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Grants.gov serves a valuable purpose in theory:  to provide a central place where qualified applicants can get information on all federal grants. The execution may sometimes fall short of the goal but overall it is a very useful site for many. Grants.gov is a team effort of 26 federal agencies that award grants. It is led by the Department of Health and Human Services (which lately has also been busy with the Obamacare system…..). The site reports on over 1000 programs which collectively give out more than **$500 billion in grants** each year. Grants.gov serves a valuable purpose in theory:  to provide a central place where qualified applicants can get information on all federal grants. The execution may sometimes fall short of the goal but overall it is a very useful site for many. Grants.gov is a team effort of 26 federal agencies that award grants. It is led by the Department of Health and Human Services (which lately has also been busy with the Obamacare system…..). The site reports on over 1000 programs which collectively give out more than **$500 billion in grants** each year.
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 +On the positive side it’s easy to search for grants based on your “eligibility category”. So you can search for a grant and make sure that you only see results that include grants that can be won by individuals. Unfortunately the vast majority of these opportunities will either be for activities in another country or they will only apply to highly specialized research scientists. For example, a grant opportunity we found this morning (May 30, 2018) that is available to individuals is for High Performance Housing Innovation. Sounds interesting — and you might have a great idea. But read on and you’ll find that they are looking specifically for teams that can present an integrated approach to maximize energy efficiency. So it may not be the kind of “individual” grant opportunity you are looking for. But who knows? If it does apply to you, go for it, if not, read through your search results and see if you find some great ideas…
Just as grants.gov contains a wealth of information about current grant opportunities, it also has loads of information about grants in general. This is a great place to get educated if what you are really looking for is a grant — especially a government grant for which you are eligible. Remember that this does NOT include things like benefits and financial aid — these are funding for specific projects that help specific groups targeted by the government. If you go to grants.gov and click on the “Grants Learning Center” you will find just about everything you could want to know about grants, including the basics. There’s a section with frequently asked questions, an ongoing blog and much, much more. Just as grants.gov contains a wealth of information about current grant opportunities, it also has loads of information about grants in general. This is a great place to get educated if what you are really looking for is a grant — especially a government grant for which you are eligible. Remember that this does NOT include things like benefits and financial aid — these are funding for specific projects that help specific groups targeted by the government. If you go to grants.gov and click on the “Grants Learning Center” you will find just about everything you could want to know about grants, including the basics. There’s a section with frequently asked questions, an ongoing blog and much, much more.
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