MDWA / CAP Services: Entrepreneurship Grant Program

2022 Application begins June 1 and ends on June 30, 2022 at midnight.

The 2022 Application links have been disabled. Good Luck to all the applicants this year! 

To help support women entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Appleton area, Mid-Day Women’s Alliance (MDWA) in collaboration with CAP Services Inc., is hosting the 5th Annual Fox Cities Women’s Entrepreneurship Grant Program (FCWEGP).

This program, through a competitive application process, will provide one local female business owner with a $2000 grant and over $2500 in business coaching services and networking opportunities each year. New or existing businesses that have started producing revenue and are seeking to grow are encouraged to apply, although multi-level marketing firms and nonprofit businesses will not be considered.

The selected grant recipient will be paired with a local Business Coaching Team who will offer monthly consulting at no charge. The grantee will also receive the following at no charge: a one-year membership to Mid-Day Women’s Alliance (MDWA), all MDWA monthly lunches for the year, quarterly Women in Leadership Development workshops, and a ticket to the annual FUSION women’s leadership program and networking event. The recipient will also benefit from countless networking opportunities that will help her build relationships leading to further business growth. The grantee will be required to enroll in CAP Services’ Business Development Program and will be required to develop and/or enhance her business plan. 

Written or video applications will be accepted from June 1 through June 30, 2022. Five finalists will be chosen for an in-person interview to be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Finalists should also plan to attend the August 2022 MDWA program meeting on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm where they will gain added exposure for their businesses and a chance to receive a free one-year membership to MDWA as the “Members’ Choice” for 2022.

About Mid-Day Women’s Alliance: Supporting women in the Fox Cities, MDWA is an organization that promotes equity for all women and helps them to develop their potential through: (NAMES) networking, advocacy, mentoring, education and skills-building.

About CAP Services: CAP Services, Inc’s mission is to transform people and communities to advance social and economic justice. CAP Services has been on the front-line of the war on poverty since 1966. CAP, a private, non-profit corporation, offers innovative and effective programs developed and maintained with input from the people being served. CAP Services provides no cost Business Coaching and low-cost lending to entrepreneurs starting a business and to businesses committed to creating jobs that will be filled by low-income individuals. CAP’s Business Development staff help individuals develop their business plan and assemble a financing package, which can include gap financing from CAP Services.

2022 MDWA/CAP Services: Entrepreneurship Grant Program 

Grant Application (WRITTEN) Here


Grant Application (VIDEO) Here

Submit Your Application to: by June 30, 2022.

Questions about your application?  Contact Mid-Day Women's Alliance:

Irene: or call 920-915-1209

Traci: or call 920-243-3100

Congratulations to Kate Moody and Ms Moody Money, our 2020 grant recipient .

Left to Right: Susan Tarr, MDWA; Kitty Johnson, CAP Services; Kate Moody, Ms. Moody Money; Irene Strohbeen, MDWA; Sarah Coonen, MDWA

                2020 Members' Choice Recipient: 

                Pamela Barnes, owner of Xe54 wine bar

Entrepreneur Grant Recipient Summary 

 2021  Cassie Mathis BABY BEAR cranial clinic
 2020  Kate Moody Ms. Moody Money
 2019 Traci Powell The Lemon Branch
 2018 Amanda Santoro Little Foods

Members' Choice Recipient Summary
 Year  Recipient Business
 2021  Jolyne Zaldivar Bridging Language Barriers
 2020  Pamela Barnes Xe54:  a Wine & Cocktail Lounge

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