It can be incredibly difficult to suss out what small business funding is available right now, especially for those who are self-employed like hairstylists, fitness professionals, and other service providers.

So, we rolled up our sleeves and dug into the various corners of the internet to create this guide to small business grants for 2021. As we hear about more opportunities, we’ll update the list. Chances are, you qualify for more of these grants than you’d expect, so take a look!

P.S. In addition to Schedulicity’s own small business grant program for service providers, we offer every new business full access to our scheduling, marketing, and payment tools for free for 90 days. We hope doing so helps alleviate some of the heavier expenses during this year of recovery.

2021 Grants for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed

In this list:

Federal Small Business Grants (General) 

PPP

Amount: Varies. 
You still have some time to apply for a PPP loan. The deadline is March 31, 2021. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what PPP is — and why you may qualify even if you think you don’t. 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Amount: Varies.

Specifically targeted at live venues, such as theaters and museums but also talent representatives, and more, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is still under development. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue.

Private Small Business Grants (General) 

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund 

Amount: $500 matching grants 

As part of GoFundMe’s Small Business Relief Initiative: The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund provides micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

FedEx Small Business Grant

Amount: $15,000-$50,000

The ninth annual FedEx Small Business Grant application is open until March 9, 2021.  A grand prize winner will receive $50,000 with two additional grants for a 2nd and 3rd business. To qualify, you’ll need to create a pitch and follow FedEx’s instructions on applying.

Small Business Grants for Hair and Beauty Professionals and other Service Providers 

Schedulicity Cares 

Amount: $500 

Schedulicity Cares is our own grant program for service providers. In 2020, we gave out $250,000 in aid. In 2021, we’ve pledged to award $250,000 more in support to service providers on our platform. These grants are awarded through our Schedulicity Cares program, which you can apply for online. We’re also awarding a $500 small business grant to one live attendee at each of our Town Hall webinars. (They’re free to attend!)

National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants

Amount: $4,000

To apply for a NASE Growth Grant, you’ll need to be a NASE member. There are additional restrictions based on the type of membership and the amount of time you’ve been a member. That said, professional organizations are a great way to build your business. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. 

Glossier’s Grant Initiative for Black-Owned Beauty Businesses

Amount: $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000

In July 2020, Glossier announced a $500,000 initiative to fund Black small business owners to support the “next generation of game-changing companies.” The grants are for businesses creating physical beauty products. Glossier announced its first round of recipients in late 2020. No word yet on the next application round for 2021, but bookmark the site to check back.

Small Business Grants for Women and BIPOC Businesses 

Amber Grant 

Amount: $10,000 awarded monthly and one $25,000 grant at year-end. 

From the Amber Grant qualifications page: “Applying is simple. Just take a few minutes to tell us about yourself and your business dream. No long, complicated forms to fill out.” 

The Do You Fund

Amount: $5,000 plus access to mentorship and support. 

The Do You Fund, from digital undivided, supports Black & Latinx women entrepreneurs. In 2021, the team announced a new fellowship program that ties funding to business mentorship. 

Glossier’s Grant Initiative for Black-Owned Beauty Businesses

Amount: $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000

As mentioned above under grants for beauty industry businesses, this initiative is directed at Black-owned businesses. The next application round for 2021 hasn’t been announced yet, but bookmark the site to check back.

Where to Find More Small Business Grants 

Other Small Business Funding and Loans

Funding and Relief Loans by City/State

The Tory Burch foundation has a fantastic round-up of regional loans right here