The Washington Post has been on their job investigating the shady use of government funds with their articles in the Washington Post in the last two Sunday editions. However there are people out there who still could use the assistance of grant money to breathe life into their ventures. Despite the bad apples in the bunch there are still resources available for those seeking grant money.:
Small Business Administration does not offer general business grants, but they provide a page of links to federal grants/contract resources.
The Foundation Center offers extensive links to foundation grant make websites. Many are private foundations, corporate grants makers, and community foundations.
Grants offer tips on applying for the federal grants and contracts offered by the 26 grant makers agencies.
FederalBizOpps is a site where government buyers can publicize their business opportunities and commercial vendors can search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers funding for advanced technology projects.