Grants of up to $250,000 are available to individuals for achievement in improving the world food supply. Giving is both national and international. Contact: World Food Prize Foundation, 666 Grand Ave., Ste. 1700, Des Moines, IA 50309; (515) 245-3783; Fax: (515) 245-3785
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
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 New England Patriots’ R.O.S.E. Award offers a cash award to a female victim of violent crime who is working to overcome her adversities. The award is meant to help her continue in her journey toward regaining her self-esteem and rebuilding her life. Cash awards vary according to funding availability. Contact: The R.O.S.E. Fund, Inc., (formerly Ryka Rose Foundation), 175 Federal St., Ste. 455, Boston, MA 02110; (617) 482-5400; Fax: (617) 482-3443
…. if you are over 62 years of age and don’t live in a big city. It’s called the Section 504 program run by the Rural Housing Service of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Be sure to read the small print. It says loans and GRANTS.
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 we live long enough we all become an experts at doing this. So now you can get grants to train other people how to do it.
The Able Trust awards grants to groups that help people with special needs obtain housing. This could be domestic abuse victims, people with disabilities or families who do not have access to permanent housing. The link to this program is
Some universities give employees $1,500 grants to help them buy a home. Companies in Minnesota are offering up to $15,000 to employees to buy homes. City governments in Washington offer employees $10,000 to help buy a home if they perform 100 hours of community service. Make sure you find out what your employer or potential employer has to offer. And learn more about programs like these at
Funding available under the Urgent Repair Program provides grants for emergency home repairs and modifications to homes of elderly homeowners and other homeowners with special needs whose household incomes do not exceed 50% of the area median. Eligible organizations may request up to $75,000. For a listing of eligible organizations, contact the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.
that’s what the State of Arizona gives to small businesses to help them get a $250,000 federal government grant to work on their invention. We can all use help in getting grants, especially the big ones. See if your state office of economic development offers this kind of grant to help you get a grant.
Even at the state level there are laws that let you demand your rights to see copies of successful applications from people who already got the money. They may be called different laws in different states. In Ohio they’re called Sunshine Laws and they are published for everyone in a publication called the Yellow Book.They’re enforced by the state attorney general’s office. Check your state’s attorney general’s office if a state official ever tells you that you are not allowed to see an application. Remember, it’s your money the government is handing out in grants.
There are a number of non-profit organizations that provide grants to homeowners to pay for down payments and closing costs for buying a new home. These grants normally range from 2% to 5% of the purchase price of the home. These non-profits obtain their money from mortgage lenders and sellers. Housing regulations prevent sellers or lenders to give down payment money directly to buyers. More than 15,000 buyers a month receive grants through this program. To learn more about how this gift-assisted sale works, contact the national association of these organizations called Homeownership Alliance of Nonprofit Down Payment Providers, at 301-941-1907