The Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program was established by the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 as the Women’s Business Demonstration Pilot, providing grants to private non-profit organizations to aid and encourage the development and growth of small women-owned businesses through long-term training and counseling. The program was expanded and made permanent in 2007 when the WBC Sustainability Grant Program, established in 1999, was replaced with the WBC Renewal Grant Program.
On February 7, 2014, the Small Business Administration has announced new funding availability for those WBCs currently in the program that will have successfully completed an Initial 5-year WBC project by September 29, 2014 or those WBCs that will have successfully completed a 3-year Renewal WBC project by September 29, 2014. The Recipient organization is required to match awarded funds on a 1:1 ratio.
Applications are due by March 24. SBA expects to make 37 awards.
The application package can be accessed through www.grants.gov (OWBO-2014-02)