Growth Strategies

how to get government grants to start small construction company

Guest Writer
Head of Financial Partnerships, Xero Americas
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Congratulations on the construction company and your timing. America appears to be slowly crawling out of the recession and new construction is coming back to life.



Many entrepreneurs are very eager to land some free money (i.e. grants) to get the business going.  Unfortunately, getting a small business grant is very difficult, especially if the desired grant is for a for-profit business such as a construction company. Most grants are given to non-profit organizations for programs and services that benefit the community.



If you intend to build construction that fosters community development in low-income housing there might be an opportunity. The first place to check would be grants.gov which lists several different grants. If there is a grant that fits your company's profile it will likely be granted by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Keep in mind that your construction company will need to fulfill several requirements. A construction company that just needs start-up capital probably won't cut it.



If you have difficulty finding a grant that your business is eligible for as I expect, you should consider other funding options. The Small Business Association (SBA) offers loans to startup businesses. You can also try to attain a bank loan.



Good luck with the construction company and helping to rebuild America.
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