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Many of the small business grants that follow have expired or will expire soon. However, some of these grants will repeat within the next year or so. For this reason, we have included them, even if they have expired. Please let us know if you know of any small business grants we do not have listed below.

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Small Business and Home Business Grants...

  • Social Change Fund
    The Social Change Fund provides resources for women and girls projects designed to have a significant impact on societal attitudes and behaviors or result in systems change.
    Deadline: October 1

  • Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network
    Available to family child care providers intending to become licensed or who have been licensed less than 6 months; child care centers that intend to become licensed or have been licensed for less than 6 months; legally unlicensed school-age care programs that are intending to open or have been providing care for less than 6 months.
    Deadline: Ongoing

  • Child Care Council Start-Up
    The Council offers the Safe Beginnings start up grant which is worth up to $500 of health and safety items. This grant is available to individuals who are in the process of starting a family child care business.
    Deadline: Ongoing

  • Business Plan Competition at Palo Alto Software
    $25,000 awarded to best business plan for start-up venture. Anyone who is starting a business, has been in business for less than one year, or who is writing a plan to expand their current business is eligible.
    Deadline: May 30

  • National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations
    The Yale School of Management, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts have joined together to form the Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures. Grants and technical assistance awarded to non-profits seeking to start or expand successful profit-making ventures.
    Deadline: August 30

  • Business Plan Competition
    Third Annual PitchFest (formerly the Business Plan Competition). PitchFest 2002 focuses on the ideas as well as enthusiasm of start-up ventures who are in the concept stage. Winner receives $10,000.
    Deadline: September 17

  • Early Stage Enterprise (ESE) Seed Investment Fund
    New Jersey based. Very young technology enterprises may be eligible to receive investments ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million. For more information, please contact the Department of Client Promotion at 609-777-0885.
    Deadline: Ongoing

  • Keep Walking (Johnnie Walker)
    Offers grants to assist individuals with innovative business ideas. Started after 9/11 with purpose to assist those who inspire others. Up to $10,000.
    Deadline: Already awarded - unknown future deadlines

  • Los Angeles Social Entrepreneurial Fund
    The Liberty Hill Foundation's Social Entrepreneurial Fund (SEF) is designed to increase the wealth of poor communities through microenterprises, community, and worker-owned businesses. The fund seeks to stimulate job creation, job training, and increased income in inner-city communities throughout Los Angeles. Applicant organizations must demonstrate a viable business plan that leads to long-term sustainability, as well as the social benefits of the enterprise or service to the community.
    Deadline: June 3

  • Balance Grants
    Offers grants to assist amateur athletes. If you have a program you would like to start that balances both mind and body, whether for children or adults, this would be the grant for you. $500 to $10,000.
    Deadline: Trimesterly - Next deadline Janary 15

  • Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellows Program
    A year-long fellowship that supports the professional development of social sector leaders who have a demonstrated record of leadership and entrepreneurial performance, and who are engaged in projects or programs that demonstrate community innovation.
    Deadline: May 3

  • Public Service Fellowships
    Echoing Green provides seed money and technical support to individuals creating innovative public service projects including, but not limited to, the environment, arts, education, health, youth service and development, civil and human rights, and community and economic development. Two-year fellowship, $60,000 stipend, health care benefits, on-line connectivity, access to their network of social entrepreneurs, training and technical assistance. Stipend serves as seed money to start a new public service organization or an independent project. Domestic or international.
    Deadline: January 6

  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
    The U.S. Government provides a grant for small businesses in the field of research and development and high technology. If your company has created a product or service in these areas you may be able to qualify for this grant.
    Deadline: Ongoing

    Grants for Women...

  • WebMomz Business Grant
    A national organization for empowering women in the areas of work, life, and family. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a woman or group of women, starting a new business, have a business plan, and a US resident. Must be a member of to apply for grant; however, membership is free.
    Deadline: March 30

  • Build Your Own Business
    The Oxygen Media network offers a $10,000 grant to women who submit a great business idea. These grants are making the dream of business ownership a reality for women around the country.
    Deadline: August 23

  • Dollar Diva Business Plan Competition
    Competition for teen women between the ages of 13-21. An opportunity for young women with a well thought-out vision and plan for a new business venture. Five winners receive: $1,500 cash, a camp scholarship and a $10,000 scholarship for Babson college.
    Deadline: November 15

  • Business and Professional Women Foundation
    The BPW Foundation created the Career Advancement Scholarship Program to award financial assistance to disadvantaged women who want to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their career, or will soon enter or re-enter the workforce.
    Deadline: Applications available beginning January 1st of each year.

  • The Amber Foundation
    A non-profit organization for helping women of vision start new online businesses or help an existing one make a needed step forward. Must be a member of WomensNet Network to apply for grant; however, membership is free.
    Note: Site frequently inaccessible
    Deadline: September 30

  • Idea Cafe - Mary Marks MOM Biz Grant
    Private grant for women who work at home. Self-funded with donations. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place grants, ranging from $4,000 to $1,000.
    Deadline: Already awarded - unknown future deadlines

    Grants for the Disabled...

  • Quality of Life Grants
    Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

    Provides grants annually in Quality of Life and Health Promotion grants to organizations nationwide that help improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with disabilities—primarily paralysis--and their families. This program recognizes the unique and numerous needs of these individuals and the importance of providing services and programs that enable them to participate in all areas of life.
    Deadline: April 1 & October 1 - ongoing

  • Foundation Center RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin
    Updated weekly, this bulletin lists current funding oppportunities offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization.
    Deadline: Varies depending on current grants available

  • SBC Ameritech Foundation
    SBC (Ameritech) contributes time and money to support programs that improve education, economic development and quality of life.
    Deadline: Ongoing

  • Verizon Foundation
    Specifically the Foundation concentrates its funding in the areas of literacy, digital divide, women and economic development, people with disabilities, education/scholarships, and community development.
    Deadline: Ongoing

  • Toby Wells Foundation
    The Toby Wells Foundation strives to make a positive and meaningful impact by assisting and working with other non-profit organizations within San Diego County that serve youth, persons with disabilities and animals. The foundation encourages and supports carefully reviewed and selected programs that provide a brighter future for people and animals.
    Deadline: Ongoing

  • Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
    Gives "Starfish Grants" to benefit young people with disabilities.
    Deadline: Ongoing

    This is a web portal to many U.S. government-sponsored grants for those with disabilities. The last time I checked, the site was temporarily down for expanding and improving their website.
    Deadline: Varies depending on current grants available

More small business grants are being added next week. This is a work in progress as we continue our research...So stay tuned!