About Us

We give grants to women-owned businesses

The Amber Grant Foundation began in 1998, launched in conjunction with the entrepreneurial community for women.

Our foundation was set up with one goal in mind: to honor the memory of a very special young woman who died at just 19 years old.

Amber Grants make it possible for other women to achieve the dreams that Amber never had a chance to pursue.

Questions? Just check out our FAQ or send us an email!


Meet Our Advisory Board


Christina Lambert

Christina was born in Seneca Falls, NY, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. Fittingly – she has carried forward a spirited advocacy for women-owned businesses and has been instrumental in several booming start-ups. Christina is a natural networker for entrepreneurs, volunteering her time to help women business owners connect. Her passion is in “customer service marketing” as a way to grow businesses organically. “Give your customers personable one-on-one service, and you’ll develop a loyalty that will have them spending more money with you – and telling all their friends about you.”

Christina has been on the WomensNet Advisory Board since 2008.



Marcia Layton Turner

Marcia is a bestselling author and freelance writer who founded the Association of Ghostwriters. Her work has appeared in Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, and Black Enterprise, among many others, as well as on Amex OPEN Forum, CNNMoney, and iVillage. She earned her MBA from the University of Michigan.



Elizabeth Chatterton

Elizabeth is a marketing-minded young professional with an entrepreneurial spirit and nearly a decade of branding and advertising experience in start-up environments. A recipient of the Buffalo Business First 30 Under 30 Award, she also served on the Buffalo Advertising Club Board of Directors and regularly volunteers in her community. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from Canisius College.

“The Amber Foundation is a non-profit that helps women start businesses and helps existing ones grow. The funding grants are small but very helpful in getting you started. There is no requirement or expectation to repay the funds.”



“Amber’s too sudden departure left behind a gaping hole in many hearts and souls that can never be filled – but by helping other women in her name, it’s easier to cope.”

- Melody Wigdahl, Founder of WomensNet.net


“It’s the small but essential expenses that can often make the difference between getting started or being forever stalled.”

- Alyssa Gregory, Small Business Information Expert


The Amber Grant is Number One on the list of 125 Grants, Loans and Scholarships for Women.


WomensNet was featured in Inside Business 360 for Best Grants for Women Entrepreneurs.


“These grants have helped dozens of women become successful in business. It is always hard to get the necessary funds to start a business since banks or financial institutions often require many conditions. Amber Grants try to fill that void, so more women can have the opportunity to develop themselves as business women.”

- Martha Boone, eHow


Listed under Michigan State University’s Grants for women.


WomensNet is listed as one of Business Money Today’s True Business Grants along with other reputable companies like Kimberly-Clark Wordlwide and Shopify.