Achieve Independence Through Start-Up Grants For Businesses and Nonprofits


The Fourth of July is a time we naturally think about independence. What does independence mean to you? In what ways do you wish to be more independent? GrantWatch lists many start-up grants for nonprofits and small businesses.

Everyone loves the idea of “free money.” Nothing sounds better if you’re starting or running a business. Many small business grants are primarily open to companies in the science, technology, or health fields. If your business is involved in research and development, environmental and climate-related initiatives, then federal grant programs might be available to you.

Small business grants you can fall under are Federal, state, local or corporate grants. We also have listings by categories that can help you locate the best grants for your start-up business or nonprofit. Make sure to find out everything you need to know about eligibility requirements, timelines, and the application process for each grant.

Grants for women
Grants for minorities
Grants for veterans
Grants for capital funding

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also a helpful source for small business owners, helping business owners create, build and expand their businesses. The SBA is primarily known for its great loan programs, but the agency also offers a few business awards.

If you’re looking to start a nonprofit, here are some tools from the Council for Nonprofits to help you get started, or a guide from

Here are 5 top grants to gain independence  

Grants to USA Small Businesses to Research and Develop Marketable High-Risk Technologies, deadline, 12/12/19.

Grants to USA and territories small businesses for early-stage research and development projects. A Project Pitch must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the development of innovative, technically risky technologies in nearly any science and technology field that are likely to produce a societal or commercial impact.

Grants to USA Small Businesses to Promote Business Expansion, deadline, 8/15/19.

Grants of $1.000, $2,000, and $10,000 to USA small businesses for business expansion. Funding is intended to assist business owners in bringing their operations to the next level. Applicants must describe how they overcame a past business challenge or how they’re addressing a current challenge. Grants will be awarded to a grand prize winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up.

If you dream of starting a school, you can find Grants for USA New Charter Schools in Multiple States to Support Start-Up Activities, Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. charter schools that opened in 2018 or those planning to open in 2019 or 2020. Applicants must complete an eligibility questionnaire before applying. Funding is intended to support the start-up and launch costs associated with opening a new school.

Traditional start-up grants vary depending on funding needs and network size and range from $100,000 to $325,000. The Foundation is currently accepting inquiries from operators that opened a school in fall 2018, or are planning to open in 2019 or 2020.

Even if you don’t live in the United States, start-up grants could help you start a business or nonprofit. Start-up grants and grants to expand production and improve operations are listed on GrantWatch for Canada and other countries as well

Financial Assistance to Canada Businesses and Nonprofits in Multiple Provinces to Improve Operations, Deadline: Ongoing

Financial assistance to New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking to expand or improve their operations. Applicants must contact their local program office prior to submitting an application.

They can help you start up, expand or modernize your business. Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises, they provide access to capital in the form of interest-free repayable assistance. Most business sectors are eligible except retail/wholesale, real estate, government services, and services of a personal or social nature.

Businesses can apply for financing to:

  • Start-up, expand and modernize
  • Develop and commercialize products or services
  • Improve their competitiveness

Grants to USA and Canada Women Entrepreneurs to Start a Business or Grow an Existing Business, Deadline: Ongoing

Grants of $2,000 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business. One grant will be awarded each month. One of the 12 monthly winners will be awarded a $25,000 grant at the end of 2019. Funding is intended to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Libby Hikind

Libby Hikind, began her grant writing career while working as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She wrote many grants for her classroom before raising $11 million for a Brooklyn school district. Throughout her professional career, she established her own grant writing agency in Staten Island with a fax newsletter for her clients of available grants. After retiring from teaching, Libby embraced the new technology and started GrantWatch. She then moved GrantWatch and her grant writing agency to Florida to enjoy her parents later years, and the rest is history. Today more than 120,000 people visit online, monthly.

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