With so federal grant opportunities coming from various departments, it can be difficult to determine who is eligible to apply. Some grants are meant for individuals, some for schools, others for small businesses, and some for nonprofits.
Each branch of the government — and really, each individual grant opportunity — will have different eligibility requirements. You’ll need to read the guidelines of any given grant opportunity carefully to determine who or what the money is meant for, but here’s an overview of who is generally eligible for federal grants:
- Public Housing: Public Housing Authorities and Indian Housing Authorities
- Education Organizations: Independent School Districts, Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education, and Private Institutions of Higher Education
- Governments: State Governments, Local Governments, City or Township Governments, Special District Governments, Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized), and Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
- Nonprofits: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; and Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Small Businesses: Small businesses must meet industry-specific size requirements set by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
- Individuals not applying under an organization or other entity
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