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I’m trying to open a pet shop that specializes in parrots. I have my DBA and tax id number. I have bought an online grant program witch turned out to be a scam, so I’m more or less looking for a book full of grant programs….I know you have to buy grant packages…I am willing to pay if the program works, but if you know of where I can apply for free it would be better .


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    December 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Unlike what you heard, it is hard to find grants to start a business. These are just myths that some perpetuate, but the fact is that federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for a for-profit business. And yes, grants mean PAPERWORK – lots and lots of it, that is why a cottage industry of grant writers was born.

    Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) and – these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.

    Even if you buy books on “how to get grants” or list that supposedly has information on grants — all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently. But still the info is the same – hardly any grants for starting a for profit business.

    On CFDA, here is a list of grants available for small businesses – see if there’s any for starting a for-profit business. THERE’S NONE.

    10.053 USDA Dairy Indemnity Program
    10.162 USDA Inspection Grading and Standardization
    10.163 USDA Market Protection and Promotion
    10.212 USDA Small Business Innovation Research
    10.674 USDA Forest Products Lab: Technology Marketing Unit (TMU)
    10.775 USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program
    11.611 DOC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
    11.612 DOC Advanced Technology Program
    14.167 HUD Mortgage Insurance_Two Year Operating Loss Loans, Section 223(d)
    14.412 HUD Employment Opportunities for Lower Income Persons and Businesses
    14.506 HUD General Research and Technology Activity
    15.630 DOI Coastal Program
    15.635 DOI Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation
    16.110 DOJ Education and Enforcement of the Antidiscrimination Provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act
    17.207 DOL Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities
    19.300 STATE Program for Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union
    20.500 DOT Federal Transit_Capital Investment Grants
    20.907 DOT Minority Institutions
    47.070 NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering
    59.002 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
    59.005 SBA Internet-Based Technical Assistance
    59.006 SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
    59.007 SBA 7(j) Technical Assistance
    59.008 SBA Physical Disaster Loans
    59.009 SBA Procurement Assistance to Small Businesses
    59.011 SBA Small Business Investment Companies
    59.012 SBA Small Business Loans
    59.026 SBA Service Corps of Retired Executives Association
    59.037 SBA Small Business Development Center
    59.041 SBA Certified Development Company Loans (504 Loans)
    59.046 SBA Microloan Program
    59.049 SBA Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Certification and Eligibility
    59.050 SBA Microenterprise Development Grants
    81.079 DOE Regional Biomass Energy Programs
    81.108 DOE Epidemiology and Other Health Studies Financial Assistance Program
    93.361 HHS Nursing Research
    97.065 DHS Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website

    “The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.”

    Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT – Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program

    Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women’s Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women’s business center that will train women entrepreneurs

    For private grants, you may want to check the Foundation Center’s Foundation Grants for Individuals Online. It’s a subscription based website ($ 9.95 per month) but their opening blurb only says that the database is ideal for “students, artists, academic researchers, libraries and financial aid offices.” Entrepreneurs are apparently not one of them, so I take it they also don’t have listings of private foundations who give grants to would-be entrepreneurs.

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