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Nonprofit Resource Center: Small Business Funding

A Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center

Assistance for Small Businesses - Web Resources

Note about Assistance for Small Businesses

Contrary to popular belief, cash grants for businesses are virtually nonexistent. There are rare instances where a cash grant has been given for some highly specialized type of business or for some unusual situation, but for the great majority of business situations, there are no cash grants.

There are many government grants designed to assist business, but these usually don’t go directly to the business. Instead, they go to agencies and organizations that perform some service for business or benefit business in some way. The Small Business Development Centers throughout the United States operate partly on a grant from the federal government.

Assistance for Small Businesses - Local Resources