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Other Relevant Financial Assistance Programs

Small Business Administration's (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Initiative

SBA makes STEP grants to state trade agencies for programs that help small businesses to export. See a comparison of STEP and MDCP.

SBA's Programs

As noted above, SBA makes grants to state export agencies (STEP), however, SBA does not make grants to individuals, businesses, or industry groups. SBA does have some loan guarantee and other programs that you can explore at the SBA link above.


State Government Resources

Sometimes state government agencies offer financial assistance to industry groups or individual companies for export promotion and other competitiveness enhancement undertakings. The State International Development Organizations maintains a list of state agencies, some of which may offer financial assistance.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency

USTDA grants are usually limited to market feasibility studies and only in developing markets.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service runs programs that are similar to MDCP but which focus on agricultural products. The two most prominent and programs are the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development program. Eligibility allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal financial assistance.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

CFDA is supposed to be a comprehensive listing of all federal assistance available to the public. This includes financial assistance such as MDCP (CFDA number 11.112), but it also includes several programs that offer only counseling and other and other help, but not including financial assistance. Read each CFDA description carefully. If it does not mention financial assistance then it does not include grants or other awards. Also, a financial assistance program may be included in the CFDA even if it is not currently funded. To find only currently funded financial assistance programs, use


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