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Government Grant and Loan Facts:

Don't be scammed by ads; whether on radio, tv, or online, about free money from the government. The federal government does offer grants and loans, but the information you pay for may be misleading. Here are the facts:

 

The differences between grants and loans. Loans are obligations which must be repaid, and often with interest. A grant; however, does not require repayment, but there are extremely few grants available for individuals. Most grants are awarded to universities, researchers, cities, states, counties, and non-profit organizations. Loans are generally the best bet for individuals.

 

Grants for Personal Individual Use

As the economy continues to stagger, with high unemployment, rising living costs and mounting debt, consumers turn to the internet in search of free grants for personal individual use.

 

While individual grants such as Pell Grants for education are indeed available for personal education use, typically government grants are awarded to foundations and organizations, which then serve individuals.

 

But that doesn't mean that there will never be a broader range of free grants for individuals. As of the date of this article; however, there are not; for example, free grants for personal debt. To stay current with grant opportunities, individuals should frequently check for new programs.

 

In addition to government websites, there are also private foundations and website links that can assist in grant searches, in addition to submitting grant application proposals.

 

Meanwhile, if there is not yet available; or if you do not qualify, for a free grant you never have to pay back, there are still other options including state assistance programs. The best tip is to keep all your mind open to other solutions. Instead of focusing only on; for example, a free grant to pay bills, also look for assistance to help you meet other expenses (such as food or housing assistance), which would free-up money to pay debts.

  

Turn over every stone, be watchful of scams and; if you find a program which you may qualify for, consider having an experienced, professional company submit your application. For example, a lawyer that specializes in SSI disability may increase your chances of getting supplemental security income approval.

 

 

Tips:

Don't try to call the United States Department of Grants. There isn't one. Federal agencies may have different rules for who is eligible for grants and loans and how to apply.

 

To get an idea of all the federal grants available, browse the online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. These listings are updated annually.

 

Be aware that grants require you to submit a proposal to the federal agency describing what you plan to do with the money. Even after submitting a proposal, it may be quite some time before the agency either approves or denies your request.

 

Grants also require you to fill out forms, generally on a quarterly basis, that tell how much money you have spent and what you have spent it on, as well as how you are progressing on the work you promised to do.

 

A better approach for most consumers is to visit GovBenefits.gov. You check off which categories you fit into (for example, veteran) and then answer a series of questions. GovBenefits will identify loans and sources of financial assistance for which you may be eligible and tell you how and where to apply. You may be surprised what you are eligible for- there are forms of assistance available for a variety of personal situations including disaster victims, farmers, or people with teaching experience.

 

Grant to go to college? Facts:

You can fill out an application for Federal Student Aid by visiting the Department of Education's website. You may be asked to provide information about your income and your family's income to determine your eligibility. Save report cards and transcripts in case you need to report your grades. Have a good idea of what schools you plan to apply to and what you want to study.

 

Visit GovLoans.gov to learn more about well-known programs such as Pell Grants, Work-Study, and Perkins and Stafford Loans.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs website can tell you more about the "GI Bill" and other programs for veterans and their survivors and dependents.

 

GovLoans.gov also has information about Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Eligible parents can borrow to pay the educational expenses of dependent undergraduate children who are enrolled in school at least part-time.

 

Beware of "scholarship scams." For example, be wary when you hear that your bank account number is needed to "hold" the scholarship. Be sure the scholarship is legitimate before giving out any personal information.

 

 

Grant to buy a home? Facts:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) helps individuals by giving grants to non-profits and local governments, however HUD does not offer assistance directly to consumers. Visit or call the HUD office in your state to find out more.

 

Here are some HUD loans and other options to explore:

 

HUD's Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insures loans, allowing you to purchase a home for as little as 3% down. Anyone can apply, but there is a limit on the loan amount they will insure-this varies according to geographic area. You can also wrap the closing costs into your mortgage.

 

A foreclosed or "HUD Home" may have a lower asking price. Most HUD Homes are affordable for low to moderate income families.

 

Through the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans and their families may be eligible for loans to buy a home.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service insures loans for the purchase of homes in rural communities.

 

Fannie Mae has a website that can help you find a low cost mortgage and a lender that are right for you.

 

 

Grant to pay rent? Facts:

Visit HUD's website to learn about programs to assist you in renting a house or apartment. You can locate low-income housing, or apply for a Section 8 voucher that you can use to pay some or all of your rent.

 

The Rural Housing Service makes financing available to elderly, disabled, or low-income apartment residents in rural areas to ensure they are able to make rent payments.

 

 

Grant to start a business? Facts:

There are no grants for starting or expanding a business, but the Small Business Administration (SBA) has loans to help you start a business. You can also get all the forms you need online.

 

You can also visit a SBA Small Business Development Center for help with starting, financing, or expanding your business.

