Designer Eileen Fisher started her business with $350 in savings. Today her company is giving back by inviting women-owned businesses to apply for the ninth annual Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs. The program celebrates women at the helm of innovative companies that foster environmental and economic health in their communities. Up to five grants of $12,500 will be awarded to prospective applicants. Recipients will also attend a two-day conference in New York City, meeting with past beneficiaries and EILEEN FISHER teams in early 2014.
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,” she 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 twentieth anniversary. Since its inception, up to five grants have been awarded each year 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 2013 Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs will be accepted until 11:59 EST on May 31, 2013. For more information about the program or to submit an application, please visit eileenfisher.com/grants.
About EILEEN FISHER:
EILEEN FISHER creates beautifully simple clothes designed to move with real life. With pure shapes and fine fabrics, it creates sophistication, comfort—and style that lasts. As a socially conscious company, EILEEN FISHER is dedicated to supporting women through social initiatives and seeks innovative ways to empower women around the globe. For more information, please visit www.eileenfisher.com.