Do you need crucial funding to help build, expand, or support your business? There’s never been a better time for financial assistance for businesses and nonprofits! There are countless grants offering thousands of dollars. Below is just a small handful of the opportunities that are out there. For a comprehensive list, please visit our new Grant Opportunities webpage at

Amber Grant
Funding Availability: $10,000 monthly grants and a chance at a $25,000 annual grant.
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WomensNet proudly gives away at least $30,000 monthly in Amber Grant money. In recognition of the diversity of businesses owned by women, they’ve also expanded their grant-giving to include “Marketing Grants,” “Business Category Grants,” as well as two “$25,000 Year End Grants.”

Freed Fellowship
Funding Availability: $500 monthly grant.
To Apply Visit:
The Freed Fellowship helps small business owners get the resources, mentorship, and community they need to build successful companies that make an impact.

Tory Burch
Funding Availability: $5,000 business education grant, plus access to 0% interest loans via Kiva.
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Each year, they select 50 women entrepreneurs for a yearlong program designed to grow their businesses through workshops, coaching sessions, network-building, and financial resources. The program ends with a company presentation and a trip to New York City.

Funding Availability: Amount varies.
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The HerRise MicroGrant provides financial assistance to Women of Color who are creating innovative solutions that impact their community and who are often unable to secure funding for their small businesses.

Funding Availability: Amount varies.
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Women Funding Women aims to tackle several, if not all, of the issues American women entrepreneurs face while building and scaling their businesses.

The Coca-Cola Foundation
Funding Availability: Amount varies.
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As the primary philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, they have an equal hand in supporting the local and global changemakers, leaving a measurable and lasting impact in areas around the world where the Company operates.

The Saucony Run For Good Grant
Funding Availability: The grant maximum is $10,000.
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The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is now accepting grant applications to help run down the childhood obesity epidemic. The grants are open to community nonprofit organizations that initiate and support running programs for kids.

The Ford Foundation
Funding Availability: 1,500 grants are awarded yearly for a variety of categories.
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Every year, they award grants to institutions with transformative ideas and scalable solutions to achieve the greatest impact.

FedEx Entrepreneur Grant
Funding Availability: 30 grants of $10,000 are available.
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Each grant will be awarded to entrepreneurs with a connection to the military and/or entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Employ Ability Business Grant
Funding Availability: The grants range from $20,000-$200,000.
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Grow your business, upgrade your hiring, and create job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Awesome Grant
Funding Availability: $1,000 monthly.
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The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. The Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.

Remember, you don’t have to go it alone – plenty of support exists for your business and your team! Our Chamber team regularly updates our Grant Page on our website at, so I’d encourage you to check back there often. If you have any questions, please email Gloria Balderas, our Workforce Development Manager, at

-Josh Cross, Atascadero Chamber CEO

Josh Cross

President & CEO of the Atascadero Chamber | Josh Cross

Josh Cross is a longtime Central Coast local, having grown up right here in Atascadero. He has a strong knowledge of governmental and community issues, in addition to economic development. Previously he worked as the Director of Economic Development for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, and has always been passionate about the incredible work Chambers can do for their community.