Funding Grants

Got a really cool idea you think might change the world? Or at least make a big impact on the way something is already being done? Only thing stopping you from bringing your cool idea to fruition is money?

Don’t give up. There are many entities offering funding grants for programs of all sorts, all sizes, and to accomplish all purposes so there’s probably one out there waiting just for you.

Often the trick to finding the appropriate funding grants is knowing where to look. Perhaps the first place to start looking is the United States government.

The US government has more than 900 grant programs that work with about $400 billion in funding grants each year. They offer grants in almost two dozen different fields of interest. With numbers that big, it’s hard to think there isn’t a little something there to finance your cool, new idea, too.

With 900 programs offering funding grants, finding the right one for you might seem a little like finding a needle in a haystack. To narrow the scope a bit, focus your search for grant money in the government agencies that deal with the same topic your cool idea covers.

For example, if you’ve developed a way to grow tomatoes in the snow, square ones that fit neatly in a shipping crate with no wasted space and that have a nutritional value greater than all the other tomatoes combined, look first to the US Department of Agriculture for funding grants. These guys want to know everything they can about food, from growing it to shipping it to making sure it’s good to eat.

Or if you have devised a plan for traveling from coast to coast, or beyond, that requires no fuel, happens in the blink of an eye, and leaves no pollution in its wake, turn to the government departments that deal with transportation, pollution, and energy for funding grants. If your idea really pans out, you may have these guys competing for your attention. And your business.

These ideas may seem a little extreme but it’s actually some of the smaller and simpler inventions that have withstood the test of time. Consider the paper clip and the wheel. They may seem humble, even ordinary, to us today but they were groundbreaking innovations once. If you can improve upon these time-tested devices, funding grants are sure to come you way.

The invention was the first step of the process. Now the funding grants, step two, may be the trick to getting your invention in the marketplace. And your name in the history books.