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What kind of grants are there for a person looking to start a small business?

I am in the cabinet business and do many small jobs, but I am looking to expand to the next level. Thank you.

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3 Responses to “What kind of grants are there for a person looking to start a small business?”

  1. logue70 said :

    Have you ever seen that wacky guy on tv.. Matthew Lesko.. wearing his suit with all the ?s on it. Give him a call.

  2. keynuh said :

    There are a lot of both national and local small business grants that are available. Some are very particular to your business, and others are general. When I was looking I just did an internet search for small business grants…I was amazed at what came up. Depending on your location there may be a community business organization that you can contact and they could point you in the right direction. Good Luck.

  3. imisidro said :

    It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for a for-profit business. And yes, grants mean PAPERWORK – lots and lots of it, that is why a cottage industry of grant writers was born.

    Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) and – these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.

    Even if you buy books on “how to get grants” or list that supposedly has information on grants — all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently. But still the info is the same – hardly any grants for starting a for profit business.

    Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website

    “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. (See for more information) While 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.”

    Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT – Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program

    Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women’s Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women’s business center that will train women entrepreneurs

    For private grants, you may want to check the Foundation Center’s Foundation Grants for Individuals Online. It’s a subscription based website ($9.95 per month) but their opening blurb only says that the database is ideal for “students, artists, academic researchers, libraries and financial aid offices.” Entrepreneurs are apparently not one of them, so I take it they also don’t have listings of private foundations who give grants to would-be entrepreneurs.

    You stand a better chance in getting a low-cost loan from SBA rather than finding a grant to help start your business.


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