How to Get a Grant From the Government Without Purchasing Programs

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It's relatively easy to find and apply for most government grants online, once you know what you are looking for.
It's relatively easy to find and apply for most government grants online, once you know what you are looking for. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

You do not have to purchase a program to get a government grant. Government grants are free and there is no cost to apply. More times than not these programs are just ebooks that give you information about free online sites where you can sign up for government grants. Before the Internet was a widely used source, private and public granters were forced to make applicants pay a processing fee, but with today's technology you should not have to pay to get grant money.

For personal grants you will need your Social Security number, last year's tax papers and government-issued identification. For grants for service projects, the information needed varies depending on what type of government grant money you are applying for.

To apply for grants for a project or organization that would be considered research or nonprofit, go to grants.gov -- find a link in the References section. Grants.gov is a government sponsored website that does not ask applicants to buy any programs and will never ask for money. Applicants are required to fill out a detailed applications and attach a grant proposal. Most grant opportunities that are found through the site only accept Internet based applications.

To apply for government grant money to help pay for job training, a two-year degree program, four-year colleges, and some master degree programs, go to studentaid.ed.gov, a site run by the U.S. Department of Education -- find a link in the References section. Also talk with the college admissions counselor about privately funded grants available for students. Never pay a fee to join programs to find government grants to go to school. College grant programs that ask for money are usually lottery pots that take a portion of the applicant fees to give as grants and take the rest of the money as profit.

To find grants for individuals and families, go to Benefits.gov -- find a link in the References section. This is a government run site designed to link citizens with government benefits. While the U.S. government does not typically give grants to individuals to pay for personal needs such as doctor bills and shelter, they do give grants to nonprofit organizations to help those individuals and families. The organizations may give help through monetary means or through services. Benifits.gov gives information on government funded sources that may give help in areas that you are looking for. The program listed should never ask for a application fee, but will ask many personal questions before giving financial assistance.

Tips & Warnings

  • While I would not spend money on grant programs, I do recommend serious grant seekers to research grant writing by reading books and talking with experienced grant writers.
  • If you do not feel like your capable of getting a grant on your own, consider hiring a grant writer or consultant.
  • You do not have to buy into a program to get a government grant.
  • If a company calls you and says they will give you a government grant if you pay them a small fee, hang up the phone and report the company. It is a scam.
  • Some grants require applicant to just fill out qualification information and provide proof. Other grants may require a essay or a well thought out grant proposal.
  • Not every group, organization, or individual will qualify for every grant.
  • Grant awards are subject to what funds are available. Not all those who apply and match qualifications will be awarded a government grant.

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