11 Grants for Small Business Owners

Are you a small business owner looking for grants? Currently, there are more than 1,000 business (for-profit) grants available. There is no limit to how many grants you can apply for; however, make sure to check the eligibility before applying. Each grant has different eligibility criteria, and no two grants are the same.

Here are 11 Grants That Could Benefit Your Business:

1) Do you have a project that improves the sustainability of waterways or the wildlife directly affected by them? Businesses that support hands-on projects in local communities could be eligible for in-kind donations and grants of up to $5,000.

2) Are you of Asian and Pacific Island descent and own a foodservice businesses? Up to $10,000 is available for financial support following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Hurry — applications closing soon!

3) Are you a female business entrepreneur? In-kind support plus grants up to $500 are now open to women entrepreneurs to support the improvement, expansion, and strengthening of businesses that impact families, girls, and women. 

4) Do you have a recycling facility? Grants are available specifically for material recovery facilities. If your recycling facility needs to expand its ability to process and sort its collection, you could be awarded up to $500,000.

5) Need money for business expenses? Small businesses could receive $500 to offset the negative financial impact of the COVID pandemic. This funding can be used for ongoing business expenses or to help businesses care for their employees.

6) Was your business negatively impacted by the pandemic? If you’re a small business owner and in need of help due to the impacts of COVID, you can request how much you are in need of and submit your application online.

7) Want to learn how to increase your business? Applications are now open for small businesses to participate in a mentorship program, which includes the opportunity to receive financial assistance and mentorship.

Business Grants for Specific Areas:

8) Wisconsin women in specific counties may be eligible for grants of $2,000 to start a new business. Previous recipients have opened a wellness spa, a cleaning service, a sensory gym, and a furniture business. 

9) Georgia farmers in specific counties – who sell produce at produce stands or farmers’ markets – can apply for grants of $500 and in-kind donations of reusable shopping bags. 

10) Businesses located in Tompkins County, New York may be eligible for grants that support projects improving the quality of life for local residents and communities.

11) Businesses within the city of Brookings, South Dakota, can apply for grants that related to tourism. This funding can be used for capital improvements; such as renovations, repairs, infrastructure, and beautification.

Didn’t see your location listed or find a grant to match your needs?

Visit GrantWatch.com to see the full directory of current business grants available. Be sure to select your state from the location dropdown menu, even if you service nationwide!

Some popular categories include Workforce, Coronavirus COVID-19, and Small Business. Even if you are unable to locate any suitable grants right now, don’t be discouraged! New grants are released and added each week, so checking back on a regular basis is beneficial.

Keep in mind, that most grants will require that you have been in business for at least 12 months and will request your most recent tax return. Finding grants for startups can be more difficult to locate, as they can be very specific. Secondly, keep in mind that grants are not usually to keep your business afloat or to pay outstanding debt. Rather, grants are for programs, services, and activities that help to benefit the community. If you are new to grants, watch this video.

The grant industry can seem complex and be overwhelming for those who have never applied for a grant before. Our advice is to start with in-kind grants or grants with smaller award amounts (under $10,000). Once you have a few awarded grants under your belt, it will be easier to receive a grant with a higher funding amount.

For more information, you can also visit the GrantWatch FAQ page. We wish you the best of luck with your grant-seeking!

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