Foundations, for example, normally fund nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. These nonprofit organizations are usually charitable, educational, scientific, religious, literary or cultural in nature. Your local public library may have a foundation and grant directory available.
The government grant program designed to fund for-profit businesses is called the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). Small businesses with strong research capabilities in science and engineering that are currently doing high quality research and development are the most likely to compete for funds to continue their research. The program is not an assistance program for small business – it is highly competitive and merit-based.
USDA often has rural or value add agriculture business programs https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/business-programs and child and adult care food programs.
Export assistance programs such as the ‘Export Voucher Program’ may also be available through the Washington State Department of Commerce:
Sometimes corporations offer seed money programs aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs.