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Good morning! I was wondering if you may be able to direct me where to go. I'm in process of developing a non profit project for the homebound population. Are there any grants available for women wanting to start a program?

What resources are there for writing business plans, etc? I have looked at your resource pages and I don't really see anything around that. Could help me! Thank you! - Patti

Thanks for your note and congratulations on your latest endeavor. There are certainly grants available, but there are also small business/micro-enterprise loan funds for this type of work. The best places to turn for more information are:

  • The Ms. Foundation for Women, whose collaborative loan fund has helped low-to-middle income women start home and community based business from child care to basket weaving. They have also funded the Cooperative Home Care Associates (349 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451), which trains low-to-middle income women to work with homebound people. This may be just the model you need to start your work.
  • In your home state, there is Women Venture, which provides expertise, low-interest loans and basic support to women who want to start their own businesses. (WomenVenture; 2324 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55114).
  • The Women's Self-Employment Project (312-606-8255).

Good luck and I hope the above helps to point you in the right direction.


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