Knowing how to do a lot with a little is an evergreen skill. Whether you’re a scrappy new business owner or an influencer who wants to cut back on costs, consolidating your finances is never a bad idea. When done strategically and consistently, the payoff usually makes it all worthwhile. The only thing better than that is free money (and advice). Though the venture capital industry has a lot of work to do when it comes to supporting women and minority founders, grant opportunities are growing.
Here’s a list of grants to keep on your radar, some of which were created in response to the pandemic, which has been particularly hard for small business owners.
The Tory Burch Foundation’s Fellows Program gives 50 women entrepreneurs a $5,000 grant, plus virtual resources and workshops, as well as a networking platform for connecting with other founders. But move quick–applications for 2021 close this week.
Since its inception, The Awesome Foundation has funded almost 5,000 businesses with $1000 grants awarded on a monthly basis. Fill out a simple form and keep your fingers crossed.
Ever dream of having your consumer brand on Target shelves? Apply for this five-week program, where you’ll work with virtual mentors, be a part of skill-building sessions, and meet with executives, all from the comfort of your own home. No, you’re not getting a check, but all of this combined with the opportunity to pitch your brand directly to Target can’t be left out.
Grab your camera and apply to create a themed photo series. Winners get a cash prize and professional camera gear.
Jack Conte, the co-founder of the crowdfunding platform Patreon, launched this fund last year which awards $50K to a single creator. The only rules are that you “submit something you’ve made (song, podcast, piece of writing, comic, etc.) that shows us who you are and what you do” and make sure it’s three minutes or less.