Grant Opportunites
Glossier’s grant program for Black owned beauty businesses is committing $300,000 towards six visionary businesses in the U.S. Grantees will be paired with advisors, connect with alumni from previous cohorts, and receive support from partners like Shopify and Google. Apply by April 11, 2023. Click here to apply.
The Y Combinator is a 3 month program with a goal to help startups take off. They arrive at YC at all different stages. YC invests $500,000 in every company on standard terms. The deadline to apply is April 7, 2023. Click here for more info.
Through two separate Prize tracks, the Black Ambition Prize competition provides a platform for Black, Hispanic and HBCU-affiliated founders across the nation to access growth capital, pitch feedback, and mentorship. Applications are open now and will be accepted until May 8th. Click here to apply.
Flawless by Gabrielle Union is helping bridge the gap in access to capital, expertise, and opportunities among Black, female entrepreneurs by awarding three Black, female entrepreneurs $25,000 each in financial support, along with a one-year LinkedIn Premium membership and a mentorship session to help elevate your LinkedIn profile. Applications are open now and will be accepted until April 19th. Apply here.
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) awarded $7.2 million to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in support of work to make the small business landscape more equitable. The grant is part of a $46.6 million statewide initiative to help underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses owners. The NHE3 will provide a continuum of grants, business consulting and technical services in Greater New Haven, with a focus on serving Black, Latinx, women and immigrant business owners.

To view full eligibility requirements and instructions for applying for this grant click here

To apply for the grant, register and then log back into eCenter and upload the completed questions from Section A and Section B in a single PDF. Next, upload each of the 10 requirements in Section C as a single PDF into the grant system.

Link to eCenter can be found here.
Please email with any questions

Through Community Micro-Grants, CTNext aims to support events, projects and/or organizations that bolster Connecticut’s entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. This includes assistance for for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations and consortia based in Connecticut. Apply here.

CommCap serves as a partner to all. From small business to affordable housing to nonprofits to participation in big developments, CommCap loans are providing the financing for a Greater Bridgeport. Click here to apply.

The Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund gives small business owners access to flexible funding for capital expenditures and working capital and connects them with support services. Pre-apply here.

Click here to view financial opportunities available to Norwalk based businesses.

The R&D tax credit is available to companies developing new or improved business components or processes. It is calculated as a percentage of the company’s expenses related to R&D activities. Qualified R&D expenditures can include operating expenses such as wages, materials, and payments to third-party contractors if the activity that gives rise to the expenditure is a qualified research activity. Click here to complete the Research & Development Survey and find out if your business qualifies for the R&D tax credit.

The Equity Match Grant Program is designed to help women-owned businesses grow! Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 will be awarded for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability. Click here for more information.

The Women’s Business Development Council is offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified small businesses located in New London, Connecticut. Click here for more information.

WBDC, in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), is offering grants of up to $25,000 to qualified child care businesses in Connecticut through its Child Care Business Opportunity Fund.  Designed to help licensed and aspiring child care businesses grow, the Opportunity Fund has grant programs targeting different stages of business, from start-ups to those ready to grow their business. Click here for more information.

NAACP believes in the power of Black entrepreneurship. NAACP partners with several organizations to provide grants for Black-owned businesses. Click here to view available grants.
LegalZoom has teamed up with the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League to assist communities by helping small business owners. Fast Break for Small Business is a $6 million commitment in grants and LegalZoom services to help thousands of small businesses all over the country. LegalZoom, the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League are committed to helping small business owners everywhere, especially those who face obstacles because of who they are, who they love, or how they identify. Applications will reopen during the 2023 WNBA season. Updates will be posted here. here.

WomensNet gives away at least $10,000 every month to Women-Owned businesses. Whether you’re starting or growing a business, WomensNet can help! Click here to view all grants offered by WomensNet.


Every month, Emma Johnson gives out $500 cash to one single mom, no strings attached. The 2023 Kickass Single Mom Stimulus Grant has one goal: Give a hand to single moms struggling with money, health, stress, child care, illness, and loneliness. Qualifications are simple: 1. You’re a single mom. 2. You need the money right now. Click here to learn more.

America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services. Project Pitches are accepted at any time (24/7) and 365 days a year. Typically, it takes about one month to get an official response from NSF staff. For more information and to apply, click here.

For the past five years, Sephora Accelerate has been dedicated to building a community of innovative, inspirational founders in beauty. This year we are focused on incubating founders who are people of color. In line with our 15% pledge, and to ensure there are brands representative of the colors, races, and ethnicities that make up America, our commitment this year will be to help bring these brands along. Founders will embark on a six-month journey inclusive of an intensive boot camp where they’ll gain the necessary skills to create a successful business and eventual launch at Sephora, the world’s largest beauty retailer. Applications for Sephora Accelerate 2023 are now closed.

Collab Capital was built to invest financial, human, and network capital to effectively support, grow, and sustain Black-owned innovative businesses. Collab Capital’s mission is to decrease the racial wealth gap by helping Black businesses overcome the funding and network challenges that often stifle their growth. For more information on this initiative click here.

SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, Twilio, and other sponsors to make a small step towards progress by providing several $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. For more information and to apply for this grant click here.

Sage and The BOSS Network are partnering to offer 25, $10,000 grants to Black women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. The Sage Invest in Progress grant will award the funding to help support Black women during their first five years of business. For more information on this grant click here.
The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is a grant program by FedEx to award ten (10) U.S. based small businesses with grants up to $50,000 and up to $4,000 in FedEx Office print and business services. Entries for 2023 have closed. Future updates will be posted here.
The Power Forward Small Business Grant program aims to create a lasting impact through the economic empowerment of Black-owned small businesses across New England. The application for the first round of funding for the Power Forward Grant has closed. Updates will be posted here.

The HerRise Micro-Grant provides financial support to women of color creating innovative solutions that impact their community and that are often unable to secure funding for their small business. Each month a $500 micro-grant will be awarded to a small business owned by women of color. 2023 applications will be open soon. Apply here.

Fearless Fund invests in women of color led businesses seeking pre-seed, seed level or series A financing. The mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for women of color founders building scalable, growth aggressive companies. Fearless Fund is built by women of color for women of color. For more information click here.
Corporate Counsel Women of Color will award five (5) $5,000.00 Grants to women of color entrepreneurs. The CCWC review committee will review submissions on a rolling basis, and grants will be awarded to winners and finalists in January 2023 and September 2023.. Click here to learn more.
Click here to view and select the grant that's right for you. The 2023 deadlines are March 31st, June 30th, and September 30th. Click here for more information.