About the Event
Just 31% of businesses in Wisconsin are owned by women - leaving a gap that we feel not only in ownership, but leadership + mentorship. We know a lot of women who make things happen within a household, within an organization and within our community - but we don't always see those women at the helm. They're the worker bees. The creation of this grant was to encourage more women to take risks, to build a more innovative region + state, and to lead.
We unabashedly believe that when you fund, mentor, stand by and stand up for women, amazing things are bound to happen. That's why we've created this all encompassing approach. By curating small business workshops, cultivating mentor + peer networks, and providing start-up capital - we're checking all the boxes so women in Wisconsin have the tools they need to succeed. Give us 10 years, you'll see.for risk takers, movers + shakers
| ELIGIBILITY | Open to women throughout ten counties in western Wisconsin who want to start a NEW business. We will consider applications from existing women-owned businesses looking to expand, but preference is given to applicants in the start-up phase. We consider the start-up phase to be three years old or younger. If you have already received a Red Letter Grant, you cannot re-apply for the same business, but you may apply for a new start-up.
Eligible counties include: Buffalo, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, and Trempealeau.
| HOW MUCH | Up to four $2,000 grants are awarded each spring and fall.