The end of the calendar year is in sight and the holidays are upon us. For some Loudoun County businesses, that means one of the busiest times of the year, while others may be winding down to partake in the festivities. No matter what your calendar looks like, there are funding opportunities for your business that may not wait until the new year.
For a brighter 2022, consider applying for these funding sources today:
USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement
The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy-efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing.
The funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, hydrogen, wind, solar and tidal energy generation. Apply before March 31, 2022.
Invoice2Go for Women or BIPOC-Owned Businesses
Invoice2Go is giving away $200,000 to help small business owners from minority communities take their next steps. Receive up to $15,000 to grow your company, gain access to exclusive workshops to help win more work, build deeper customer relationships, simplify your operations, and more.
The business must be less than 5 years old, have no more than 10 employees, and have annual revenue equal to or less than $1 million. Apply today
CISCO Global Problem Solver Challenge
In 2022, the annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge will offer a prize pool of $1 million, spread across 15 different awards. These prizes are intended to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world.
For 2022, CISCO is also offering $350,000 in special prizes to support important solutions in climate impact and regeneration and a startup from an HBCU. Apply before 8 p.m. on February 11, 2022.
WomensNet Amber Grants for Women-Owned Businesses
WomensNet carries on the memory of aspiring entrepreneur Amber Wigdahl by giving away at least $10,000 every month in Amber Grant money. The organization has also expanded its grant-giving to include other grants such as our Annual $25,000 Amber Grant.
Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis each month. The next deadline is December 31, 2021.
Reimagine Mainstreet’s Back Black Business Small Business Grant
Black women are starting new businesses at record rates, even as established business owners expect a long road to recovery. Backing Black Business is a project of Reimagine Main Street and its network partners with support from Meta.
Backing Black Business will award Black women-owned businesses cash grants and other valuable resources. Apply today.
SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant
SoGal Foundation is making a small step towards progress by providing several cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Awardees will also receive tactical help navigating the fundraising environment at large so that they will have a more equitable opportunity at scaling the next billion-dollar idea.
They will also receive lifetime “ask-me-anything” access to the SoGal Foundation and SoGal Ventures teams. Apply today.
IFundWomen Universal Grant
IFundWomen is the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them with access to capital, coaching, and connections. This grant is part of a pool of $8 million in corporate grants that IFundWomen looks to disburse. Apply today.