We offer disadvantaged Women Over 40 - both civilian and veteran - access to a quality online education experience to learn the skills of a entrepreneurship so that they can ultimately launch their own small businesses in their communities.  Business ownership is a powerful tool that creates employment and boosts local, state, and national economies!  Skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, risk bearing, working in a team and self-reliance are not only natural gifts, but they can be learnt through a comprehensive program such as what we are spearheading.  Most programs consistently cater to either the millennial or youth.  There are very few financing opportunities for the older woman who has a great idea for a business and wants to lift up her prospects for a better future.  Additionally, due to the cost of getting a business education today, it is just not financially feasible for most women over 40 to put their family's lives and their responsibilities on hold for up to 3 years and elect to go back to school to get an MBA!

BusyGal HELPS Entrepreneurial Online Education is designed to teach and financially empower Forty Women Over 40 and Forty Veteran Women Over 40 in every state in the United States - beginning in Texas.


This initiative will ultimately prepare these women with the tools, resources and entrepreneurial education necessary to start and run successful businesses.  Additionally,
each woman selected to participate in this scholarship opportunity will get a chance to be approved to apply for and receive an SBA backed $10,000 Start-up Loan three months
AFTER successful completion of this self paced online curriculum approved by HELPS to get their individual businesses started!

For the middle aged, forgotten woman who feels like it is too late for her dreams to come true, this scholarship can be her saving grace! 

Our Application Process

BusyGal HELPS Foundation provides Entrepreneurial Online Education Scholarships for Women Over 40 who want to learn how to launch and build successful businesses.  


Please read the Eligibility Criteria section below carefully to make sure you are eligible before proceeding.


It will take approximately 45-60 minutes to fill out this application, but you do not have to complete it in one sitting.  You will be able to save your work and continue later at your convenience.  Our application process is completely online.  We do not accept proposals sent in by email.  At this time our application forms are available on our site in English only.  

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant for this Award must ....

  1. Be a woman, age 40 or older

  2. Be considered Low-income (based on income guidelines listed below)

  3. Be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.

  4. Have at least a high school diploma from a United States based high school.

  5. Have graduated from high school with at least a 3.0 GPA.

  6. Either have a business currently or an idea for a business that is not established.

Key Selection Factors

  1. Your Business Idea

  2. Your story or narrative about how you came up with the business idea

  3. Your Goals and Why you need this scholarship.

  4. Your plan for reaching your goals.

  5. How will you use your entrepreneurial education to give back to the community?


Income Guidelines

BusyGal HELPS' low-income eligibility is based on the student’s estimated household income for the last year (previous 12 months) coupled with your projected income for the next year (upcoming 12 months). Our income guidelines come from the Department of Labor’s Lower Living Standard.


The figures below are updated each year by January 1st. 

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Income Guideline Chart

Compare your estimated household income for 2019-2020 with the figures in this chart to determine your eligibility.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of BusyGal HELPS Foundation Grant Awards to make awards without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, or disability.


If you are a veteran, you must be able to provide proof such as digital copy of your DD214, DD256, DD257, or NGB22 that you can upload or provide your service number.  Veterans include all individuals who are retired from the US armed forces or who have been discharged (e.g., honorable, under honorable condition, general). Individuals dishonorably discharged or for bad conduct are not eligible to apply.  

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