According to the SBA there are no federal grants available for businesses. Most grants by private foundations are to non-profit organizations. There are some programs that make the grant to the non-profit organization, who then hires a for-profit business entity to complete the work or research specified in the grant. When you see headlines that say some well known company got started with government money, what they mean is that the company got an SBA loan, not a grant. Article continues below. 

SBIR, Small Business Innovation Research Grants

These grants are by the federal government for research and development in the private sector by independent companies who are not dominant in their industry. The person applying for the grant must work full time in the company receiving the grant. There are two phases. Phase I and Phase II, only those companies who have already received a Phase I grant are eligible for Phase II grants. Grant amounts range from $50,000 to $500,000 and are competitive.

Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Aging 
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 
National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and skin Diseases 
National Institute on Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases 
National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
National Institute on General Medical Sciences 
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institutes 
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Department of Health and Human Services 
Division of Injury Prevention and Centers for Disease Control 
Public Health Service 
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Atlanta GA 30305 

National Center for Research Resources 
Grants and Assistance, Agreements Section 
Division of Food and Drug Administration 
Public Health Service 
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5600 Fishers Lane 
Rockville, MD 20857 

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