Grant Program

The 2017-2018 BEACON Grant Program awarded one-time grants of $500-$10,000 to women-led organizations based in Washington D.C. to fund projects and initiatives that support D.C.-based women entrepreneurs.

Help us congratulate awardees for the 2017-2018 BEACON Grant Program!

Black Female Founders: To support women of color entrepreneurs in an eight-week pre-accelerator program that aims to build confidence, social capital, and community.

Black Girl Vision: To support a crowd-funded pitch competition connecting women of color entrepreneurs to capital, investors and business development support.

ByteBack: To complement ByteBack’s technical training programs with new programming focused on entrepreneurship for women entrepreneurs in underserved areas of D.C.

Canady Foundation for the Arts: To support the Miss Media Conference, a one-day conference educating and empowering young women of color to develop critical skills in media arts and connecting them to local women of color media entrepreneurs.

Cee Smith Media Group: To support “Hustle Camp”, a weekend-long training for LGBTQ entrepreneurs who operate within the creative arts sectors, innovate beyond the status quo and serve the queer community.

Design Choice: To create a "skills first" directory connecting D.C.'s women freelancers to job opportunities, helping to create new business opportunities and address the gender-pay gap.

District Mugs: To help improve the lives of homeless women in D.C. by increasing opportunities for consumers to purchase coffee mugs made by homeless women.

Francie Pants LLC: To support a workforce development program that offers free sewing classes and contracting opportunities in support of women’s financial independence.

Global Empowerment Solutions: To support “Holiday Hustle”, a full-service training and retail program that turns a six-week business development curriculum into a unique retail showroom that increases new business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

HeraHub: To support a mentorship roadshow responding to women entrepreneurs’ challenges with time constraints, access to seasoned mentors, and the need for directly applicable advice.

MET Community: To support a cross-cultural program that inspires, connects and supports aspiring Latina women entrepreneurs in D.C. and connects them to African-American and Asian-American women-owned businesses in the area.

Nubian Hueman: To support an eight-week course teaching young girls in Wards 7 and 8 how to manufacture, market, merchandise and manage a fashion-related business.

Springboard Enterprises: To support a special series of "Dolphin Tank" pitch competitions that will partner with other diverse D.C.-based, women-serving organizations to expand the impact and reach of pitch competitions.

Tech Lady Hackathon 2017: To support a one-day event providing training, workshops and civic-hacking opportunities specific to women in tech.

TechMoxie: To support low-income women in geographic areas underrepresented by women-owned business for a six-class course in digital and social media literacy. 

The Black upStart: To support women of color entrepreneurs from Ward 8 in a three-week business development program that fuses culturally-relevant curriculum with go-to-market opportunities.

The Mentor Method: To create an online video and curriculum-based resource featuring local experts that will empower non-technical women founders to create products and navigate the entrepreneurial landscape.

Walker's Legacy Foundation: To ensure women entrepreneurs have childcare while attending a mom-focused entrepreneurship training program.

Zora & Amelia: To support pop-up retail opportunities for women-owned business in D.C.