KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program

$10,000 grants to support your woman-led small businesses

KKR Small Business Builders has an emphasis on companies that are pivoting their business in response to the pandemic and are providing important community services. For the seventh round of the program, KKR is pleased to support small businesses with female founders.

Eligible business must:

  • Be owned (51%+) by a woman or woman-identifying individual
  • Be a for-profit business operating in at least one of the following countries: Australia, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, and/or the United States
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) employees and a maximum of fifty (50) employees
  • Must have annual gross revenues in 2021 of less than $7 million USD

Application Timeline

Applications for the KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program for Female Founders opened March 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET and will close on April 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. ET. Applications will be reviewed by a panel according to the review criteria outlined in the Terms & Conditions. Recipients will be notified by email and publicly announced in early June 2022.

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Due to COVID, we made a quick pivot to focus on consumer packaged goods and ready-to-drink products. Without paid ads, our direct-to-consumer strategy would have fallen flat. This grant will allow us to achieve our goals.”

— Monica Wong, co-founder and CEO, Little Green Cyclo

Our Impact

Since 2020, KKR has awarded 278 small businesses with $10,000 grants through its Small Business Builders program. A key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort, the Small Business Builders (SBB) grant supports entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The program is designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Supporting Small Business Around the World


grants awarded

42 states

across the U.S., as well as in China, Australia, England, and Ireland.


of grants awarded

More than $2.75M in KKR Small Business Builders Grants Awarded to Small Business Owners Around the World

Congratulations to the 278 KKR Small Business Builders recipients. These businesses all share a demonstrated need for funds to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, clear and feasible plans for the proposed use of funds to grow business and serve customers, and a demonstrated commitment to their communities.

KKR’s Commitment to COVID-19 Relief

For more than 40 years, KKR has strived to build better companies and better futures for its investors. The organization believes in the power of business to drive strong economies, provide local jobs, and support thriving communities. All big businesses were once small businesses, and while KKR’s day-to-day focus is investing in and growing large companies, they recognize the critical importance of small businesses. Now, due to COVID-19, many of them are in crisis.

In response, the KKR Small Business Builders program provides recovery grants to local companies in communities around the world. In order to be part of the solution to the challenges facing our shared communities in three areas that are important to the firm and central to its broader citizenship approach:

supporting our communities

with funding focused on food security, safe housing, public health, and humanitarian relief.

Creating Meaningful Opportunities

by advancing workforce recovery efforts and investing in workforce development.

Helping Our Heroes

by responding to the needs of first responders, front line medical workers, teachers, and public servants.