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BIPOC and/or Women-Owned Businesses

Indigenous Arts and Entrepreneurship Grant

NDN Collective
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • The Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to ease these current hardships in this time of economic uncertainty.
  • All art forms and genres are eligible.
  • Eligibility requirements are included in the program.

New American Coronavirus updates

New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Cass County
  • Provides translated COVID-19 updates from the State of North Dakota in Somali, Arabic, Swahili, and Kurdish.

Native American Development Center COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

ND Native American Development Center
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Helps Native Americans in the Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks areas who need assistance with housing and temporary shelter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Families and Workers Fund

Amalgamated Foundation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Provides direct cash grants and loans to individuals and businesses with a focus on those who are most likely to be left out of the government’s emergency policy response.
  • Includes layoffs, temporary business and school shutdowns, and individuals struggling with caretaking duties.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

AACDMV Emergency Fund
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators. This is a ONE-TIME micro grant of $200.

PayPal Empowerment Grants for Black Businesses Program

Association for Enterprise Opportunity
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Receive up to $10,000 in funds
  • Funds can be used for: layoff aversion, repairing property damage, covering operational costs, new products and services, marketing to customers
August 31, 2020

Red Backpack Fund

Global Giving
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by COVID-19.
  • See eligibility inside.

Indigenous Arts and Entrepreneurship Grant

NDN Collective
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • The fund is designed to provide grants to Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to ease these current hardships in this time of economic uncertainty.
  • All businesses under 500 employees, including both registered and unregistered businesses, self-employed businesses and independent contractors, and consultants.

Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Minnesota
  • The minimum amount provided by DEED for a loan is $5,000 and the maximum is $150,000.
  • The program will finance a variety of start-up and expansion costs, including normal expenses such as machinery and equipment, inventory and receivables, working capital, new construction, renovation, and site acquisition. Financing of existing debt is not permitted.

IFundWomen of Color Cohort

IFundWomen
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • access to capital through crowdfunding and grants!
  • coaches and mentors with a shared experience!
  • a private network to collaborate and celebrate with!

IFundWomen of Color Crowdfunding

IFundWomen
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

IFundWomen offers expert crowdfunding coaching, from people who have actually crowdfunded.

They offer Flexibility:

  • Flexible funding: You keep what you raise, and you start getting working capital, i.e. cash, in your bank account right away. No waiting until your campaign is over.
  • Flexible dates: You can adjust your start and end dates as many times as you need to.
  • Flexible Rewards: You can put rewards on sale, delete the ones that aren't selling, or change out images and titles. Everything to do with rewards is changeable, even after your campaign starts.
  • Flexible goal: Most likely, you will not need to change your goal, but if you need to, you can on IFundWomen.

& they also offer professional video and creative production services to help you tell your story!

Other benefits include:

  • Monthly Pay-It-Forward Grants: 20% of revenue from standard fees get reinvested into live campaigns on the site.
  • Access to exclusive Slack network with IFundWomen Coaches and our crew of supportive entrepreneurs who are crowdfunding alongside you.
  • Free Crowdfunding eCourse teaches you how to successfully crowdfund from end-to-end.

Her Big Idea Fund 2020 Grants

HER BIG IDEA FUND
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Five finalists will have the opportunity to record videos explaining their idea to be promoted on social media. The two winners will receive mentorship & resources from the Her Big Idea team throughout her year as the 2020 Her Big Idea Fund recipients.

July 1, 2020

Pfund Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

PFUND Foundation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • This Fund micro grants to individuals and nonprofits that are most affected by the Coronavirus.
  • The first round of grants is prioritizing Low-income residents, Low-income workers in disproportionally impacted industries, Residents with greater health risks.
  • See eligibility inside.

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Provides up to $10,000 grants to businesses facing financial pressure because of COVID-19 — especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other historically under-served enterprises.
  • See eiligibility requirements inside.

The Doonie Fund

Digital Undivided
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

The Doonie Fund makes micro investments in Black women entrepreneurs. Founded by digital undivided CEO, Kathryn Finney, the fund is named after her grandmother, Kathryn “Doonie” Hale, who inspired her entrepreneurial journey and encouraged her to stay in the arena.

Since its inception on April 5th, 2020, the fund has invested in over 500 black women entrepreneurs.

Moms Give Life, Moms Give Community, Fund

Moms As Entrepreneurs
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Grants of $500-$1,000 will be given to mom-owned businesses in all industries

Grant Writing Support

The Nice Center
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • Support in locating funding resources for your organization
  • Grant writing services and administrative support in applying for funding

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Job Service North Dakota
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • The Work Opportunity Tax Credit program is a federally funded tax incentive program that encourages employers to hire from specific target groups of people; people that often have barriers to employment.
  • See elibility inside.
December 31, 2020

SBA 7a Community Advantage Program

Dakota Business Lending
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • This program is designed to provide a financing option for small business start‐ups in underserved communities.
  • Loan up to $250,000 (minimum 10% down payment).
  • See financing categories inside.

SBA ILP (Intermediary Lending Pilot Program)

Dakota Business Lending
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
North Dakota
  • These fixed-rate, 5-15 year term loans up to $200,000 are intended for small businesses who may not be able to obtain conventional funding, or who need gap financing for a conventional loan.
  • ILP loans may be used for working capital, equipment and inventory or real estate.

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