Monday, April 30, 2007

Are Grants Free?

Are grants free? Basically the answer is "Yes". There are some programs that call themselves grant programs but they will charge you a fee - sometimes called an application fee - to apply. I really don't consider these grant programs no matter what they say!

Now the next question becomes "Then why do I have to pay for grant information?" The truth of the matter is that you don't have to pay for the grant information if you are able to find the information yourself of if you are able to find a person or organization that will help you for free. That is why I'm always advising people to check with their local social services organization to find out about what grant programs would be available to them to apply for. As someone that does this for a living I can tell you that finding information about grant programs involves a lot of research and communication. It is not an impossible thing to do but its not for those who are discouraged easily.

There should also be a warning flag popping up if these places say that they will guarentee that you will get a/the grant. The process of getting a grant involves your application being reviewed by a board.

If you have been taken advantage of by a company or person that does this kind of work there are things that you can do such as report it to your Better Business Bureau.

You should also take a look at the questions that appear on my page about the kind of grant/grants that you are seeking.

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