There are a handful of grants for women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada, which we list below (click on the program title to go to a full description of the program).
Many grant programs do not specify a gender, so make sure you check out our big grants lists for each province:
Business Grants for Women Entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada
Amount:N/A Type of Program:Entrepreneurship Program Description:Accelerate HER PEI is a 12-week program led by PEIBWA and delivered from PEIBWA’s Rural Women’s Business Centre both in-person and virtually. This program will serve high-potential women business owners operating in PEI. Participants will benefit from free access to business support services customized to meet their individual needs. This
Amount:N/A Type of Program:Entrepreneurship Program Description:ACTIVATE HER PEI is a six week program led by PEIBWA and the Atlantic Canadian Women in Growth Partnership. The program will take participants through the steps of creating a strategic business plan & process for their business, while providing additional resources to help take their concept from ideation to
Amount:$2,000 Type of Program:Grants Description:The Centre’s Craft Business Development Program supports the career growth of Unama’ki-Cape Breton makers, artists and craft producers through the Branding & Storytelling funding stream program, helping members develop marketing and promotional materials for their businesses and websites. Their branding should represent the vision – thoughtful marketing helps convey their message
Amount:$2,000 Type of Program:Grants Description:The Centre’s Craft Business Development Program supports the career growth of Unama’ki-Cape Breton makers, artists, and craft producers by providing the Consultancy Services program helping fund one-on-one assistance from a professional on various services, i.e., e-commerce, taxes, exporting, wholesaling, etc. Comments on Funding:1Funding takes the form of non-repayable financial assistance of
Amount:$5,000 Type of Program:Grants Description:The Centre’s Craft Business Development Program supports the career growth of Unama’ki-Cape Breton makers, artists, and craft producers, helping them with costs associated with revamping the existing website or building a new one, i.e., e-commerce. Comments on Funding:1Funding takes the form of non-repayable financial assistance of 75% of costs, up to
Amount:No Fixed Amount Type of Program:Grants & Loan Description:The Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. Comments on Funding:Funding will take the form of: interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50% of eligible costs for eligible businesses;non-repayable contributions for up
Amount:$500 Type of Program:Grants Description:PEIBWA Micro Grants are designed to help new, growing, and established women entrepreneurs through a non-repayable grant and business skills support. Comments on Funding:Funding is up to $500, with 75% payable on approval and remaining payable on completion of final report. There is a maximum of five (5) grants available during
Amount:N/A Type of Program:Entrepreneurship Program Description:The RBC Alliance of Young Women Entrepreneurs program (AYWE) empowers female students to reach their full potential to become entrepreneurs through connection and learning. Through this free program, each student will: 1connect with other students;2receive leadership coaching and business training through regular workshops;3have access to one-on-one business advisory sessions;4have opportunities
Amount:$25,000 Type of Program:Loan Description:The Women & Youth Lending Program is flexible and designed to assist Indigenous Women and Youth Entrepreneurs to succeed and adaptable to meet their needs. Comments on Funding:Funding is a loan up to $25,000, at a rate of 8% over a maximum 5-year term, with a 5% cash equity recommended. When
Guide to Women Entrepreneur Grants in Canada
Eligibility criteria for female entrepreneur grants
To be eligible for women entrepreneur grants in Canada, you must meet certain criteria, including:
- You must be a woman-owned or women-led business in Canada.
- You must have a business plan and demonstrate the potential for growth and expansion.
- You must meet any additional criteria specific to the grant you are applying for.
Application process for women entrepreneur grants
The application process varies depending on the grant you are applying for. Generally, you will need to submit a business plan, financial statements, and other supporting documents. You may also need to provide references.
How much funding is available for women entrepreneurs?
The amount of funding available for women entrepreneurs in Canada varies depending on the program. Some programs offer grants of up to $5,000, while others offer loans of $100,000 or more.
What types of women-led businesses are eligible?
The eligibility requirements for women entrepreneur grants in Canada vary depending on the program. Some programs are open to all types of businesses, while others are limited to specific industries or sectors. Generally, businesses must be owned and operated by women and must be based in Canada. It is important to review the eligibility requirements for each program before applying.
How long does it take to receive funding?
The amount of time it takes to receive funding for women-led businesses varies depending on the program. Some programs have a quick turnaround time and can provide funding within a few weeks, while others may take several months.
What are the reporting requirements for women entrepreneur grants?
Some programs require regular reporting on the progress of your business, while others may require annual financial reports. Review the reporting requirements for each program before applying to ensure that you can meet the obligations!