Small Business Administration Grant and Loan Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Many of the SBA programs offering Small Business Grants, Loan Programs and Counseling Programs are offered through state agencies.

Programs For Small Business

8(a) Business Development Program
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To foster business ownership by individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged; and to promote the competitive viability of such firms by providing business development assistance in...more
7(j) Technical Assistance
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: The purpose of the program is to provide Business Development Assistance for Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses. SBA performs this mission by entering into grants, cooperative agreemen...more

Small Business Grants in Your State

Disaster Assistance Loans
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To provide loans to the victims of declared disasters for uninsured or otherwise uncompensated physical damage....more
Procurement Assistance to Small Businesses
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To assist small business in obtaining a "fair" share of contracts and subcontracts for Federal government supplies and services and a "fair" share of property sold ...more
Small Business Investment Companies
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To establish privately owned and managed investment companies, which are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Small Business Administration; to provide equity capital and long term loan funds to small b...more
7(a) Loan Guarantees
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To provide guaranteed loans from lenders to small businesses which are unable to obtain financing in the private credit marketplace, but can demonstrate an ability to repay loans if granted, in a time...more
Surety Bond Guarantees
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To guarantee surety bonds issued by commercial surety companies for small businesses unable to obtain a bond without an SBA guarantee. The guarantees range between 70 and 90% and cover losses and expe...more
Service Corps of Retired Executives
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To use the management experience of retired and active business management professionals to counsel and train potential and existing small business owners. All client counseling information is confide...more
Small Business Development Centers
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To provide management counseling, training, and technical assistance to the small business community through Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)....more
504 Certified Development Loans
From: Small Business Administration
Grant Objectives: To assist small business concerns by providing long-term, fixed-rate financing for fixed assets through the sale of debentures to private investors....more

Federal Agencies with Active Grants for Small Business

Administration for Children & Families - ACYF/FYSBAdministration for Children and Families
Administration for Children and Families - ACYF/CBAdministration for Children and Families - OHS
Administration for Children and Families - OPREAdministration for Children and Families - ORR
Administration for Community LivingAgency for Health Care Research and Quality
Agency for International DevelopmentAssistance Coordination
Bureau of Conflict Stabilization OperationsBureau of Counterterrorism
Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and LaborBureau of International Security-Nonproliferation
Bureau of ReclamationCalifornia State Office
Centers for Disease Control - NCCDPHPCenters for Disease Control - NCHHSTP
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention - ERA
Department of AgricultureDepartment of Commerce
Department of DefenseDepartment of Education
Department of EnergyDepartment of Energy - Office of Science
Department of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDepartment of Justice
Department of StateDepartment of the Interior
Department of TransportationDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Dept of the Army -- Materiel CommandDOT/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Engineer Research and Development CenterFederal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Fish and Wildlife ServiceFood and Drug Administration
Foreign Agricultural ServiceGeological Survey
Golden Field OfficeHealth Resources and Services Administration
NASA HeadquartersNational Institute of Food and Agriculture
National Institute of JusticeNational Institutes of Health
National Park ServiceNational Veterans Sports Programs
Natural Resources Conservation ServiceNaval Supply Systems Command
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency PreventionOffice of National Drug Control Policy
Office of ScienceOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Office of the Middle East Partnership InitiativeOffice of the Secretary
Small Business AdministrationSocial Security Administration
Utilities Programs

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