BIPOC (Black Indigeneous People of Color) & Under-Served Communities  Grant & Loan Opportunties

1. The Tory Burch Foundation

Selects 75 Women of Color-Owned businesses to receive $ 10,000 and $ 20,000 grants and access to education and community in partnership with the Fearless fund.



Verizon Foundation has a grant of $10,000 every 6 months. All you need to do is watch two videos and they will add you to the list. Every six months, 100 companies are selected for the grant. 


3.  LISC Acquisition Capital for Small Busineses & Non-Profits

LISC LA’s Asset Building for Communities of Color (ABC) program was created to help small businesses owned by people of color in Los Angeles County grow their companies build wealth and create or maintain jobs.



4.  The Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF) information. (LOAN)

Founded in 2016 and launched in January 2017, the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF) is a a 501(c)3, community-based organization rooted in self-help economics that provides microloans to the Black community through pooled dollars and raises awareness about the importance of economic empowerment, equity, and wealth building for the Black community.



5.  Veterans Business Outreach Center –

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program offers resources to veterans who are interested in starting or growing a small business. There are 22 locations (soon expanding to 35) and they offer workshops, training, counseling, and mentorship opportunities. - https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/resource-partners/veterans-business-outreach-center-vboc-program

6.  Women and Minority Business Owner Down Payment Grant (Bank of America) - Non-repayable grant is for up to $25,000 on SBA owner occupied commercial estate loans for business locations within select opportunity zones (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles) Program may expand based on pilot. - https://promotions.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness/downpaymentgrant

7.  Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program - Non-profit organizations and private sector firms are now eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women veterans. Apply by 3/21/2024 - https://www.sba.gov/article/2024/02/20/sba-announces-funding-competition-organizations-providing-entrepreneurship-training-women-veterans

8.  Warrior Rising Grant - Warrior Rising strives to accept and assist veterans at any point in the process of starting their own business, whether it is only a concept or if they have actual operations. Funding of $20,000 - https://www.warriorrising.org/apply/

9.  Wish Local Empowerment Program - You must be a Black-owned business with a brick-and-mortar shop within the United States and less than 20 employees. If selected for the program, you must join Wish Local (which is free). Grants for up to $2000 - https://www.wish.com/local/empowerment

10. Minority Business Circle - Supportive network for diverse entrepreneurs in various industries, offering opportunities like grants, loans, significant discounts on essential business products, and a comprehensive step-by-step guide with customized tools to track progress and foster growth. See link for info - https://minoritybusinesscircle.com/

11. Amazon's Black Business Accelerator - Dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support. - https://sell.amazon.com/programs/black-business-accelerator

12. Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program (PepsiCo) - PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing and digital presence. https://pepsicojuntoscrecemos.com/jefaowned/


The Grants below have deadlines so please make sure you read the requirements thoroughly and apply accordingly. If the links do not activate, please copy and paste to your browser.

-- Economic Workforce Development Department 

Monitor the following website for upcoming Grants. This website has provided the most grants of any organization in Los Angeles and maybe a Fourth Round of  $ 5,000 Grants will happen again.  See below….


1.    CA Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is your one destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies.



2.   Apply for an SBIR or STTR Federal Grant with Grantify

We’re here to help with everything you need for your SBIR/STTR application, including the Phase I Project Pitch, and we’ve been trusted by hundreds of organizations to win millions in funding.


3.  Clean Vehicle Grant Program

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

The Grant program is for California residents who live in a disadvantage community (DAC) and meet the income requirement. Learn more about eligibility.


4.   LA County Performance Recovery Grant (Closed but sign up for newsletter)

Is a new grant initiative designed to support the region’s dynamic performing arts sector. Through this initiative, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture will deliver $1.2 million in one-time funding to artists, independent producers, and organizations that have a demonstrated history of developing, producing, and/or presenting work in the performing arts disciplines such as dance, music, theater, and folk and traditional arts. 


5.  LA Optimized  

The City of Los Angeles Economic Workforce and Development Department (EWDD) in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Council Districts with Braven Agency as Lead Operator are digitizing Los Angeles small businesses with LA Optimized!

LA Optimized will help small businesses adapt to this rapidly changing shift in consumer behavior and technological advances by assisting Small Businesses optimize their businesses for online sales and marketing by:


6.   Hello Alice- Great Resource For Small Business Grants 

(Must create an Account)

Discover small business grants for every stage of your small business adventure, recommended based on your unique profile and delivered to your inbox weekly. The search for free money doesn't get any easier!

This organization partners with major companies that are offering specialized Grants.


7.    14 Small Business Grants for Women Entrepreneurs


8.  Minority Business Message Board

Discover the power of the Minority Business 365 Message Boards and see how our 300,000 members can benefit you AND your small business!


9.  Amber Grants 

The Foundation awards $10,000 to a different women-owned business every month.  There are also $ 10.000 Monthly Grants for Startups, Non-profits, and Business Category.     At the end of each year, 2 of the 12 grant winners are awarded an additional $ 25,000.


11.   Bank of America® Down Payment Grant Program

The program is designed to drive business growth and generational wealth opportunities for women and minority-owned small to mid-sized businesses.


12.   Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Relief Grant Program

(Round 1 is now closed.  Stay connected to apply as soon as Round 2 opens)

Did your small business provide supplemental paid leave during the pandemic? Apply today for a CA Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Grant of $5,000-$50,000!

