Texas women entrepreneurs can apply for $5,000 grants later this month

Women start nearly half of all new small businesses. But many are still struggling to secure enough funding to grow and support their businesses. A grant program in Texas aims to help with this discrepancy.

Read about the opportunities and other small business grants from last week here.

Texas Woman’s University StartHER Grant Program

Texas Woman’s University offers innovation scholarships to support female entrepreneurs across the state. The StartHER scholarship program is open to both current and prospective female entrepreneurs throughout Texas. Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs has already conducted six cycles of grant funding in recent years to support women-owned businesses and encourage them to take on innovative projects. During this round, 25 companies will receive a $5,000 grant. Applications open September 22 and will be accepted through October 22.

Bergen County ARPA Scholarships

Bergen County, New Jersey opens a new small business grant program with the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds. Eligible companies can apply for up to $2,500 to cover costs resulting from pandemic closures or disruptions. Priority goes to companies registered as Women Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise, Veteran-Owned Small Business, or a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business with the state. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

BLOOM fairs in the center of Hanover

The Downtown Hanover BLOOM Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 funding round. Eligible businesses can apply for between $500 and $1,500. The program was originally launched in 2018 to help local businesses improve productivity, expand and grow their businesses. To date, the program has awarded more than $333,978 to local businesses. This year’s round will start on September 9 and applications will be accepted until September 26.

Missouri Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority is launching a new program to support renewable fuel businesses across the state. The Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program will provide up to $40 million for companies looking to use clean fuel and complete new infrastructure projects. Fuel retailers, distributors, fleet managers and terminal operators may be eligible for subsidies if they store or deliver ethanol blends or biodegradable projects. September 30 is the deadline for applications.

Holyoke Latino Business Grant Program

The Latino Business Grant program includes $150,000 in funding to support Latin-owned businesses in Holyoke, Massachusetts that have been negatively affected by the pandemic. The program is funded by the state’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds. Local organization Partners for Community works with local chambers of commerce and state representatives to fund and facilitate the program.

Chula Vista Relief Fund for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Chula Vista, California partners with the San Diego Foundation to offer COVID-19 recovery grants to support local small businesses and nonprofits. The $3.6 million program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, along with local funds from the San Diego Foundation. To qualify, companies and organizations must have 100 or fewer employees and generate net income of less than $150,000 per year. Other eligibility criteria also apply. The application period is now open and will close on October 27.

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