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2018-2019 Small Business Grants For Entrepreneurs

Business grant recipients Small business grants are financial awards available to entrepreneurs and business owners who typically have fewer than 500 employees. The funding can come from a government agency, a non-profit organization, or another for-profit company. Awards typically range from $500 to up to $100,000.

Eligibility varies, and can depend on your location, your income, your ethnicity, your gender, your experience in business, as well as your longevity in business. Some small business grants can even require that you participate in a competition or write an essay to demonstrate your talents or need.

Grant funding is often provided to further the growth and development of small businesses - thus the term "Small Business Grants." Other grant programs are created to assist disadvantaged minority-owned businesses - thus the term "Minority Business Grants."

Grant funding (fully or partially) essentially means that the money that an applying entrepreneur receives is not considered as a part of his or her own risk. In other words, it’s completely risk free. The amount granted does not have to be repaid. This is much different than a business loan, which does require repayment with interest.

However, they are typically stipulations that grant recipients have to follow. Grantors usually require that the funding be used as indicated on the grant application, and in some cases (especially for large grant amounts), regular reports have to be made to the grantor to show that the grantee is using the funding appropriately. Some programs, though, have no stipulations at all, and how the funds are used is entirely up to the recipient.

Here are some of the top small business grant opportunities for US-based businesses:

Amber Business Grants For Women Dare to Dream Grant Program
DOT Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program Fedex Small Business Grant Contest
Huggies Mom Inspired Grant Program Intuit "Love Our Local Business" Competition
Miller Lite Tap the Future® Business Plan Competition Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Grants
National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants SBIR and STTR Grant Programs
Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding Programs StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award
USDA Rural Business Development Grants VetFran Business Grant Fund
Women's Business Center (WBC) Grant Program  

The Latest News About Small Business Funding and Grants:

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Outline to a Successful Grant Proposal for Small Businesses

Man writing business outline proposal

So, you want to write a grant proposal for a small business. Maybe you’d like to finance a small business venture, such as an anatomic bike saddle company, or want to open your own clothing boutique. While grants can come from numerous sources, successful proposals all tend to follow the same basic principles. Below we’ve provided a fundamental guideline on how to write a grant proposal for a small business.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Find Small Business Grants for Your Company

Woman searching for business funding and grants

Starting a business is a fickle venture—at any point there are a hundred things that can go wrong, without even mentioning the difficulty most people experience in gathering funding. The financial struggles of a potential business discourage many people, but a substantial few are able to adapt to the perils of building a business. We’re here to help you overcome those initial financial struggles, and a great way to do that is by applying for small business grants. While grants available for small businesses are numerous, many of them are heavily restrictive and apply only to businesses that serve a niche market.

Monday, November 12, 2018

SBA Awards $5 Million in PRIME Grants to Help Emerging Micro-Entrepreneurs Gain Access to Capital

SBA Prime Grant Recipients

32 community-based organizations that provide assistance to underserved entrepreneurs across the United States are set to receive a combined $5 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME). These organizations help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Craig Hall Commits $1 Million In Grants For Entrepreneurs

Craig and Kathryn Hall

In conjunction with the HALL Group's 50th anniversary, its founder Craig Hall has committed to provide $1 million in grants from the Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation to help nonprofit partners invest in and support entrepreneurs who are most impacted by the opportunity gap in the United States.

Monday, November 5, 2018

This Company Has Provided More Than $1 Billion in Funding to Nearly 20,000 Small Businesses

Staff at Reliant Funding

Reliant Funding, a leading small business finance provider, is committed to supporting our U.S. veterans who have sacrificed and served in the military. As these men and women make the transition back into civilian life, many make a choice to become entrepreneurs and business owners, which has a significant impact on the U.S. economy and job growth.

Monday, October 29, 2018

This Lending Platform is Helping Small Businesses Qualify For up to $250K in Just 10 Minutes!


Kabbage, the leading lending platform for small businesses, is extending its access to more customers and even more funds. With the help of automation, small businesses are able to qualify for up to $250,000 in funding in just 10 minutes through Kabbage.