Women-Owned Grant

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The EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant Program

The EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant Program is celebrating its tenth year. It was launched in 2004 with a single grant to commemorate the company's twentieth anniversary. Since then, approximately five grants have been awarded annually.


The program seeks applicants from 100 percent women-owned businesses that are founded on the principles of social consciousness, sustainability and innovation and are ready to move to the next phase of development. Each applicant is required to have a solid business plan and a strategy for long-term growth.


In 2014, we will award $125,000 in grants to no more than 10 grant recipients (minimum grant $12,500). Winners will be announced in late fall. Grant recipients will be invited to New York City in spring 2015 for three days of shared learning with the EILEEN FISHER community.


Instilling confidence in women entrepreneurs is a personal passion for company founder and Chief Creative Officer Eileen Fisher. "This is a challenging time for businesses," says Eileen. "I know how important it is to have someone believe in and validate your work. I want to encourage women entrepreneurs, especially those who firmly believe that business can be used to create social change, even if the economic climate is uncertain."


"The credit market is still tight for small businesses, even as the economy rebounds," adds Cheryl Campbell, EILEEN FISHER Business Grant Facilitator. "In this economy, we want to continue to inspire women to pursue new opportunities and creative solutions that will move their businesses forward in a sustainable way."


WHAT WE LOOK FOR

To be eligible to apply, a business must meet the following criteria:

  • 100 percent women-owned.
  • Innovative.
  • Must have three years of financials by June 2014.
  • Poised for the next phase of growth.
  • Offers products that enhance the environment and/or the well-being of your community.
  • Operates as a traditional for-profit business or as a social enterprise (for-profit/nonprofit hybrid).

In addition to these requirements, a successful applicant typically connects strongly with the EILEEN FISHER company mission and leadership practices.


HOW TO APPLY

The 2014 Women-Owned Business Grant application is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2015 for information about future grant cycles.


Winners will be announced by late fall. Applicants who reach the finalist stage will be asked to submit additional information and participate in an interview. When an application cycle is open, the link will appear on this page to bring applicants to the online form.


Please note: No organization or agency may charge for this application. Please report any unauthorized solicitations to ccampbell@eileenfisher.com.