Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a rural county?

Please refer to the county map page and the "view all eligible counties" link. These descriptions came from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in March 2020. This is the most current one to date. It will be updated in June of 2023.

Can a non-profit apply?

No, the grant is only for a for-profit business. Per legislation—a business concern must be a small business as defined in Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 13 part 121 for its primary industry classification. 13CFR 127.200(a). 13CFR 121.105(a)(1) provides that a business concern must be organized for profit to meet the definition of a small business. A 501(c)3 is not organized for profit and as such does not qualify as a small business.

Do I have to be affiliated with TWU to apply?

No, the grant is open to any woman-owned business in the state of Texas. TWU faculty/staff (or immediate household members) and students, trustees and advisory committee members are not eligible to apply.

Can previous TWU CWE grant winners apply?

No, previous winners cannot apply. If you have been selected in any of our programs (AccelerateHER, TechFW, NTEETC etc) within the last year you will also be ineligible.

I’ve never filled out a grant application before. Should I get a grant writer?

No, we want to hear about your business in your words. Our template should make it easy for you to answer the questions.

What can be used to verify my business is woman-owned?

Proof of woman-owned and controlled documentation could include and must show at least 51% ownership: Any woman-owned certification, sole proprietor/assumed name filings, LLC or LLP or Corporation documentation, certification of organization, articles of incorporation, partnership agreement. If one document alone doesn’t show this—send the corresponding agreement with it. Sending the business name only is not enough—you must show who the owner is. If a man is listed, you must show the percentage owned by each person.

Do not send a copy of an EIN or Sales and Use Tax Permit (they don’t verify woman owned), your driver’s license, passport, social security card, or credit card—they don’t prove business ownership.

Can I apply for several different businesses I own?

No, only one application per person will be accepted.

What about sales tax?

Sales tax cannot be paid for with these grant funds.

Can wages, salaries or compensation be used with the grant funding?

No, the grant cannot be used for wages, salaries, contract labor or compensation of any type. You can use funds for a consultant that is not an employee.

Example: marketing consultant building out website and social media.

What can the funds be used for?

Examples of how our other grant winners have used funds include software, pos systems, marketing, and social media promotions, fixtures, a vehicle to pull a food trailer, office furniture, a lathe and computers.

What if I can’t attend the small business training class?

These are mandatory. The classes will be virtual and recorded. If you cannot participate in the class, please make arrangements with our office to access the recorded videos and you will need to provide takeaways from the video.

How can I check my business status with the state?

You can check the taxable entity search If your business shows forfeited, your business is not eligible for the grant. You can call the state to find out what you need to do to clear this.

What does Source and Use of funds mean?

Source is who is providing the funds and Use is what the funds are used for.


Use of Funds Source of Funds Amount
Computer Owner Investment      2,700
Advertising Campaign     Owner Investment 3,200
Trailer Grant Funds 5,000
Vehicle Bank Loan 23,000

Can I pay bills with the grant funding?

No, monthly bills cannot be paid with grant funding.

What kind of project contribution to the economy are you looking for?

Will your project add to the sales tax base, create jobs or have some other contribution to the community or state?

When are applications due?

Grant applications are due at 5:00:00 p.m., June 21, 2023. All late submissions will be disqualified. Allow enough time for internet problems and time to complete the application.

Should I call to make sure my application is received?

No, the online form automatically submits your application.

Where can I get additional questions answered?

All grant-related questions must be sent to

Texas Rural Woman Grant checklist

Page last updated 3:49 PM, June 26, 2023