Does anyone know if there are any small business grants for women? If so, how do they apply?
A friend of mine is thinking about starting a business and were trying to find grants help please!
They are more likely to get a loan guaranteed by the government through the Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov a government subsidy. Read the SBA Financing page to learn about the criteria necessary for the borrowing is hard to find grants to start a business – even for women. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal foundations public and private, are hardly even grant money to start a business for profit. One possible exception is for companies developing or exporting agricultural products, including food and forest products. Another exception could be the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbir/index.html programs, which fund research and development of technological innovation that meets the needs government specific. Your best bet is in fact states if they offer scholarship programs for women (or any other special interest groups – minorities, women, disabled, veterans, etc.). Or check with non profit organizations, particularly women organizations if they offer scholarships. Examples include http://www.nmwf.org/guidelines.html Women's Foundation of New Mexico http://www.iawf.org/ Iowa Women's Foundation Even SBA does not provide grants. From the SBA website http://www.sba.gov/mostrequesteditems/CON_FAQ2.html "The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See http://www.sba.gov/financing for more information) While SBA offers several grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations they provide small business management, technical or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary institutions credit. And state and local governments "However, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) and http://www.grants.gov http://www.cfda.gov Grants.gov – these are two sites created by the federal government to ensure transparency and information on grants. Browse the listings and see if you can find any grant would support a for-profit company. Here is a list of federal grants for small businesses. To see if any are available for people to start a business – there are none. Http://188.8.131.52/pls/portal30/CATALOG.BROWSE_BENEF_RPT.show Most of the federal grants are awarded to specific groups with specific needs (Eg minority business owners involved in transportation-related contracts from DOT – Grant # 20,905 disadvantaged business enterprises Short-term Lending Program Grants are also often the non-profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (59 043 grant of Women Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create the center of business women who will train women entrepreneurs