Are you going through rough times? Do you need money to fund a new project? Are you looking for funds to help you grow? If so, have you considered grants for small businesses like yours?
Grant funding is a resource that a lot of creators don’t think about. But there are pools of money out there specifically for creative entrepreneurs and their businesses. Here are seven examples:
National Association for the Self-Employed
NASE offers growth grants up to $4,000 for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs.
You must be a member for 3 months to apply.
The Girlboss Foundation awards $15,000 twice a year to females pursuing creative endeavors in design, fashion, music, and the arts.
In addition to the money, the foundation offers exposure through its platform and community.
You must be at least 18 years old and be a US resident.
The next application cycle should be opening soon. It was scheduled to open after a winner was chosen on April 6, 2020.
WomensNet, offers the Amber Grant for women business owners. This year, the grant doubled to $4,000 and you’re eligible for an extra $25,000 grant at the end of the year.
The next application cutoff date is May 31. There is a $15 application fee.
PEN America provides grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to help writers and translators cover an acute financial need.
If approved for a grant, you’ll also receive one-year complimentary membership. The organization says it’s aiming to respond to applications within 14 days.
The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
This fund normally grants money to help freelancers who are unable to work because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis.
But amid the coronavirus pandemic, grants are only available if you cannot work because you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick.
You don’t have to live in the U.S. to apply
Facebook is committing $100 million to provide ad credits and cash grants for small businesses affected by COVID-19.
To qualify, you must have between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over a year and be in or near a location near where Facebook operates.
The Authors League Fund
Here is a fund offering grants to help authors, dramatists, journalists and poets who are experiencing some type of emergency circumstances, such as illness, overwhelming medical expenses, financial crisis or post-natural disaster.
Priority is given to sick and/or older authors.
The minimum or maximum amount of grants is not disclosed.
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