SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
Business grants and no interest loans are there to help you, if you don’t use them some other person or business will, yes they can be time consuming and are a pain to fill in and you may end up with nothing, but what if you end up with thousands of dollars or even more, isn’t that worth your time and effort.
Government grants are provided to small and medium sized businesses based on certain criteria, but in most instances businesses have no clue on how to find these grants or how to even apply for them.
TIPS TO FIND BUSINESS GRANTS
Simply look and Google, if these grants are so accessible then everyone would find them, so be more persistent, e.g. if you type in a Google search “trip to Bali” all you will get is the those who pay for top seo, but if you type in “trip to Bali for $60 per night in Kuta” then you will get a more refined search and are more thank likely to hit your target.
There are a number of sites that you can go to that will help you find grants, but be aware not all of them are free, there are businesses who look like government sites that make you pay a yearly fee to get information but there is enough information out there at NO COST if you simply research. If I recall there is a Grant Directory that used to get produced yearly that helped show you were the grants and no interest loans where.
You can are able to search online for grants. There are sites with information on Government grants and other grants available. You can search for both the local grant agencies and the Federal grant agencies for further information. You may notice that the information is scattered over several hundred or more websites and collecting information may take a long time but it is worth it and you can ask a work experience student to do it, just a thought.
Councils will often help with grants or events in your local region. Sharyn McCaskey an individual was granted $3000 to write up about Rockingham’s Local History.
You can seek private investor or organisation loans.
WARNING do a check on these business first as you never know if they are legit.
Here are some links, may I suggest you find more there are hundreds of them.
FILL IN THE FORMS
To receive government grants you would be required to fill in the form with utmost care. Your forms will go through severe scrutiny and hence you should ensure there are no errors in your application and facts are represented clearly without any ambiguity. Most of the business grants proposals get rejected because of improperly filled or incomplete application forms. Make sure you would triple check all proposals and forms, to be submitted. There are businesses that check your applications and offer feedback.
I would also suggest you do a 5 page intensive business plan this is two fold, firstly it shows exactly what and where you want to go and you need it for the grant application. Further you may use this latter for filling in an award submission.
When doing grant applications I research who has been successful, the grant provider won’t give you the winners application but often they list who has won and as such you can contact them directly and ask to see their proposal, many say no but then many say yes, and the worst thing is they say no. Keep your information on a word document as many applications are the same so all you need to do is cut and paste to the many other applications your going after.
TIPS FOR WINNING GRANTS
The First Few Lines
Consider when you’re reading a book or an article; if you don’t grab the interest of the reader INSTANTLY then it won’t be a page turner, make your opening few lines something that inspires, thrills or excites!
Improvise and Adapt
You are never going to fit into every grant so make you fit into that grant, adapt you application and project to suit the grant. Further if you are not yourself qualified for a government loan or grant, consider other ways to use a government small business grant funding program to your advantage. Find a non-profit organisation with interests that align with yours, for instance. Convince them to apply for the financial assistance for a specific objective and subsequently hire you to fulfil it for them. Seek what is the buzz phrase and key group and demographic that is being favoured by grant providers, for a time it was woman’s issues, then indigenous, now it is green, it changes a lot so seek and ask.
If you are turned down by a government small business funding agency, rethink your approach. Consider what changes need to be made to your grant application and funding proposal to apply for funding from another government agency. Just because one program turns you down doesn’t mean there isn’t funding available for you from a different source. Seek feedback as to how you can improve.
Go for the Obscure grants
Because there are many times that no one applies for them, you still have to meet the criteria but your in with a better shot.
Think outside the box -¬¬ make the funding fit your project.
Government funding programs are not always easily sourced and obtained; their purpose may not seem related to your needs, so you pass them by. However, give such programs a second glance and consider if there are any points where the grant program’s objectives intersect with your own that isn’t obvious. For instance, if you want money to renovate and upgrade your manufacturing facility but cannot find any funding that fits, have a look at government programs offering money to help businesses “go green.” It may turn out your project will result in your company becoming more environmentally friendly, a fact that opens up new funding options for your business as well.
Keep looking for other grant programs
Even if you find a grant program that suits your needs, even if you are approved for and receive financial aid you should keep looking for other federal, state, and local financing options that also fit your criteria. You may end up taking care of all your funding needs instead of just some of them, not to mention the contacts you could make in the end.
Talk with key personnel responsible for approving government grants at various government agencies. Establishing important contacts with government funding agencies in charge of small business programs may provide an opportunity for you. You could end up in the right place at the right time, or your company may come to mind at a pivotal moment. Such contacts may keep you informed of upcoming programs or program changes, or put you in touch with important contacts at other government agencies offering money that better suits your goals.
Remember to follow-up occasionally with the officials. It may payoff to build a rapport with the grant official so that you can get the updates on time. Government grants may take up to 3 weeks to three months to get processed and therefore you need to be patient.
Remember that, government grants don’t mean free money rather you’d be required to submit a report of your performance to keep receiving the grant. However, the cost of grants is really less than raising money in the open market where the interest rates can be enormous.
Do multiple grant applications, why limit yourself.
CROWD FUNDING WITH POZIBLE
Definition of ‘Crowdfunding’
The use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture
Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast networks of friends, family and colleagues through social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get the word out about a new business and attract investors. Crowdfunding has the potential to increase entrepreneurship by expanding the pool of investors from whom funds can be raised beyond the traditional circle of owners, relatives and venture capitalists.
There are many crowd funding agencies I simply know Pozible so I use them, but do your due diligence and pick which is write for you.
10 Crowdfunding Sites that also offer what Pozible does.
It is simply an avenue to cross use your social media supporters and individuals who want to help you raise capital for funding for projects, business start ups or projects. You set up a page, you seek a limit of money and then you start your campaign, Pozible make it easy to see what has been successful for others and as such you simply copy the concept. Rick Chen the Director of Pozible has granted permission to copy his details on his site here. http://www.pozible.com/help/handbook has some great suggestions to start crowd funding
So what is Pozible? Pozible is a Crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for projects and ideas. It was developed to help people raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible.
Crowdfunding with Pozible is a way for motivated makers to access funding beyond ‘official’ channels by talking directly to switched-on consumers, fans, peers and like-minded strangers.
Whether you’re a part-time photographer, aspiring illustrator, avant-garde kazoo virtuoso or app-developing wizard, you can host your project on Pozible.
How does it work?
Pozible provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience, worldwide. If people love what you’re creating, they can support it by pledging money.
In return, project creators offer rewards matched to the level of funding commitment.
Pozible can also be a gateway for discovering and supporting inspirational projects and thinkers directly. By becoming actively involved in bringing more attention to bold new ideas, art, products and the talented people who conceive them, project supporters become a vital part of a true creative community.
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