You should get all the free information on obtaining small business grants you can before pursuing any specific programs. For each particular grant you will want to check the prerequisite terms, the amount of money offered, the intended uses of the money, and the groups of people it is open to. Some grants are only open to women, seniors, minorities, or some other group, which is advantageous if you fit into one of these categories, as there is less competition for these grants. Then you will need to write proposals to the grant programs you want to apply for once you find the best ones, and will most likely need more information about proposal writing also.
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.