There are several places that you can turn to in order to locate the best grants for you to be able to apply for. Here is where I will list them all. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a major provider of grant money for businesses. This is even in spite of its decline in funding for social services and health and welfare programs over the many years. Most federal agencies have some kind of grant program.
You can also try to check out the Federal Register. In order to remain current with the continually changing federal grants that are being offered to you, you might wish to keep on trying to check the Federal Register, the government's daily newspaper which you can also find at the Superintendent of Documents and lists notices of legal rules and regulations, as well as application deadlines for new grant programs from federal agencies.
FedBizOpps is another great resource for locating grants. Besides awarding grants, the federal government also tends to award contracts to some businesses. It is a mechanism that you can make use of in order to support a project whereas an actual contract is an instrument that you can use to get a project. FedBizOpps is a great resource for finding federal government grant opportunities that are higher than 25,000. All federal agencies must use FedBizOpps as a means to inform the public about contract opportunities over $25,000. You can find it all online at http://www.fedbizopps.gov.
Finding Out About Private Grants
Private grants come from both foundations and corporations. There are over 65,000 private grant foundations in the United States. Each year, they award more than $20 billion to those people who request it. Federal law mandates that foundations must give away 5 percent of their market value assets or interest income each year, whichever of these amounts is greater. Foundations must attempt to follow the 5 percent rule or they might risk losing their tax-exempt status.
Right now there are about 15 percent of the private foundations that actually maintain websites that offer grant-related information, and that number is growing slowly. There are two major Web sites that try to maintain links to these particular foundations. One of them is maintained by the Foundation Center. The other one of them is maintained by the Council on Foundations. Foundations tend to award grants to businesses and groups which are presenting a convincing case that they will help the foundation to reach its long-term goals.
Some foundations try to make their money available for specific purposes, such as building funds, operating support, equipment, or seed capital. Some other foundations make their money available for specific businesses.
Obviously, others have their own specific priorities and interests, which determine the types of programs that they are willing to support. I would suggest that you researching this in order to be sure that you are the first eligible.