Grants for Teachers

Grants for teachers are some of the more numerous and better funded areas within the grant community.  Education is an area every one can support, and there are grants to help teachers continue with postgraduate degrees, to fund projects, to teach overseas, and to pay for classroom materials among others.  In this area, there are many choices both inside and outside of the government grant system. Continue reading

State Government Grants

State government grants originate from block grant funds received from the Federal government or directly from the state.  These grants are always derived in some way from taxes or fees paid to the state, or to the Federal government.  Because of the highly political nature of the funding, these grants are constructed to maximize the return to the state, and have stringent reporting requirements after the grant is funded. Continue reading

Personal Grants

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

Pell Grants

Pell grants enable undergraduate students to receive funds to attend college without having to repay the funds.  Pell grants may vary in awarded amounts from year to year, and are based on your financial need.

Pell grants are the most sought-after form of Federal educational assistance, and enable a student to receive a degree without owing vast sums of money at the end of their college experience. Continue reading

Non-Profit Grants

Grants for non-profit organizations comprise the vast majority of all grant funding awarded.

Donations, major gifts and bequests are tax-deductible by the donor for Federal tax reporting only if the recipient is a 501(c)(3) charity or is recognized as having federal status for exemption, as described in IRS publication 557. Continue reading

Minority Hispanic Grants

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

Minority Education Grants

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

Minority Business Grants

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 (  gives insight into the logic driving these grants:

 The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Awarded Grant From SBA To Support Small Business Teaming


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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.