To Find Grants
you understand from the earlier on site, there are grants available
for businesses at the federal, state and local levels that can be
used for a wide variety of purposes. Now we will take a more in-depth
look at some of the places where you can begin your search for grants
that will meet your specific needs.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
is the largest, and likely, the single-best reference on where to
find grants at the federal and state levels of the grant pipeline.
website is a portal to a database of all types of Federal programs
that would benefit state and local governments, Indian tribes, public
and private for-profit and non-profit groups, special groups and
individuals. This database gives you information about specific
grants, and then you can contact the specific office that is in
charge of the grant to learn how to apply for it.
can narrow your search by looking at their Assistance Programs
listings page, or you can do a wide sweeping search of all the
programs they have listed. Each topic, for example the Agricultural
Research-Basic and Applied Research topic, has a corresponding
program number that precedes it, which refers to the federal
department that is in charge of the particular grant and the
numerical order of grants. They will list the type of assistance
offered, in this case project grants, and they will tell you how you
can and cannot use the grant money. They will list the eligibility
requirements, in this case a non-profit university or college or a
non-profit research organization.
can also give information about how to apply and what their
evaluation procedure is for the applications and how they award the
grant. You will also see what the deadlines are to apply, and how
long it will take them to get back to you and let you know if you
were awarded the grant or not.
grants also have requirements for after the time you have received a
grant, which can include things like reports and audits. You can also
learn how much money they usually award, and contacts to ask
questions. They helpfully also might list related programs. These are
other places where you will want to explore to see if your grant
proposal will work for these other programs because they are similar
to the one at which you are currently looking.
is another heavy-hitter grant website that offers over four hundred
billion dollars each year in Federal grant money. It is a government
requirement that all Federal competitive grants be listed on this
can search for grants by using a keyword search, or a category or
agency search, as well as the CFDA number. When you are ready to
apply for a grant here, you will discover that it can be done by
downloading an application package. Then you can work on it offline
and take the time you need to complete it. It can then be submitted
online when it is complete. You can also track your application
online as well, to see where it is in the process of evaluation and
you choose to apply for a grant at this website, you will need to
register with them as either an organization or an individual.
Individuals registered as such are only allowed to apply for grants
for individuals and not grants for organizations. If you are
registering as an organization, you will need to select someone in
your organization to be the authorized organization representative
who will register with a credential provider.
is also a helpful e-mail alert feature where they will send you an
e-mail describing new grant postings on the site. Here you will find
a glossary of the terms that you will see used at the website and a
list of frequently asked questions. They also offer an indexed User
Guide that takes you through the whole process of finding and
applying for a grant at this site.
and County Economic Development Offices
you type the above descriptor into a search engine, you will receive
a list of different offices. You will want to look for your state and
select that one. Each of these sites will usually have a search
feature, into which you will type "grants." You should then
get a list of what is available in terms of grants. It might be
listed as loans and grants. Many states also offer community service
block grants which might provide you with the funding you require.
Here you may also find energy efficiency grants, project grants and
low-interest loans, job creation tax credits, job creation grants,
grants supporting research and technology development, and
manufacturing equipment grants.
will also find links to various state agencies. This is a good place
to look at agencies that have something to do with your new business,
and see what kinds of assistance are available. Some of the state
websites might offer a business gateway, and there you can look for
grants as well.
related resource that will be useful in the grant-seeking process
will be your local Small Business Development Center. This
organization can help a new small business find funding sources.
you find that there are few grant opportunities available for your
proposed new business from the government, do not despair. There are
also grant monies available from private foundations. Often these
foundations are affiliated with a family, such as the Ford or
Rockefeller Foundations. Some foundations provide grants for an area
in which they have a specific interest. It might be health issues, or
help to children, or women, or minorities, or any number of
beneficiary types. There are a wide variety of grants available
through foundations, including some that will cover building costs or
start-up funds. In general, foundations tend to give money to
non-profit organizations, so if you are an individual you might find
more grant opportunities available if you become a non-profit entity
or if you affiliate with an existing non-profit organization.
you are looking into grant opportunities available from foundations,
one of the best websites out there is for The Foundation Center. They
have a complete database on U.S. foundations and the grants they
offer. They have five regional library-learning centers and many
cooperating collections where the public can access their useful
publications and information. This is a great website for individuals
who are seeking grants.
many of the other resources previously covered, the Foundation Center
provides help for individual grant seekers. They offer training and
tutorials about the basics of finding potential foundation resources
that will be a good fit for you. They also offer training about
finding a fiscal sponsor or affiliating with a non-profit
organization. If you are a non-profit or affiliated with one, there
is an Associates Program where there is a researcher on-call who can
give answers from all the Foundation Center's databases. They host
several message boards where you can post questions as well, and they
provide a bulletin in which grant makers request your proposals for
specific projects. At this website you can learn more about common
grant application format. This allows you to fill out one grant
proposal and submit it to several specific foundations, and is a real
that we have gone through some of the best resources for finding
grants in more detail, you are probably realizing that you have a
vast amount of material to read and process. Our next chapter deals
with focusing your attention on the areas that will have the most
benefit to your specific situation, and how to avoid some of the
pitfalls that can sometimes come with grant seeking.
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