Women Give San Diego announced $130,000 in grants to organizations that advance women entrepreneurs. With these grants, they recognize that women, particularly those who also identify as Black, Indigenous, or a woman of color, face significant barriers to accessing start-up and growth capital and networks for business development. Catalyst is proud to count Women Give among our fiscally sponsored partners and provide them with financial management and grant-making support. Click here to learn more about Catalyst’s customized support for giving circles, pooled funds, nonprofit collaborations, and more.
Funding will be distributed over two years to the following organizations and programs:
Accessity – $15,000
Accessity’s mission is to open doors of financial opportunity, primarily to entrepreneurs of color, women, and immigrant entrepreneurs so they can build prosperous businesses and livelihoods for themselves and their families, while also strengthening our communities. Loans provided through this funding will support diverse women-owned small businesses as they contribute to vibrant neighborhoods, generate local tax revenue, and create jobs.
The Chicano Federation Women’s Small Business Development Program – $15,000
The Chicano Federations Women’s Small Business Development Program is an eight-week childcare training program that provides women with the skills and resources to start a home-based childcare business, including preparing them for state licensing requirements. The goal of this program is to provide women with a unique opportunity to start their own business, while helping families in need of affordable childcare.
Logan Heights Community Development Corporation – $25,000
Logan Heights CDC works to strengthen residents and businesses in Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods through community empowerment, education, economic growth, and housing development. The organization serves as a conduit to connect entrepreneurs with existing businesses, as well as provide access to agencies that can assist with resources like funding, financing, consulting and/or technical support. Logan Heights CDC also provides workshops, growth opportunities and more to help diverse women-owned businesses not just survive but thrive in their community.
Olivewood Gardens – $25,000
Olivewood Gardens improves health and environmental stewardship by providing children, adults, and families from the community with the tools to make informed and healthy decisions in the kitchen, in the community, and for the environment. This grant will support the Kitchenistas Program and the development of educational tools and curriculum to support entrepreneurism, with a particular focus on San Diego County’s newly adopted Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation (MEHKO) program.
San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation – $25,000
The mission of San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation (SDBFCF) is to reduce socioeconomic disparities in breast/chestfeeding support by increasing access to qualified lactation consultants for low-income families. The San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation (SDBFCF) has developed a comprehensive strategic plan to facilitate growth to increase service capacity. This grant will help increase access to qualified lactation consultants for people of color and low-income families by training lactation consultants from the community and offering new parents free access to education about breast/chestfeeding.
Sister Cities Project – $25,000
Sister Cities Project creates formal partnerships between affluent communities and underserved communities to create programs and events that allow the two areas to build true relationships. Funding will help establish a permanent framework for Entrepreneurship programs that serve Black Women Entrepreneurs in San Diego. San Diego is a launch market and the groundbreaking work done here has the potential to provide an economic equity and racial equality ripple effect that will change the lives of the over one million Black Women Entrepreneurs nationwide.
A grants celebration will be held this summer and we hope you’ll join us to meet leaders from these organizations and hear more about the important work they are leading in our community.