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A Collection of 200 Grants Available to Start or Grow a Small Business in Texas

July 8, 2024 | Cynthia Nevels

Exciting ventures often begin with a single step, but to navigate the journey from startup to thriving enterprise, capital is king. Whether it's to kickstart your entrepreneurial dream in the heart of Texas or to inject new energy into an established business, securing funding is crucial. In the vibrant business landscape of Texas, rich with opportunity and innovation, having access to the right financial resources can make all the difference. This is why we're thrilled to guide you through a treasure trove of funding possibilities that could be the launchpad your business needs.

Every week, Start.Pivot.Grow. delves deep into the world of capital financing, unearthing the most promising funding resources designed to propel small businesses into their next phase of growth. We understand the unique challenges and exciting possibilities that come with business ownership in Texas, and we're here to ensure that you're not walking this path alone. So, whether you're planting your business roots in Texas or nurturing them to spread even wider, our latest compilation of comprehensive opportunities is tailored just for you.

Without further ado, let's dive into the master list of opportunities waiting to transform your business dream into a flourishing reality. Welcome to your future, where growth is not just a possibility, but a promise.


U.S. Small Business Administration Program for Investors in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME)

This grant will provide funding for private, nonprofit microenterprise development organizations; microenterprise development programs run by State/Local/Tribal Governments; or Indian tribes interested in providing assistance and guidance to disadvantaged microentrepreneurs and/or microenterprise development organizations.

Texas Workforce Commission Skills for Small Business Grant

The Skills for Small Business grant supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The program focuses on training new and incumbent workers.

Texas Department of Agriculture State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant

The program’s objectives are to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting, and to increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting. The STEP program will provide financial assistance to small business to create or expand their export capacity.

Texas Department of Agriculture Young Farmer Grant

The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance in the form of dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to young agricultural producers that are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant

This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.


Private Grants

Start.Pivot.Grow. Micro Grant and The Payoff Grant

These grants are provided to active small businesses in retail, e-commerce, and franchise owners in business two or more years with $100,000 or more in annual revenue and looking for working capital assistance.

$2,500 Micro Grant awarded each quarter to one winner (all industries welcome)

The Payoff Casting for new marketing campaign and emergency grant funding for in retail, e-commerce, and franchise

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Program

These grant programs focus on research and development for technology innovation and scientific research. The programs help connect entrepreneurs with federal business grants and contracts from 12 government agencies. To qualify, you must operate a for-profit business, have no more than 500 employees and meet other eligibility requirements.

Congratulations to a Start.Pivot.Grow. alumni on their successful grant submission this year @cardiacfitt

National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grant

The National Association for the Self-Employed offers NASE Growth Grants of up to $4,000 to business owners in the U.S. who have been active members of the organization for a minimum of 90 days.

The Amplifier Grant

The Outrage is an activism organization that offers a $5,000 small-business grant to companies making a difference in their community. To qualify for this grant, you must be a business or organization actively working to make the U.S. a better place. The Outrage accepts applications from startups, grassroots organizations, and nonprofits, among other small businesses.


Time Sensitive Grants

WomensNet Amber Grant

Amber Grant awards are given out monthly and at year-end with amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. Businesses can apply online and be considered for all the available grant programs. To be eligible for an Amber Grant, a business must be at least 50% owned by women and based in the U.S. or Canada.

*2024 application is open

TWU Center for Women Entrepreneurs StartHER Grant

The CWE’s StartHER Grant Program helps women business owners—current or aspiring—to undertake new and innovative projects. A total of 25 business owners will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant.

*2024 application opens September 3rd.

Bizee’s Fresh Start Business Grant

Bizee’s Fresh Start Business Grant offers up to $2,500 which can be used to cover startup costs and also includes free formation services from the company. To qualify, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, a U.S. resident and planning to start or grow your business in a significant way. Applications require a sample business plan, as well as a two-minute video.

*2024 application opens soon.

Venmo Small Business Grant

The annual Venmo Small Business Grant offers $10,000 grants to 20 business owners. To qualify, you need to have a U.S. Venmo business account in good standing. You also need to have fewer than 10 employees, less than $50,000 in annual sales and have sold $500 or more in goods and services at least three months before the start of the grant program.

*2024 application opens soon.

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