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Do I Qualify For A Startup Grant?

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Shannon Vissers

Shannon Vissers

Shannon is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Shannon attended San Diego State University, graduating in 2005 with a BA in English. She is the former editor-in-chief of SteelOrbis, an online trade publication. Shannon has also published articles for LIVESTRONG.COM, eHow, Life'd, and other websites. She has been with Merchant Maverick since 2015, writing about POS software, small business loans, and financing for women entrepreneurs.
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    I’m looking for money to start a fiber farm in Michigan. I would also like it to be a place where kids can come and get educated on how a small scale farm business runs.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Virginia,

      I’d definitely suggest looking into the resources we’ve provided for Rural Businesses, Women-Owned businesses and/or Non-Profits listed within this post. It sounds like any of those might be beneficial to you. Good luck!

        Stephanie Bee

        Hi. I’m Stephanie.A single mother of 3 I graduated Beauty School Feb.14,2019. And. I was. Wanting to open a business to be able to sale. Hair products for natural hair. As well as. Bundles . hair accessories things in that nature. What grant should i Apply for..

          Jessica Dinsmore

          Hi Stephanie,

          I’d suggest reading the portion of this post dedicated to Women-Owned Businesses.


            Any help with Grant to start up a discount tire in Alabama

              Shannon Vissers

              Hi there! I’ll just reiterate what I said in the article, because this info hasn’t changed:

              Very few private businesses are actually eligible for a business grant. Unless your business or startup is highly innovative and provides a demonstrable benefit to your community or the world at large, unfortunately, you are probably not grant-recipient material. Even if you are eligible for some grant money and you make it through the lengthy proposal process, you may only land a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

              Furthermore, startup grants are particularly hard to come by, as grantees will generally want to see what kind of results you’ve achieved on other projects carried out by your organization. Don’t fall for government grant scams that will have you believe there are piles of free grant money out there for the taking—this is not the case at all.

              So, rather than hoping to be among the fortunate few who are granted free money, you might want to look into grant alternatives for your business.

              Startup grant alternatives include crowdfunding, P2P lending, online loans, equipment financing, and others.

                Erica Jones

                I am a single minority mother who is trying to start my own clothing line. Until I can reach my full potential I would like to start with creating graphic t shirts. What grants should I apply for?

                  Shannon Vissers

                  Hi Erica! I’d recommend applying for Amber Grants, which gives out one $2,000 grant to a female entrepreneur each month and one $25K grant each year. You should also apply to GirlBoss, which awards one $15K grant to a female-owned creative startup every six months. And here’s another article I wrote on business grants for women with a few other options. Best of luck to you!

                    Steve boddie

                    I am trying to start up an cell phone and wifi provider company any advice would be greatly appreciated

                      Shannon Vissers

                      Hello, unfortunately I don’t have any information about grants for your specific industry. Sometimes cities and counties will have local grant money earmarked for tech-based businesses, though, so you might want to check with your local chamber of commerce.

                        Suzanne E

                        Have you ever found any grants or extra help toward a loan for widows with dependent children? I have excellent credit, but “not a real job” – I’ve been told before when I applied for a home loan because I’m a substitute teacher. So, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a hard time with banks for a start up loan. So, looking for fresh alternatives too, besides crowdfunding, which takes a percentage off the top.

                          Shannon Vissers

                          Hi, I haven’t come across a grant for your specific situation; usually, grant eligibility has to do more with the type of business you have rather than your personal situation (though there are a few business grants just for women). You might be able to get a startup loan through an online/alternative lender, or another option is a personal loan from a company like Prosper, LendingPoint, or Upstart. Those lenders pretty much only care about your personal credit score, and you can get up to $25-$50K.


                            Is grant funding actually available for someone who isn’t a non-profit? (Working in the mental health arena)

                            Thank you!

