Federal Funding: Small Business

The Small Business Administration and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the Agriculture Department are seeking applications for three programs to help small businesses succeed.

The full details are:

  1. Opportunity: Small Business Innovation Research Program (Phase I) (CFDA Number: 10.212) (Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-004553); Federal Agency: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Agriculture Department); Who Can Apply: Small businesses; Funding Details: $18.3 million for multiple awards up to $100,000 each; Deadline: Oct. 2; Synopsis: Phase I grants determine the scientific or technical feasibility of ideas, with grantees eligible to develop the idea further through Phase II and Phase III awards. The program: (1) stimulates technological innovation in the private sector; (2) strengthens the role of small businesses in meeting federal agricultural research and development needs; (3) increases private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported R&D efforts; and (4) fosters participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation. Research programs can focus on a variety of issues including climate change, sustainable bioenergy, childhood obesity and food safety; Contact: Elden Hawkes, 202/401-4002 or sbir@nifa.usda.gov.


  1. Opportunity: 7j Management and Technical Assistance Services (CFDA Number: 59.007) (Funding Opportunity Number: GCBD-7J-2014-01); Agency: Office of Business Development (Small Business Administration); Who Can Apply: Nonprofits and for-profits; Funding Details: $1.5 million for 10 awards ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 each; Deadline: July 20; Synopsis: These funds go for innovative projects promoting the development, success and long-term survival of businesses eligible for SBA funding. Grantees provide business counseling in marketing, capture, financial and infrastructure management through training seminars and webinars, executive education programs and other delivery methods, including directed, or “on-call,” services; Contact: Arthur E. Collins, Jr., arthur.collins@SBA.gov.
  2. Opportunity: Women’s Business Center Program Initial Grant (CFDA Number: 59.043) (Funding Opportunity Number: OWBO-2014-01); Federal Agency: Small Business Administration; Who Can Apply: 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia; Funding Details: Nearly $1.6 million for 11 awards; Deadline: July 30; Synopsis: The grantees will start new, community-based Women’s Business Centers in the selected states and territory. These centers provide technical assistance to women entrepreneurs in the areas of finance, management and marketing; Contact: Office of Women’s Business Ownership, 202-205-6673.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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