San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund

The San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund is a joint project of MEDA in collaboration with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) of the Mayor’s office. The Fund provides mini-grants of up to $5,000 to San Francisco women-owned small businesses for projects and upgrades that will have a transformative impact on the business’ ability to grow. The Fund is established to improve the small business environment for women entrepreneurs in San Francisco and encourage collaboration between women entrepreneurs and local technical assistance providers.

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for funding considerations should entail investments in one of the following:

  1. Business operations improvements: marketing, financial/accounting, new equipment and/or technology, trainings, networking
  2. Visual merchandising, space improvements, and marketing: window displays, lighting, signage, layout improvement, design changes, online marketing, trade shows, other marketing and customer acquisition opportunities.

Eligibility

  1. Women-owned small business operating full-time in San Francisco; and
  2. Current, active relationship with an approved technical assistance provider; and
  3. Having completed 3 months and a total of at least 8 hours of consulting with the technical assistance provider; and
  4. Commitment to continue working with the technical assistance provider for at least 6 months.
  5. Current lease with at least 18 months remaining, if applicable.

Criteria for Determining Funding Amount

The review panel shall base funding awards and amounts on the following criteria:

  1. Potential for business growth and expansion due to the project
  2. Capacity and expertise of the entrepreneur
  3. Quality of relationship with the technical assistance providers
  4. Feasibility of the projects
  5. Impact of the grant award on the project success

Application process

All eligible applicants will be invited, on a rolling basis, to pitch their project proposal to the San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund Committee. The committee will provide feedback to all applicants who participate and make determination of fund awards.

For more information, please contact Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez:
(415) 282-3334 ext. 102, erodriguez@medasf.org.

MEDA San Francisco District of Economic and Workforce Development
 
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