New York—Designer Eileen Fisher started her business with $350 in savings. Now with sales of $350 million and legions of devotees, Eileen Fisher plans to give back.
Today, her company is giving back to fellow women entrepreneurs by inviting women-owned businesses to apply for the 10th annual Business Grant Program. The program celebrates women at the helm of innovative companies that foster environmental and economic health in their communities. This year, Eileen Fisher will award $125,000 in grants to no more than 10 grant recipients (minimum grant $12,500). Recipients will also attend a three-day conference in New York in early 2015.
Recognizing Role Models
A longtime advocate of supporting businesses working to create a positive impact, Fisher created the Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs in 2004.
“I am constantly inspired by the big impacts small businesses can have on their communities,” Fisher says. “These companies deserve recognition as role models for the way that they create inventive approaches to working harmoniously with the planet and one other. We at Eileen Fisher are honored to support them in their journeys.”
The Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Woman Entrepreneurs was launched with an individual grant of $20,000 to commemorate the company’s 20th anniversary. Since its inception, up to 40 grants have been awarded, totaling more than $550,000 to wholly women-owned businesses that are innovative, socially-conscious and committed to sustainability.
Only for-profit businesses or for-profit/nonprofit hybrids (social enterprises) will be considered for this grant. Applications for the 2014 Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs will be accepted until 11:59 EST on May 31. For more information about the program or to submit an application, visit www.eileenfisher.com/grants