Grants/Subsidies usually come from both the government (local, state, or federal) and private foundations. An organization most likely needs to fit certain selection criteria and go through an application process, especially for grants. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers an excellent list of Federal agencies that offer grants at <http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/grants/index.html>
- Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) ? the government?s venture capital businesses
- CDFI Fund ? The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund extends affordable credit and financial services to underserved populations and communities in the U.S.
- STTR/SBIR – The Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR and STTR programs fund a billion dollars each year in early-stage R&D projects at small technology companies — projects that serve a DoD need and have commercial applications.
- Tax Credit
- Chambers of Commerce