The Recovery Act of 2009 proposed by President Obama has opened up many opportunities for grants. The Department of Health and Human Services works to promote the goals of the Recovery Act, resulting in grants being issued for special needs, as well as other areas. All grants for small businesses can be searched through the official government grants website. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance also lists all small business grants, including any available grants for special needs. Foundations established by individuals and business are another option to consider when searching for grants.

Things You Will Need
  • Grant search websites:

  • Grants.gov

  • CFDA.gov

  • HHS.gov/grants

  • Foundationcenter.org

  • Recovery.gov

Step 1.

Search the official grants website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (see Resources). Click on "Find Grant Opportunities" on the main page. Search by categories of funding opportunities or through different agencies providing grants. Also search through grants provided by the Recovery Act. Perform an advanced search to find exact types of grants, offering agencies and eligibility requirements. Apply directly through Grants.gov by registering and then downloading the grant application package.

Step 2.

Find grants catered toward special needs businesses through The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) website (see Resources). Enter a keyword in the search box on the main page and then select "Grants" from the drop-down menu. Search through different programs available, as well as the various agencies that provide the grants. After you find a grant, contact the office that facilitates or handles the specific grant for further application instructions.

Step 3.

Research grants available from different foundations set up by individuals or organizations that want to fund certain causes. Search through different foundations and the grants they offer on the Foundation Center website (see Resources). The Foundation Center can also assist you in applying for grants and writing proposals. Tour their website to learn more by clicking "Get Started" from the tabs listed on the homepage.

Step 4.

Contact your local Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA helps small businesses and firms by assisting them in starting their business through grants, writing business plans and business proposals, financing their business and training individuals. Every state has an SBA office, which can be located using the "Local Resources" section of the SBA website (see Resources).

Tip

Another U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services page offers a Grants Forecast section, which provides estimated dates and types of grants different agencies intend to issue in the future based on any Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) released.