Free money to build your business
“Bit by bit . . . she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Toni Morrison, Beloved
One of the biggest problems with grant funds is that people just don’t know the money is available, how to apply, where to find an application, or if they qualify for these funds.
Here are my top 5 grants picks that black women entrepreneurs can apply for today to grow their business:
1. The Dare to Dream Grant Program allows students to build their businesses using seminars and provides up to $10,000 in funding. You can learn more here: www.businessgrants.org/opportunities/dare_to_dream_grant_program.html
2. The Huggies MomInspired Grant Program provides grants as well as business resources to mothers in order to encourage moms to continue to build upon original ideas for products as well as startup businesses. Find out more here: www.businessgrants.org/opportunities/huggies_mom_inspired_grant_program.html
3. The National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants Program provides an opportunity for business owners to apply for funding for a specific area of their business such as hiring help part-time, purchasing technology, as well as creating materials for marketing. www.businessgrants.org/opportunities/national_association_self_employed_nase_business_grants.html
4. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) provides support for minority businesses by organizing funding provided by angel investors. Learn more atwww.businessgrants.org/opportunities/minority_business_development_agency_mbda_business_grants.html
5. The Miller Lite Tap the Future Business Plan Competition (previously called the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur Series) is a yearly contest where minority business owners are able to compete for funds sponsored by Miller Lite. The program is designed to invest in the dreams of entrepreneurs in urban areas. For more information, visit: MLTaptheFuture.com
If you would like more information about grant programs, visit: www.BusinessGrants.org.