Grants For Students, Businesses & Nonprofits

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Different grants can benefit entrepreneurs, college students, charities and local governments. A variety of organizations offer this financial assistance that doesn't need to be repaid. They range from federal government agencies to major corporations. A number of foundations supply such payments as well.

The internet has made it easier to find prime grants and apply for them, but it still takes a substantial amount of time. You'll need to make sure you meet all of the qualifications, fill out the application and probably write a proposal. Nonetheless, it's worth the effort to potentially avoid paying loan interest for years to come. provides a sophisticated search engine that allows anyone to browse thousands of funding opportunities offered by many different government agencies. Foundation Directory Online has a free search tool with a database containing information on approximately 100,000 foundations. You'll need to create an account to access it.

Useful internet resources: Government grant proposal tips | Advice on finding and obtaining grants | Kresge Foundation Twitter feed

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