Resources for Business Capital Part 1 : Small Business Grants

Resources for Business Capital Part 1 : Small Business Grants

Most of you who have created a business plan are probably going to need money one way or another to fund your start-up, growth and expansion, or just to get through some trying times. The question is how does one find where to get those funds if they are not going to use their cash, go to their family or local bank, or refinance their home or assets? Over the next few articles I write I will point out places to find money whether it be through grants, venture capital, angel investing, and loans. This article will concentrate on links to places that I’ve found that point to grants. After all the best money to fund your start-up is free money isn’t it?

The Small Business Administration has been in the business of helping businesses since 1953. American tax dollars fund the SBA who are charged with the responsibility by Congress to “aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns” and also to give “fair proportion of government contracts and sales of surplus property.”

The first thing you should do while surfing around the SBA’s website is learn the facts about government grants. You will learn where grant money comes from, compliance, and reporting measures to maintain transparency. You will also find many forms here in regards to construction and non-construction grants. The SBA also provides links to loans and VC financing if you want to check that out too.

Technology and scientific research are huge these days and our government recognizes that. If you’re small business is engaged in research and development, innovation, and/or technology than you will want to read more about SBA research grants for small businesses. Lastly regarding the SBA’s website and perhaps the most important is where to start finding grants. By clicking on the Loans and Grants Search Tool you can immediately start entering information that the website will then use to help narrow down your search.

Grants.gov is partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services and is a source to finding and applying for federal grants. They also have a number of links to various government programs like Recovery.gov which are recovery-act specific grants and Benefits.gov which provides information on government benefits and assistance programs.

Another website that I liked because of its detailed, need-oriented database is Federal Money Retriever. Not only do they have links to small business grants but they also have a wide variety of links to grants and loans based on things like the Dairy Indemnity Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and Agricultural Health and Safety grants.

You might be thinking that you’re not a very good writer or that you don’t even know how to write a grant. In that case there are grant-writing services out there. If you need help writing a grant you will want to check out GrantStrategies.com. I really like the message they were conveying. Their grant-writing team ranges from government to corporate grants as well as SBIR and STTR grants and proposals. They appear to be a company that takes pride in each new client and gives each of their client’s full dedication, “With Grant Strategies your organization is valued, and you are given the time, respect, and attention you deserve from a trusted consultant”.

FoundationGrants.com claims to be the nation’s leading foundation and private grants database. This is a bit different from searching for government-only grants as there are a number of grants made available by private foundations. Not only can you find information on small business grants but also on many other issues such as school, home purchase, and even personal needs.

In my search I also came across some paid-for, grant-searching, software-oriented sites like DollarGrants.com. They have an easy-to-use interface that asks you questions to help you narrow down what may be available to you grant wise. SmallBusinessBiz.biz also aids your search for government grants by providing you software that they guarantee 100% satisfaction or your money back. Yet another paid service that may be worth checking out is TheGovernmentGrants.com. They also have software for sale with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you don’t receive a grant or a loan or are not 100% satisfied with their service. They also assist in finding grants beyond just small business grants which extends to housing, women and minority, education, and foundation grants. Another interesting website I uncovered in my searches is Cos.com. They claim to be the leading global resource for hard-to-find information from research to funding. They offer a wide range of tools and software.

The fact of the matter is that there are tons of paid-for services in regards to grant searching and writing. I welcome any feedback with those who have personal experience with a particular site or company so that I may continue to update this post as new information comes about.

I hope that I was able to give you valuable, reliable, and noteworthy information and links in your search for grants. I encourage you to leave a comment about any of the links, sites, or information that should be added, changed, or deleted. I look forward to hearing from you on any matter concerning this post, especially success stories. I hope you have found this article useful and if you like my site or these articles please share it with the world on Facebook, Twitter, and/or any other social media outlet you may use. Don’t forget to like my Facebook page and at the top of the web page Recommend me through Facebook. Good luck on your journey to raise capital and I wish you much success in your business ventures. Take care and stay tuned for more.

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