Grant Opps for Families of Healthcare Workers, Veterans and Entrepreneurs of Color:

By Let Mommy Sleep. December 23, 2020

For small businesses and individuals, grant opportunities can be the crucial tool to grow or even be the key to getting started. While the offers are out there, accessibility can be an issue with grants that are difficult to find, located behind paywalls or require a grant writer for complicated paperwork.

We’ve combed through available grants and below are 3 we’d like to specifically highlight for 2021.  These grants have free or very low-cost ($25) application fees and focus on families of healthcare workers, female veterans and entrepreneurs. You can search #grantopps on our Facebook and Twitter for ongoing opportunities aimed at helping families, women and new entrepreneurs.

Rural Small Businesses: $20,000 Grants 

Funding from Local Initiatives Support Corporation to support rural small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic, particularly those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women and veteran-owned businesses.

Who can apply?  Small business owners serving rural communities, "rural" defined as serving 50,000 residents or less who have been impacted by COVID19.

When is the deadline? January 5, 2021 and another round on February 2, 2021

How do I apply? https://lisc.tfaforms.net/234

Funding is intended to provide:

  • help with immediate operational costs such as rent and utilities, payroll, and outstanding debt
  • relief to those serving underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital

Our Military Kids

Grants of $300 per child to cover extracurricular activities, tutoring or camps.

Who can apply?  Military families with children age 3 -18 who have a deployed or recovering parent

When is the deadline? Ongoing

How do I apply? https://www.ourmilitarykids.org/apply

Funding is intended to provide:

  • up to 6 months of the child's extracurricular activity
  • no eligible child has ever been turned away
  • daycare, mission trips and school tuition are not elible expenses

Brave of Heart Fund

Who can apply?  Family members of healthcare workers & volunteers who have lost their lives fighting COVID19.

When is the deadline? May 15, 2021

How do I apply? https://www.braveofheartfund.com

Funding is intended to provide:

  • basic and immediate expenses such as funeral costs
  • food, housing payments
  • medical care, counseling
  • educational expenses of children and other dependents currently in school, and living expenses. 

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)

Who can apply? 

  • Honorably discharged women veterans of any military branch and service era
  • Active- duty women service members of any military branch
  • Spouses/same-sex partners of above (including widowed spouses/partners)
  • Participants must be able to complete the online component of the program and be able to travel to one of the mandatory conferences.

When is the deadline? Ongoing consideration

How do I apply? https://vwise.vets.syr.edu/apply/

Funding is intended to give USA female veterans and female military spouses or partners an opportunity to attend a small business management and entrepreneurship program. The program aim is to equip eligible women with the skills they need to successfully develop and grow a business venture.

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management. V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture.

Giving Joy

Grants of $100 - $500 are given 4 times per year. Grant money is raised from the Giving Joy website which purchases handmade jewelry and goods from independent artisans around the world. The sale of these one-of-a kind items finances the grants that are awarded to other female entrepreneurs…an incredible social-enterprise cycle!

Who can apply? 

  • Female Individuals, small businesses, for-profit and non-profit entities
  • Applicants from any field are encouraged to apply: education, the environment, promoting democracy, healthcare, cooking, etc. 
  • Your business/organization/idea must have an impact on women, girls and families.
  • Applicants may only apply once per cycle. 

When is the deadline? Dec 31, 2020, April 30, 2021 and Aug 31, 2020

How do I apply? www.givingjoygoods.com

This list will be continually updated...check back soon for more opportunities!