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**Update September 2017:** Please note that this situation has only worsened over the past several years. More and more people are reporting getting calls from people who claim to be with the government and say they are calling to let them know they have won a grant. The government is aware of this situation and have called on people to be very alert regarding such calls and not to let your guard down regardless of how official the caller sounds. Callers will often offer to give you a badge number to make themselves sound authentic. They are not with the government and you should give them NO information and certainly no money. You can find out more about how to protect yourself at [[phone_call_scams|Free Money Phone Call Scams]]. **Update September 2017:** Please note that this situation has only worsened over the past several years. More and more people are reporting getting calls from people who claim to be with the government and say they are calling to let them know they have won a grant. The government is aware of this situation and have called on people to be very alert regarding such calls and not to let your guard down regardless of how official the caller sounds. Callers will often offer to give you a badge number to make themselves sound authentic. They are not with the government and you should give them NO information and certainly no money. You can find out more about how to protect yourself at [[phone_call_scams|Free Money Phone Call Scams]].
-  * **Number 5:** Not all financial aid and other types of assistance come in the form of grants. Grants have a very narrow definition that makes them available only to specific organizations and individuals. The Pell Grant is one of the few "pure" grants out there that do indeed go to individuals for the purpose of paying for college or career schools. They are unique in that you don't really compete for them --- you simply qualify (or not) based on your income. You can quicklysee if you might qualify at [[qualify_for_a_pell_grant|Qualify for a Pell Grant]]. On the other hand you can find all different kinds of help if you don't narrow your search only to grants. Two of our most poplular reviews are [[free_tax_help|Free Tax Help]] and [[fund_a_startup_business|Fund a Startup Business]]. The Free Tax Help information should be especially important this year and next (2017 and 2018) due to the tax changes being implemented. Some of them will take effect for 2017 returns, some will not take effect until you are filling out information for 2017. But they are important to be aware of especially in areas like taking deductions for mortgage interest, whether spousal support payments are still deductible (they won't be for 2018 returns...) and more. Take any opportunity you can get to get some help and advice from experts...+  * **Number 5:** Not all financial aid and other types of assistance come in the form of grants. Grants have a very narrow definition that makes them available only to specific organizations and individuals. The Pell Grant is one of the few "pure" grants out there that do indeed go to individuals for the purpose of paying for college or career schools. They are unique in that you don't really compete for them --- you simply qualify (or not) based on your income. You can quicklysee if you might qualify at [[qualify_for_a_pell_grant|Qualify for a Pell Grant]]. On the other hand you can find all different kinds of help if you don't narrow your search only to grants. Two of our most poplular reviews are [[free_tax_help|Free Tax Help]] and [[fund_a_startup_business|Fund a Startup Business]]. The Free Tax Help information should be especially important this year and next (2017 and 2018) due to the tax changes being implemented. Some of them will take effect for 2017 returns, some will not take effect until you are filling out information for 2017. But they are important to be aware of especially in areas like taking deductions for mortgage interest, whether spousal support payments are still deductible (they won't be for 2018 returns...) and more. Take any opportunity you can get to get some help and advice from experts...  
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 +Another resource that too many people looking for grants ignore is Scholarships! But scholarships are such a beautiful gift -- money awards that never have to be paid back! And you don't have to be a whiz kid/straight A student to win one. There are literally thousands of scholarships out there and there's something for everyone. You can even win a scholarship based on pure luck! Discover more and see what's in it for you in [[scholarship_contests|Scholarship Contests]] and [[scholarship_information|Scholarship Information]].
  * **Number 4:** Successful grant proposals contain common elements; learn what they are in [[writing_a_good_grant_proposal|Writing a Good Grant Proposal]]. [[https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615640975/?tag=concecreat-20|{{ :grant-writing.jpg?120x0|Grant Writing}}]] For a basic and straightforward summary of grant writing tips, check out [[https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615640975/?tag=concecreat-20|"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing"]] by Waddy Thompson.. And don't forget that you don't have to write a grant proposal yourself --- sometimes it can be helpful to get professional assistance if you can afford it.   * **Number 4:** Successful grant proposals contain common elements; learn what they are in [[writing_a_good_grant_proposal|Writing a Good Grant Proposal]]. [[https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615640975/?tag=concecreat-20|{{ :grant-writing.jpg?120x0|Grant Writing}}]] For a basic and straightforward summary of grant writing tips, check out [[https://www.amazon.com/dp/1615640975/?tag=concecreat-20|"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing"]] by Waddy Thompson.. And don't forget that you don't have to write a grant proposal yourself --- sometimes it can be helpful to get professional assistance if you can afford it.
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Be sure your proposal is well organized, well written and is making a reasonable fund request. Also get great free advice and guidance from [[http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/management-tips/the-logic-in-writing-a-grant-proposal/|Non-Profit Guides]], including tips and lots of samples. They do not sell anything or provide any kind of service other than what is provided on the website - just clear, concise, solid information. Kind of like us! Be sure your proposal is well organized, well written and is making a reasonable fund request. Also get great free advice and guidance from [[http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/management-tips/the-logic-in-writing-a-grant-proposal/|Non-Profit Guides]], including tips and lots of samples. They do not sell anything or provide any kind of service other than what is provided on the website - just clear, concise, solid information. Kind of like us!
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 +And here's a big bonus: not all grants require lengthy, well crafted  proposals backed up with lots of data. Some require much less information and if you're a good match then you're in! Two great sources for grants for individuals that you don't have to jump through hoops to get are [[travel_grants|Travel Grants]] and [[land_grants|Land Grants]] - be sure to check them out!
  * **Number 2:** Winning an award is just the beginning - Congratulations! Be sure to follow through on the agreed grant contract: track finances carefully; provide necessary reports; meet all deadlines!     * **Number 2:** Winning an award is just the beginning - Congratulations! Be sure to follow through on the agreed grant contract: track finances carefully; provide necessary reports; meet all deadlines!  
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