Increased awareness of the need for green business practices has led to the availability of many types of green business grants. If you want to start a green business, the time is now!
One such source for grants is Community Conservation Enterprises (CCE). Business grants range from $500 to $2,000 and more than 130 such grants have been given by CCE over the past 16 years. Grants are given to businesses that protect natural resources and promote sustainable communities. A grant application is available at the CCE site, and is now only available for projects in Central America and Mexico.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also announced $11.4 million in grants available for investments in renewable energy and energy-efficiency improvements for agricultural and small businesses. Loan guarantees are also available.