The commercials, banners, and magazine ads all offer you the promise of tapping into crazy amounts of government grant money if you just purchase a little booklet from them.
STOP! Keep your money in your pocket and read on…
The key to searching for government grants isn’t found in a pamphlet, ebook, or elsewhere. The tools for finding government grants are right under your fingertips, that is, if your fingertips happen to be positioned on the keyboard.
All the information you need to find the government grants, scholarships, or loans you might qualify for can be found on the Internet. For no fee- aka, free.
There are thousands of government programs available for all types of needs including education, disaster relief, home repair, housing, financial, small business, counseling, utilities, insurance, environment, and a wide variety of additional necessities.
Most people qualify for some type of government grant. Even if you think your income might be too high or your options limited, complete a search. Don’t pass up the chance to put free money (grants & scholarships) in your pocket to help out with your day-to-day or future needs.
All it takes to find government grants, scholarships, and loan programs is a little bit of initiative, a few minutes of time, and access to the following websites:
Govebenefits.gov is free to search and easy to use. Click the START HERE button and fill in the anonymous Q&A to find the best matches for your needs/qualifications.
The Q&A section does take a few minutes to fill out, but it’s well worth the time as the results will be narrowed down to the specific programs that may fit your profile. This time investment up front will cut your overall research time in half by not having to weed through all the government grant, scholarship, or loan programs that you do not qualify for.
The usa.gov website is a little harder to navigate, but you can use the ADVANCED SEARCH option to narrow things down a bit.
When you visit either of these websites, take the time to check your options and sign up for updates on areas of interest to you. Some government grants, scholarships, or loans may have seasonal funding and you won’t want to miss the sign-up. New grants may also become available that will be of interest to you, so signing up for updates can give you an edge up on getting an application in before the new or seasonal grant funds dwindle.
If you do not find the grant, scholarship, or loan opportunity you are looking for by using the websites mentioned, simply turn to your favorite search engine to help. Just type in the type of government funding you are seeking such as “Small Business Government Grants and Loans” or “Environmental Protection Government Grants and Loans” and SEARCH. Ignore the ads that pop up and look for websites ending in .gov – these are the official government websites and will have the most up-to-date information.