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Published 14 December 2022

Business Grants for Women – UPDATED

There are several business grants for women available in the UK to help entrepreneurs kickstart or grow their companies. Read on to find out what they offer and how to apply.

There are several business grants available for women in the UK that could help entrepreneurs enhance their companies.

Here, we explain what active business grants for women are on offer currently and how much you could claim.

What is a business grant?

Business grants are sums of money that can be claimed for specific purposes, such as kick-starting a company or helping it grow.

Often, grants do not need to be paid back. However, they can sometimes be partially or conditionally repayable, so it is important to understand the terms of the grant before applying.

While the schemes mentioned below are specifically aimed at helping women entrepreneurs, don’t overlook other small business grants that may be more widely available across the UK. It is worth checking out grants for businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Small business grants for women

The following is a selection of the business grants for women available at the time of writing:

Anita Borg Institute For Women and Technology

Eligible regions: Worldwide

Sectors: Technology and computing


Amount: Varies depending on award

Details: The Abie Awards celebrate women working in the technology and computing sectors. For 2023, the organisation will give out five awards: Technical Leadership, Student of Vision, Social Impact, Educational Innovation and Emerging Technologist. The cash prizes on offer vary by award and year.

Diamond Education Grant

Eligible regions: Asia, Europe, Caribbean

Sectors: Women returning to work following an employment break


Amount: Varies

Details: The Diamond Education Grant is awarded to women looking to update their skills after an employment break, or wanting to acquire new skills to improve their opportunities for promotion and employment. The grants are intended for helping towards the cost of course fees, books and equipment.

Global Fund for Women

Eligible regions: Outside the United States

Sectors: Enterprises focusing on advancing gender justice


Amount: Flexible cash grants

Details: The Global Fund for Women aims to provide support grants to cover the costs of social justice work. These grants can be used for a variety of reasons including operating expenses such as rent, salaries, communication and travel. You can also apply for crisis grants that can be used to fund response action to climate and natural disasters.

Female Founders Fund

Eligible regions: Worldwide

Sectors: B2B, Consumer, Fintech, Healthcare


Amount: US$500,000 to $750,000

Details: The Female Founders Fund invests in early-stage businesses owned by women. It aims to support the next generation of transformational technology companies owned by female entrepreneurs. Companies must have at least one founder as part of the founding team who is a woman. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year and the review process takes roughly four to six weeks on average.

Other forms of business funding

Applying for a loan could be another way to help finance your business. However, keep in mind that – unlike a business grant – a business loan will be repayable and with interest on top.

There are a variety of business loans that could help to provide funds for business owners, including:

Shopping around for a loan that best suits your business’s needs is a great place to start. You could also compare start up loans options for your company using our comparison tables.

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