$10,000 in project funding
2019 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS SUMMER 2020
The Be Rare Foundation awards one grant every year to female entrepreneurs and creatives pursuing mission-oriented projects with a focus on moving women forward—across industries. We are dedicated to supporting aspiring bosses in fashion, beauty, design, tech, media, entertainment and the arts. This year, our 2nd annual grant will award $10,000 in project funding.
who is eligible?
Grants are exclusive to female-identifying entrepreneurs working in fashion and beauty, design and tech, media, entertainment, and the arts. To be eligible, applicant must identify as female, be a US resident, and be 18 years or older by the close of the submission window. (We do not currently accept international applications.)
how does the selection process work?
Our selection committee includes The Be Rare Foundation founders and board members, as well as industry advisors. We review applications received within the submission window, and judge each project based on the following criteria:
Distinct female-forward mission (20%)
Creativity and innovation within specified industry (20%)
Business acuity and long-term goals (20%)
Financial need (20%)
Business Plan: clear 12-month timeline, budget, and work plan (20%)
what do i need to apply?
To apply for the grant, you are required to submit 1 overview video (up to 2 min. long), 1-2 essays (500 word limit), an example of your work (via link or file), and a business plan (via file).
ready to apply?
Here’s a checklist to prep before filling out the application form.
1. YOUR cONTACT INFO
Address (City, State)
2. PROJECT TITLE
Give us the name of your project!
3. PROJECT OVERVIEW
Summarize your project in a few short sentences.
Project or Business Logo
CEO or Team Photo
4. WORK / PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION
Share an example of your work through a link or uploaded file.
5. VIDEO SUBMISSION
Create a video (up to 2 min. long) that addresses the following:
Who are you? What is your vision? What is your project? Tip: start with a 30 sec. elevator pitch (YouTube or Vimeo links accepted.)
6. ESSAY SUBMISSIONS
Answer each essay question in 500 words or less.
Essay #1: Why will your vision push females forward?
Essay #2 (optional): RARE stands for “Rise and Rule Every Day.” What makes you RARE?
7. BUSINESS PLAN SUBMISSION
Submit a business plan that demonstrates how you will use the funds to achieve your goals within 1 year. Include a timeline, budget projections, and operations. (PDF file preferred.)