 

 

Government grant, unclaimed money and unclaimed property

As the saying goes: "Buyer Beware". If you see ads claiming you qualify to receive a "free grant" for education, to start a home business or to payoff unpaid bills but you must pay a processing or membership fee to obtain the information, be wary. Scam artists will claim your grant application is guaranteed to be accepted and approved, and you never have to repay the money. But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that these grant offers are often a scam. The grant isn't free, nor is it guaranteed, nor is a refund.

 

According to the FTC, some scam artists market "free grants" in classified ads and on the internet, as in the example ad below:

 

Example of Grant Scam Advertisement - courtesy of FTC

FREE GRANTS Never Repay — acceptance guaranteed. Government and private sources $500 - $5,000. Education, home repairs, home purchase, business, non-profits. Phone live operators 9am-9pm. Monday-Saturday 1-800-###-####, ext. [###]

  

When you call their toll free phone number, here's an example of what happens:

 

A company representative asks non-threatening, simple questions to supposedly determine if you qualify to receive a grant. The representative then acts as if he/she is checking your eligibility, and then congratulates you as being eligible. But for you to get the grant information from them, they will charge you a processing fee. Although they will promise you that the grant is guaranteed or you can get your money back, the truth is far different.

 

They will tell you that the processing fee is for finding a grant source and sending you the appropriate application package in the mail. But you won't receive an application or a source. Instead they send you a list of agencies and foundations which you must write and request an application. In order to get your refund, you must apply to; and be rejected by, all these agencies within 90 days.

 

Most grantors don't award grants to individuals for personal needs. Generally grants are to serve mankind and communities as a whole, such as job expansion, training under-employed youth, preserving history, funding charities, art museums, or for researching medical issues. So, even if you're in a financial hardship, or you may be an unwed mother, a single parent, a minority, etc, you're not likely to get approved for a personal use grant. And you may as well forget about getting a refund from the grant "broker" because the conditions for a refund are nearly impossible, requiring you to apply at every grantor on the list they provided to you and be denied by each resource within 90 days. If even one resource doesn't reject you within the first 90 days, you won't get your refund, nor will you get it back if the rejections are past the 90 day requirement.

 

If you're thinking about applying for a grant, remember that the applications are available to you for free and that anyone who guarantees you a grant is likely to be interested in their own financial gain, not yours. If you think you may have been a victim of a grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC by visiting www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

 

Don't fall for grant scams. Use the free resources available to you at public libraries, on the internet, and at Credit Federal

 

With our resources, you can research and apply, 100% free for Government Grants with no fees. Plus you'll have unlimited access to Unclaimed Money which you can immediately claim with no credit card required.  Our links also include Educational Grants, and Grants for Disabled people, and even Veteran Grants. Search now for government assistance as well as individual grant foundations.

 

Search for government bailout grants and other government debt relief grants. If you're an individual, check for government grants to pay bills.

 

Free Grants for Personal Individual Use As the economy continues to stagger, with high unemployment, rising living costs and mounting debt, consumers turn to the internet in search of free grants for personal individual use.

 

 

NOTICE: This site provides Government Grant and Unclaimed Property links as a free public service and is not a grantor.  These government resources enable you to search and apply for grants and unclaimed property with absolutely no fees, no hidden charges, and no credit card required. For Gov Grant, Unclaimed Property or Private Grant Foundation questions or applications, contact the appropriate authority. Read our article, or select specific areas: Grant to go to college, Grant to buy a home, Grant to pay rent, and Grant to start a business.

  

 

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Bills: It can be extremely difficult when being in debt becomes a problem. Yet, credit counseling has proved to be beneficial for millions of people having to face debt issues. The first sign there could be a problem, is rejections when seeking credit. Lenders will view their applicant's credit status before approving any loans, and if credit is not good, they reject the applicant.

 

Credit counseling has helped people who have been unable to pay all their bills, and who have exhausted all means to solve their problems without professional help. Counselors can train people how to spend responsibly, even when using credit cards, and how to manage debts that have been owed far too long.

 

Lending institutions do not like to get missed or late payments. Just like people expect to get their paycheck, creditors like for their customers to pay their bill on time. People often get into money problems when they carry too many credit cards and they over-spend, thus ending up with high card balances. When they ignore the bills, late fees and higher interest rates could be added which leads to being more in debt.

 

A credit counselor may be able to help people who are in debt, by reviewing their finances. They can figure out how much a person owes and analyze some spending habits that are causing bills to go unpaid. Along with this, they figure the net income and expenses, and work out a plan for an affordable monthly payment. They are able to educate clients about how to manage their finances productively.

