Where to Get Free Grants for Small Businesses

When your business needs money for capital investment, employees, marketing and more, what options do you have. Free grants for small business are one of the most sought-after ways for small businesses to secure the startup finance they desperately need. And, unlike business loans, they don’t accrue interest and the money doesn’t have to be paid back.

However, generally speaking, free grants for small business are not handed out arbitrarily and grant providers are specific about what type of business can apply and what they can spend the money on.

Free Grants for Small Business

If you think your small business may qualify for a free grant, here’s where to go to apply for the money to help your small business grow and become more profitable.


Grants.gov is a comprehensive database of grants administered by different government agencies. The database is a good place to search for grants relevant to your field, to check your eligibility, apply for money and track your application.

Small Business Innovation Research Program

If you operate a small business engaged in federal research or research and development which has commercialization potential, you may qualify for the Small Business Innovation Research R/R&D program. This competitive program enables small businesses in the research field to explore their technological potential and offers the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

Economic Development Administration

The US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration provides state and regional small business grants designed to support regional economic growth by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

Visit the administration’s website to view funding opportunities, free grants for small business and programs and learn more about small business success stories through the agency’s assistance.

National Association of the Self-Employed (NASE)

NASE offers monthly free grants for small business in the amount of $4,000. You must be a member of NASE to have the opportunity to be awarded with a $4,000 grant.

Previous recipients have used the business growth grants for farming equipment, computers, marketing, hiring part-time help, and much more.


LendingTree issues a $50,000 annual grant to small businesses that are finding it difficult to grow. Previous recipients of LendingTree grants have shown they are passionate entrepreneurs, have a growth mindset, and offer enrichment to the community, including creating new jobs.

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Enter your small business in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest and you could win up to $25,000. FedEx launched the sixth annual Small Business Grant Contest aimed at recognizing small business passion and innovation across the United States in 2018.

The 2018 contest offered a $120,500 prize pool for 10 US-based small businesses, with the winner being awarded $25,000.

Amber Grant Foundation

If you’re a female entrepreneur, then you may be eligible for a $1000 grant from the Amber Grant Foundation. Each month, the foundation awards free grants for small business in the amount of $1000 to a woman-owned small business. At the end of the year, one of the 12 grant recipients is awarded a further $10,000. The foundation’s board of advisors look for women who are particularly passionate about what they do and have a good story to tell.

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  1. Grants are common especially if you are into R&D. It makes the business industry prosper. With more inventions come more innovations.

  2. Elizabeth Clark

    I am interested in applying for these grants. My passion is caring for our seniors and veterans in any way that I can teach and educate them oh how to live longer and feel better doing it.