If you’re thinking about continuing your education, want to buy a home, open a small or home-based business, or continue research on an issue of educational or environment concern, you’ll want to learn all you can about government grant programs. These programs will help you to get the money you need to achieve your goals, but the application process can be tedious. Here are some of the best programs in the U.S., as well as some of the requirements that you’ll need to meet.
If you are interested in doing the work and research that it takes to clean and protect the environment, you may want to look into receiving free grant money from the Innovative Clean Air Technologies funds. The grant is for $1,000,000, and you must use the funds to help come up with solutions for reducing pollution in your city, and in the world at large. If you’re interested in bettering the highways in your city, you may want to consider government grant programs sponsored by the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
There are also government grant programs available for those who want to further their involvement in the arts. If you are a writer in any capacity (i.e. poet, playwright, educational writer), you may be able to receive grants and loans from the Arts and Humanities departments in your state, or you can refer to publications like Poets and Writers to find out which national organizations are offering grants. In most cases, you will have to present at least one finished (or nearly finished) body of work; along with a clear plan for how you will spend the funds you receive. Government grant programs or agencies may award the funds in the form of a stipend or issue one large check to help you publish your book or create new educational material for students.
Government grant programs are also instrumental in helping you to start or expand your business. In many cases, if you try to get a loan from the bank for a new business, you may be denied. This is due to the fact that major financial institutions like to know that you’ve been doing business for a while before you can be trusted with a loan. So, organizations like the Small Business Administration can help you to prepare a business plan that will get you access to the government grant programs that you need, and the agents there can also help you to ration your funds wisely, so that you won’t overspend. You can find more about how to make your small business grow at www.sba.gov.
If you want to apply for grants and aren’t sure where to start, you can log onto sites like www.grants.gov, where you’ll find a variety of grant programs all across the country that may be of interest to you.