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.

Barclays Small Business Big Wins (Deadline: March 4th 2024)

Barclays Small Business Big Wins: How to Write an Essay

CERF+ Get Ready Grants for Artists (Deadline: March 5th 2024)

Point Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund BIPOC Scholarship (Deadline: March 7th 8:00PM EST)

National Press Foundation Economic Justice Journalism Awards (Deadline: March 10th 2024)

IFundWomen BOTOX® Cosmetic Grant Contest (Deadline: March 19th 11:59 PM PDT)

GNEC Main Street Pitch-Off Competition (Deadline: March 20th 2024 11:59PM ET)

NAACP X L’Oréal Inclusive Beauty Fund, Round 2 (Deadline: March 29th 2024 6:00PM EDT)

Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund (Winter Round – 2024) (Deadline: March 29th 2024 6:00PM EDT)

 Minority Business Grant by Galaxy of Stars (Deadline: March 31st, 2024)

The American Dream Awards (Deadline: April 30th 2024 6:00PM EDT)

Main Street America Backing Small Business by American Express (Opens March 14th 2024 9:00AM CT / Deadline: April 7th 2024 11:59PM CT)

D-Prize $20k Startup Grants to Change the World (Opens April 2024)

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

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (May 6th 2024)

A Digital Funding Solution for Women of Color – HerSuiteSpot (Monthly Cycles)

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

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

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

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship- Bizee (Future Dates Coming Soon)

Awesome Without Boarders (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)

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)

NJEDA Small Business Improvement Grant

NJEDA Small Business Lease Grant

NJEDA eCommerce Support Program

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

Amazon Black Business Accelerator

SoGal Black Founder’s Grants

Amber Grant

Free Limited Edition UPS Boxes (Pack of 20)

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.

To request counseling from the WCEC, please complete the form below.

If you are located outside of NJ, please visit https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/wbc to find the Women’s Business Center near you.

The WCEC serves only those counties included in the drop down menu. If you are located in NJ but you are not on one of the 14 counties listed, please visit www.laeda.com for assistance.