Are government grants for real?

Question by LUZ: Are government grants for real?

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Answer by Amber Marie
Oh yeah! So far they have paid for almost my entire college tuition, and books!

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  • imisidro says:

    YES but not in the way that scammers portray grants to be

    If you want the REAL grants, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov – these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support your purposes. Once you find a grant where you can qualify, apply for it at Grants.gov

    Even if you buy books on “how to get grants” or list that supposedly has information on grants — all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently.

    Note though that these grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments. Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT – Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program. Individuals especially for personal purposes are not eligible for federal grants.

    Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women’s Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women’s business center that will train women entrepreneurs

  • NotAnyoneYouKnow says:

    LUZ:

    As the other respondent suggested, “government grants” are very real, but ….

    The US Department of Education provides billions of dollars of grants every year, to help college students afford school. To qualify for one of those grants, you must be accepted to, and attending an eligible post-secondary school, and you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. Grants are only available to students who demonstrate “exceptional need” – meaning, of course, students from the ‘poorest’ households. These grants are paid directly to your school – not to you – and the money is applied to what you owe the school for tuition and school fees.

    Then there’s another type of government grant that is completely different. The US government provides billions more to research laboratories, universities, charitable organizations, medical researchers, social service agencies, schools and many other organizations in order to promote research and development of projects that benefit the citizens of this country.

    An organization interested in this type of grant would complete a grant proposal that often runs 100 pages or more, detailing their proposal, describing their expertise, and presenting an action plan and budget for how the grant would be spent. A local charity that operates a homeless shelter might complete a grant proposal, hoping that the government would provide the funds to enable expansion of their services – maybe by converting an abandoned apartment complex into a shelter.

    I suspect that this isn’t the kind of grant you are asking about. I’m guessing that you’re not interested in a grant for college either.

    If you are asking about those “grants” that are advertised on websites, in the backs of magazines, in junk mail, and on late night TV shows – then stop right now, because every single one of them is fake. The individuals that offer them are con artists, and they are trying to rip you off. They may make their offer sound “risk-free”, but it’s not – they want to steal your money, and/or they want to steal your identity.

    The US government offers NO grants for individual financial assistance. There are no grants for struggling homeowners, no grants for medical bills, no grants for utility bills, no grants to fix your car, stay out of bankruptcy, fix up your house, or pay your credit cards. This is not what grant programs are for.

    The economic stimulus bill did not include these “grants”, no matter what the scam artists are telling you, and there are no Obamagrants, either (clever name, though). Another common claim, that the government has “Millions of dollars that they MUST give away!!!!” is also total nonsense.

    If you’d rather get a second opinion, and see this confirmed somewhere else, I invite you to do an internet search for “government grants” and “scam”. You’ll find thousands of articles like these:

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/scam_alerts/grant.html
    http://www.co.summit.oh.us/consumeraffairs/pressreleases/govgrantscam3-16-06.htm
    http://www.consumerjungle.org/content/view/294/528/

    These grant scams have been around for years, but, of course, they’re more powerful when people are suffering economic hardship, and everyone is hoping that there’s a solution to their distress. Don’t become another statistic, and don’t fall for ANY of these grant scams.

    Don’t wait to find the “legitimate” grant company – there ARE none – there are no such grants.

    I hope this helped.

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