Are Free Government Grant Applications Yours To Find All In One Place?
Actually, free government grant applications are everywhere. You cannot find them all in one place. Read on to learn why.
Are you among the hundreds of thousands of people that search every single month for those elusive grant application forms? And you never ever find exactly what you're looking for?
We have good news for you! You can stop looking.
You've finally arrived at the right place to learn how to get the applications you need for all the available government grants that you're entitled to.
Just follow the two simple steps below.
Step 1 – Understand Grant Applications
This is actually really simple. It makes sense that to get free money, you have to apply for it, right?
Where it gets a little less simple is that each granting agency has its own specific application. There is no one-size-fits-all form.
How come each agency has its own unique paperwork to fill out? Again there's a simple answer. It's because each one has specific objectives to meet with the grant money it gets and then gives out.
Those objectives might have to do with education, roads, research and so on. There are thousands of categories.
Most of the money is distributed by state and local agencies that receive funding from the federal government. How much funding? In 2011, it was $607 billion in grants.
So the federal government says to state and local agencies, "Tell us how you are going to give that money away to meet your objectives, to support your mission."
When you apply to one of those state or local agencies (or maybe a foundation or other private source), they are going to say, "Tell us how you are going to help us support our mission/objectives with the grant money we will give you."
Step 2 – Find YOUR Grant Application
You have certain needs/wants/ambitions that are uniquely yours. How do you apply for the free government grants that apply to you?
The method is simple in concept. Here are the steps to follow:
- Write out a detailed statement of your needs.
- Search for the granting agency that offers the closest match.
- Ask the agency for their grant application form.
That third step is definitely the easiest.
The first two steps take some work. In fact, they deter most people from proceeding. Happily we have ways of making those steps a lot easier.
- For the first step, we have a free story-editing process where we give you a template to describe your situation, then we edit it for you at no charge. This gets you started on a solid foundation.
- For the second step we recommend a private database that helps you find grants online. You quickly access one helpful source, instead of wasting days of frustrating search on your own.
Now, that private database does costs something (think fast food meal), but the price is minuscule when you realize the time and effort you save.
You'll see. Try doing it all on your own. Then try it the easy way.
What To Do With The Application?
Okay, we've shown you how to get free government grant applications.
What's the next step?
Again, in principle, it's very simple. Just fill out the application properly and send it in.
The key word is "properly" because if you don't follow the instructions to the letter, your chances of winning that free government grant money are next to absolute zero.
Here are two simple golden rules to follow:
- Be sure to show the agency people that you are helping them meet their objectives. That is all they care about. They don't care about you. It's nothing personal; it's just business.
- Follow their instructions down to the tiniest detail. If they want the document written in a specific font and size, do it. If they ask for images in a specific format, give it to them.
So now the rubber hits the road. You have to apply if you want that free government money. Again, we can help. See our page on grant proposal writing for loads of expert tips.
You came here looking for free government grant applications. Now, you might not be leaving with one in hand, but you CAN leave with a solid knowledge of the process that will help you apply the proper way.
And it has to be that way, because there simply is no one-size-fits-all document when it comes to applying for government grants.
This page will help anyone wanting to apply for free government grants. Since the mission of this site is to help people with disabilities find all the benefits they're entitled to, disability grants are of particular interest.