Before You Apply...


We aim to empower Black Owned Businesses achieve their dreams by providing access to capital.

The Women Funds are not donations, they are no-interest loans.

Please read the following guidelines before applying:

  • You must live in Knoxville, TN
  • You must be 21 years of age or older
  • You must use this loan for business purposes
  • Your business must not be engaged in any of the following activities:
    • multi-level marketing / direct sales
    • illegal activities (e.g. gambling, scams)
    • pure financial investing (e.g. stocks)
  • You must be willing to demonstrate your social capital by having a small number of your friends and family make a loan to you.
  • You cannot currently be in foreclosure, bankruptcy, or under any liens.
  • Your business must be 51% or more Black Owned
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Application FAQs

The funding application will be open April 15, 2021 – May 15, 2021. 

A review committee will review and score applications based on a rubric. Their recommendations will be given to The Women and a final decision will be made.

Interest free loans will be given between $200 and $2000.