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8 Grants You Should Know About for Women's History Month

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Happy Women’s History Month! To celebrate the strides women and girls are making every day, we wanted to provide a roundup of these eight important government and foundation funding sources that target and uplift women and young girls. 

1. Economic Development Administration

Under the Department of Treasury, the Economic Development Administration offers many resources for every state and many cities. These economic development resources are dedicated to promoting strong local economies. 

For example, under the Governor’s Office, the Texas Economic Development Center focuses on supporting women in business. With those efforts, Texas is currently the third highest in the nation for women-owned businesses, with more than 978,900.

2. SBA Women’s Business Centers

The Small Business Administration sponsors about 100 Women’s Business Centers nationwide, designed to help women entrepreneurs with business development and access to capital. For example the California Capital Financial Development Corp., lends money directly while other organizations may help grantees find small business grants and loans they qualify for.

3. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Under the Department of Commerce, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is a federal agency that provides grants to organizations operating their Minority Business Centers throughout the nation. Eligible entrepreneurs can receive business consulting, procurement matching, and financial assistance for their minority-owned businesses. The program also includes grants that target education for formerly incarcerated persons and enterprising women of color.

For example, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South, a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, recently received a $1 million grant from the MBDA to operate an Enterprising Women of Color Business Center. The grant will be used to provide training, access to capital assistance, as well as networking and procurement opportunities for minority women-owned business enterprises. 

4. The Women’s Foundation of Colorado: Women and Girls of Color Fund 

Women are the co- or sole-breadwinners in 45 percent of Colorado households, which is why the Women’s Foundation of Colorado focuses on maximizing opportunities for all women to have access to education, job training, and career placement to help advance their communities. 

WFCO’s Women & Girls of Color Fund is a community developed and community-led field-of-interest-fund dedicated to investing in and partnering with women-of-color-led organizations working to advance the economic security of Colorado women and girls of color. 

5. Thriving Women Program

Based in California, the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations, offers the Thriving Women Program that works to address gender oppression by focusing on Native Women-led work that responds to, prevents, and remedies issues of violence against Native Women and Girls.  

The Program aims to support Native Women-led projects through three central pathways, including “A World Without Violence Against Women,” “Birth Keeping, Motherhood, and Kinship,” and “Cultural Continuity.” 

6. Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

The CLIR hosts an annual national grant competition titled “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices.” For 2021, the call for applications will focus on projects that propose to digitize materials that deepen public understanding of the histories of people of color and other communities (including women and LGBTQ populations) and populations whose work, experiences and perspectives have been insufficiently recognized. 

7. National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program

To celebrate the national centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation is collaborating with the National Votes for Women Trail (a committee of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites) for the National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program

This series works to commemorate the people, places, and things instrumental to women gaining the right to vote in the US in 1920 with the passing of the 19th Amendment. Municipalities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations are encouraged to submit nominations. 

8. National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

This year, NACCHO, with support from the Division of Reproductive Health within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offering a new funding opportunity designed to build community resilience and improve the lives of pregnant people, birth parents, and their infants by strengthening partnerships between maternal and child health and emergency preparedness. 

Through the “Building Community Resilience Through Maternal Child Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response Collaboration,” NACCHO will award up to $20,000 to up to four health departments and will facilitate virtual action planning processes for recipients to help identify priorities and action steps for the prioritization of women of reproductive age within EPR programs over the course of a nine-month project period. 


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