What is the Difference Between Non-Governmental and Governmental Grants?

Before you dive deep into the grant world, it might be nice to know where your grants are coming from. Plus, we even pulled some hot grants for you to explore! 😉

The source of a grant typically lies in one of two categories: governmental or non-governmental. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between the two as well as 3 hot grants from both categories for our American and Canadian databases.

A governmental grant is pretty self-explanatory — it comes from the government. It could be municipal, provincial (or state governments), or federal, but these types of grants are quite common.

A lot of COVID-19 recovery grants fall under this category due to the responsibility of the government to keep the economy running during the pandemic.

A non-governmental grant comes from a private organization. We actually did a blog post for our American users last month where we listed 7 non-governmental grants in the U.S. if you’re interested!

On the Pocketed platform, we include both governmental and non-governmental grants so you can choose which one is right for your business.

First, let’s go through some non-governmental grants in the U.S.:

United States

1. NASE Growth Grant

Source: National Association for the Self-Employed

This grant helps businesses with marketing, advertising, hiring, facility expansion, and other needs by providing small grants on a quarterly basis.

The grant amounts are up to $4,000!

2. Awesome Disability Grant

Source: The Awesome Foundation

This grant accepts submissions between the 1st and 15th of every month for their micro-grants. The grants are for people with disabilities that want to support ideas and projects within the disabled community.

The grant amount is $1,000 per awardee!

3. Interns With Impact

Source: 80/20 Foundation

This Texas-based grant allows employers to select interns from a pre-qualified pool and hire them for the summer.

The grant amount is equal to half of the student’s summer stipend!

Now, for some governmental grants for our U.S. users!

1. National Dislocated Worker Grants Program

Source: U.S. Federal Government

These are discretionary grants to provide employment-related services for dislocated workers.

The maximum amount that can be requested in an application is $100,000,000, and the approximate total amount of funding for the program is $300,000,000.

2. Minnesota Job Creation Fund

Source: Government of Minnesota

This grant provides financial incentives to businesses that meet certain job creation and investment targets.

Eligible companies may receive up to $1 million (or even $2 million in some cases), but the grant amounts differ.

3. Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters

Source: Government of Ohio

This grant allows eligible companies to engage in activities that increase export sales.

The grant amount is a 50% reimbursement of up to $10,000.


Are you a Canadian user? Let us show you some cool non-governmental and governmental grants that you can find on our platform!

1. Film and Video Individual Project Funding

Source: Alberta Foundation for the Arts

This grant is for artists, art administrators, or an ensemble of artists for a film/video arts project.

Up to $15,000 worth of funding may be provided (100% of eligible expenses.)

2. BC Tech Co-op Grant

Source: Innovate BC

This grant is for BC businesses that want to hire a co-op student. Eligible companies are either tech-based or are hiring for a tech-based role.

The grant value is up to $20,000 per year to hire a student.

3. CMF — Conceptualization Program

Source: Canada Media Fund

This grant is designed to help projects that are still in the creative process. Funds will be given to eligible applicants so they can create and test a proof of concept, preparing it for the prototype phase. The funds are meant to set the projects up for a better chance of future success.

The grant amount varies, but the maximum amount that can be received is $15,000.

Now, onto the governmental grants!

1. Market Readiness Program

Source: Government of Ontario

This is a co-investment fund that supports early-stage Ontario companies raising pre-seed and seed investments.

This grant offers $125,000 to $250,000 in funding.

2. Red Seal Trades — Apprenticeship Completion Grant

Source: Canadian Federal Government

This grant will cover the wage of a hire who completed their apprenticeship training and received their journeyperson certification in a Red Seal trade.

The grant will cover up to $2,000 per person.

3. Talent Opportunities Program

Source: Canadian Federal Government

This grant is for Canadian employers to hire college or university students on work placements.

The wage subsidy is up to 50% of wages with a maximum of $5,000 for each net new placement. But a business may be eligible for 70% of wages with a maximum of $7,000 for each net new placement from an eligible underrepresented group.

And that’s all for this list! But if none of those grants seem right for your business, we have an amazing tip for you! 🤫

Create a free Pocketed account today and you’ll have access to an expansive collection of governmental and non-governmental grants! 🎉




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