Resources & Grants for Businesses

The federal government has many opportunities for local and state governments ranging from agriculture to education.

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Agriculture

Farmers Market Promotion Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Farmers Market Promotion Program grants are designed to increase marketing opportunities for farmers to sell directly to consumers through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, retail markets, and other direct marketing initiatives. These grants can go to nonprofits, agricultural cooperatives or producer associations, local governments, economic development corporations, regional farmers’ market authorities, public benefit corporations, and tribal governments.

 

National Organic Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The National Organic Program (NOP) regulates the well-known “USDA Organic” label and ensures that customers are buying what is promised with that label. For farmers, NOP regulates what is allowed and not allowed under the USDA Organic label, as well as provides technical assistance and cost sharing to receive official organic accreditation.

 

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program provides funds to organizations which offer risk management training to limited resource, socially disadvantaged, traditionally underserved (including women), and beginning farmers and ranchers. RMA staff work closely with grantees and help to implement the program activities. Funding amounts and educational topics change annually and new focus areas are announced in the Federal Register.

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Civil Rights

Civil Rights Division

U.S. Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin.

 

Criminal Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual’s civil rights.

 

Federal Coordination and Compliance Section

U.S. Department of Justice

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) ensures that all federal agencies consistently and effectively enforce civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.

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Environment

The Brownfields Program

Environmental Protection Agency

The Brownfields Program provides a variety of competitive grants in the areas of Brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training.

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Job Training & Finance

ETA Grant Opportunities

U.S. Department of Labor

Grant opportunities through the Employment and Training Administration awards competitive funding to support a variety of priorities in employment and training programming and services.

 

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Office of the HUBZone Program’s mission is to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development to historically underutilized business zones, referred to as HUBZones, by providing contracting assistance to small businesses located in these economically distressed communities.The federal government aims to award 3 percent of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified concerns.

 

Lender Match

U.S. Small Business Administration

Lender Match is a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders.

 

Office of Procurement and Assistance Management

U.S. Department of Energy

The Office of Procurement and Assistance Management (OPAM) oversees policies and procedures forall DOE contracting, financial assistance, and business-related activities.

 

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

U.S. Small Business Administration

Through in-person counseling and training services, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments.

 

SCORE Association

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SCORE Association, supported by SBA, is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors trained to serve as counselors, advisors, and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.

 

Small Business Development Centers

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

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STEM

Office of Science Funding Opportunity Announcements

U.S. Department of Energy

Through the Office of Science, DOE offers research grants and contracts for universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit commercial organizations, state and local governments, and unaffiliated individuals.

 

Office of Science Grants and Contracts

U.S. Department of Energy

Grants are available for small business innovation, training program development, energy efficient technology, lighting, and advanced energy manufacturing for industrial, commercial and residential energy efficiency purposes. Rebates and tax credits are also offered for energy-efficient businesses using renewable energy.

 

Office of Science Loan Programs Office

U.S. Department of Energy

The Loan Programs Office guarantees loans for eligible clean energy projects and provides direct loans to eligible manufacturers of advanced technology vehicles and components.

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Underserved

8(a) Business Development program

U.S. Small Business Administration

8(a) Business Development program helps firms that are at least 51 percent owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs compete for government contracts. The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.

 

Minority Business Development Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) assists minority-owned businesses by providing companies with tools to access capital, contract opportunities, and business consultants
through its network of nearly 50 minority business centers around the country that offer local experts who can help write business plans and marketing strategies; help locate capital and other funding resources; and provide technical assistance and financial planning to assure sufficient financing for business ventures. MBDA focuses on firms that generate $1 million or more in annual revenue. While MBDA will assist any business seeking help, it often will refer smaller businesses, especially those starting out, to the Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

Office of Economic Impact and Diversity

U.S. Department of Energy

The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity works with minority-owned and other small businesses to advance DOE’s mission.

 

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

U.S. Department of Interior

OSDBU advise the Secretary of the Interior on all matters related to small business and collaborate with leadership throughout the Department to maximize opportunities for small businesses in our acquisitions.Their mission also includes outreach to small and disadvantaged business communities, including Indian economic enterprises, small disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, service disabled veteran owned, small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone) areas, and the Ability One Program.

 

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program assists firms that are at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens compete for government contracts. The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.

 

Women’s Business Center

U.S. Small Business Administration

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

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Veterans

Office of Small Business and Disadvnatage Business Utilization

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA OSDBU mission is to enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses.

 

Veteran’s Business Outreach Center

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program isprogram is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Located nationwide, VBOCs provide transition assistance programs, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance such as training, counseling and mentoring, and resource referrals.

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Other

International Trade Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

The International Trade Administration, which oversees Export.gov, and provides tools for small business owners on how to enter the exporting industry.

 

Rural Development Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Rural Development Agency (RD) has various grant and loan programs to help develop housing, community facilities, and businesses in small towns and rural communities (with exact definition of “rural” varying depending on program).

 

U.S. Commercial Services

U.S. Department of Commerce

AAPI business owners can get export help and counseling through the Export Assistance Centers available in more than 100 cities. The offices are staffed by trade professionals who provide counseling and services with an emphasis on small- and mid-sized businesses.

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Department of Commerce

Businesses wanting to protect their inventions, brand names, or symbols identifying their goods and services can do so through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

 

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