Grants And Loans
that’s what the Foundation Center expects major foundations will be giving out in 2004 after decreasing their giving in 2003 by 4.7%. I believe there are always more opportunities when people believe the pot is shrinking. This usually means less people will apply.
or collateral. That’s what the non-profit group Accion considers when they lend $500 to $50,000 to struggling small businesses.
because it means their job. They know the back office telephone number of every government agency and if they make a call for you and help you get a grant you will vote for them no matter what else they do. If you know your zipcode, you know your congressman and senators.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE), University of Illinois, Children’s Research Center, 51 Gerty Dr., Champaign, IL 61820-7469; 800-583-4135; 217-333-1386
The Library of Congress has a vast list of photos, articles, sound bites, and much more from history all at your fingertips. You can go to their web site and find a baseball card from the 1913 New York Giants team. How about a 1910 card of Ty Cobb along with his stats? American Memory is the Library of Congress’ collection of the history of the culture of the United States. These images can be printed on your printer for free, or you can order on-line for an 8 X 10 color print to be made and sent to you for $30.00. Just view the collection at http://memory.loc.gov. To order prints (the information is available at the website) contact Library of Congress, Photoduplicatioan Service, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540; 202-707-5640
Even if you’re not a senior check into this for your mom, dad or grandparents or anyone else because each year over 3 million eligible seniors and people with disabilities fail to apply for a little-known program that will give them over $1,000 extra in their Social Security check. That’s how much the government deducts for Medicare Part B payments. The program is called Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries Plan, or Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Plan. To learn more contact your local Social Security Office at 800-772-1213. You can also contact the Medicare Hotline and request the publication Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare; contact Medicare Hotline at 800-MEDICARE or online
Called Direct Housing-Natural Disaster Loans and Grants and referred to as Program #10.444 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program provides grants to assist very-low income owner- occupants to repair or replace damaged property as a direct result of a natural disaster. Loans are made in counties named by the Federal Management Agency as being eligible for Federal assistance under an emergency declaration by the President. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service
That’s what Canton, Ohio offers to very low-income residents – grants to paint their house or put on new siding. They feel that an investment like this improves the value of all the properties in the area. Sunnyvale, California offers some of their residents $400 in grant money to paint their homes. And if you’re over 60 or have a disability, you can get a $1,200 grant. See if your city or state offers a program like this go to
Or, if you are a senior having trouble paying for your Viaga or any other prescription drug, you don’t have to worry about how much in premiums you are going to pay for in the new Medicare Prescription drug program that only pays a portion of your drugs costs anyway, and doesn’t even start until 2006. There are current programs at state governments and even from the drug companies themselves where you can be making up to $40,000 a year, at any age, and get all of your prescription drugs for free right now.
Called The Interest Assistance Program and referred to as Program #10.437 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program provides a 4 percent subsidy to farmers and ranchers, who do not qualify for standard commercial credit. Guaranteed loans are serviced by a lender who has entered into a Lenders Agreement with the agency. The total loan limit for a guaranteed loan cannot exceed $731,000. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service.
The primary focus of funding is independent documentary film. Grant awards for production typically range from $50,000 to $300,000 and provide partial support for documentary series and individual independent films. The gift funds are awarded both nationally and internationally. Contact: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 140 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 1100, Chicago, IL 60603-5285; (312) 726-8000; Fax: (312) 920-6258
That’s what the government-run Overseas Private Investment Corp is offering for those who want to make money in other countries.
The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) offers the Maxine Williams Scholarship of $1,000 for one school year. High school graduates who are enrolled in or soon to be enrolled in a post-secondary medical assisting program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs are eligible. Scholarships are awarded based on interest, need and aptitude.
