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Federal small-business grants
State and regional small-business grants
- California Dream Fund: Through this program, small-business owners across the state of California can complete intensive startup training at participating Technical Assistance Expansion Program centers. After finishing the training, business owners are eligible to apply for a microgrant up to $10,000.
- Immigrants Rising SEED Grant: The organization Immigrants Rising offers two types of small-business grants to California residents who are looking to start or grow their California-based business that addresses a social problem or community need. The grants are available in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 — and eligibility is based on how much revenue your business made in the last tax year. To qualify for either of these California business grants, you must identify with one of the following: non U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident or limited English proficiency (regardless of immigration or citizenship status).
- Restaurants Care Resilience Fund: Restaurants Care runs an annual grant program to support independently owned restaurants in California. Eligible restaurant owners can receive $3,000 small-business grants to upgrade their kitchen equipment or retain employees. To qualify, restaurants must be located in California and owned by a California resident, have under $3 million in annual revenue and have been open for at least one year. You must also be a customer of SoCalGas, Pacific Gas and Electric or San Diego Gas & Electric.
- Oakland Black Business Fund: Black business owners in Oakland, California can apply for small-business grants, as well as get technical assistance through the Oakland Black Business Fund. This organization pairs applicants with local small-business owners in the community so they can build relationships and learn from other business leaders, while also earning income from the grant program.
- Founders First Job Creators Quest Grant: This small-business grant program is designed to help Southern Californian business owners hire or rehire premium wage jobs. A total of $100,000 is available to 30 small businesses in different award amounts: $10,000, $4,000, $2,500, and $1,000. Each grant recipient will also receive a tuition scholarship to one of Founders First’s business accelerator training programs. To qualify for one of these California small-business grants, you must have between two and 20 employees and annual revenue between $100,000 and $3 million. Business owners must also identify as one of the following: woman, military veteran, Latinx, Black, Asian, LGBTQIA+ or be located in a low-to-moderate income area.
- Florida High Tech Corridor Research Grants: Florida businesses involved in technology and research can access up to $150,000 from Florida High Tech Corridor’s Matching Grants Research Program. To qualify, business owners must work with a university researcher from either the University of Central Florida or the University of South Florida. Businesses should also focus on research projects that support the development and commercialization of new technologies. These grants can be combined with funding from the federal SBIR and STTR programs.
- Prospera Business Grants: Prospera is a Florida-based nonprofit organization that focuses on providing bilingual support to Hispanic entrepreneurs who are trying to grow their businesses. Through the Prospera grant program, small-business owners can receive free professional business development services, including legal and accounting assessments, marketing and sales planning, branding development, QuickBooks consulting and more. Prospera’s consultants meet with applicants and award grants for professional services based on their individual needs.
- Miami-Dade County Mom and Pop Small-Business Grants: Small businesses in Miami-Dade County, Florida can apply for this grant program to access funding that can be used for a variety of purposes, including purchasing equipment, supplies or inventory; investing in marketing or advertising; buying liability insurance; installing security systems; or making minor renovations. Businesses must be located in one of the 13 specific county commission districts and follow the application and eligibility criteria set out by their district.
- City of Orlando Business Assistance Program: This matching grant program helps promote expansion and redevelopment in Orlando, Florida. Through the program, the Economic Development Department will match 50% of the fees — up to $20,000 — assessed against a small business for an eligible improvement project. Some eligible improvements include water and sewer line construction; street lighting; sidewalk repairs; and curb, gutter and street improvements. Small-business owners must get city approval and the proper permits for their project before they can receive financing. Only businesses within certain industries can qualify.
- St. Pete Beach Business Site Improvement Program: Small businesses within the City of St. Pete Beach can access grants to improve their businesses and the surrounding areas. Through this program, business owners must seek to make improvements in excess of city code requirements and they can receive a grant for up to 50% of the total project cost — up to $7,500. Eligible projects include accessibility improvements, fencing, public art, awnings, signage, parking improvements, among others. To qualify, your business should have fewer than 50 employees and be up to date with state and county tax requirements.
