Where do Grants Come From?

Where do grants come from?

The US government awarded over 1000 billion in funding to support ideas and projects to strengthen our communities as part of the federal grant program. Some initiatives are funded directly from the federal government agencies, while the funding for other initiatives is funneled through state and local governments.

Government grant applications vary greatly, depending on who you are submitting an application to. A federal grant can be as heavy as 100 pages with an additional 100 pages of appendices, while a state or local grant maybe just 5-7 pages in total. The number of allowable pages may also differ according to the agency within the federal, state, or local government.

Most community service grants are awarded by the federal government and offered strictly to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Depending on your mission, you may want to establish a nonprofit to better position yourself for grant eligibility. Inventions, construction, and innovative technologies eligibility are inclusive of small businesses and for-profit organizations. Religious organizations are eligible for grant funding under faith-based initiatives.

Do all grants come from federal funding? 

Not all grants are federally funded. Many originate from state and local governments, as well as corporate, community, and private foundations. Community and private foundations are formed by an individual, group or family, with a common mission to support philanthropic endeavors. Foundation grants are offered to nonprofits that will accomplish the mission of that foundation.

What’s unique about GrantWatch.com is that our grant listings include all of the above; government, state, local, corporation, and foundation grants. Our user-friendly platform allows you to search by Funding Source, shown below:


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Coronavirus COVID-19 grants, loans, funding opportunities, and financial assistance to respond to the corona pandemic crisis that has impacted individuals, artists, communities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.

Grant to USA Small Businesses & Individuals

If you need grants for your small businesses, for-profit organizations, corporations, and LLC or grants for startup and growth including government, state, local federal, and foundation grant funding, you will find them here.

Grants for individuals, teachers, students, artists, veterans, filmmakers, volunteers, musicians, librarians, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, property owners, farmers, and homeowners are listed here.


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