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Start up business grants for women

Updated April 17, 2017

A few non-profit and private foundations award start-up grants to businesses. So does the federal government but only in limited circumstances.

Function

An example of a start-up grant is the Amber Grant, which awards £325 to women to cover the bare necessities of starting a business, such as creating a website.

Types

There are two main types of grants available to women who are starting a business--government grants and private grants. Government grants for individuals are generally limited to minority women or women in economically disadvantaged areas. The Small Business Association assists women in locating these grants. Private grants are available from the Women's Financial Fund and range from £65 to £3,250.

Considerations

Before applying for a grant, a female entrepreneur should have a detailed business plan. There are grant-proposal writing classes and books available to help women write persuasive grant proposals.

Misconceptions

Some people think the U.S. government gives a substantial number of start-up grants to women starting businesses. The truth is that these grants are awarded rarely and only in special circumstances.

Warning

If you do a search for start-up business grants for women, you will find countless internet ads for "free government money." The truth is that many of these are scams. The government never charges for lists of available grants. Never pay money for these types of lists. Contact your local Small Business Administration office to get information about grants you may qualify for.

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About the Author

Eve Lopez has 10 years of editorial experience at a variety of companies, including Amazon.com, "The Seattle Times" and Business.com. She loves to travel and often writes about her travel experiences. Lopez earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University and has been certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).