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NMFA awards an average of $500 for career advancement, $1,000 for degrees, and $1,000 to help spouses build their own businesses (including entrepreneurs, LLCs, direct sales, franchises, contractors, and other for-profit and not-for-profit ventures. Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible to apply during our May 1-June 30 and October 1-January 15 application periods each year. Applications are closed. Login to view your application status on July 30th and be sure to check back in the Fall for the next round of applications.
The Small Business Administration supports military spouse entrepreneurs through coaching, counseling and training programs
LiftFund provides small business loans and minority business loans for women, startups, and entrepreneurs
“I own and operate Heeren Content & Strategy, an inbound marketing agency serving small businesses, nonprofits, and authors. To scale the agency, I am partnering with local organizations to contract hire veteran and military spouse professionals in the field of marketing and public relations. This will provide remote work for military spouses and transitioning veterans. This funding will allow me to grow my business into the next scalable phase while keeping my commitment to operate without any debt.”
Erika Heeren, Heeren Content & Strategy
“After losing my husband, I decided to start an organic farm. During my time planning, I began to see how farming can be healing and decided to share that message with other veterans. My business is part for-profit farm and part veteran outreach through training programs for small scale farming. I had no idea outreach tools would be so expensive. This funding will help me increase marketing and expand my outreach.”
Sara Creech, Blue Yonder Organic Farm
“I have acquired a number of certifications and have been instrumental in starting support groups and a private practice in our last two duty stations. However, costs of running the business can be prohibitive. I will use this funding to secure the needed business licenses for our next location, liability insurance, as well as to maintain the costs of my website, phone line, billing, secure filing system, and to invest in other integral support equipment for my lactation consulting business.”
To address military spouses’ unique combination of work-life interests and priorities, the Department of Defense (DoD) has established a comprehensive, holistic, spouse-centered program called SECO: Spouse Education and Career Opportunities. It is part of DoD’s commitment to overall spouse health and well-being.Learn More
Scholarships for Service is a free public resource for students of families with a military service background to search and access thousands of scholarship options. Every scholarship listed here is specifically tailored for active, guard and reserve military, Veterans, retired personnel or their families.Learn More