Even if you don’t qualify for a grant, they’re great ways to get business. You can ask to be a subcontractor on the project or write the contracting officer to talk about how your business can provide a service in hopes that they’ll recommend you for the job. Plus, it will keep you top of mind in the contracting officer’s mind should a grant more in line with your work become available or similar need rises.
In addition to grants, you can also apply for tax credits. For example, there are tax credits available if you choose to hire veterans or ex-felons. If you use part of your home as an office, it can be deducted as part of your mortgage, property taxes, insurance, utilities, internet, phone line, supplies, and even home repairs to that area.