In the last post I started talking about free resources you can use to uncover federal business grant opportunities. This is the second part of this discussion.
Searching for grants on Grants.gov
Begin by going to the main page of the Grants.gov website at https://www.grants.gov/, which will take you to the main page. From here, click on the ‘Search Grant Opportunities’ link in the “Home” tab of the front page. This will take you to a search page that will provide you with multiple options to find grant opportunities as shown in the image below.
The ‘Basic Search’function allows you to search by keyword, by Funding Opportunity Number or by Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number. Unless you have either a specific Funding Opportunity Number of CFDA Number, you will search by keyword. Most any keyword you choose is going to result in hundreds of opportunities. For instance, a search of grants using the keyword ‘technology’ returns hundreds of results. Most of these however, are going to be of little use to you because these search results include opportunities that are closed. You can sort the results by clicking on any of the highlighted titles (Open Date, Opportunity Title, Agency, Sort by Close Date and Sort by Relevance).
To find out more information about a particular opportunity, just click on the title. When reviewing an opportunity the first section you want review is ‘Eligibility,’ because if the program is only open to certain types of entities—and you’re not one of them—then there is no sense in applying. If you are looking to apply for a grant for your business, then you want to look for the following under ‘Eligibility:’
- For profit organizations other than small businesses
- Small businesses
A better way to make sure that only grant opportunities open to for-profit businesses appear in your search results is to check the ‘Small businesses’ or ‘For profit organizations other than small businesses’ boxes before you conduct your search. This will ensure that only relevant results appear.
You can further refine your search by ‘Funding instrument type,’ ‘Category,’ or ‘Agency.’
In a follow-up post I will talk more about how you can determine which grant opportunities might be right for your business.