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7 Grants for Black-Owned Businesses You Can Apply for in 2023

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Starting and growing a new business in the USA can be challenging, especially for minority businesses which may face additional hurdles in accessing capital and resources. However, there are many opportunities for Black-owned businesses, such as bank loans, tax incentives, federal grants, and more, available to assist startups, small businesses, and international icons. 

One of the best options to consider for Black entrepreneurs and minority business owners looking to scale their game in 2023 is grants. Many minority small business grants and grants for Black-owned businesses do not need to be repaid, allowing entrepreneurs to receive funding without taking on additional financial risk.

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To help you in your business journey this Black History Month, we’ve listed some of the best grants for Black-owned businesses you can apply for in 2023.

7 Grants for Black-Owned Businesses You Can Apply for in 2023

These are just ten out of several grants available for you in 2023. So before applying, research and discover what suits you and your minority-owned business. 

Here are a few tips small-business owners should put into consideration before applying:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements
  2. Have all your documents and application essentials ready
  3. Apply on time. Most times, it is “first come, first served.”

National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Pitch Challenge

The NBMBAA hosts the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge to support Black-owned businesses with ‘big ideas.’ The pitching competition requires entrepreneurs to present their business proposals for a chance to win the grand prize of $50,000. 

Additional prizes include $10,000 for second place, $7,500 for third place, and $1,000 for the People’s Choice Award. The scale-up pitch challenge also offers excellent networking opportunities and exposure to donors.

Power Forward Small Business Grants

Vistaprint and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation have partnered with The National Association for the Advancement of colored people (NAACP) to provide $1 million in funding for Black-owned small businesses through the Power Forward Small Business Grant

The coalition program offers $25,000 grants to eligible businesses in New England and aims to create lasting change by providing marketing and creative tools tailored to each recipient’s specific needs. Additionally, the program highlights grant recipients’ brands on national co-branded platforms, providing them with valuable exposure.

To qualify for the grant, businesses must be Black-owned, have 1-25 employees, and be based and operational in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or select areas of Connecticut.

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Keep It Local Business Fund

The Nextdoor Kind Foundation, in partnership with the NAACP, offers microgrants of $5,000 to entrepreneurs of color through the Keep It Local Business Fund program.  

In addition to the grant, recipients will receive

  • business training and counseling on running a successful small business,
  • access to Nextdoor’s Recession Playbook,
  • opportunity to network with other grantees, and
  • Public acknowledgment for their community development service.

Wish Local Empowerment Program

wish local grant
Source: Wish Local

Because of the systemic racism Black-owned small businesses face, Wish Local, an e-commerce platform, provides financial support to approximately 4,000 Black-owned businesses through a whopping $2 million fund.

The selected beneficiaries, who are Wish Labour Partners, will receive between $500 and $2000 each. This initiative is exclusively for Black-owned businesses and aims to promote equity and diversity in American companies by offering small-business loans.

Fast Break for Small Business

Fast Break for Small Business, in partnership with the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League, has invested $6M to back black businesses. And this time, their focus is to financially support Black-owned businesses by awarding $10,000 grants and a free LegalZoom product or service worth up to $500.

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If you are a small business owner, this is a real catch. Since its existence, Fast Break for Small business has helped uplift over 5000 Black-owned small businesses; yours could be the next.

Grants for Black Women-Owned Businesses

IFundWomen of Color

IFundWomen of Color seeks to empower diverse female entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams by offering $5000 grants, alongside accelerator programs twice a year, to 60 Black female-owned businesses.

In partnership with Caress and American Express, the IFWOC promises to provide access to debt-free capital, networking opportunities, mentorship, and other resources for female entrepreneurs of color.

It is a complete package to support female black-owned businesses!

Amber Grant

amber grant
Source: Amber Grant

Founded by WomensNet in 1998, Amber Grant is a growth grants program that seeks to honor the memory of a young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at 19 years old — just before she could achieve her business dreams. 

Today, WomensNet awards at least $30,000 in Amber Grants monthly. Also, due to the diversity in female-owned businesses, the Amber Grant program has expanded to include different business categories alongside two $25,000 Year End Grants.

You can apply for the grant at any time to qualify for the next award with an entry fee of $15.

There are resources that are readily available to enlighten black business ventures. Small Business Administration,(SBA), is one of the Business development programs that offers training to businesses to assist them to achieve their specific needs.

Similarly, the Small Business Technology Transfer program, (SBTT), and the Small Business Innovation Research, (SBIR), are programs that offer grants to budding small businesses that seek to monetize research and development.

The Department of Commerce is also dedicated to the success and competitiveness of small businesses and self-employed individuals through the Minority Business Development Agency,(MBDA).

So, there you have it: Seven (7) grants for Black-owned businesses in 2023 that you can easily apply for. Do not sleep on this!

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Shalom Ngbala-Okpabi
Shalom Ngbala-Okpabi
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