Resources for Inland Empire Manufacturers
Manufacturing Initiatives, Grants, Resources, and Programs
Manufacturing.gov / Manufacturing USA
There are a number of advanced manufacturing innovation initiatives aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the United States in advanced manufacturing. These programs support, supplement, and integrate with the Manufacturing USA to maximize their combined benefits.
Grants.gov contains a comprehensive list of available grants that may benefit local, small manufacturers and business. Watch this space closely: grants are always closing and new ones are opening to applications.
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting
CMTC is affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. Through our statewide network of service providers, CMTC is a valuable bridge between small and mid-sized manufacturers and technology partners who share a passion for enhancing the manufacturing community.
Federal Programs for Sustainable Manufacturing
Several federal agencies have programs that support and offer resources on sustainable manufacturing which can assist in enhancing competitiveness and profitability in environmentally sustainable ways, based on each agency’s particular expertise.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA operates several programs dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes and products. These programs provide regulatory guidance, tools, best-practice resources, case studies, technical assistance, and partnership opportunities.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA supports sustainable manufacturing through rural development education, outreach, and assistance programs.
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce supports a national network of manufacturing assistance centers, and provides grant programs and educational materials to support sustainable manufacturing efforts.
U.S. Department of Defense
The Department of Defense’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan provides a comprehensive strategy to reduce waste and improve resource use efficiency across the agency.
U.S. Department of Energy
The Department of Energy designs and supports programs including technical assistance, grant programs, and partnerships to support the development of innovative energy efficiency solutions and advanced manufacturing methods.
U.S. Department of Labor
The Department of Labor supports sustainable manufacturing efforts through support of educational and outreach efforts.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers provide a wide array of technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses, including manufacturers, to support business performance and sustainability.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA engages in research-based efforts to create innovative technology solutions that will improve resource efficiency in aviation.
Federal Programs for Research and Development
If your small business is engaged in scientific research and development (R&D), you may qualify for federal grants under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The US Small Business Administration plays an important role as the coordinating agency for the SBIR and STTR programs.
SBIR and STTR programs encourage small businesses to undertake R&D projects that:
Meet federal R&D objectives
Have high potential for commercialization
Explore SBIR.gov or the resources below to learn more about specific SBIR and STTR programs throughout the federal government.