A federal grant is money granted to an individual, organization or business from the federal government. Grant money is unlike a loan, because a grant doesn’t need to be paid back. All federal grants are available through government websites. Once you find a grant that applies to you and one that you qualify for, you can then fill out the grant application. Applying for a grant does not guarantee that you’ll receive the grant money.
Decide which type of grant you want to apply for. Different grants, such as educational grants, organizational grants and business grants, have different rules and requirements.
Visit grants.gov if you are part of or own an organization. Most grants issued on the grants.gov website are for organizations only, such as educational organizations and nonprofit organizations. Click "Find Grant Opportunities" on the left side of the page.
Go to fafsa.ed.gov if you’re looking for a federal student aid grant. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is an application prospective students can use to apply for a variety of grants, such as the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Click "Start Here" to begin the application process.
Use the Loans and Grants Search Tool (see Resources) to find a grant for a business. Fill out the applicable information and click “Search.”
Visit benefits.gov if you’re interested in individual grants that do not apply to the above categories. Click “Benefit Finder” under “Benefits” at the bottom of the page. Fill in the questions for each section, such as income, household and type of benefits. A list of available benefits will appear after you finish answering the questions.
The FAFSA online application supports only the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Opera.
Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.