There are many types of grants and grant providers. It is important to understand them in order to identify grants for which you may qualify. The list below will help you find your grant by providing a brief description of the major types of grants. For each type of grant we also provide advice about where you can find grant opportunities. Also learn more about Federal Grant Recipient Categories.
Important Information Regarding Business Grants and Obama's Economic Stimulus Program: Go to our Grants for Business section to learn more about this program and how your company might benefit.
Remember to also check out “New Grant Opportunities” at the bottom of each page of this website to get real-time news on available grants. That section is updating continuously and demonstrates how often new opportunities are being announced.
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As a general consideration, most grants can now be found and applied for online. Check out some specific examples and tips for finding and applying for grants online. You may also want to take a look at Free Grants for a better understanding about what grants are.
Update June 2017 States receive grants from the federal government and distribute funds according to their intended use. As an example, a major announcement late in 2016 concerns new grants totaling almost $1 billion which will go to fight the opioid crisis in the U.S. This is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Opioid Initiative that started in 2015. States had to apply for the funds by February of 2017 so it’s clearly important whether you are an individual or a state to stay on top of government announcements about grant opportunities. Our review of grants.gov provides clear instructions for using and searching that website.
Update February 2017 We add new articles regularly based on requests and input from our readers. Some of the most recent include:
For Women in Business (and those who want to be): a new article about Business Help for Women. It's got lots of helpful information about new and updated information about ways to finance and grow your business. For Job Seekers: Have you ever thought about working for the government? Federal and state governments are huge employers and you can easily search online for jobs from entry level to senior executive. Take a look at Government Jobs. For Grants For Individuals: No they're not abundant but they do exist. See what's available and if you might be eligible for Personal Grants.
Update August 2016 Students: If you're trying to figure out how to pay for college – and who isn't?! – take a look at our new article about Grants for College. And good luck!
Update June 2016 If you or someone you know has recently been released from prison – or expects to leave prison soon — you or they may have a tough go of it. Particularly if you've been in for a long time, the world has changed dramatically. And very little support is offered by the prison system to help you get back into society. There are some people that can help though and you need to look them up and get all the help you can get. Check out our review of Grants for Felons to find some options for assistance.
Senior Benefits If you are a senior you probably know about Medicare but did you know there are lots of programs available for Seniors? Whether you need help buying food, repairing your furnace, finding a job or even finding a creative arts project, get some great tips in Grants for Seniors!
Grants for Women are far more numerous than you might think if you search the topic. The most frequent and attention-getting ads and articles are typically all about grants to help pay for school. But women's lives are about that and so much more – and happily there are lots of grants out there to help. Lots more information is available at Grants for Women.
Church Grants are pretty specific and have their own universe of potential grantmakers. If you are looking for funds for a church see Grants for Churches.
Government Grants: For up-to-the-minute information on new grant opportunities, check the bottom of each page on this site often for daily updated information. For information on all available government grants, go online to Grants.gov. Federal agencies now typically announce grant opportunities online. Go to the Government Funding section to find links to federal grant programs and opportunities.
State Grants: Individual states also offer a wide variety of grants, including some for individuals and often hard to find grants in the arts. You can do an internet search to find out if your state has a website devoted to this purpose. If you live in Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas or California, go directly to our articles on Grants in Florida, Grants in Illinois, Grants In New York, Grants in California and Grants In Texas to discover opportunities there. New York stands out in terms of its grant programs for the Arts and Humanities, worth checking out if you live there (or would like to!).
Pell Grants: Pell Grants are awarded by the Federal Government based on financial need. Criteria are evaluated based on the applicant's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more on the Pell Grants page.
Project Grants are what you typically think of when you talk about competing for grants. They are awarded based on the applications of those seeking funds, and they exist in a wide variety of areas including health and medical research, science and technology, education, the humanities, social services, the arts,and community development.
Other Grants: Identifying available grants from Foundations and Corporations is a bit more involved as there is not a single central listing agency. If you are a teacher - or know one who could use some financial support - definitely see our article about grants for teachers. One worthwhile approach is to find the “Foundation Center Cooperating Collection nearest you.” These collections, created by the Foundation Center (a nonprofit research and publishing group in New York), provide some of the Foundation Center’s publications and typically can provide print and online directories of national funders as well as additional useful resources. You can also learn valuable tips about finding and successfully competing for Foundation Grants in a system we recommend – read about it in our March 2103 Newsletter.
There are some corporations that are very active in support of their communities. They give grants to effective non-profits that are making a difference locally. For interest, Walmart isa great example. Last year their foundation gave out $1.4 billion in cash grants and “in kind” donations in the U.S. and around the world. Check out theurwebsite to see the grants they offer an ongoing basis.
A great way for non-profit organizations to find available grants is by learning more about the Common Grant Application and its web site. According to that site, grantseekers who can use their services include Non-profit organizations, Non-governmental organizations, Charities, Churches, Libraries, Schools, Government agencies, Individuals, Groups, and associations, coalitions, and alliances of grantseekers. Also see our latest article on Grants for Nonprofits.
Trusts and Corporations can also be found through subscription-based directories such as the Foundation Center Directory. The most basic subscription is about $240 per year, providing fairly limited search capabilities. More functional versions begin at $480 for one year.
Grant Database Services: In addition to the resources noted above, there are many consultants who can help you. A potentially less expensive route is to investigate some of the many grant-related software programs that can help you find grants, prepare to write grants, and apply for grants.