how to get some grant money?

my wife and a business partner are trying to start a wedding service business. I suggested gettting a grant, espessially since she is a woman and a minority. Anyone know a good place to start for getting grant money?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is hard to find grants to start a business -- even for women and minorities. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for a for-profit business.

    Women and minorities have more access to small business loans and they are eligible for the 8A certification process that can allow them to compete better in the government contracting process -- but NOT grants

    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 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."

    Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business -- THERE'S NONE.

    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

    I suggest you read the following books to get ideas of how to finance your business:

    Financing Your Small Business

    Small Business Financing: How and Where To Get It

    Financing the Small Business: A Complete Guide to Obtaining Bank Loans and All Other Types of Financing

    The SBA Loan Book

    Angel Capital : How to Raise Early-Stage Private Equity Financing

    Financing Your Small Business (Barron's Business Library Series)

    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.

  • 1 decade ago

    The grants I know are for non-profit. But since I keep my ears open about grants, I understand that there are some through the Small Business Adm. via federal gov. and then look at your state.

    Good Luck!

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