Do Small Business Grants Really Exist?

If you're a small business owner, there may be grants available to you. While many grants are only offered to nonprofits, there are funding sources who provide grants for start-ups and growing companies. These grants are a bit more scarce than those available to nonprofits, but they certainly do exist. Don't miss the opportunity to have your dream funded. Be sure to search the available grants that your small business may qualify for on MWBEzone.com

Why are grants more preferable than small business loans?

Capital is possibly the most common reason hindering SME’s from launching out. Small business owners spend months trying to acquire loans from banks often with little success and when the money finally comes, it’s becomes surprisingly difficult to keep a rein on spending all of it. –Huffington Post

To search the grant listings specifically for small business, simple go to MWBEzone.com and click on the "Small Business" category listed on the right side of the page. The page will refresh with listings for small business grants currently available. If you don't find a grant in your first search, be sure to return and search again in a few days. New grants are added to MWBEzone daily. 

small business grantsAs a Coordinator in this field, I understand the need for small businesses to receive funding. Forty percent of the grant writer jobs posted on GrantWriterTeam.com are for small business owners. This is further proof that grants for businesses and entrepreneurs are out there!

Searching for funding can be a dauting task. In addition to browsing available grants, I urge you to research different avenues to assist with the finacial burden. Crowdfunding can be a great strategy to raise funds for your small business or startup. With a crowdfunding campaign, you can raise the capital you need while building a network of emotionally invested followers.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also a helpful source for small business owners, helping business owners create, build and expand.

These are just a few of the ways to help you locate the funding for your small business. I am here to cheer you on. Do not give up! Stay encouraged and know that there is always a way.

Oh, and now that President Donald Trump's goal is "To make America great again!" economically, who knows how many new small business grants he will be releasing, Stay encouraged!

About the Author: Tracy is the Coordinator of GrantWriterTeam.com and shares the knowledge that she receives from both grant writers and business owners.

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Grant Writing for Success!

If you have ever cringed at the thought of writing a grant proposal, you are certainly in the majority. But while there seems to be a stigma associated with the process, the fear of getting started may often be misplaced. Preparing a grant proposal does not require you to be a poet laureate or a fancy wordsmith. In fact, complex sentences and fancy words are more likely to cause more harm than good. So, if it isn't about being a phenomenal writer, then what is grant writing all about? It's actually not as complicated as you would think.

1. Know your project. Develop an elevator speech. If you can describe your project in the time it takes to ride an elevator up 3 floors, then you have a good handle on your subject. Focus on key terms. What is the issue or problem your project solves? How? Who does it solve the problem for? What is the cost? What will you do when it is over? You should be able to answer these big questions in 30 seconds to one minute.

2. Collaborate: Look at your project and the problem you are trying to solve. What other issues might your project affect? Are there other organizations that would be interested in collaborating with you on your project, with minimal effort? This could maximize the potential for funding by allowing you to hit multiple agendas on an organization's funding initiatives. It may also increase the visibility of your brand.

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3. Know your funder. Search for your funder on the web. Check their Form 990's as well. Look to see if their funding initiatives or stated interests match the terms used in your elevator speech. If you think there is a fit, look at the projects they have funded in the past. You want to make sure they fund similar size and types of projects and entities (i.e., individual, corporation, or non-profit).  Some organizations only fund large, million and multi-million dollar projects, while others deal in much smaller quantities.

4. KIS: Keep it simple. Follow your funder's application instructions. Avoid complex sentences. Do not show off by using long words or vocabulary that only someone in your industry would know. If you must use an acronym, always define it first. Too many complex sentences, industry jargon, and acronyms can cause the reviewer to set your proposal aside. Most importantly, always have at least one other person proofread your proposal before you submit it.

By following these 4 simple tips, you can place your proposal firmly in the "YES" pile and avoid rejection.

About the Author: Allison Boroda is a writer who lives in Lubbock, Texas with her Husky, Sitka. She is a consultant for the School of Art (SOA) at Texas Tech University (TTU), and her writing has been featured in Burros Mini Mental Measurements Yearbook, two TTU publications. She has also been acknowledged by author Maryanne Raphael.

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