Start-up grants for a business are mostly a myth, but when you talk about nonprofit businesses, the myth suddenly becomes reality. You have to qualify as a nonprofit, and there may be extra steps to take and paperwork to file before you earn your tax-exempt status. But once you do, you become eligible for a range of public and private grants to give you a leg up on your endeavor.
Business.gov offers a page for finding resources for nonprofits (see Resources). The resources it features includes the online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, a database detailing federal programs for nonprofit organizations.
Grants.gov, the U.S. government’s portal for finding and applying grants has a page for nonprofits (see Resources). It includes a link to search all federal grants and links to grants categorized by federal departments, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Grants from the Environmental Protection Agency include the program Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE), which funds local partnerships formed to reduce environmental risks. .
The Foundation Center website provides an extensive database for nonprofits to search for grants from non-government foundations as well as state and local sources (see Resources).