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WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES Learn how we support leadership programs for women and girls, women-owned businesses and local communities.


The EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant supports innovative, women-owned companies that are beyond the start-up phase and ready to expand their business and their potential for positive social and environmental impact.

Past Grantees
Instilling confidence in women entrepreneurs is a personal passion for company founder Eileen Fisher. "I know how important it is to have someone believe in and validate your work," says Eileen. "I want to encourage women entrepreneurs, especially those who firmly believe that business can be used to create social and environmental change."

In support of this vision of women entrepreneurs as creators of change, the EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant Program was launched in 2004 with a single grant as part of the company's twentieth anniversary celebrations.

Update (May 2018): After many years of running the Women-Owned Business Grant and the Activating Leadership Grant, we are pausing these programs in 2018 to evaluate our grant portfolio in light of how we can best use our charitable giving to achieve our company’s mission. The Community Partnerships Grant program will remain open and unchanged in 2018.

In Spring 2019, we expect to launch new and/or updated grant programs. While we cannot guarantee that the funding criteria will be similar to past programs, we encourage you to return to our Grants page at that time to see if your organization might be a fit for our 2019 opportunities.

Until then, please note that we are unable to review or respond to phone calls or emails with unsolicited requests for funding or information on future funding plans.

We highly value our relationships with our nonprofit partners, and we understand that many organizations anxiously await these grant offerings. We will communicate any updates as soon as they are available. Though we will not be accepting applications or funding requests, we will continue to fund work that advances leadership of women and girls in 2018 by invitation-only. We look forward to sharing where we are headed in 2019 and how we can partner together to create a more sustainable and equitable future.