Free Government Grants

The U.S. government offers funding for a myriad of causes through free government grants.

The uses of the funds can range from housing for low-income people to research on diseases, and almost everything in between. Free government funding is typically only available to 501(c)(3) charities, and certain institutions such as city or county governments, schools or other categories approved by the government for funding. Continue reading

Foundation Grants

Grants for foundations are more difficult to obtain than grants for community non-profits.  Almost by definition, foundations are initially funded through endowments or large donations or bequests, and the funds they pass on to smaller charities come from investing the original “seed money” and using the resulting gains as funding. Continue reading

Foundation Government Grants

The United States federal government supports many causes and business interests directly through a system of grants.  These are available to nonprofits, individuals, minorities, disadvantaged persons, and other specific niche descriptions.  Federal government grants cover funding for everything from space research to upgrading of real property for low-income homeowners.  Continue reading

Federal Grants

Federal grants are at once the most easily recognizable type of grant, and the least understood.

Federal grants receive a portion of all the general federal revenue, and can only be used for the purpose of public support that is specifically authorized by a law passed by the Congress and signed by the President.  Federal grants cannot be used to acquire items of property or specific services that directly benefit the Federal government.  At last count, there were 26 Federal agencies offering and administering over 1,000 grant programs. Continue reading

Federal Government Grants

Many years ago Congress passed a mandate stating that a certain percentage of the income collected by the
federal government had to be made accessible to qualified recipients to benefit the greater good – and so was born federal government assistance. Grants are not federal benefits or government entitlements. A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal entity to a receiver to carry out a specific public purpose of support as authorized by a law. A federal government grant is not the same as federal assistance or government loans to individuals. Continue reading

Federal Government Grant

Many years ago Congress passed a mandate stating that a certain percentage of the income collected by the
federal government had to be madeaccessible to qualified recipients to benefit the greater good – and so was born the federal government grant. Grants are not federal benefits or government entitlements. A federal grant is an award of financial assistancefrom a federal entity to a receiver to carry out a specific public purpose of support as authorized by a law. A federal government grant is not the same as federal assistance or government loans to individuals. Continue reading

Faith based Grants

Grants for faith-based organizations are available from both the Federal government and private foundations.  In almost all cases, faith-based grants are only available to a non-profit component of the organization.

Small churches are often surprised to find that they are not automatically considered a non-profit.  After all, they are a church or religious organization, so why would they not be eligible for faith-based grants? Continue reading

Education Grants

Grants for education come in many forms.  There are Federal government grants, such as Pell grants, grants from alumni associations, grants from non-profit foundations, grants for specific fields, such as agriculture and science, and grants to support doctoral dissertations to list just a few.

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Disability Grants

Grants for the disabled are available from both private and government funders.  For the most part, disability grants will pay for training, equipment or modifications such as widening doors in bathrooms.  Proof of the disability is always a prerequisite, and may include physician evaluations, proof of Social Security disability certification, and assessment of the impact of the disability on daily life. Continue reading

Community Grants

Community grants are those grants offered by, and for use within, a specified geographical area.  They may cover a single city, or several counties.  The term is also incorporated in the phrase “community block grants”, designating funds which have been received from a larger aggregator of funds, such as a state agency. These funds are targeted for the benefit of a single community or small group of communities, and are usually mission-specific.

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