Grants Program

Home Grants Program up to 10000

this is a non-repayable grants/gifts program available to first-time homeowners to cover down payment and closing costs. Also provided are free Homebuyer Education Courses, free Balanced Budget Spending Plans, free Credit Counseling Services as well as Post Purchase and Homeownership Maintenance Counseling to any resident in North Carolina. Income is not a limiting factor; however, all applicants are required to take the two educational courses provided by Home Grants. In order for a grant recipient to use Home Grants’ funds, they must be approved for an acceptable loan product that permits charitable organizations to provide gift funds. Contact: North Carolina Housing Assistance; (704) 385-3973

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Employees Volunteer to Get Cash Rewards

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

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7500 Grant For Seniors to Fix Up Their Home

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

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Money to Study Food

(Food and Agricultural Science National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants 10.210)
These grants are to be used to encourage outstanding students to pursue and complete a graduate degree in an area of the food and agricultural sciences for which there is a national need for development of scientific expertise. Money can be used to support a student completing a graduate, masters, or doctorate degree. Students must apply to those institutions that received the money. Contact the Grants Program Manager, Office of Higher Education Programs, CSREES, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 2251, Washington, DC 20250-2251; 202-720-7854; Continue reading

1500000 Grant To Organizations Who Help Small Businesses in Small Towns

The Rural Business Opportunity Grants program offers over $8 million in grants to non-profit organizations, who in turn give the money to entrepreneurs to start businesses in small towns. Find out what groups in your area have this money for you to use. Contact Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA, Specialty Lenders Division, STOP 3225, Room 6767, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20250, 202-720-1400

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200000 to Fix Up Homes in the Country

Called The Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants Program and referred to as Program #10.405 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program provides decent, safe, and sanitary low-rent housing and related facilities for domestic farm laborers. The loans and grants may be used for construction, repair, or purchase of year-round or seasonal housing; acquiring the necessary land and making improvements on land for housing; and developing related support facilities including central cooking and dining facilities, small infirmaries, laundry facilities, day care centers, other essential equipment and facilities or recreation areas. Funds may also be used to pay certain fees and interest incidental to the project. Restrictions on the use of funds are: The housing must be of a practical type and must be constructed in an economical manner and not of elaborate material or extravagant design. Housing financed with labor housing loan or grant funds must be occupied by domestic farm laborers and their families. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service at

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Up to 10000 for Sports Enthusiasts

Balance Bar awards four-month grants of $500 to $10,000 to sports enthusiasts, amateur athletes and teams who enthusiastically pursue their passions and push themselves physically and mentally to achieve them. Any activity that enables a person to enhance their physical health while pursuing a passion that enriches their lives is appropriate for the BALANCE BAR Grant. Contact: Balance Bar Company Contributions Program, 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573.Application address for Balance Grants: c/o Grants Program, Hunter PR, 5th Fl., 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010.

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200000 to Fix Up Homes in the Country

Called The Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants Program and referred to as Program #10.405 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program provides decent, safe, and sanitary low-rent housing and related facilities for domestic farm laborers. The loans and grants may be used for construction, repair, or purchase of year-round or seasonal housing; acquiring the necessary land and making improvements on land for housing; and developing related support facilities including central cooking and dining facilities, small infirmaries, laundry facilities, day care centers, other essential equipment and facilities or recreation areas. Funds may also be used to pay certain fees and interest incidental to the project. Restrictions on the use of funds are: The housing must be of a practical type and must be constructed in an economical manner and not of elaborate material or extravagant design. Housing financed with labor housing loan or grant funds must be occupied by domestic farm laborers and their families. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service

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15000 Grant for Owners or Developers In Small Towns To Fix Up Their Home

Called The Rural Housing Preservation Grants Program and referred to as Program #10.433 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, this program helps very low- and low-income rural residents individual homeowners, rental property owners (single/multi-unit) or by providing the consumer cooperative housing projects (co-ops) the necessary assistance to repair or rehabilitate their dwellings. These objectives will be accomplished through the establishment of repair/rehabilitation, projects run by eligible applicants. This program is intended to make use of and leverage any other available housing programs which provide resources to very low and low-income rural residents to bring their dwellings up to development standards. Contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service.

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