This is the first of a multi-part post that will cover the basics of how to uncover federal business grant opportunities, using only free, publicly-available sources available on the Internet.
The first place to start looking for grants for businesses, is Grants.gov, which is the central portal where the federal government posts grant opportunities. The site simplifies the grants management process while creating a centralized, online process for grant seekers to find and apply for more than 1,000 different grant programs from the 26 federal grant-making agencies. 100% of all grant opportunities offered by all 26 Federal grant-making agencies as well as cooperative agreement opportunities and other Federal commissions are available through grants.gov. For the Federal government, Grants.gov streamlines the process of awarding more than $400 billion annually to state and local governments, academia, not-for-profits and other organizations. Grants.gov allows grant seekers to:
- Search for Grant Opportunities
- Download Application Packages
- Complete Application Packages Offline
- Register with Grants.gov
- Submit Completed Application Packages
- Track the Status of Submitted Applications
The search capabilities that are built into the grants.gov website make finding grants faster and researching grants more efficient. Users can also subscribe to the email update service, so that when new grants matching your specified interests are posted, email notifications are sent to the subscriber—including the title, the agency name and a link which can take them right to the grant. These features make keeping on top of newly available grants of interest to grant applicant organizations a matter of minutes a day.
The image below shows the flow of information into the Grants.gov web portal.
In the next post I will talk about how to search for business grant opportunities to which your firm may be eligible to apply.