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2021 Grants, Scholarships and Funding For Women

Group of WomenResearch compiled by the Center For Women's Business Research and Entrepreneur Magazine reveals that women are the most progressive species on the planet. They are more likely to earn a college degree, launch a non-profit organization, and start a successful business. Many are able to do this while simultaneously running a household and caring for kids.

Why Do Women Need Funding?

Women need grants and scholarships because despite their business and career success, they are still disadvantaged - and have been for hundreds of years. Though they make up roughly 51% of the world population, women are still a minority and face many related issues. Women are underserved and overlooked, and suffer continuously from unfair practices such as gender discrimination, gender underestimation, and even gender harassment.

Women grants, especially business grants for women, give them the upperhand to fight back, and prevail. This type of assistance enables them to recover from an unfair and unjust system that has existed for a long time. The concept is very similar to affirmative action initiatives that help other minority groups.

Business grants help women either start or expand an existing home business or non-profit organization. Education grants or scholarships help women pay for college - tuition, books, and even dorms. These types of opportunities make up the thousands of federal, state, and private grants for women that are designed to give them the tools and funding they need to be successful.

Search For Grants and Other Funding Opportunities:

Below is our comprehensive directory that lists all the organizations and foundations (in alphabetical order) that offer grant funding to women.


Why Is Grant Money Available To Women?

The millions of dollars each year allocated to grants for women are investments in the talent, creativity, intellect and determination shown by them in various industries and fields of study. Women are huge contributors to the economy, the workforce, entrepreneurship, and to the development and management of non-profit organizations.

By investing in women, those allocating the grants hope to better enrich their country's culture and society. For instance, in addition to grants for business and education, public grants are given to advocacy groups that enable women to raise awareness about domestic violence, homelessness, and/or harassment in the workplace.

Such grants empower women in many different ways, and have proven to be extremely successful. As a result, every year, more and more opportunities appear for women from new organizations, government agencies, and corporations wanting to get involved. They all know that grants can literally change a woman's life!

The Latest Opportunities and Advice For Women:

American Express Commits $2.5M to Invest in Black Women-Owned Businesses

Black women recipients of American Express grant program

American Express has launched a program called “100 for 100” to benefit African American women business owners. The program will provide 100 women of color with grants of $25,000 and 100 days of business resources, including business education, mentorship, marketing, virtual networking, WorkSpaces by Hilton hotel reservation credits, and more.

Grants Available for Women Filmmakers and Directors

Women filmmakers and directors from Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures (CEP) supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. They envision an inclusive media industry in which women and gender non-conforming filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals and build fulfilling careers in the documentary film industry.

United Way Provides Childcare Scholarships For Single Mothers in Virginia

Women From United Way

United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg has launched WomenRise, a scholarship program that provides financial assistance to help single moms cover the cost of childcare while they work toward a post-secondary degree or credential.

IWMF Launches Fund For Female Journalists in Memory of Slain Reporter Kim Wall

Kim Wall, journalist killed

In memory of a fearless Swedish journalist named Kim Wall who was sadly killed on the job, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has launched a grant program in partnership with her friends and family.

This SBA Grant Program is For Women-Owned Restaurants and Food Trucks

Woman-owned restaurant

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is a $25 billion grant program for restaurants and other foodservice businesses that have been affected by coronavirus outbreak-related shutdowns. Restaurants can apply for up to $10 million per physical location based on their revenue losses during the pandemic.

$3K PCE Grants Available For Women to Complete Their Degree or Certification

Women recipients of PCE grants

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) is intended to provide one-time need-based grants to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada for use in completing a degree or certification necessary for improving or gaining skills leading to employment.