Government grants are not truly small business money for free. However, they frequently are free to apply for. If you are interested in a grant you must decide what you need money for and how much you need. Then find grants that would match your objectives and check the prerequisite terms to see which ones are open to you. Then you can write proposals to the programs you want to apply for which state why you need the funds, how they might help you, and more about your long term plans. If your proposal is picked as a winner you will receive grant money, which does not need to be paid back.
You can also take advantage of the Small Business Startup Assessment Tool below and see the tools and resources you need to succeed at launching your business. It takes just a minute and will also tell you if there may be any funding programs available.