As part of the President’s E-Government initiative, the federal government developed Grants.gov, a single website for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is a source to find and apply for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about Grants.gov and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site by visiting www.grants.gov.
Grants.gov does not provide personal financial assistance. To learn where you may find personal help, check government benefits, student loans and small business start-up loans.
Do you need government help? Get official information on grants, loans, financial aid, and other benefits from the U.S. government on www.usa.gov.
Benefits.gov can help you identify grants, loans, financial aid, and other benefits from the U.S. government for which you may be eligible and tell you how and where to apply. When looking for financial assistance, remember that there are differences between grants and loans. You are required to pay back a loan, often with interest. (You are not required to pay back a grant, but there are very few grants available to individuals.)
Rural Development Loan Assistance
Program assistance is provided in many ways, including direct or guaranteed loans, grants, technical assistance, research and educational materials. USDA provides funding opportunities for rural small businesses through loans, loan guarantees and grants, including these programs:
- Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
- Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program
- Business & Industry Loan Guarantees
- Community Connect Grants
- Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants
- Distributed Generation Energy Project Financing
- Farm Bill Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees
- Intermediary Relending Program
- Repowering Assistance Program
- Rural Business Development Grants
- Rural Business Investment Program
- Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program
- Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants
- Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
- Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
- Strategic Economic and Community Development
- Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees
- Value Added Producer Grants
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) contains detailed program descriptions for 2,239 federal assistance programs.
This is the same website as what used to be known as Business.gov. This is the official business portal of the U.S. government, providing guides and resources that help businesses comply with business laws and government regulations.
This fundraising and grants directory is provided at no cost to visitors. Fundsnet Services provides resources and information about grants, fundraising, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations to those in need of funding and research for their their philanthropic efforts and missions.
SBA.gov is the official website for the U.S. Small Business Administration, dedicated to providing support to small businesses across the nation.
- SBA Loans
If you’re planning to start a business or expand an existing business, you might need financing help. SBA participates in a number of loan programs designed for business owners who may have trouble qualifying for a traditional bank loan.
- Business Loan Application Checklist
SBA is not the only source for small-business loans. State and local economic-development agencies and numerous nonprofit organizations provide low-interest loans to small business owners who may not qualify for traditional commercial loans.
- SBA Loan Application Checklist
Use this checklist to ensure you have everything the lender will ask for in order to complete your SBA loan application.
- Credit Scores and Factors for Acquiring Financing
If you’ve ever applied for a charge account, a personal loan, insurance, or a job, there’s a file about you. This file contains information on where you work and live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued, arrested or filed for bankruptcy.