A simple search of the Internet will produce a wide assortment of grant funding opportunities. There are state and local organizations that want to help small business owners succeed in their entrepreneurial start-ups. However, caution is advised. Do not believe every opportunity you see. There are many scammers out there who would like nothing better than to take the money right out of your hands during a time when you need the finances most.
According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a genuine online resource that serves as “a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards” is www.grants.gov. Although this site does not exclusively include small business grants, there are valid opportunities available.
Women business owners may find the grants that they are seeking finances for through several web sites that are excellent grant resources. There, women entrepreneurs can access various grant opportunities both state by state, as well as by specific diverse group. The funds could either aid in the start up costs of a new business or help a business currently in operation to fund a new program.
If you happen to live in the United Kingdom or Ireland, J4B’s web site offers over 4,500 financial programs that include those pertaining specifically to small businesses. The site is updated daily and gives you the option to have updates sent to you via email when new grants arise that match your business needs. The web site also includes helpful information regarding deadlines and funding success, among other topics.
|Below are the top small business grant opportunities:|
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grants
Caleb Brown Community Business Grant Program
CDC Procurement and Grants Office
Dare to Dream Grant Program
Dept of Energy Industrial Technologies Program (ITP)
Dept of Labor Grants
DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Grants
Microsoft Workforce Software Grants
Miller Lite Tap the Future® Business Plan Competition
National Association For The Self-Employed (NASE) Growth Grants
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Grants
Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program
FedEx Small Business Grant Contest
FHLB Economic Development Program (EDP) Plus Grants
HP Life Grant Program
Huggies Mom Inspired Grant Program
Intuit "Love Our Local Business" Competition
Small Business Administration (SBA) Grants
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants
VetFran Business Grant Fund
Women's Business Center (WBC) Grant Program
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