Women owned businesses, veterans, as well as minority owned businesses in New Jersey can get financial assistance from a number of loan and/or free grant programs. There are government agencies, banks, corporations, non-profits and other lenders near you that provide funds. Find a list of low or interest free loan programs or grants below.
The funds are for small to mid size businesses. Entrepreneurs as well as start ups can also apply for the loans or grants. Priority will be given to disadvantaged businesses in New Jersey. This includes, but is not limited to Black owned businesses, women companies, LGBTQ, veterans, immigrants, Latinos and others who struggle to get the funds they need.
The list of lenders as well as programs listed below will be updated daily, with new sources of funding added daily. There may be loans and grants available in the largest cities in New Jersey, including Newark, Trenton, Jersey City, Paterson and throughout the state.
Free grants as well as loans in New Jersey for minorities and women businesses
Find the main government programs, corporation and lender programs available in New Jersey. The list of free grants as well as loans below are open to most if not all residents of the state. However there will be some funds allocated to minorities (Black, Latino, Asian, LGBTQ, etc.) as well as women, veterans, and others.
Year found financial assistance
Four different non-profits offer ongoing, year round help the disadvantaged businesses. They include the following. Grameen America helps low income, minority women small business owners and entrepreneurs. Black, Asian, and Latino women can get microloans, credit building help, and business training. Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (phone (973) 242-4132) gives loans of up to $100,000 to minority owned businesses that are small to mid-sized. Black Business Enterprise Capital Program gives low cost loans, call (609) 571-1620. Rising Tide Capital (telephone 201-432-4316) is based in Jersey City. They help businesses from low income communities, including women and minority owned. Business training and management classes as well as loans or grants are offered in cities including Camden, Newark, Jersey City and others.
Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development operates the Black and Latino Technology Angel Investment Fund of New Jersey. This is a free grant program that help disadvantaged businesses with financial aid, free counseling, workshops and more. The Fund is meant to help entrepreneurs as well as allow Black, Latino, and minority small businesses launch or grow in inner cities in New Jersey – Urban Revitalization. Hundreds of minority businesses have received funds, free grants, networking opportunities, as well as technical help from the program, also known as The Black and Latino Technology Initiative. Find more assistance programs available https://www.business.rutgers.edu/cueed
Over 10,000 grants will be funded to small businesses that have been impacted by COVID. Some of the funds will be allocated to minority, veteran, and female owned businesses in New Jersey as well. The free grants are part of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, and it is part of Phase 3. This is part of a toolbox that is offered by the state for small to mid sized businesses. There are CARES programs, partnerships with non-profits, tax breaks and other financial assistance programs. A focus is on service industries, such as hotels and restaurants, as well as minorities and female owned or disadvantaged businesses. Apply here. https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-information-for-nj-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak
Small Latino and Black owned businesses in Newark can apply for grants. The city is raising tens of millions of dollars, and the funds will be provided in partnership with local charities, non-profits, businesses, and even “celebrities”/investors such as Shaquille Oneal. Companies such as AT&T, PSEG, local community action agencies and others will be helping disadvantaged businesses as well. The program is called the NWK FAM Fund, or Newark 40 Acres and a Mule Fund. Read more. https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/economichousing
The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program will allow small businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for free grants. Grants will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, with funds allocated to disadvantaged, Black owned businesses and minorities. https://www.njra.us/Small-Business-Lease-Emergency-Assistance-Grant-Program
By Jon McNamara