Depending upon your situation with Medicare and Medicaid, you may or may not be eligible for this program, but it is worth a call for clarification. It is also helpful to know about this in the future if your situation changes. Eligibility issues: Indiana resident for at least 90 days and age 65 or older. May not have insurance that includes a prescription drug benefit. Must have a monthly income which is less than $997 for individuals or less than $1,344 for couples. Contact HoosierRX, P.O. Box 6224, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6224; 866-267-4679
Called the Health Homes Demonstration Grants and referred to as Program #14.901 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program is designed to develop, demonstrate, and promote cost-effective, preventive measures to correct multiple safety and health hazards in the home environment that produce serious diseases and injuries in children of low-income families. HUD is interested in reducing health threats to the maximum number of residents, especially children, in a cost efficient manner. Healthy Homes Demonstration grants are intended to serve a broad array of beneficiaries including homeowners, rental property owners, and public housing residents. For information on where these programs are available in your area contact Ms. Ellen Taylor, Director, Healthy Homes Program, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room P3206, Washington, DC 20410, 202-755-1785, extension 116
the truck manufacturer Navistar got this kind of money to locate their business in Ontario. If you don’t care where you make your millions just as long as you make millions, check around in different states and even countries who will offer you the most to start your business there.
The Social Security Administration keeps track of popular baby names for every year going back to 1990. My name was the 4th most popular name last year. Don’t know if that is good or bad
The grant funds are provided to preserve and enhance the legacy of Johnny Mercer as well as providing educational programs for music appreciation, assisting in the development of songwriters, and enhance the general appreciation of American popular music. Grants are awarded nationwide. Contact: The Johnny Mercer Foundation, c/o Prager and Fenton, 675 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10017; (212) 382-2790. Application Address: The John Mercer Foundation, 234 W. 44th St., Ste. 901, New York, NY 10036; (212) 835-2299
Called ‘The Mortgage Insurance -Homes Program and referred to as Program #14.117 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program helps people undertake home ownership. HUD insures lenders against loss on mortgage loans. These loans may be used to finance the purchase of proposed, under construction, or existing one-to four-family housing, as well as to refinance indebtedness on existing housing. Maximum insurable loans are as follows: one-family $144.336; two family $184,752; three-family $223,296; and four-family $277,512; except that the Secretary may increase the preceding maximum dollar amounts on an area-by-area basis to the extent the Secretary deems necessary, after taking into consideration the extent to which moderate and middle income persons have limited housing opportunities in the area due to high prevailing housing sales prices, but in no case may such limits, as so increased, exceed the lesser of (A) 87 percent of the Federal National Mortgage Association’s Conforming Loan Limit, or (B) in the case of a one-family residence, 95 percent of the median one-family house price in the area, as determined by the Secretary; in the case of a two-family residence, 107 percent of such median price; in the case of a three-family residence, 130 percent of such median price; or in the case of a four-family residence, 150 percent of such median price. Designated areas of limited housing opportunities and maximum mortgage amounts may be obtained from local HUD Offices. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
…I just did an hour Web seminar on the subject and you can hear a re-broadcast of the entire lecture
Almost all drug companies offer drugs for free to those that cannot afford them. Each company has a different application procedure, and your doctor must sign a form. The medications are then shipped to your doctor for you. This could relieve you of your high prescription drug costs, so it is worth the effort. Look online for the drug company’s program, then fill out the application. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, 1100 Fifteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20005; 202-835-3400
Fourteen Resource and Referral Agencies are located in Georgia to provide assistance in the start up of childcare centers. Help includes first aid and CPR training, consultations on planning day to day activities, and more. The closest one to Trion is: Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, 1202 N. Tennessee St., Cartersville, GA 30120; 770-387-0828
Called the Lead-based Paint Hazard Control in Privately-Owned Housing Program and referred to as Program #14.900 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program provides grants to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in privately- owned housing that is owned by or rented to low- or very-low income families. Specific objectives include: (1) building the capacity necessary to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in all housing; (2) preventing childhood lead poisoning; (3) involving cooperation among all levels of government, the private sector, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations; (4) integrating comprehensive community approaches to address lead hazards in housing; (5) integration of lead- safe practices into other programs which will continue beyond the life of the grant; (6) establishment of a public registry of lead-safe housing; and (7) promoting job training, employment, and other economic lift opportunities for low-income residents of project neighborhoods. . Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at
can start by contacting a free service called The Clearinghouse on Disability Information, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Dept. of Education, 202-205-8241. …… for help with getting money for education and training contact Higher Education and Adult Training for People with Handicaps (HEATH), George Washington University, 800-544-3284
you can actually see the data showing which banks in your state like giving money to small business and people starting businesses in their home. The information is collected by the Federal Reserve.