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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  

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What is a Grant? -- A Grant Crash Course

Company receiving grant from a bank

What is a Grant?

Well, it’s not just something awarded to students for financial aid, which is what a lot of people tend to think. While correct, a grant can be used for more than just education. Grants are useful tools for people in all walks of life, from students to business owners. Simply put, a grant is financial aid that comes from a government agency or private organization. A grant can fund public services, economic benefit, and the welfare of the general public.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Supporting the Community After Receiving a Business Grant


If your small business received a grant, chances are you said something in the proposal about how your business will benefit the community. It’s now time to hold up your end of the bargain - it’s time to pay it forward. Check out these ideas for ways to give back to the community after receiving a business grant.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

10 Influential Wildlife Conservation Grants

Wildlife Conservation

Climate change poses a serious threat to wildlife and wild places, and it can no longer be ignored. In order to combat this serious issue, many individuals and groups around the world are working hard to implement projects that help protect animals, plants, and habitats. If you want to make a difference in the world but don’t necessarily have the means, consider applying to any of these wildlife conservation grants.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Key Difference Between Federal and State Grants

State vs. Federal Grants

Grants can be awarded for a variety of reasons, and the federal and state governments are the main sources for funding. When you can correctly recognize the difference between federal and state grants, you can apply for the best assistance for your financial situation.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Celebrity Foundations That Offer Grants

Celebrities with foundations that offer grants

There are many celebrity foundations that offer grants to various programs that they are personally interested in, whether that be music education, eliminating poverty, or fighting the AIDS epidemic. No matter how you look at it, the world is certainly a better place because of some selfless and generous celebrities.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What is The Small Business Administration?

Small Business Administration logo

What is the Small Business Administration? The SBA is a government organization that provides loans, contracts, grants, counseling, and other forms of assistance to small businesses.