Grants And Loans
Don’t spend a fortune on a lawyer in your attempt to become a non-profit. Take advantage of free government help available through the Internal Revenue Service. You can fill out the forms to the best of your ability, and then you can call them with your list of questions. For more information contact Exempt Organizations Technical Division, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Treasury, 1111 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 6411, Washington, DC 20224; 202-283-2300; 877-829-5500 (toll-free)
The Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership (WISH) Program provides grants to qualified homebuyers living in high-cost areas to enable them to purchase homes near their work. Under the WISH Program, the bank will provide up to $15,000 per household, matching up to $3 for every dollar contributed by the homeowner toward the purchase of the home. WISH funds must be used only toward down payment or closing costs in connection with the purchase of a housing unit to be used as the homebuyer’s primary residence. Terms for participation include: completion of a mortgage assistance program administered by a public or private entity; a household income of the homebuyer at 80% or less of the HUD area median income; contribution of at least 1% of the purchase price from their own funds; and completion of an approved homebuyer counseling program. For information on the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
if you lose your job. It’s called the Mortgage Guardian program and it will pay your mortgage for up to 6 months. Check with your state housing association to see if you are eligible for a similar program. Here is the program in Wisconsin
A change in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 allows states to offer Medicaid to individuals who are working and who have a disability. Prior to this, states could only offer Medicaid to people with disabilities who were NOT working. The income limit goes up to $40,000 a year. Contact your state Department of Health to identify your Medicaid office. You can also check out the website of the Bazelon Center
If you find yourself interested in science and technology, this scholarship is for you. There are four types of technical scholarships available to current undergraduate students: General Scholarship, Women’s Scholarship, Underrepresented Minority Scholarship and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities. To find out more about this program, go to the link and read the Frequently Asked Questions. Go to the Microsoft Scholarship Program
in Pennsylvania if you are a non-profit organization and want to help families who need day care services. The money can be used for most anything in starting or expanding a day care center. And if you are not a non-profit, it doesn’t matter. The government will help you become one for next to nothing. Tell this office you are also looking the state’s small business development center’s office.
the Arlington Housing Corporation in suburban Washington, DC buys homes, which are in poor condition and renovates the home to sell to qualified first time home buyers at below market cost. Low interest loans and grants are available for home remodeling as well as assistance with down payment money.
Dream of quitting your dead-end job and getting your master’s in computer science? Earn your master’s or doctorate degree and let the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pay your way. Through the DHS fellowship program, get your graduate degree in the physical, biological, social, or behavioral sciences – including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. Have your tuition covered and have money to live on! You must have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the DHS, but you are not required to accept a position with them following graduation. To learn how you can get your advanced degree paid for, contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The City of Leavenworth, Kansas contracts with Catholic Community Services (CCS) to offer an Emergency Housing Assistance program to families and individuals in need. The program provides counseling and valuable referrals to low-income city residents who are experiencing a housing emergency. Participants may be eligible for financial assistance for food, rent, utility bills and other expenses. Contact: Catholic Community Services (CCS), 716 N. 5th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048. (913) 651-8060.
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
If you are a senior or taking care of a senior, remember the government pays for elderly people’s transportation to the doctor. Their toll-free number is 1-800-677-1116 and can be reached from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
The Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) provides eligible Asset Loans from $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000 and Working Capital Loans to a maximum of $30,000 if you want to start a business in Rhode Island. See the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
In addition to providing funding, the foundation supports community organizations by offering human resources through the WAVE program. WAVE is a volunteer program that helps Fannie Mae and Fannie Mae Foundation employees find volunteer opportunities and provide incentives for employees to participate in volunteer activities. Employees can receive up to 10 hours of paid leave per month to perform community service. The WAVE program also features a grants program called Dollars for Doers which matches employee volunteer hours with cash grants to the organizations for which they volunteer. Dollars for Doers grants range from $100 for 25 hours of service to $500 for 100 or more hours of service in one calendar year. The Employee Matching Gifts Program is another component of WAVE, which matches personal financial contributions by employees, up to $10,000 per year. Contact: Fannie Mae Foundation, 4000 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., N. Tower, Ste. 1, Washington, DC 20016-2804; (202) 274-8066 or (202) 274-8057 or (202) 274-8000; Fax: (202) 274-8100
Need $7,000 for a new roof, or $300 for eye glasses, $1,000 for dentures, or a ride to the doctor or even legal help or a new living situation? You can contact the government’s Eldercare hotline for almost any problem concerning a senior. Contract 1-800-677-1116.
