Funding Resources

The lists of loans and grants below are updated regularly. Please review the lists carefully, and if you would like assistance with an application for one or more of the loans or grants listed, please complete the Business Counseling Request Form at the bottom of this page.

Loans for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

For free assistance with applying for these loan programs, please fill out our business counseling request form. We recognize the challenges of being an entrepreneur or a small business owner. We are here to help.

Grants for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

In addition to the funding opportunities on this page, below, we have a robust offering of funding webinars.

rare Beauty Brands: Lift Beauty Accelerator (Deadline: July 18th 2024)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CO-100 America’s Top 100 Small Businesses (Deadline: July 22nd 2024)

Department of Justice BJA FY24 Visiting Fellows Program (Deadline: July 24th 2024)

Wave x Shorty Elevate Creatives Fund (Deadline: July 31st 2024)

Giving Joy Micro Grant (Deadline: July 31st 2024)

Launch Blue Pre-Seed Accelerator Program for Startups (Opens Late Summer 2024)

2025 PEN/Jean Stein Grants for Literary Oral History (Deadline: August 1st 2024)

2025 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grants for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists (Deadline: August 1st 2024)

D-Prize $20k Startup Grants to Change the World: Extension Deadline: 4 August 2024 at midnight PT (Pacific Time)

The Zappy Awards (Deadline: August 4th 2024)

Department of Health and Human Services New Access Points Grant (Deadline: August 15th 2024)

Xero Beautiful Business Fund (Deadline: August 27th 2024)

Queer to Stay Grant by Showtime, Paramount+ and Human Rights Campaign (Deadline: August 31st 2024)

Boundless Futures Foundation EmpowHer Grants (Deadline: August 31st 2024)

Gold House Ventures Accelerator (Accepting Fall 2024 Interest Forms)

Shea Moisture Grant Programs (Brown Girl Jane Applications Open: Fall 2024)

Honeycomb Credit’s $5,000 Golden Summer Grant (Deadline: September 1st 2024)

Legal Zoom & AO Fund Fast Break for Small Business (Deadline: September 13th 2024)

Galaxy Grants Small Business Funding for Women & Minority Entrepreneurs (Deadline: September 30th 2024)

Social Justice Fund by AJ Muste Foundation (Deadline: October 21st 2024)

Fearless Strivers Grant Contest – Mastercard & Fearless Fund (Deadline- TBD)

American Fellowships Grant AAUW (Deadline: November 1st Every Year)

Career Development Grants by AAUW (Deadline: November 15 Every Year)

Community Action Grants by AAUW (Deadline: December 1st Every Year)

Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine and Science by AAUW (Deadline: December 1st Every Year)

About Her Culture Micro Grant Program for African and Caribbean Women (Deadline: Rolling Through 2024)

NJEDA Small Business Improvement Grant

NJEDA Small Business Lease Grant

NJEDA eCommerce Support Program

Main Street America & T Mobile Hometown Grant Program (Quarterly)

2024 Kitty Fund Mother-Led Business Grant

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship (Deadline: Monthly)

Corporate Counsel Women of Color Business Grants (Deadline: Rolling)

Kinetic Business Black Business Support Fund (Deadline: Rolling)

Etsy Disaster Relief Grant Application (Deadline: Rolling)

NJEDA Rent Support Grants (Until Funds are Exhausted)

NJEDA-Golden Seeds Angel Investment Resources (Ongoing)

All NJEDA Financing and Incentives Programs

AACCNJ Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance (Free 8-Week Program)

Verizon Small Business Readiness Program

Grassroots Grants for BIPOC Led and Serving Groups (Ongoing)

The Catalyst Fund by Roddenberry Foundation (Rolling Deadline)

Single Mom Stimulus Grant (Deadline: Rolling)

Komen Financial Assistance Program (Deadline: Rolling)

Bevolution Brave Voices Fund (Deadline: Rolling)

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (Rolling Deadline)

Helping Growth-Stage Businesses Succeed by Rutgers Business School

Pulitzer Center Reporting Grants & Fellowships (Rolling Deadline)

Hispanic Digital and Delivery Program by Pepsi (Rolling Deadline)

Wish Local Empowerment Program

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples’

Warrior Rising Vettrepreneur Grant (Rolling Deadline)

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Grants (Rolling Deadline)

IFundWomen of Color – Caress & American Express

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families 

Amazon Black Business Accelerator

SoGal Black Founder’s Grants

Amber Grant

Fresh Start Business Grant – Bizee (Future Dates Coming Soon)

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship- Bizee (Future Dates Coming Soon)

Point Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund Flagship Scholarship (Future Dates Coming Soon)

Point Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund Community College Scholarship (Future Dates Coming Soon)

Funding Webinars

In addition to the funding opportunities on this page, we have a robust offering of funding webinars. Please visit our Class Schedule for more information.

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