HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ 

is a semi-annual $5,000 international business grant competition. Co-hosted by The Mama Ladder® and Belly Bandit®, this grant provides economic empowerment for promising mom-owned businesses.

meet the summer 2019 finalists

high five grant finalists

Public voting is open from July 9-16 to determine which of these finalists will receive the $5,000 USD grant to grow her/their business. All finalists are being awarded prizes, which you can see at www.highfivegrant.com. The Judging Panel will determine the order of the top three and the grant recipient will be announced July 18, 2019.




More than 9.1 million firms in the U.S. alone are owned by women. (National Association of Women Business Owners)

Yet in 2016, only 2.19% of VC funds went to women-owned businesses. (Fortune)

so we're doing our part. High five!

summer 2019 prizes

A Judging Panel of seasoned business owners will select eight (8) finalists in the Summer 2019 grant competition. Then a public vote will determine the top three. The Judging Panel will then unanimously decide the order and who takes home the grant check. Prizes for finalists:

Laura Borsky, founder of  SaferSit , won the $5,000 Winter 2019 grant

Laura Borsky, founder of SaferSit, won the $5,000 Winter 2019 grant


$5,000 USD GRANT

(Giant vanity check and bank-sized versions!)

+ Be featured as a “Super Mom” on Big City Moms

+ Your business featured in the High Five Grant Hall of Fame

+ High fives for life!

+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card

mama spring break business retreat for women

First runner up

Ticket to the 2020 March session of #MamaSpringBreak Business & Adventure Retreat: Join go-getter mamas at this powerful three-day retreat experience, where you’ll learn in business workshops, meet go-getter mamapreneurs. Includes lodging, food, sponsor gift bag, and much more. Value: $2,499*

+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card



One business service from the Mama Power team. Select what your business needs from a list of services, including finance, legal, marketing, book writing, graphic design, and more. Value: up to $600

+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card


+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card

*Ticket is only eligible for use at the retreat session in Phoenix, held March 26-28, 2020. If a member of the Mama Power program or a registered #MamaSpringBreak attendees wins the First Runner Up prize, she will be refunded the amount she paid for registration.

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Who can apply for this grant?

The Mama Ladder helps ambitious mom entrepreneurs grow their business. This is an international grant program. Mothers with kids at any age(s), with businesses at any stage, and from any country are welcome to apply!

There are three simple requirements:

  • You ARE A MOM! This grant is exclusively for women with child(ren) of all ages. This includes first-time expecting moms, stepmoms, and foster moms.

  • You own a for-profit business that offers a valuable product or service.

  • You know the WHY behind your business, and are ready to share it with the world. (See the #HighFiveGrant examples!)

summer 2019 grant

See the following dates for our third semi-annual HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™. We look forward to your application!

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June 14-28

Applications open here. Mom entrepreneurs from around the world are invited to apply through 11:59 p.m. PST on June 28, 2019. Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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July 1-8

A judging panel of successful entrepreneurs (see below) who support mom-founded businesses narrow down entries from around to world to just eight (8) promising finalists.

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July 9-16

Eight (8) finalists announced, featuring their business story. From July 9-16, vote HERE for your favorite mom-owned business!

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July 18

Grand Prize winner announced! The Judging Panel will review the top three most-voted businesses and select the one mama will receive a $5,000 check for her business.

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Meet the Judging Panel

The following women have generously dedicated their time and and business expertise to select finalists in the Summer 2019 grant program. High five to them!

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Lori Caden

Mom of two great kids, Lori cofounded Caden Concepts and Belly Bandit with her sisters. She’s a cheerleader for mompreneurs and co-hosts the High Five Grant for Moms as one of the “most fulfilling things she’s done” in business.

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Kristin Cruz

Kristin is a media “spokesmom” who formerly hosted the KOST 103.5 morning radio show in Los Angeles. She founded Moms in Media and is a contributor to the Today Show. Follow her on Instagram at @kristincruz.

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Natalie Taylor

Natalie is a transformation coach who helps high achievers monetize their brand. She’s a corporate trainer, speaker, and mama of four. Meet her on Insta at @winningnatalie.

the mama ladder high five grant for moms

We believe mom entrepreneurs can do anything with the right training, powerful mentors, supportive community and a high five.

Join us at 2020 #MamaSpringBreak Business & Adventure Retreat


High Five Grant Hall of Fame

The High Five Grant for Moms held the first competition in Summer 2018 and has welcomed hundreds of applicants from nearly a dozen countries. So far we have granted $10,000 to promising mom entrepreneurs to build their business. We invite you to check out and support these mom-owned businesses.

Winter 2019 #HighFiveGrant Finalists

High Five Grant Mom Entrepreneur

*Congratulations to our Winter 2019 $5,000 grant winner, Laura Borsky, mama and owner of SaferSit, an on-demand service that connects highschool and college students with babysitting jobs in their area. SaferSit has over 100 five-star reviews on Facebook and has booked over 10,000 jobs since 2016. 

summer 2018 #highfivegrant finalists

Leesie and pip winner high five grant

*Congratulations to our first-ever $5,000 grant winner, Ellyse Harris, mama and owner of Leesie and Pip. Leesie and Pip creates whimsical heirloom dolls that are handmade from quality materials produced in the United States. For every doll purchased a book is donated to a child in need.


story behind the high five

Dear Mama in business,

Mama Spring break crystalee beck the mama ladder

Congrats! You're here because you want to take bold entrepreneur action with big heart. HIGH FIVE for being serious about your business. 

Quick personal story: While expecting my second baby, I was laid off from my corporate ladder job. When my boy was born, no job offered the flexibility I needed with two kids under age two. As my babies grew, our family finances shrank. I had corporate experience and a master's degree, and now buying a pack of gum at the grocery store was beyond my budget? Although unsure of my next steps, I took action and “created my own ladder” by launching a marketing company in 2016.

My first client made a deposit of $5,000. That capital gave me the confidence I needed to grow my business. I worked with powerful mentors. I immersed myself in business training. I worked (and played) hard. The next year, I turned that initial $5,000 payment into a team of eight writers, 29 clients (including world-leading tech brands), and $100,000+ revenue in my business. The best part? Working on my own terms part-time gives me joyful freedom to keep my kids as my priority.

I want to see YOU have big MOMentum in your business. It is possible for you! At The Mama Ladder®, we empower you to create your own ladder and climb after business dreams that fit your family. I invite you to apply for this $5,000 grant. Let's see what you can do, Mama!

Love and high fives from here,

Crystalee Beck, MPC 

Mama of three · Cofounder, The Mama Ladder® · Owner, Comma Copywriters