Funding Opportunities

Grants are funds awarded by government agencies, foundations, and corporations that you don’t need to repay. As such, grants can be an important source of growth for small businesses.

Additionally, there are a number of grants designed specifically to help certain types of businesses. These might be businesses in a specific industry, started by women, run by veterans, and so on.

Feel free to share this information with your personal and professional networks, however, KOSBE has no affiliation with these organizations — so any specific questions should be directed to them.

Spectrum Reach Pay It Forward

Spectrum Reach is proud to continue offering complimentary advertising and marketing resources for many diverse businesses.You are invited to register for a chance to win FREE advertising and marketing resources from Spectrum Reach.

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Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation funds social enterprises that directly serve or impact children or youth from urban low-income communities in the areas of education, health, and family economic stability (including livelihoods and financial inclusion). These social enterprises may be structured as for-profit or nonprofit entities.

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Start Small Think Big

Start Small Think Big provides FREE legal, finance, and marketing assistance to thousands of small business owners every year. No catch — just a community of people who want to help you, your business and your community to thrive. If you are interested in either providing or receiving support, you can learn more ...

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The K4 Foundation

The K4 Foundation seeks to assist and support women of color who dream of becoming an entrepreneur or who are new entrepreneurs. They provide small grants ($500) and educational workshops.

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Emerging Black-Owned Brands on Instacart

If you identify as a Black-owned consumer packaged goods brand on Instacart, apply to participate in their new $1 million advertising initiative.

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StartHer Microfund

StartHER is a microfund investing in women and underrepresented founders of all ages, life stages, ethnicities and sexual orientations who strive to make a positive impact on society, healthcare or the environment. They provide funding up to $50,000. Their Investment Committee meets every six months to consider applications.

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The following opportunities are related to non-profits:

Costco Wholesale

Costco Wholesale’s charitable efforts focus on programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where they do business. They review funding requests on a rolling basis, and organizations are eligible to submit one application per fiscal year. Organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and have a focus on supporting children, education, and/or health and human services.

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Public Welfare Foundation

Public Welfare Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that address racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. They look for strategic initiatives where their funds can improve lives through policy and system reform. If interested, you submit a letter of inquiry and then they reply with an invitation to apply for funding.

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Best Buy Foundation

Best Buy Foundation is offering in-kind grants of event sponsorships to nonprofit organizations for events that align with the funding source’s charitable giving priorities. Consideration will be given to events in the areas of diversity and inclusion, teens and technology, and public affairs. National events will be given priority over local events.

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Comcast RISE

Opportunity to receive marketing consultations, media placements, commercial creative production services, or technology services from Effectv and Comcast Business. Starting January 16th, 2022, the program will expand eligibility to all women-owned small businesses, regardless of race or ethnicity.

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Wells Fargo Open for Business Grant Fund

This requires a little scrolling — but this PDF is a list of organizations that received funding from Wells Fargo to help small businesses impacted by COVID. Many of the organizations on the list (broken out by US State on page 2) are offering grants and loans to their local community businesses.

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