 

Counselors may recommend negotiating with creditors for revised repayment options, or to consider credit consolidation. They know the types of available solutions, because they are experts at what they do, and they are very knowledgeable in their area. They are good at explaining credit report scores and the types of credit inquiries that appear on the report. They can give valuable tips on how to repair credit and financial tools to use to rebuild scores. When all options have failed, credit counseling programs may be a resource to use to get debts under control



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A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. For a quick overview of important information about grants, see Top Ten Things You Should Know About Grants. It is important to understand that federal grants are not made for “unrestricted purposes” or to support the existing programs or activities of an organization. They are instead awarded for very specific purposes in response to specific federal legislation. Therefore if you apply for a federal grant you will most likely be developing a new plan that is outside of your organization’s current everyday activities.

How to Find Grants: The best way to find a grant depends on who you are (student, business person, reseacher, artist, non-profit organization, etc.) and what type of grant you are looking for. While it can be confusing, there are many sources of help, including private and federal websites and consultants. If you are uncertain about any terms and their meanings, check out Important Grant Related Terms.

Check out Business Grants if you know that is what you are looking for, Pell Grants and Scholarship Information and Where to Find Scholarships if you are a student seeking financial support, and Research Grants if you are an individual or organization with expertise in a particular field of research.

You may also want to check out a book that provides a step-by-step guide to government contracting success. Though provocatively titled, this experienced consultant shares his secrets of success so you can “make large amounts of money by doing business with and receiving grants from federal, state, and local governments.”

Writing a Good Grant Proposal: Due to the often complex and increasingly competitive nature of grant seeking, many applicants turn to professional grant writing services. However, many grants are still awarded based on proposals submitted by small organizations and “ordinary people”. With some effort and the use of appropriate resources (many of them free), you can write a successful grant proposal! Sometimes, the best way to learn Grant Writing is from a book. Consider this book from the popular “Dummies” series:

Executive Summary - This is the introduction to the proposal, a place to “State Your Case Succinctly and strongly, and summarize the rest of the proposal. It should summarize the Statement of Need, Project description, Budget and Organizational Information. According to the Foundation Center - it is an “umbrella statement of your case and summary of the entire proposal”. This is a key opportunity to “sell” the proposal, making sure it reflects a professional approach and capacity for excellence.

Statement of Need - Explain why this project is necessary, this is the chance to place the project into context. It may be helpful to draw on third party research to help paint the picture of the particular need being addressed, but make sure that it does not become too wordy and that it only contextualizes the project without overwhelming it.

Projection Description - This is the place for the project in detail. If the Executive Summary and Statement of Need are convincing, this is where the reader will explore how the proposal comes into effect. It needs to be logical, and well-thought through. Explain the Goals, Objectives, and Performance Indicators - 1) what you are going to achieve, 2) how you are going to do it, and 3) how you are going to evaluate it.

Budget - Grant Makers are in some ways like any other successful business - they have people that understand money - and more importantly, they understand value for money. Furthermore, they want their money to achieve the best results. So here is where they are looking for evidence of good fiscal policy and practice. The Budget is where to demonstrate that, should they grant it, their money will be in safe hands. Show enough detail to demonstrate understanding of the costs and that they will be delivered according to budget.

Organization Information - Is an opportunity to sell the capacity to deliver. Include a brief history of the school or organization; outline the governance structures that oversee it, and list the main activities, audiences, and services. If there is a history of successful project delivery - include it here. If new to project work - try to draw on the experience the personnel have had elsewhere.

Conclusion - Summarize all of the above, keep it succinct - but ensure to include reference to all the main points from the other sections. This is the chance to build the final picture of the submission for the reader. Do not at this point, add in new information that is not supported elsewhere and try to keep it brief and potent.




Bank Checking Accounts for Under 18: You can easily set up a joint bank account with your child's name. That account can be a plain-vanilla joint account, or an account designed for the under-18 crowd.

Most accounts marketed as “bank accounts for kids” come in the form of joint accounts, although they go by different names:

* Teen Checking Accounts
* Youth Savings Accounts
* Looney Toons Accounts
* Savings Club
* Student Checking

In some cases, the adult needs to be a family member or legal guardian, but some banks allow anybody to be the joint owner (Capital One 360, for example).

With a standard joint account, each account holder has 100% access to the funds, so either the adult or the child can drain the account and rack up overdraft fees (unless the bank restricts what the child can do). Keep that in mind before you set your child loose with a large available balance. Sign up for alerts, and check the account regularly if you're the adult. If you are the minor, it's important to share an account only with an adult you can truly trust – you don't want your hard-earned money to disappear.

Be sure to ask your bank what happens when the minor reaches age 18. If there were restrictions on what the minor could do (if they were unable to make withdrawals, for example), things might change – and you’ll want to know that ahead of time. Likewise, any fee waivers are likely to disappear. If the minor needs her own account, you can try to remove the “adult” from the account or open a new account when the minor turns 18.

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