The Amber Grant for Women was created in 1998 to honor the memory of a young girl named Amber, who died too young (when she was 19), before being able to fulfill her dreams. The grant was launched by WomensNet, an entrepreneurial community for women, which was founded at the same time as the grant. WomensNet offers free advice to female entrepreneurs, about obtaining business grants and financial success in general.
The Amber Grant consist in $1000 for which women can apply monthly. The next deadline is 31 January 2019. At the end of the year, one or two women who have received the monthly award will have the chance to win a sum of $10 000. The application process is quite straightforward: the candidates must simply tell their story and the judges will choose the most convincing story submitted before the monthly deadline. The business grant is not available for non profit organizations since December 2018.
It is not forbidden to apply for more than one business, if you own more businesses. Is is recommended though that the candidates apply for a single business each month.
The criteria based on which the winners will be selected include: vision, passion, business experience, commitment and strong belief in the project. Candidates are also advised to include as many details about their business as possible and to avoid jargon which could lead to confusion. In your application, there is no need to use corporate language, but simply write from your heart and try to answer some fundamental questions about your business: What is your motivation in running the business? How did the business begin? What are your biggest difficulties and challenges and what are the opportunities for growth?. The applicants must also describe how they will use the grant money (the $1000 and the $10000) if they obtain them They are advised to answer as specific as possible.
The winner is announced in the first 10 days of the new month. There is no type of business preferred, so you can apply for this business grant no matter what your domain of activity is.
After completing the application form with the answers for all of these questions, the candidates must pay an application fee of $15. You can apply for this business grant by completing the form here.
The Amber Business Grant is available for businesses founded in USA and Canada. The applicants must be 18 or older in order to apply for the grant.
So, if you are a woman and you own a small business, you can take into consideration this opportunity. Get all the information you need and start writing your story, it might be your next step toward success.