The Program will award funds to eligible businesses and nonprofits that have incurred costs for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave pursuant to Sections 248.6 and 248.7 of the Labor Code.  Funds are limited and will be awarded based on eligibility and availability of funds.


14.    31 Small-Business Grants for Women

From the federal government to economic development agencies, here's a list of business grants for women.

If you’re up for the challenge, though, grants can be a great way to fund your new or existing business. Here are 31 places women entrepreneurs can look for small-business grants and other free financial resources.                                                                                                               


15.  Awesome Foundation Grants – 

Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees”. Awarded monthly. 


16.   Pollination Project – 

Grants to global non-profits. The annual budget for your group or organization must be less than $50,000. The total cost for the immediate project for which you are requesting funding must be less than $40,000 -https://thepollinationproject.org/apply/

17.   Freed Fellowship  Grant– 

Every month, one $500 grant is awarded to an underrepresented founder in the US to invest in their existing business. No strings attached. No equity required. Grant recipients are also eligible to receive an additional end-of-year grant of $2,500.


18.   Microsoft TechSpark Community Engagement Fellowship Grant – 

Community organizations focused on creating inclusive economic opportunities will have the opportunity to apply to receive a mix of funding and contextual technical assistance through in-person and virtual support. Awarded organizations will select a member of their team to represent their organization as a TechSpark Fellow. Applicant must be US-based non-profit. Funding up to $50,000 -https://customervoice.microsoft.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRzqG-8hAJq1BsU8sgfjznelUQUpCUkJVOTgyTThESk1RTURRR1JUSldUWSQlQCN0PWcu

19.   Military Entrepreneur Challenge – 

The Military Entrepreneur Challenge is a nationwide grant program that gives veteran, military spouse, and Gold Star Family entrepreneurs the opportunity to network, learn, and compete for capital to grow their small business. -https://secondservicefoundation.org/mec/

20.  Truist Nonprofit Grant - The Truist Foundation supports nonprofits with grants that target leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Quarterly deadlines 


21. The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund – Deadline: March 29, 2024 at 6pm ET.

Funded by DoorDash, the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund provides $10,000 grants to local restaurants affected by state- or federally-declared natural disasters. 

To be eligible, a business must be experiencing hardship due to a natural disaster, have a maximum of three locations, employ fewer than 50 employees per location, and have revenues of $3M or less per location in the last 12 months. See the Terms & Conditions for full eligibility criteria. Must create a Hello Alice Account https://app.helloalice.com/grants/restaurant-disaster-relief-fund-winter-round-2024?utm_campaign=doordash_grant_winter_2024&utm_source=newsletter_inclusions&utm_medium=email

22. American Dream Awards – Deadline: Apr 30, 2024 at 3:00pm PDT

Hello Alice is shining a spotlight on small businesses through the American Dream Awards. These accolades are about innovation, heart, and the American spirit. If you nab one, you'll get $1,000, a spot in a small business accelerator, media exposure, and some other goodies we think you'll love. Seize this opportunity to showcase your achievements by submitting an application today! Must create a Hello Alice Account


23. Awesome Foundation Grants

Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees”. Awarded monthly


24. Amazon App Store Small Business Accelerator

The Small Business Accelerator Program allows developers that earn less than 1 million USD in total annual revenue in the previous calendar year to access additional benefits up to or equivalent to 20% of Appstore revenue. If eligible, you’ll receive a 10% increased royalty payment and AWS credits equivalent to 10% of your app revenue.


25. iFund Women: Support Diverse Women Who are Raising Capital.                                                                                                                                                                                  * Get Funding  * Get Coaching  * Make Connections  * Fund Startups  * Start Your Journey                            


AWS Startup Loft Accelerator - AWS Startup Loft Accelerator equips your technical team with tech resources, guidance and a community of peers. From technical deep dives to round tables on day-to-day CTO challenges, including recruiting, managing an engineering team, building a minimum viable product, and design principles for cloud architecture. Provides $25,000 in AWS credits - https://aws-startup-lofts.com/emea/program/accelerator

Bayer Foundation Women Accelerator Program - The award seeks to support women entrepreneurs driving impactful solutions in the Global South region, specifically Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. To qualify, applicants must center their solutions around health, nutrition, and their intersection with climate-related challenges. Additionally, the solutions should emphasize social or community impact. Award of 25,000 Euros. Apply by 3/27/2024 - https://bayerfoundation-wea.com/

Canva Pro For Nonprofits - If you are a nonprofit, you can register now to get Canva’s premium features for free. - https://www.canva.com/canva-for-nonprofits/

Echo360 e3 Tech Grants - Echo360 e3 Tech Grants will award up to 20 recipients with cash or software grants US $2,000 in cash or up to $5,000 in software in two categories: EchoImpact and EchoInnovation – Apply by 3/22/2024 - https://echo360.com/company/grants/

Emergent Ventures Grant/Fellowship Application (through Mercatus Center at George Mason University) - Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center, seeks to support entrepreneurs with highly scalable, “zero to one” ideas for meaningfully improving society. Projects will either be fellowships or grants: fellowships involve time in residence at the Mercatus Center in Northern Virginia; grants are one-time or slightly staggered payments to support a project. - https://www.mercatus.org/emergent-ventures

Entrepreneurship World Cup - The competition offers over $1 million in cash prizes to top entrepreneurs and provides a supportive community, global exposure, and access to mentorship and resources to help grow their businesses. Apply by 7/31/2024 - https://www.genglobal.org/ewc

March 12, 2024