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Center To Offer $350K In Grants To Texas Rural Women Entrepreneurs

DENTON – The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE), a program of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University, will begin accepting applications for its Texas Rural Woman Grant on May 15.

They will award 35 $10,000 grants for $350,000 to qualified Texas rural women who have been in business for at least three years. It marks the first time they have offered the grant to help women in rural areas who need capital to expand their businesses.

You must submit a completed online application before 5:00 pm, June 9. They will announce winners on June 26. To determine rural eligibility, check this list of Texas counties.

You may use the grants to purchase machinery, equipment or technology, farm implements, fencing, or products; acquire new inventory or raw materials; buy and install fixtures or display units, property improvements, or other business-related activity with this program’s alignment. You can not use grants for wages, salaries, or sales tax.

Awardees will meet with a small-business advisor and complete a virtual training course hosted by the center to receive funding. The course will cover financial growth, business development, and marketing topics.

“The Center for Women Entrepreneurs is funded to help women business owners throughout the state of Texas,” said Tracy Irby, CWE director. “Rural women don’t have access to the resources, training, or capital that typically is available in the metropolitan areas. This grant can help 35 women that may not have the resources to expand their business.”

For more information, FAQs, or to apply, visit the Texas Rural Grant website.