African-Americans looking for grants have lots of hoops to jump especially when you are new, and looking for funding options. If you are are an African-American business owner or a have a startup, and need grants to grow your business? You’re in the right place!

Finding grants for African-Americans come with its many challenges, but these are challenges that are surmountable if you know where to look for grants. has compiled a list of grants that are specifically created for African-Americans who own their own businesses, starting or growing one.

11 Grants for African Americans in 2021

1. Transportation Program Funding

The Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency’s 2021 Transportation Alternatives Funding Program creates funding options for African Americans who have business in the transportation industry. This page allows you to submit all the necessary documentation for the project that you are working on, and you are entered to qualify for funding for your project.

2. The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund

The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund (Fund) seeks to financially support multiple strategic objectives including the implementation of the Forestland Stewards partnership business plan, which includes strategic priorities and goals to enhance forest ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife species and freshwater systems, while promoting and supporting working forests.

3. Grants for Cultural Heritage Programs

Grants to Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, and Arizona cultural organizations, including tribal organizations, museums, libraries, cultural heritage centers, and local arts councils for technology projects during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to support initiatives that reimagine the role and use of technology to achieve the organization’s mission, and successful projects will be eligible for renewed funding. The Foundation prefers to fund projects that have already been conceptually developed and are merely lacking capital in order to succeed.

4. Grants for Entrepreneurs to Support Business Ventures

Prizes and in-kind support to USA eligible entrepreneurs to support business ventures. Funding is intended for businesses in one of the following categories: consumer products and services, design, healthcare, and technology. At least one of the founding members of the team must identify as Black/African/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx. In addition to cash prizes, applicants may also receive investments, mentoring, and access to a speech coach and graphic designer.

5. $10,000 Grants for Community Engagement

$10,000 to Maine nonprofits, municipal and county government units, and tribal governments to develop a plan for cultural programming to stimulate community economic development. This program covers all the basic areas that you may require funding for. It also has an extended program that provides training for new entrepreneurs to help with community programs.

6. Grants for Early Childhood Intervention Programs

The period of performance is August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2026 (5 years).Funding beyond the first year is subject to the availability of appropriated funds for ECCS in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

7. Grants for Businesses

Grants to California organizations and businesses in eligible regions to replace old, heavy-duty engines with cleaner and newer equipment. Funding priority will be given to projects directly benefiting disadvantaged communities, low-income areas, and zero-emission projects. Funding is intended for replacements related to irrigation pump engines, mobile agricultural equipment, fishing and commercial marine vessels, and construction equipment. Eligible applicants will be located in Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito counties.

8. Funding for Contract Services

Navigators will work with victims/survivors within the ESD region to help them access available resources and support for housing beyond shelter. They will also work with domestic violence advocates within the ESD region to help them better understand and assist with their clients’ needs around housing. Navigators will also be responsible for comprehensive reporting on housing outcomes and obstacles to success.

9. Grants for Programs for DV

Contracts for services to New York nonprofit organizations, government entities, and tribal organizations to coordinate housing for domestic violence victims. Required registrations may take up to five days to complete. Some applicants must be prequalified before submitting an application. The housing navigator position will “bridge the gap” between domestic violence services and housing providers in order to ensure that the housing needs of domestic violence victims are met.

10. Grants for Reading Support

The purpose of the Summer Reading Camp (SRC) Community Partnership Grant (CPG) is to provide students who are significantly below grade-level reading proficiency with the opportunity to receive quality, intensive instructional services and support. Camp staff must ensure that students are provided with a wide selection of texts and genres that are written on multiple reading levels in order to best serve the individual needs of students. For students to benefit from the summer program, they must attend regularly and be engaged in instructional and hands-on learning experiences. Sites should strategize ways to increase student attendance on a consistent basis including incentives for attendance and establishing frequent parental contact.

11. Grants for Continued Education

The purpose of the Talent Search Program is to identify qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education. Talent Search projects publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education, and encourage persons who have not completed programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete these programs.


If you are an African-American who is interested in exploring grants, the list above should help. If you would like further help with navigating the requirements for the grants listed, we can help! You can contact one of our grant expects by clicking the link below.