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Through a strategic combination of grants and programs, we support entrepreneurs and a diverse group of organizations throughout the state that are also helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Every Target Accelerator is engineered to unleash our collaborative force and help your business succeed.

The Cartier Women's Initiative is an annual international entrepreneurship programme that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs. Founded in 2006, the programme is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and/or environmental impact.

The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans is coming soon. Sign up to be notified when applications are being accepted.

Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. The fund is open to public donation, so anyone can partner with us to bolster these businesses in their hour of need.item into a full page by clicking ‘Create a page from this item’ in the edit panel.

The NAACP is delighted to administer a meaningful program in partnership with BeyGOOD’s Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund to assist our small business communities that have been directly impacted by the recent events across the country. The grants in the amount of $10,000 will be offered to Black-owned small businesses in select cities to help sustain businesses during this time.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is providing grants to small businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19.

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis.

WomensNet founded the Amber Grant Foundation in 1998. The Foundation was set up with one goal in mind: to honor the memory of a very special young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at just 19 years old — before realizing her business dreams.
Today, WomensNet carries on that tradition, giving away at least $4,000 every month in Amber Grant money.

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is a grant program by FedEx to award U.S. based small businesses with grants to help them grow and scale their business.

The Essentials Fellowship takes aspiring founders (like you!) from an idea on paper or in your head to running a small-scale pop-up experience with the families, educators, and students you want to work with.

The Access to Capital program is a part of the City of Charlotte’s Open for Business Initiative and will distribute $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses headquartered within the city limits of Charlotte. Grants are either $10,000 or $25,000, depending on number of employees.

Obsidian gives Black-owned businesses access to real-world tools and funding needed to transition from Dreaming to Actualizing.

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These Black Women Grants were designed for Black Women like you looking to grow and expand their business.

Charlotte Center City Partners and Honeywell are excited to announce the creation of the Center City Small Business Innovation Fund, an initiative designed to spur and support innovation and adaptation by storefront small businesses as they adapt to the new economic realities caused by the COVID-19 crisis and economic downturn. This program is launching with an initial investment of $2 million by Honeywell and in partnership with the Foundation For The Carolinas.

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