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Small Business Financing: A Resource Guide


Depending on the kind of business you are starting, some private foundations, companies, and crowdfunding websites provide grants, ranging from micro-grants of under $100 up to thousands of dollars. All grants have eligibility requirements, so make sure to read the requirements carefully before applying. For example, some grants are only for jewelry businesses or businesses owned by veterans; many grants are exclusively for non-profit businesses. Additionally, make sure you research who is providing the money and watch out for scams: you should not have to pay money to find out if you are eligible for a grant. Finding and writing grant proposals can be a full-time job, but the resources on this page are a good starting point.

Online Resources

The following external websites provide links to resources on grants for small businesses.

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources below marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Selected Print Resources

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.