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Sources for governments and nonprofits seeking grants
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Social Innovation Fund, funding arm of the Corporation for National and Community Service. See a profile of CNCS' work in Georgia.

Check individual agency websites for links to their grants (sometimes "faith-based" or "neighborhood partnership" or "community" funding). Such funding is not normally provided to individuals, but to state and local governments and nonprofit entities. The grantees may then provide grant funding to individuals depending on the purpose of the grant.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library is a member of the Foundation Center's network of libraries that provides free access to its databases and some print resources. Visit the Ivan Allen, Jr Reference Department on the 2nd floor of Central Library. Resources there may be used to find grant funding for nonprofits or individuals. Some resources are accessible only from that department of Central Library - read more.

Sources for individuals seeking grants
Benefits.gov, a first-stop screening tool to find state and Federal government benefits that individuals may be eligible to receive.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance also contains a few direct grants for individuals. Use the Advanced Search form and under "Applicant Eligibility" select "Individual/Family".

Listing of grant programs linked from USA.gov.

  • To start or expand a small business

Read about financing options at the U.S. Small Business Administration's Loans & Grants page.

  • To go to school

    Precollege, and Summer Internships

The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students across Georgia to attend the private K-12 schools of their parents’ choice.

Many federal agencies offer summer internships and competitions that offer cash awards. Go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and from the main search page select "O - assistance type Federal employment".

Browse links at Michigan State Library.

Beware of fake high school diploma scams.


Go to Federal Student Aid to learn about federal aid programs, get a financial aid estimator tool, links to nonfederal sources of aid, and rules for incarcerated individuals. Also get information on the Income Based Repayment Plan.

All Georgia students, including adults returning to school, should visit the website of the Georgia Student Finance Commission to learn about the different kinds of financial aid available and to apply online for the Hope.

Service Members and their families should go to the VA's GI Bill site to review and apply for education benefits.  The regional processing office is in Atlanta.  Also see Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

The Ivan Allen Jr. Reference Department on the second floor of Central Library has many reference books listing independent sources of school funding. Also check private sources of assistance through the library's Foundation Center Cooperating Collection resources.

Don't pay for help to find money for college! Before giving money to a scholarship service that claims to "guarantee results", check the U.S. Department of Education's page on Avoiding Scams. Also see the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's page on scholarship and financial aid scams.

Do your homework about accreditation. Make sure your technical degree will qualify you for a job in your field. Georgia requirements for many fields are detailed on the website of the Secretary of State's Professional Standards Commission.

  • To fix up a house

You may be eligible to renovate your home through one of the programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. See HUD's Home Improvement page.

  • For emergency needs

Check the Library's Money Trouble page.

  • For medical bills

See MedlinePlus entries under Financial Assistance.

Does the government owe you money? Check for unclaimed property, Federal credit union unclaimed shares, mortgage refunds, and more on USA.gov.

Would you like to learn ways to save for future projects? The MyMoney.gov site set up by the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission contains information on how to get and manage money, plus links to pages devoted on such topics as credit management, buying a home, getting student aid, starting a business, and protecting yourself against fraud.

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