that’s what homeowners living in Michigan can get! But that’s not the only place in the country that offers money like this. See what kind of goodies your local government offers at
5000000 For Investors To Develop Housing For Seniors Moderate Income Families And People With Disabilities
(14.135) Mortgage Insurance – Rental and Cooperative Housing for Moderate Income Families and Elderly, Market Interest Rate
it’s not only Wall Street fat cats or bad business dot com ventures that get venture capital money to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams. There are over 100 such venture capital organizations now whose goal is to get money to entrepreneurs who want to help low-income or other disadvantaged with good jobs, good services or good products. Go through the list at http://www.cdvca.org/fund_profiles.html and see which ones you should apply to. Remember venture capital is money you don’t have to pay back but they get a piece of the action and you get a partner.
Drinking water quality varies from place to place in the United States, but don’t trust a water filter salesperson to tell you how good your water really is. Ask the experts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 1-800-426-4791
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The Allen Dayton Young Entrepreneur Contest chooses about 14 Nebraska High school seniors and gives them from $500 to $2,000 for their entrepreneuring potential.
The Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Grants Program provides loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair or improve their homes or to remove health or safety hazards. Applicants must be 62 years of age or older and must have incomes below 50% of the area median. That can be up to $27,000 for seniors in Maryland, which includes most seniors I know. For more information or to apply contact the USDA Rural Development office
Called The Very Low Income Housing Loans Program and referred to as Program #10.410 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program helps very low, low-income, and moderate-income households to obtain modest, decent, safe, and sanitary housing for use as a permanent residence in rural areas. Direct and guaranteed loans may be used to buy, build, or improve the applicant’s permanent residence. New manufactured homes may be financed when they are on a permanent site, purchased from an approved dealer or contractor, and meet certain other requirements. Under very limited circumstances, homes may be re-financed with direct loans. Dwellings financed must be modest, decent, safe, and sanitary. The value of a home financed with a direct loan may not exceed the area limit. Direct loans are made at the interest rate specified in RD Instruction 440.1, Exhibit B (available in any Rural Development local office), and are repaid over 33 years or 38 years for applicants whose adjusted annual income does not exceed 60 percent of the area median income, if necessary to show repayment ability. Payment assistance is granted on direct loans to reduce the installment to an effective interest rate as low as one percent, depending on adjusted family income. Payment assistance is subject to recapture by the government when the customer no longer resides in the dwelling. There is no funding provided for deferred mortgage authority or loans for deferred mortgage assumptions. Guaranteed loans may be made to refinance either existing RHS Guaranteed Housing loans or RHS Section 502 Direct Housing loans. Guaranteed loans are amortized over 30 years. The interest rate is negotiated with the lender. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service
The Rhode Island Economic Development Set-Aside-Program provides matching job-training funds to companies that relocate to or expand in the state. The funds may be used for new, full-time employee training through either customized or on-the-job training programs. The program also may be used to retrain or upgrade the skills of current employees. For more information, contact the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
For All Your Veteran Benefits Questions: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be reached at 800-827-1000, or online.Your Very Own Advocate: The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs ranks among the nation’s leaders in the satisfaction of veterans claims submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information contact Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, 505 E. Union #150/ P.O. Box 41155, Olympia, WA 98504; 360-586-1070; 800-562-2308.