As a small business owner in search of a trucking grant, you will first need to create a business plan. This information will strengthen your grant application and add a quantitative value for the business, in terms of profit. There are multiple resources on the Internet that are geared towards helping you with your business, read on to learn more.
Draft a business plan (see Resources). Draft a business plan that formally states the goals of the business and outlines a plan of action for attaining those goals. Use the document to explain to lenders and grantors an actionable plan of success that can be measured.
Outline profit goals as well as how to maximize those profits. Focus on the potential revenue that may be earned during the first quarter or year to create a value for the company as well as qualify it for financial backing.
Focus the business plan on the internal and external factors that will define the business and its working goals.
Visit the largest grant database on the web. Visit the Grants.gov website (see link in Resources) to research and apply for a trucking business grant. It's the largest web based grant database in the US. Unlike other websites that charge a fee or require purchase of a grant guide, Grant.gov provides current grant information free of charge.
Scroll to the "For Applicant" tab. Click on the "Grant Search" bulletin.
Begin a "Keyword Search," or "Search by Funding Opportunity Number" or "Search by CFDA Number". Enter a keyword and then click, "Enter." In this instance, enter "Trucking," or "Trucking Business."
Review the search results. Review information by close date, agency, fund number or attachment.
Sort by date or relevance for easy viewing and handling.
Click on the relevant grant information. Click on the grant to view a larger synopsis or start an application to apply for a trucking grant. For the full announcement, click "Full Annoucement." To start an application, click "Application."
Complete the application. Complete an online application and then track the status of the application using the "Track my application" tab.
Submit a hard copy application to Grants.gov at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201