Grants for women are usually sourced through foundations. These grants are offered for many types of needs, i.e. domestic violence, education, housing, nutrition, short-term funding for assistance with rent or utilities, business expansion, or financial training, to name a few. Continue reading
Foundations as well as government agencies offer education grants for women. Many philanthropists feel that women are held back when pursuing higher education for both financial and cultural reasons. Foundations may offer grants to pursue specific interests, such as computing or technology, or they may simply focus on education as a goal. Continue reading
Government grants for women in business, commonly referred to as woman-owned business grants, often fall under the eligibility sections of other types of grants. In other words, government grants for women in business are one of the preferred classes of minority applicants. Continue reading
Tuition grants provide assistance to students who might otherwise not be able to afford a college education. Unlike student loans, these funds do not have to be repaid after graduation, making them a very sought-after form of funding.
Training grants include funding for specific fields, such as teaching or nursing, as well as grants for vocational students. Training grants are offered to assist student-teacher teams in areas such as technology, or civic management, as well as hands-on applications of concepts such as architecture and engineering. Continue reading
Contrary to all the hype, grants for personal assistance are very few and far between. There are some small non-profits ( example: Wish Upon a Hero) that have programs that award small personal grants for immediate needs, such as gas money to get to a job interview, or shoes and clothing items, but in general, the much-advertised personal grant is elusive. Continue reading
Grants for Hispanics may be found by searches in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, diversity, community development and related headings.
Because of the large Hispanic population in the United States, many private foundations, as well as the Federal government have developed minority Hispanic grants. Continue reading
Government grants for minorities run the gamut, from health, housing, education and business, to research and human services areas.
While some minority grants are targeted to certain cultures, such as the Hispanic or American Indian populations, others simply say that any non-profit serving a minority population may apply. Continue reading
Minority populations have long understood that education is a key component of success, and have actively promoted minority education grants to achieve that goal for as many people as possible. Prominent personalities in the entertainment, business and financial fields are often involved in, or create, foundations that focus on minority grants that promote access to education. Continue reading
Business grants for minorities are one of the better-funded segments of the grant community. Many private grantors, non-profits and the Federal government all provide grant opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
Typically, Federal minority business grants are not listed with that wording; that is, you can’t use “minority business grants” as a search term. The minority preference will be listed as one of the groups eligible to receive application forms or funding under a grant heading. Think first about your business model. If your firm manufactures medical devices, check under both the Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Health websites, and then go to the eligibility sections to see if there is a set-aside for minority funding.
Information on grants of this type can often be found on the U.S. Department of Commerce website. One of the blog entries (http://www.mbda.gov/blog) gives insight into the logic driving these grants:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is one of eleven awardees in a Small Business Teaming Pilot Program designed to help small businesses work together to compete for federal contracts, grow, and create jobs….”
Minority business grant funding should not be confused with low-interest loans from the Federal government. One of the interesting things about the example above is that it is a grant from what is typically the U.S. government small business lending agency, the Small Business Administration (SBA). This example also illustrates that one of the criteria that will drive a grant award. The government is looking for a program that will have wide reaching, replicable and sustainable benefits for the eventual grant beneficiaries.
Minority business grant information is often available from private foundations, particularly those already grounded in service to minority populations. If there is a local chapter of an organization in your area, contact the community outreach person and request assistance in finding business grants for minorities. Another resource could be your local Chamber of Commerce. There are grant writers who specialize in specific areas, such as SBIR/STTR or manufacturing assistance grants.