Silver & Riley Women Entrepreneurship Grant

Silver & Riley is pleased to announce our latest round of grant funding for women owned businesses through our Buy 1, Give 5 program - our commitment to helping woman entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses. Read more about the program and view previous grant winners here

In this round, we are focusing on black women owned businesses that have been in operation less than two years.

  • Black woman owned (at least 51%) and operated business
  • Business must be in operation for less than 2 years (launched after August 31st, 2019). We are trusting you to be honest about this. Most other grants currently available require businesses to be in operation for at least 2 years, so we are trying to provide an avenue for businesses that are less than 2 years old
  • Three grants of $1,000 USD each will be awarded to three women entrepreneurs / women led businesses
  • Grants are a completely free cash injection. They are not loans and no equity is taken 
  • The application will be open till 11:59pm EST Friday, September 24th, 2021
  • Finalist interviews (30 mins by phone) will be conducted on Sunday, September 26th, 2021. If you are selected as a finalist, you must be available on Sunday, September 26th for a 30-minute zoom session (no exceptions)
  • Grant winners will be selected and notified on Monday, September 27th, 2021.  Grantees will receive a disbursement of their funds no later than Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
  • Open to U.S. based businesses only.


    Please apply for the grant using the form below.

    Tips: Be authentic and speak from the heart - there are no right or wrong answers, but please be thoughtful and answer each question asked. We are looking for passion, dedication, enthusiasm and general business smarts. No business is too small and industry doesn't matter much as long as we feel the business is ethical and aligns with our values. We have no stipulations on how you use the money as long as you use it for your business. Use it in whatever ways you need.

    Bonus: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in different ways. In these stressful times, share how you've supported and uplifted others, whether through your business, volunteer work, mentoring, community involvement or even cheering others on.

    We are committed to empowering and supporting women, so we have a bias towards women who share similar values.

    Due to anticipated volume, please excuse the fact that we will not be able to respond to each application; only finalists will be contacted. If you do not hear from us indicating you are a finalist, please do not be discouraged - there will be other opportunities.

    All the best!