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Grants and Awards

  1. The HerRise MicroGrant offers financial aid to U.S.-registered businesses that are majority-owned by women of color, with a focus on businesses with innovative community solutions that are still struggling to obtain funding. Applications are reviewed monthly.
  2. The Comcast Innovation Fund provides grants to support technology and research “for the betterment of the Internet.” Areas of interest for the 2024 grant year include open-source development, general and targeted research, and work that enhances the growth of the Internet. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds for 2024 are disbursed.
  3. The Angel City Football Club’s (ACFC) Player 22 Small Business Grant Program empowers entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their small businesses. Eligible entrepreneurs can apply to win the $10,000 grant, which includes a year of business coaching to further their business goals. Submissions are welcome until April 8.
  4. The Walmart Spark Good Local Grants offers grants ranging from $250 to $5K to address the unique needs of local communities. Grant applications are accepted quarterly, with Q1 submissions accepted through April 15.
  5. The Accion Opportunity Fund grants small business loans ranging from $5,000-$250,000, along with educational resources, coaching, and support networks in both English and Spanish. This program offers mentorship programs, microloans, and a hubzone program for small business owners’ financial needs.
  6. The Awesome Foundation awards grants of $1,000 to individuals and groups looking to fund various projects. Though funding is not limited to businesses, startups and small businesses have been among the recipients of the monthly grants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  7. The Wish Local Empowerment Program assists Black-owned small businesses by dedicating a $2 million fund to support approximately 4,000 Wish Local partners. Recipients can receive financial assistance ranging from $500 to $2000, with flexibility in fund allocation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  8. The 2024 Black Ambition Prize competition aims to level the playing field for Black and Hispanic innovators by providing access to capital, coaching, and a supportive community. Awards range from $15K to $1M, with up to 250 semi-finalists and one grand prize winner receiving $1M. Eligible organizations can apply through May 6.
  9. The National Black Business Pitch competition aims to connect Black-owned businesses with corporations looking to diversify their supply chain by opening doors and fostering long-term relationships that can lead to sustainable contracts. Thirty finalists will pitch to corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals, with three companies receiving cash prizes of up to $10,000 to promote business growth and opportunity. Applications are due by June 3.
  10. To support innovation within the blockchain industry, Casper Accelerate Grant Program is providing $25 million in grants for entrepreneurs who want to build apps to support infrastructure, end-user applications, and research innovation. Applications are on a rolling basis.
  11. The Small Business Digital Readiness Program helps small business owners succeed in a digital world with a free online curriculum and includes expert coaching, peer networking, and other resources. Registrants take two courses to be eligible for a $10K grant. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  12. The Binc Foundation Emergency Financial Assistance helps bookstore owners, booksellers, and comic store employees and owners facing unforeseen financial needs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  13. The Kitty Fund Mompreneur Business Grant will award $25,000 total to 25 small business owners who identify as mothers in 2024. Eligible businesses must be based in the U.S., have annual revenues under $5M, and employ between 2 to 50 people—applications close April 16.
  14. America’s Seed Fund, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers up to $2 million for U.S.-based startups and small businesses that are developing innovative technology. Project pitches are accepted on a rolling basis, and official responses from NSF typically take one month.
  15. The Freed Fellowship Grant offers a monthly $500 prize, business feedback, and a two-month free membership in the Freed Studio – a community of ambitious business owners – to qualifying business owners in the US. Applicants are also eligible for an end-of-year grant of $2,500. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  16. Streetview Grants: The goal of this program is to create and maintain an attractive and marketable commercial district by assisting building owners in maintaining their building exteriors within the Business, Historic, and Downtown areas.
  17. The Incfile Entrepreneur Grant offers two $2,500 grant opportunities: the Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant for students with an interest in starting a business and the Fresh Start Business Grant for adult entrepreneurs planning to start a new business or grow an existing one. Applicants for both grants must complete an online application, create a two-minute video, and a sample business plan.
  18. GrantsForWomen.org, an online directory that provides a comprehensive database of grants for women globally, along with valuable advice on securing grants and information on relevant events and workshops for female business owners.
  19. The SheaMoisture Fund pledges to provide $1 million in direct funding annually to eligible Black-owned businesses in the U.S. through various different business development programs and  grants. With several programs available, applications are available on a rolling basis.
  20. The American Dream Awards recognize small businesses across the U.S. that embody the spirit of innovation, make significant contributions to their communities, and adhere to sustainable business practices. The awards offer grants from $1,000 and additional benefits like an accelerator program and media exposure. Applications are due by April 30.
  21. The Division of University Relations and Strategic Initiatives at Millersville University is excited to announce the release of the Safer Communities Project Request for Applications (RFA). Through a competitive RFA process, the University will identify, select, and grant awards to non-clinical, nonprofit organizations implementing community violence intervention (CVI) programs focused on peer-to-peer mental health support services to identify the outcomes from the programs to formulate recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) for expanding Medicaid criteria to include these services. Additionally, the project will assess each grantee's capacity to document and report these outcomes in the future to make recommendations for evaluation capacity building and training that will support the organizations' abilities to meet new criteria and access Medicaid reimbursement in the future. Reminder that applications must be received at safer.communities@millersville.edu by Monday, April 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The University anticipates awarding grants to 10 to 15 nonprofit organizations throughout Pennsylvania. The University anticipates executing contracts in June 2024 with the term of the first year of the agreement expiring at the end of the 12-month period. An amendment to extend the term may be viable subject to the availability of funds. An applicant may apply for a total budget of up to $250,000 for the entire project, but may not exceed $150,000 in total expenses in the first 12-month period.
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