How to Qualify for Grants

Organizations turn to government grants to help provide for residents in their communities who need financial assistance.

A federal government grant is financial aid issued by the state and awarded to an organization that has a purpose to provide for its local community approved by the federal government.

Although government grant recipients must have this in common, this is not the only qualifying factor.

Different grants will have different requirements that will also vary depending on the organization. There are government grants for small businesses as well as individuals.

The government only awards grants to specific organizations. In order to find out which organizations those are, continue reading the sections below.

How to Register for Government Grants

The first step for your organization to be considered eligible is to have your organization appear in the Grants.gov website.

When you register, it will detail the general requirements that you must meet to receive approval for a federal government grant

For instance, one general requirement is that you must know which organization you are representing.

This is also the case if you are applying as an individual If you are not aware of the type of organization that you are representing, then you may end up wasting your time trying to apply for government grants that you are not legally eligible for. 

Once you understand the organization you are representing, you can begin to register yourself or organization onto the website.

As the representative of the organization, you will have to input information on the organization you are representing as well as personal details, like contact information. 

Who can get government grants?

There are a variety of organizations that qualify for a government grant. From small businesses to government institutions themselves, the government is able to provide free government grants to applicants that are eligible.

Listed below are the institutions that qualify for a government grant. 

Learn About Government Organizations

State, local and county governments can apply for a federal grant. Grants made available to these governments cover a wide range of topics that deal with better of the communities and the areas themselves.

For instance, there are governments grants available for landscaping forests as well as promote health within a township.

Other government grants are given to certain groups. Native American tribal governments can receive grants for their community.

The majority of grants that tribal governments can apply for are typically health-related, although they can also apply for the other grants as well. To receive a federal government grant, the tribal government must be federally recognized.

Learn About Educational Organizations

There are a few kinds of institutions that can apply for free government grants. This includes state-controlled universities and colleges as well as those that are privately owned.

Independent school districts can also apply for grants. These districts have U.S. primary and secondary schools that do not belong to any municipality, county or state.

These government grants will fund research on health concerns and topics. There are also grants available to higher educational institutions to fund research on specific careers and how to maximize career opportunities.

However, the majority of these grants are meant to fund research topics concerning medicine and health. 

Learn About Public Housing Organizations

In addition to grants for government organizations and educational institutions, there are grants for housing.

Free government grants for housing are typically distributed by public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities.

Public housing authorities receive grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and they administer and enforce the regulations for government housing.

The HUD awards a variety of housing grants for specific needs. For example, the HUD will award government grants to help those who are homeless to public housing authorities.

For the Indian housing authorities, there is the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program which are competitive grants that provide affordable housing for Native Americans. 

Learn About Non-Profit Organizations

The government recognizes nonprofit organizations that have or do not have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and will provide grants to them.

An organization will state if they have 501(c)(3) status on their website. These grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that support the communities. 

These can range from the government hardship grants to educational grants. For example, a prominent program that receives grants is the Head Start Disaster Recovery.

This program funds projects that contribute to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Nonprofit organizations can provide for their communities in a variety of ways. They can help specific groups like Native Americans or veterans, or they can contribute to a specific cause.

So long as the organization is serving its local communities in some way while meeting the federal government grant requirements, it can receive the grant money.

Learn About Small Businesses and For-Profit Organizations

Small businesses and for-profit organizations can qualify for government grants as well, however, grant requirements vary.

All small business applicants must adhere to the size standards enforced by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The SBA is also in charge of administering all the grants for small businesses in the United States. Once the business has met the main size standards, then it must meet the additional qualification for the grant the representative is applying for.

For-profit organizations are defined as organizations that are not small businesses. The Grants.gov website provides a list of government grants for individuals and organizations alike, so there are many funding opportunities available.

For-profit organizations only have to adhere to the eligibility requirements of the grant they are choosing to apply to.

Many of the grants available are meant to fund research for health concerns, nutrition and many other topics.

About Government Grants for Individuals

Typically, free government grants are not given to individuals. However, if you are registered with an individual applicant profile, then it is possible for you to attempt to apply for grants meant solely for individuals.

It is important to look for these grants with the right resources since certain websites, like Grants.gov, do not offer grants for individuals.

If you do not qualify for a grant directly, perhaps you may qualify for a grant by applying for a government assistance program. For instance, if you are need of housing assistance, the HUD provides grants that can help.

If you need financial assistance for your utilities, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has government grants for individuals who need help paying for their utilities.