Unlike grantmaking foundations, the Edward Lowe Foundation seldom awards grants to individuals or organizations. It is an operating foundation whose mission emphasizes support services for groups of second-stage business owners and for other entrepreneurial support organizations rather than grants.

The information provided below may help you with your continued search for funding.

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Who does award grants for small businesses and entrepreneurial activities?

The following may be helpful in your search for funding:

  • Grantmaking Foundations – Yahoo Directory The Yahoo! Directory is an online guide to the World Wide Web. It is catalog of sites created by a staff of editors who visit and evaluate websites, and then organize them into subject-based categories and sub-categories.
  • Directories of Grantmakers The Foundation Center provides an online directory of grantmakers. Hard copies of the Foundation Center publications are generally available at university libraries and large public libraries. They may be kept in a special collection for people seeking grants, so ask a librarian for help if you can’t find them by searching for the keywords “Foundation Center” in a library catalog. Some university libraries also provide access to online databases from the Foundation Center.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration SBIR and STTR Grant Programs
    • Small Business Technology Transfer Program The STTR program grants funding to small businesses in partnership with nonprofit research institutions, such as universities, to develop new technologies and products that address the technological needs of the federal government.
    • Small Business Innovation Research Program The SBIR Program coordinates grant awards enabling small businesses to propose innovative ideas and develop products that meet the specific research needs of several federal agencies.