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Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Deere Foundation Grants

John Deere Foundation
John Deere Foundation Grants are available to non-profit organizations focused in the following areas: community development, education, and solutions for world hunger.

Eligible businesses must be located in areas served by John Deere. This includes certain U.S. states, Canada, Europe, India and Brazil. Foundation grants are designed to provide support for initiatives that will have long-lasting impact on communities served by the requesting organization.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Humana Foundation Grants

Humana Foundation Grants
Humana Foundation Grants are available to non-profit businesses and other organizations. Grants are awarded in the areas of childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles.

Grants are awarded to nonprofits whose business is conducted in areas where Humana has a significant business presence. All projects funded must be completed within 18 months. Application periods are from November 1 to January 15 of each year.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sam's Club Community Grant Program Empowers Small Businesses

Sam's Club
The Sam's Club Community Grant Program funds nonprofit organizations committed to supporting small business owners, providing support from this retail giant at both the national and local level. Grants are particularly interested in organizations that provide advanced training that empowers small businesses to grow their operations, especially women- and minority-owned businesses.

Grants for nonprofits

The grants, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to support nonprofits that improve local communities. Grants are available in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment and career opportunities, education and youth success.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ICCC Is Hosting Small Business Executive Education Seminars in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Memphis and Dallas

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a national program designed to help small businesses located in economically distressed areas find more resources for capital and continue to thrive. The goal of ICCC is to help small businesses achieve long-term business growth.

About the program

The company was formed in 2005 and every year since it's beginning it has offered free one-day seminars with information that is critical to small businesses, such as finance, marketing, hiring and much more. Knowledgeable business speakers from notable schools such as Harvard teach inner-city small businesses how to overcome obstacles in financing and job creation. All speakers have business experience and many are also from entrepreneurial backgrounds.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Aetna Foundation Grants Support Digital Health Technology Among Minority Populations

Aetna is taking their interest in health one step higher with a grant program that will address concerns by the public over the use of technology innovations. The Aetna Foundation announced recently that they are awarding a grant of $1.2 million to support digital health technology among vulnerable and minority populations.

The recent grant is part of Aetna's larger 3-year $4 million program to address issues relating to the use of cell phones, Internet and other technology devices by low-income Americans to access health services. A recent study by Pew Research Center revealed that the use of cell phones to access health information is on the rise, especially among Latinos, African Americans and people between the ages of 18-49. Almost 25 percent of low- income Americans use their smart phones and the Internet for health information.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

$30 Million Small Business Forward Program Takes Entrepreneurs To A New Level

JPMorgan Chase & Co. just launched a $30 million grant program that will connect entrepreneurs to critical resources they need to grow their businesses, create more jobs and strengthen economies. The five-year grant program is called Small Business Forward which will focus on small business clusters within specific industries.

Business clusters grow three times faster

According to a new study from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit research organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies, nearly half of the top performing clusters in the 10 largest U.S. metro areas grew about three times faster than other local businesses between the years 2003 and 2011. By focusing on grants to cluster organizations that work with small businesses within specific industries, the clusters are able to get more bang for the buck in providing entrepreneurs with training, supplier networks, and investor resources.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Xcel Energy Foundation Grants Give Small Business Owners An Opportunity To Excel

Xcel Energy Foundation Grants are awarded in four areas: education, environment, arts and culture, and economic sustainability. Eligible programs must be located inside Xcel Energy’s service area communities.

Eligible service area

Eligible areas include Minnesota and Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, Michigan and Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Two grant cycles are generally offered in a year. Application deadlines vary within each service area.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rural Business Enterprise Grants Increase Opportunities For Native Americans In 18 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced grants awarded to organizations in 18 states to support small businesses in rural America and improve the quality of life for Native American residents. The $2.7 million in recent funding is part of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program (RBEG) that has awarded more than $170 million in economic development assistance since its beginning.

States recently funded

The most recent states who received funding from the program include Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The funding went to organizations who provide products and services that directly impact the lives of Native American citizens.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SBA Seeking Grant Proposals To Fund Special Projects

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened the door to accept applications for grants on special projects. The organization plans to award up to $1.5 million to both for-profit and non-profit organizations who support small disadvantaged businesses participating in the agency's 8(a) Business Development Program.

About the 8(a) Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program developed by the SBA specifically for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to companies that are at least 51 percent owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

California Bay Area Companies Receive $200,000 in Grants From The EPA

Every year, the Small Business Innovative Research Program, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, awards grants to companies for their work and achievements in green technology. The coveted SBIR grants are always seeking small businesses to fund.

Recently the EPA awarded two grants, each at $100,000, to two companies in the California Bay Area.

21 Small Businesses Receive Funding

The California companies are two of the total 21 companies so far who have received funding from the EPA for their work in the development of sustainable and innovative products and processes. The purpose of the grants is to increase technological innovation and commercialization within the private sector, and encourage participation by disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.