About Government Grants

About Government Grants

If you’ve been thinking of applying for a government grant, the first step is to consider what category of grant you might be eligible for.  For example, ask yourself what you will use the grant money for.  Are you going to use it to pay for vocational school, to help pay for college, law school, or a graduate degree?  Perhaps you need to renovate your house, start a business, expand your business, or conduct research.  In any case, each year millions of dollars are given away by governments on the state and federal level.

The next question to ask yourself is when you need the money.  Since most grants have application deadlines, it is important to investigate grant opportunities early and prepare the application forms well before the deadline.  In most cases, the grant money is limited.  That means that even eligible candidates can be denied the grant money if they do not submit their applications before the hundreds or thousands of competing candidates who are also seeking grant money from the same sources.  In other words, in most cases, the earlier you apply for a grant the more likely you are to receive it.  Of course, the first hurdle is that you must prove that you are eligible to receive the grant in to begin with.  If you are approved to receive the grant, then you are ready to proceed to the next step: benefit from the grant by applying it to the educational, research, business, housing, or other project that you have in mind.   The grant money in some cases will be issued directly to you and in other cases it will be issued to an institution such as a college or university to be used toward tuition and fees.

Some grants are recurring on an annual basis and require an application every year until the project is completed.  Other grants are issued on a one-time, non-renewable basis.  There are times that grants feature a deadline as well.  In this case, it is not uncommon for some form of inspection or publication to take place to share the benefits with the world or to show the community what has been accomplished with the grant money.