As of 2015, the National Association for the Self-Employed, also known as NASE, offers its members the opportunity to apply for grants worth up to $5,000 each, as its website details. The organization intends for these grants to fulfill the particular needs of small businesses. Recipients use the money to buy equipment, develop technology or hire assistance to help start their small businesses or to survive through difficult times.
Other opportunities are available for specific groups of self-employed workers, such as women, reports the Houston Chronicle. Before applying for such grants, such self-employed women should be clear about the value of the services they offer and provide examples of community support for such types of services. Applicants should also look for organizations that have previously funded such self-employed workers.
Some grants available for self-employed women include funds from the Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs, Amber Grants, Huggies Mom-Inspired Grant Program and the Open Meadows Foundation, as listed by the Houston Chronicle. These organizations offer grants ranging from $500 to $15,000, and they are designed to help self-employed women thrive in a variety of ways. Some are designed to promote specific types of services, such as those that are geared to nourishing mother-child relationships. Other grants include those that focus on enhancing gender and racial diversity and empowering under-served groups in the business community.