Q. How can I obtain a grant, loan, or other assistance from the government?
Many people look to the government to find out how to apply for a grant or to get "free money," which they have seen advertised on television or in various publications. Grants usually go to state and local governments or nonprofit organizations, which then use the money to operate assistance programs locally. It may be difficult for an individual to qualify for a federal grant.
USA.gov, the official Web portal of the United States federal government, has a page explaining government Grants and Loans for individuals, as well as information about legitimate Grant and Loan Opportunities and Contact Information for grant- or benefit-sponsoring agencies. Benefits.gov offers a Benefits Finder, a detailed questionnaire to assist in determining what, if any federal or state benefits, for which an individual may qualify.
Our Financial Assistance page provides information on how to learn about and apply for financial assistance from federal, state, and local governmental and private sources.