and small business grants are some of the hardest to come by. Great
time, effort and patience is required in tracking down available
grant funding that can be directed to an individual's business
needs. There are numerous grants available for businesses; however,
the process involved in finding them is very confusing and complex.
As with other government grants, business grant funding typically
begins at the Federal level. Unlike other government grants, finding
funding for your small business often involves finding the complex
trail of dollars that leads from the Federal level, and ends up in a
myriad of programs and initiatives distinct to a particular State's
Many levels of the Federal government offer programs designed to
assist businesses, including the Department
of Commerce, Department
of Education, Department of Agriculture, and others.
The examples listed below demonstrate how 'indirect' funding can
help you cut costs, thereby allowing you to target your business
funds to your specific interests.
Government's at all levels tend to target particular industries at
certain times. Currently, the technology, security, education and
agriculture industries are all popular focuses of grant funding.
All those seeking business grants should be encouraged to 'think
outside the box'. It is important not simply to contemplate that
you're business needs x amount of dollars for it's growth or
development, but other aspects of your business as well. What sort
of programs can help you with your current needs, enabling you to
direct more of the funds you already need at growth or expansion? An
excellent example of this is employment. Accessing a grant that
helps you employ or train people saves you money otherwise paid to
employees, thus allowing you to direct those funds to other business
Your search for business grants should start at the Federal
government level, learning about the Federal Department's that offer
business grant funding for which you may qualify. The next step is
learning how your particular State or locality provides this funding
to its residents. If you're business can help employ or train
individuals, can help improve disadvantaged neighborhoods, can
revitalize business development in your community, and so on, may
determine if you can access business grants that will save you
Important in accessing business grants is your ability to prove how
that grant will help your community and the economy. Outside of
that, most business owners can take advantage of the myriad of low
interest loan programs available, such as the Federally funding
Small Business Loan Program.
1) SBA Women's Business Center Grants
These business grants are designed to help small to medium sized
businesses owner by women grow and develop. The goal of these grants
is to get help more women own and run businesses.
2) Grants for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities
These grants are targeted to low income individuals and is designed
to support those businesses that operate locally and encourage long
term economic competitiveness. Communities in economic decline are
encouraged to revitalize and expand their physical infrastructure
and local economies.
3) Fishery, Utilization Research, Grants & Cooperative Agreements
This grant program assists in development projects that will have a
benefit to both recreational and commercial fisheries and fishing
communities. Business plan development is included in acceptable
4) Minority Business Development Centers
Those who fall into a category of minority and own their business
are eligible for this program. It helps businesses across America
with services including access to capital, and focuses on a goal of
leveraging technology to increase business success.
5) Emergency Conservation Program for Agricultural Producers
Those who operate agriculture related businesses in areas hit by
natural disaster can find financial aid to renew their businesses.
This program enables the government to share the costs involved in
rehabilitating land and water.
6) Environmental Quality Incentives Program
This program offers both technical and financial assistance to
farmers and ranchers in order that they may address environment
concerns impacting their property.
Many programs exists for faith-based and community initiatives,
early childhood education providers, educators and researchers,
veterans, persons with disabilities, and others, in terms of
accessing funds for training and develop, community revitalization,
education, and economic development. Think outside the box when
you're looking for "small business grants".
where you can get money for your business with the
Able Grants Guide.
Able Government Grants