For a PDF version of this information, click here.Thank you for visiting the SBDC Farmingdale for assistance with your small business. We look forward to working with you! Below is a helpful guide that addresses one of our clients’ most frequently asked questions…
What grants am I eligible for?
Grants can be extremely elusive, and many are misled to their availability. Be advised that the vast majority of grants issued in the country today are issued within government and not-for-profit arenas, and generally NOT for startup businesses, home buyers, or minority-owned businesses. A very limited number of extremely competitive grants exists in the high-tech, biotech, energy savings, and recycling industries.
Please be aware of potential scams in the self-proclaimed “grant circuit.” Also see the following sites, with articles cautioning entrepreneurs about books, conferences, and seminars that “promise” grants for a myriad of uses, but require an initial purchase, or non-refundable cash upfront (ranging from $30 - $1000+), with NO GUARANTEED funding.
A word on Matthew Lesko, and the National Grants Conference, by the Better Business Bureau:
- Read online book reviews from people who have purchased the books you are considering
Products of this kind may be useful in locating organizations providing business and technical assistance (such as the SBDC), but it is information the Small Business Administration has made readily available to you for free (www.sba.gov).
That said, below is a list of actual grant sources, including information on the issuing organization, the amount, and the requirements for applying. This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather an introduction into the uses for which grants are available.
For a database of federal and state assistance programs, you may want to check:
- www.cfda.gov (The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance)
- www.nysl.nysed.gov/ils/topics/grants.htm, which list resources for grants available and organizations you can reach for further assistance.
- For workbooks, guides, and additional information on securing and writing grants, visit the Foundation Center, www.fdncenter.org.
Helpful Grant Links
Some of the links below are general, NOT necessarily direct sources of grants.