- Global NY Fund Grant Program: This program offers grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses across New York state who are looking to start exporting or trying to increase their global exports. These small-business grants will reimburse up to 50% of total project costs for uses such as participation in trade shows, export workshops and market customization. To qualify, your business must have fewer than 500 employees, be in operation for at least one year and show your intent to begin or expand exporting in global markets.
- New York Public Library StartUP! Business Plan Competition: The New York Public Library runs an annual small-business grant competition for startup entrepreneurs located in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Applicants enter a business plan and then must attend training workshops and meet with a business advisor and business librarian during the competition. Entrepreneurs can win $15,000 to start their business. The Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Economic Development Corporation both run similar grant programs for startup businesses located in those boroughs.
- City of Rochester Neighborhood Commercial Assistance Program: Both established and startup businesses within the city of Rochester can apply for reimbursement grants for a variety of common business expenditures, including furniture, equipment, advertising, computers, exterior signage and security systems. Existing businesses (with 12 months or more in business) are eligible for grants up to $8,000 and new businesses (with up to 12 months in business) are eligible for grants up to $5,000. Businesses must provide proper cost documentation to receive a reimbursement grant.
- Wayne County Microburst Grant Program: Entrepreneurs in Wayne County, New York can earn grants from $5,000 to $20,000 to fund their startup businesses. Through this program, microbusinesses (with fewer than five employees) submit a potential project and provide a minimum of 10% cash to match the total project cost. With the proposed project, businesses must be able to create one full-time job for an individual from a low-to-moderate income family. To qualify, small businesses must be in business for less than a year at the time of application. Small-business owners are also required to complete SCORE business classes in order to apply.
- CitizensNYC Neighborhood Business Grants: CitizensNYC offers two grant programs to support local businesses and community groups throughout New York City. The Neighborhood Business Grant offers up to $10,000 to fund a variety of small business needs, such as technical upgrades, hiring support, marketing, training and more. This program also prioritizes businesses owned by people of color, immigrants and women. The All in Neighborhood Grant, on the other hand, provides microgrants of up to $5,000 for community building projects. These grants are awarded to resident-led groups trying to address issues and improve life in their communities.
- Texas Workforce Commission Skills for Small Business Program: Small businesses in Texas with newly hired workers can receive grants to cover employee training. The program offers up to $1,800 for each new employee being trained and $900 for existing employees per 12-month period. Training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. To qualify, your business must have fewer than 100 employees.
- Texas State Trade Expansion Program Grant: Texas businesses that want to start exporting or expand their current exporting initiatives can apply for reimbursement grants for expenses such as shipping costs, interpreter fees, compliance testing, travel costs, market analysis fees, among other expenses. To qualify, you must have been in business for at least one year, be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, have a product or service created in Texas and meet the SBA’s definition of a small business.
- Center for Women Entrepreneurs Veteran Woman Grant: Female veterans in Texas who own or are starting a business can apply for this program to receive $5,000 in grant funding. Grants can be used for a variety of business purposes, including purchasing equipment, inventory or technology, property improvements, marketing or advertising campaigns and more. To qualify, small-business owners must provide documentation to show their business is 51% or more woman-owned and controlled. They must also provide documentation of their veteran status.
- Amegy Bank Small Business Boost Program: Through this program, Amegy Bank partners with the Houston Texans to provide $5,000 grants to local small businesses. To qualify, businesses must have under 500 employees, be independently owned and operated and operate primarily in the Houston area.
- Dayton Community Development Corporation Grant Programs: The city of Dayton, Texas administers several programs that offer grants to small businesses to fund projects that promote the growth and development of downtown Dayton. For example, businesses can receive a 50% grant match — up to $7,500 — for exterior and interior projects such as facade improvements, signage, parking lot improvements and landscaping projects. To qualify for any of these programs, your business must be within city limits and you must receive approval for the proposed project.
Corporate small-business grants
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