Women-owned small businesses in Connecticut can begin applying for an equity match grant through the Women’s Business Development Council beginning Jan. 17. 

Grants range between $2,500 and $10,000 for businesses who showcase an upcoming project that will have a measurable impact on their business growth and profitability. 

Applicants must provide a minimum 25% match of the grant, unless the business is in a distressed economic community as defined by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. 

Grant funds cannot be used for operational expenses, payroll, or real estate improvements. 

In some cases, past recipients have used the grant money to purchase equipment to accommodate more customers, or add services based on new technology. Other businesses have used the funds to revamp marketing campaigns, and hire consultants. 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive the grant, the business must be more than 50% woman-owned by a Connecticut resident. The business must have been established for at least two years before Feb. 13, 2022 and: 

  • Be headquartered and registered in Connecticut
  • Be in good standing with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services and the Internal Revenue Service
  • Have an established business checking account
  • Use a formal, digital bookkeeping/financial system 
  • Have a record of annual sales/revenue in the last 12 months greater than $25,000 and less than $2,000,000
  • Be a for profit business, or a non-profit that derives 75% or more of the organization’s revenue from a social enterprise
  • Be owned by a woman at least 18 years old 

WBDC will open the grant application process from Jan. 17 through Feb. 13. 

Interested business owners are also encouraged to connect with WBDC business advisors or participate in their courses.