If you are a woman passionate about creative industries, like design, fashion or music and you have a business idea you really want to see becoming reality, you might be interested to know more about the Girlboss Foundation.
The Girlboss Foundation was created in 2014 and has awarded since then $130 000 to female identifying entrepreneurs, helping them to shape the future through their ideas. Beneficiaries receive funding of $15 000 and media exposure. The foundation’s mission is to empower women and help them achieve their creative business objectives.
In order to be eligible for the grant, the businesses must be owned by female or female identifying entrepreneurs and must activate in arts, music, design or fashion. Applicants must also be US citizens and must be at least 18 years old. The Girlboss Foundation only awards grants to individuals who represent a business.
The application consist in describing your business and yourself in a way as creative as possible. Applicants are encouraged to send a project. It can be a video, a business plan or highlights of their portfolio. Websites, contact details and the amount requested are also important details that should be included in the applicants’ presentations. The application should also include a plan with objectives that could be achieved within a year of awarding. The candidates must explain what they wish to accomplish using the grant and how exactly they will pursue their objectives.
Candidates must complete the application form online, which can be found here. Those candidates who wish to send a material presentation or samples can do that, but they also apply online. The address where the presentation can be sent by post is Girlboss Foundation, 2046 Hillhurst Ave, #112, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
The selection will be based on a few essential criteria, such as demonstrating innovation potential and creativity, business strategy and plan, financial need and clarity of budget and business plan. Financial need will not need be demonstrated through documents, but through a clear statement about the needed sum and the way it will be used.
The winners will be announced within three weeks after the submission period and they will be contacted by email. They will also be announced on the Girlboss website and social media channels.
The Foundation awards two female entrepreneurs a year, each of them receiving $15 000. Candidates who did not receive a grant during a round of submissions can apply again on the next round. Applicants should not send multiple submissions in a single submission period. Previous winners of the grant are not allowed to apply again. If you want to get to know the work of the foundation better you also have the opportunity to volunteer with them.