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Free Startup Money: Where & How To Get A Grant To Start A Business

Does your startup need funding? Grants offer free money to good applicants, but they're not as easy to apply for as you might think.

    Shannon Vissers
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Shannon Vissers

Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
The former editor-in-chief of SteelOrbis, Shannon has been researching and writing about small business software and financing since 2015. Her shopping and retail expertise has been cited in numerous publications, including Reader's Digest, MSN, Yahoo Finance, and GOBankingRates . She has also published articles for LIVESTRONG.COM, eHow, Life'd, and other websites. Shannon attended San Diego State University, graduating in 2005 with a BA in English.
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    levi Hyden

    I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it your blog.

      Pamela Clayton

      Hi, I have been searching around for grants that I can qualify for to help me open a dollar store. I have been working with this company called Funding Target, but I haven’t gotten anywhere, so I’m doing more research to see if there were other grants that I may qualify for. If someone could please contact me with some information to help me move forward, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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        Jessica Dinsmore

        Hi Pamela! Unfortunately, we don’t offer individual consulting services, but we hope you’ll explore the resources and links we’ve included in this post to find a grant for your dollar store. Best of luck to you!

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          Marietta

          Hey Pamela. Have you tried talking to one of the managers or regional managers of a dollar store near you and picking their brain? Good luck to you!

            Jules Vedis

            Trying to do my own thing running campers boats cars what ever need hauling but need a truck to do so Just want to be a owner operator truck needs to be a 3500 or bigger don’t have the money to get started

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              Udeme Daniel Etuk

              I am attempting to start a poultry farm. I have all the necessary things required. Is there a grant for this?

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                Jessica Dinsmore

                Hi Udeme,

                There very well may be a grant for that! If you scroll through the post and click on the links, you can search by keyword to find grants that are relevant to you. Some grants may be less about the industry, and more focused on the applicant demographic, so keep that in mind as well. If you haven’t already, read through the post for a more detailed explanation of available grant types and how to find them. We’ve jam-packed the post with some really great resources–I hope that helps! Good luck with your poultry farm.

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                  Cathrine

                  Hi my name Cathrine Skosana I sell a cleaning service and product and I deliver so I need are grant to open a big shop for selling all services of cleaning and more my Company is registered in this Company and I want to give people work.

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                    Jessica Dinsmore

                    Hi Cathrine,

                    That’s great! Thanks so much for sharing. We wish you all the best with your grant search and startup journey! Be sure to check out all the links in the post–we have some great resources available to you.

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                      Amanda Looney

                      I would like to start up a Health Bar and a gym with zumba an cardio dance class. How would i go about doing this?

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                        Jessica Dinsmore

                        Hi Amanda,

                        If you don’t already have one, you’ll likely need a business plan. You may also want to see about getting matched to a SCORE mentor to help you get started. Once you’ve got the plans laid out, you’ll be in good shape for applying for grants. We have lots of resources on how to find startup grants, including this post. You’ll also want to check out our grant writing application tips to give your application a competitive edge. I hope that answers your question!

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                          BRENDA WASHINGTON

                          I AM TRYING TO OPEN THRIFT STORE IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH NEW /USED NAME BRAND ITEMS FOR THE LOW INCOME FAMILIES ,SO THAT THEY MAY ENJOY SOME OF THE BEST QUALITY ITEM AT A LOW PRICE AND TO CREATE AT LEAST 5-10 JOBS OR MORE IN THE LONG RUN! PLEASE I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET TO MAKE THIS DREAM POSSIBLE . THANK YOU BRENDA WASHINGTON

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                            Jessica Dinsmore

                            That sounds like a wonderful goal Brenda! In this post we’ve included many links to resources to help you find a startup grant that is best suited for your business, to help you achieve that dream! We wish you all the best!

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                              Welston may

                              I’m in need of a grant for startup farming. Hi 6women and 6 man in a group. We need all the help we can get

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                                Jessica Dinsmore

                                Hi Welston,

                                We have some excellent resources for farm & agriculture businesses in this post. Good luck with your farm!

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                                  Frank

                                  Hi, I have a Website concept, I have company I’ve been dealing with and will hopefully be handling it. The cost for the site to be built/designed with all my content is minimal and pays for a full year of services.I strongly believe in my concept and it would be gratefully appreciated. Is there a grant for this?

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                                    Jessica Dinsmore

                                    Hi Frank,

                                    It’s hard to say without more information, but our posts on how to find grants have a number of resources linked that may help you in finding a grant. The post we are commenting on, as well as this post on how to find a startup grant may be the perfect place to start. Good luck!

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                                      Tia

                                      I am attempting to start a trucking business.. I have all paperwork I just need a truck.. is there a grant for this?

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                                        Jessica Dinsmore

                                        Hey Tia,

                                        You bet! Check out this post on how to Find The Next Grant Opportunity For Your Trucking Business Or Startup. Good luck to you!

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