Each and every month there are various small business loan and/or free grant programs that open up in Louisiana that give priority to women owned businesses, minorities (including Black, Latino, or Asians), and other minority groups. The loans and grants can be issued by the government, non-profits, banks, credit unions, or other community lenders.
The funds can be used to start a business and/or grow an existing one. Each lender (or free grant program) will have their own application process in place. Find an ongoing list of Louisiana sources of funding below that are for minorities, women owned, and disadvantaged businesses. While many of the programs are located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and other cities, there is financial help, free business advice, and other support offered in all cities across the state.
Loan as well as free grant programs in Louisiana for small businesses
Find a current, ongoing list of Louisiana lenders or government programs for loans, grants, as well as other sources of funds. Many of these focus on women and/or minority owned companies. The most recent announcement will be at the top of the list, with older announcements and news releases towards the bottom.
The state Recovery Program is making funding more accessible. Minority, Veteran, Black, and Female owned businesses (among others) will now have an easier time in getting a free grant from the state of Louisiana. The state has simplified and is taking a more aggressive approach in distributing funds to small businesses, startups and disadvantaged businesses. Funds can be used for rent, inventory, and other bills, including online websites. Call 1 (888) 795-4947.
Minority, women, and veteran owned businesses in Louisiana have until the end of September to apply for free grants from the State of Louisiana Recovery Program. Up to $40 million is being offered throughout the state to qualified applicants, in aggregate. Priority is given to startups as well as businesses that did not receive any other federal government financial assistance to date. https://www.louisianamainstreet.com/
Applications for $15,000 small business free grants opens Tuesday – Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program funded through CARES Act – https://www.wdsu.com/article/applications-for-dollar15000-small-business-grants-opens-tuesday/33434067#