Free Money Through Grants: Fact or Fiction?

 by: Rebecca Game

It's posted all over the Internet. You hear it on the radio, and see it on television. The United States government is giving away free money in the form of federal grants. While it's true that the government does indeed award $400 billion annually through its 26 federal entities, the statement of free money through the government doesn't exactly pinpoint the definition of a federal grant.

A grant isn't a gift or a free-for-all giveaway. It also doesn't mean that if you've been awarded a grant, you've won the lottery. According to American Government and Politics by Jay M. Shafritz, a grant is "a form of gift that entails certain obligations on the part of the grantee and expectations on the part of the grantor." The key word in this definition of the word is obligations. Getting a government grant will get you an unbelievable amount of obligations, and not fulfilling your obligations will, in turn, grant you legal problems.

The majority of federal grants that are awarded are the farthest thing from being considered free money. Grants are most often awarded to organizations planning major projects to benefit a community. It could include money to be used for repaving streets in a city. A grant could also be awarded for a nonprofit organization featuring an art exhibit or musical performance. Grants are also awarded for technological research, conservation, and flood control projects. While there are other sources that are awarded grant funding, in general, the free money aspect is lost, and individuals, in general, are not qualified for most grants other than those used for educational purposes such as to pay tuition bills for higher education. Businesses can also tap into the federal grant program, but only by meeting strict criteria through the government agency offering the grant, such as if grant funding is available for research in a particular area that is of specialty to that business.

Once the free money is provided through the grant, the organization that has been awarded the free money must keep careful track of all project expenditures. Organizations that are awarded free money must be prepared for detailed audits, which will be conducted by the Federal government annually or more often. Any money not spent and accounted for goes back to the United States Treasury, and is not extra free money for the organization. Detailed program goals must be developed, approved, and completed by the organization exactly as specified in the grant application without exception. Any unforeseen project changes that occur along the way must receive prior approval by the government agency that awarded the grant. All project phases must be completed as planned, and even more importantly, completed successfully and on time.   (continued...)

Free Money Through Grants: Fact or Fiction?
  Page 2

About The Author

Rebecca Game is the founder of Digital Women ®, an online community for women in business. A 30 year entrepreneur and dedicated to helping other women find business loans. Visit her site: Loans for Women.

http://www.digital-women.com




Additional Government Grants Resources


Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care Program
The National Institutes of Health has recently established the Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care Program wherein it intends to utilize common conceptual models in creating independent interventions that will contribute to the modification of health behaviors and the improvement of health outcomes in patients diagnosed with co-morbid chronic diseases and health conditions.


What's this I Hear About a Free Application for Federal Student Aid?
Are you struggling to get through school financially but not sure where to turn next? Have you exhausted loan options but are sick of paying large fees just to apply for the loan and being turned down anyway at the end? You will be glad to find out that that there are cost-free Federal Student Aid applications available to you.


Capacity Building Assistance to Improve Health in Tribal Populations Program
In keeping with all its existing programs and objectives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently established a funding opportunity to promote the Capacity Building Assistance to Improve Health in Tribal Populations Program.


Health Resources and Services Administration's Licensure Portability Grant Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration has constituted the Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP) wherein they aim to improve the experience of State licensing boards that have manifested a credible record in implementing cross-border activities in order to help overcome licensure barriers in the provision of telemedicine services across various States.


What You Need to Know About the Grants Policy Committee
The Chief Financial Officers Council, one of the largest federal agencies that works towards collaboratively improving the process of financial management in the United States Government, has established the Grants Policy Committee(GPC).


United States Institutes for Student Leaders on US History & Government
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has recently established the United States Institutes for Student Leaders on US History & Government Program.


First Time Homebuyer Programs in Virginia
In 1972, the Commonwealth of Virginia has constituted the establishment of the Virginia Housing Development Authority in an effort to respond to the needs of Virginians who seek quality, affordable housing.





Share This Page


New Articles

Department of Housing and Urban Development: Energy Innovation Funds for Multifamily Pilot Program

Family Planning Services Grants

Summer Seminars and Institutes Program

First Time Homebuyer Programs in District of Columbia

Connecticut Housing Finance Agency Mortgage Programs for Military, Police and Teachers


Find us on Google+



Government Grants Top Grants on Twitter