There are no federal grants for starting and growing a small business
Despite the hype of those who market books and services on "how to get a free federal grant to start and grow your small business," there are no federal government programs called "small business grants."
The U.S. Small Business Administration DOES NOT offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. While the SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.
However, U.S. Government agencies do award hundreds of millions of dollars in grants for specific services, research and programs. For specific small businesses in specific fields and industries, these grants can be a signicant source of funding. For companies in specific niches in such fields as housing, transportation, energy, security, education and other industries, a wide array of grant programs may be available. Also some federal grants target businesses owned and operated by women and minorities. A significant source of seed money for technology companies is the Small Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR. However, this program provides funding for research and development, not for incorporation, sales, marketing or other startup costs.
The good place to begin research related to federal grants is Grants.gov.
Grants.gov is operated by the U.S. Government (managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. Grants.gov is the single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies.
Some of the resources offered at Grants.gov include:
Other Federal Government Grant Resources
The website Grants.gov has been designated by the U.S. government as the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies. However, there are many other online resources maintained by U.S. government agencies that have free information about federal grants. (Please do not add any links to this list that are not sites maintained by a federal agency. If you know of a non-commercial site related to this topic, please add it to the External Links section below).
- The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- Inter-Agency Electronic Grants Committee - IAEGC
- Department of Commerce's Federal Grants Page
- e-GRANTS, The Department of Education's (ED) portal site for electronic grants
- Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Grants and Contracts
- Department of Justice - Ten Grants
- Department of Labor (DOL) - Employment and Training Administration - Welfare-to-Work - Grants listing by State
- Department of Labor - Grant and Contract Information
- Department of Transportation (DOT) - Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program
- DOT's State Highway Program Grants
- EPA's 2001 Environmental Research Grant Announcements
- EPA's Region IV Grants and Financial Assistance
- National Endowment for the Humanities - Grants and Applications
- GrantsNet - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- NIH - Grants and Funding Opportunities
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Business and Grants Opportunities
- NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service - Alaska Region - Grants Information
- National Science Foundation (NSF) - Overview of Grants and Awards
- Office of Electronic Commerce - Grants
- Office of Naval Research - Grants, Contracts and Acquisition
- OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grants Program
- Social Security Administration - Office of Acquisitions and Grants
- USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) Program
- U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Grants and Contracts Resources
- USGS Contracts and Grants Information
- U.S. State and Local - Housing: Competitive Grants
- Funding sources
- SBA financing programs
- Federal contracts
- Small Business Innovation Research
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