                              Shannon Vissers

                              There are very few grants available to for-profit businesses, and those grants are typically very competitive and/or not very large. However, based on your profession, it is possible that there could be some local grant money that could be available, as health industry-related businesses and other businesses that benefit the community are sometimes eligible for grant money. I’d check and do a local search for grants in your area that you might be eligible for.

                                brenda nakawuka

                                hi am looking for help to sart up an electronic shop in uganda

                                  Shannon Vissers

                                  Hello, I don’t know much about international grants/loans so you would need to check with your local agencies. However, I know that Kiva is one organization that provides small startup loans internationally.

                                    Nikefa Grayson

                                    I’m looking for startup money for a cleaning business

                                      Jessica Dinsmore


                                      Take a look at our blog post The Step-By-Step Guide To Starting And Funding A Cleaning Business or How To Find A Startup Grant. These should help you get started. All the best!

                                        Shannon Farrell

                                        Hi, I am looking to open my own RV and boat storage facility in California, are there any grant’s I should look into? Also I would like my long term boyfriend (10 year, 2 kids, we dont believe in marriage) to be part owner with myself. Is it a better idea to look into grants for women or are there any other options? We are not planning on employing anyone at our facility, it would just be ran by us. Any help is greatly appreciated.

                                          Shannon Vissers

                                          Unfortunately, that kind of business isn’t really the type that would qualify for a grant. Grants are mostly for nonprofits, medical research, and businesses that would greatly benefit their community or industry in some way (for example, a green tech company that would employ a lot of people in a rural area). There are a few small business grants for women, but these are essentially business competitions that looking to award only especially innovative or creative startups. Your best bet would probably be a startup loan.


                                            Hi! I have been searching for grants to help me start a small business in Cookies I developed, actuall two of them which I want to market like in groceries, etc. I have the ideas like in packaging, design and a good name brand. I need help in nutrition facts to check my cookies, apply with no cost trademark? Can you help me and give me Legit agencies who can help me? Thank you in advance!

                                              Jessica Dinsmore

                                              Hi Eileen,

                                              I’d definitely suggest checking out the resources we’ve vetted within this article. They would be a great place to start! Good luck with your cookies!

                                                Alexius Prejean

                                                I’m a single mother looking for a grant to start a food truck.

                                                  karen davenport

                                                  I am wanting to start a quilt shop in South Eastern Kentucky. Is any small business grant for women? Is any grants or loans that does not require you put lien on your assets.

                                                    Shannon Vissers

                                                    Hi Karen, here are a couple resources I’ve written which include some unsecured loan options and a list of business grants for women:

                                                      Maeen Shabain

                                                      I need Grant to open a small Deli restaurant and North Carolina Smithfield

                                                        Jessica Dinsmore

                                                        Exciting! We’ve got lot’s of grant resources available for you to explore! Best of luck to you!


                                                          I need help getting a grant fast to open a nutritious smoothie and juice bar.

                                                            Jessica Dinsmore

                                                            Hi Kayla,

                                                            Why don’t you start with this article on finding startup grants. It’s full of excellent resources. Best of luck to you!

                                                              Dior lee

                                                              How do I apply for grants to start a food business or for a food truck?

                                                                Jessica Dinsmore

                                                                Hi Dior,

                                                                We haven’t yet researched Food Truck specific grants, but we have a lengthy list of grant resources that should be able to help point you in the right direction. Check it out! And good luck!

                                                                  DAMON Walker

                                                                  I need to get a new business grant for my BBQ place

                                                                    Jessica Dinsmore

                                                                    This article is a great place to start, Damon. Best of luck to you!

                                                                      Hkung maran

                                                                      I’m looking the money for for start open restaurant business in baton rouge Louisiana State.

                                                                        Jessica Dinsmore

                                                                        If you aren’t too sure if you’d qualify for a startup grant, you might want to take a look at our Startup Loan Comparison Chart. Good luck!

                                                                          Nagesh Lingayat

                                                                          Nice post! Thanks.

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