I don’t know why this has only just occurred to me, but I think I have some really important information that you need to know about!
In a ‘previous life’ (i.e. when I worked in corporate and not for profit sectors) I spent a LOT of time either helping people find government and non-government funding, or actually applying for grants myself. In my last job prior to starting my own business 9 years ago we attracted over $1m in government and philanthropic funding into the business in one year alone.
So it’s definitely time to share my knowledge with you … and I’ve chosen to do that from my hammock, in my active wear … (I think this may become a ‘thing’)
In the video I offer a variety of starting points to find FREE MONEY for your business! Yes, Free Money. This doesn’t mean no-strings, because you do have to present a business case (or social or environmental or educational case … depending on your business and the grant) but ultimately it is FREE MONEY … and who doesn’t want or like free money??
If you’re in Australia these links will be very useful. If you’re not in Australia they won’t be so useful however the video WILL be useful and after watching it you can use our friend Mr Google to search for “government funding for xx” where xx is your industry, your intention (i.e. export or marketing or educating the elderly), or a more specific outcome (i.e. addressing childhood obesity or domestic violence … you get the idea).
Before you dive head first into this amazing space of free money, please come and like my Facebook Page to stay up to date with any new funding opportunities that may be announced because I like to share stuff like that with ladies like you 🙂
The list I’ve provided below is in NO WAY exhaustive! In fact it’s just the tip of the iceberg … but the tip is often a good place to start, and after just one click to one website you could find yourself on a money finding mission that offers fabulous (FREE MONEY) rewards!
If you’re conducting, or want to conduct research and development to create a new product click here.
If you’re exporting, or planning to export click here.
More Government Grants for Australian Small Business (including interest free Loans) click here.
Angel Investors such as Business Angels provide funding to entrepreneurs usually via equity investors or business loans.
Health Insurance Providers such as NIB, BUPA etc also offer grant programs so if you have a product, service or program idea that fits within a community health, well being, or fitness model, these would be worth a look too!
Don’t forget to check financial institutions (banks, building societies and credit unions) as MOST have grants available. Click here to see an example of the St George Bank Grants Program.
And finally a great “How to write a grant” guide that may come in handy!
Have a wonderful week!
Tara O’Connell is creator of the globally successful App “The Baby Diaries”. She is an award winning entrepreneur, an author, speaker and CEO of her 2 companies. She inspires and empowers thousands of female entrepreneurs around the world to take action and achieve online success every day.
After spending 8 years as CEO of a national not-for-profit organisation, Tara created The Baby Diaries app shortly after having her second child. Her decision to exit the world of working long hours for someone else, Tara set about ensuring The Baby Diaries was a global success. The App has now been downloaded on every Continent in 15 different languages and was recently showcased by Nine’s Today Program as one of 3 must-have apps for new parents.
With only 10% of online businesses being ‘successful’ Tara’s journey to success is a guiding star for all women working in the online business world. Tara has combined all of her knowledge of creating a successful online business into a simple 6 step online program for female entrepreneurs.
As a highly skilled business mentor, Tara knows that creating a business is only just the beginning.