SBA Announces Women's Business Center Funding Opportunity

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the availability of two new grant opportunities for established and aspiring Women's Business Center host organizations to provide outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs.

The first grant funding opportunity is the Women's Business Center Initial Phase Grant (#OWBO-2017-01-1) that will provide $75,000 for up to six eligible nonprofit organizations to help establish new WBCs in the geographic areas of the SBA's six District Offices that do not currently have a Women's Business Center in their respective service area. 

Those areas include:

  • Alaska District Office (AK) – State of Alaska
  • San Diego District Office (CA) – Counties of San Diego, Imperial
  • Boise District Office (ID) – State of Idaho
  • South Carolina District Office (SC) – State of South Carolina
  • Dallas/Fort Worth District Office (TX) – (specific counties are applicable)
  • Lubbock District Office (TX) – (specific counties are applicable)

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide grant dollars for up to six nonprofit organizations to start new, community-based Women's Business Centers within one of these six geographic areas.

Eligible applicants must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service and must provide services to the population within the specified areas.

The second grant funding opportunity is the Women's Business Center Initial Phase Grant (#OWBO-2017-01-2) that will provide $75,000 to already existing WBC host organizations that have met their performance goals to open new Women's Business Centers in underserved areas.

Eligible applicants must be existing private nonprofit organizations of a Women's Business Center that have met their performance goals and are in good standing with both performance and compliance.  The new Women's Business Center must be located in an area that is currently not being served or is inadequately served.  The host organization must also have sufficient matching funds to meet the match requirements of any existing grants, along with any new grants.

The SBA's WBC program is a catalyst for the growth of in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs, and the SBA's funding to open new centers where they are needed most will help to serve even more entrepreneurs.  During fiscal year 2017, the WBCs provided business assistance to nearly 150,000 individuals.