Business grants are the dream of many small business owner but seem to be so far out of reach.
Where to start?
What to do?
Who to contact?
Like many things in life it’s about who you know because ultimately a human is going to make a decision yay or nay. If you’ve gotten some rapport with the decision maker you’re more likely to get the yay over the other hundreds or thousands of applicants.
Here’s more tips from Business News Daily:
Where can you find grants?
Grants.gov is a good place to start when looking for grants, said Bev Browning, vice resident of grant professional services for eCivis, Inc., which provides a suite of Web-based software applications, along with grant-writing and grant-management services. Grants.gov is the federal government’s e-portal for 26 grant-making agencies. The website is a central storehouse for information on more than 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards, said Browning, who is also founder and director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and author of Grant Writing for Dummies, 4th Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2011).
- Browning offers other tips for finding business grants:
- Talk to community and economic development agencies about your project and ask for help with funding your program development or research endeavors.
- Contact your governor’s office and ask about state agency grant funding and other monies that may be available for your business.
These tips will get you well on your way. Start the process sooner rather than later because if you’re desperate for the money now this isn’t a fast, survival funding source but a growth source which takes some time to come in.
So plan accordingly.