Nine Small Business Grants for the Northeast

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series providing regional-specific grants for small businesses. The series will share grants from states that exist in the region or ones for the region as a whole. That way, more of our subscribers can find grants that fit their funding needs no matter where they are located. This list will focus on the Northeast: Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Small businesses play a large part in the overall business infrastructure of the United States. According to the Small Business Association, 60 million Americans, or 47.1 percent of the population, work at a small business.

Many small businesses do work focused on helping communities in their area. Like nonprofits or educational institutions, these businesses apply for grants for various resources and assistance. For instance, the funds can be used towards renewable energy sources, providing academic training to employees, or supporting a program that will benefit a community.

GrantWatch has a category specifically for small business grants on its website. For more information, visit the GrantWatch FAQ page. Best of luck with your grant-seeking!

Representing the Northeast with These 9 Grants


Grants to Maine small businesses for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding will assist with charter transportation businesses, harbor pilots, trade and food services, and other companies the pandemic negatively impacted.


Grants of up to $20,000 to Vermont service provider organizations for activities that benefit businesses within the state’s forestry and agricultural sectors. Funding will support new and ongoing programs that encourage the development of Vermont-based working lands businesses. 


Grants to Pennsylvania businesses, nonprofit organizations, economic organizations, LEAs, post-secondary institutions, libraries, and STEM ecosystems for workforce development programs to benefit underrepresented populations. 

New York

Opportunity for New York businesses to compete for financial support and in-kind services to develop their new start-up venture. Applicants must attend a virtual orientation prior to submitting an application.

New Hampshire

Grants of up to $6,000 to New Hampshire companies to enhance international business development and marketing in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is to help businesses strengthen exports or global engagement through digital strategy development.


There are also grants available to women-owned businesses in Connecticut for project assistance. These grants of up to $10,000 will go to women-owned businesses in Connecticut for projects that will improve the company.

New Jersey

Grants to New Jersey performance and event venues and businesses for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding can go to working capital expenses, including supplies, inventory, payroll, and rent and mortgage. Eligible businesses are those that host, manage, produce, and promote performances and live events.


Grants are available for Massachusetts companies and researchers affiliated with qualified institutions for renewable energy projects. These grants of up to $65,000 are for projects that focus on climate impact, emissions reduction, and commercialization.

Rhode Island

Funding for Rhode Island businesses to provide internship programs in the life sciences and engineering fields. Funds are to provide Rhode Island college and university students with the opportunity to explore career paths.

Discover More Business Grants

Currently, over 1,000 grants are available to small businesses. View the full list here. Additionally, you can further narrow down these results by selecting your location and grant interests. To view the full grant information (including the eligibility criteria) you will need to upgrade to a MemberPlus+ plan.

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