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Non-Profits and Governments

Foundations and various government programs provide grants to charitable non-profit [501(c)(3)] organizations and to governmental organizations. You can visit foundation websites to research their giving priorities, application processes and deadlines, and find out what projects they have funded in the past. Follow their submission guidelines and other instructions carefully!

Is there a clearinghouse for foundation grants?

NEOEDD subscribes to We can conduct a free grant search based on information you give us about your project. Information about federal government grants is available at is a complicated system; if you want to apply for federal grant funding, you need to register with them well in advance of any application deadlines.

NEOEDD has extensive experience preparing grant applications, managing grant-funded projects, and preparing reports for funders. You may want to contract with us to help with your grant-funded project if you do not have grant-writers on your staff or board, and/or would like to approach multiple funders. We have relationships with many funders in Oregon, and can help you prepare project and organizational budgets and craft compelling arguments for funders.

Senator Jeff Merkley's office regularly releases a catalog of grants--check it out here.


For-profit ventures have fewer options when searching for grant money. USDA Rural Development has an annual competition for Value-Added Producer Grants and also runs the Rural Energy Assistance Program. Small Business Innovation Research awards funds for technology projects that meet solicitation criteria.

If you are the owner of a small business and fit within the Individual Development Account program income and net-worth guidelines, you are in luck. The IDA program works somewhat like a grant in that it provides funds for your business that do not have to be paid back. It is a "matching" program, so you also have to save money, over a period of six to 36 months, and the maximum amount you can receive (matching your $3,000 in savings) is $9,000 ($12,000 total).