mignon Gould

Mignon has been an online publisher and content strategist for more than a decade. Her work has been featured in myriad publications including TeenVogue.com and Forbes.com. Mignon enjoys working with fellow entrepreneurs and supporting them to launch and grow their businesses. Her faves include French macarons, embellished flats and film fashion.

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