How can I increase your chances of getting a grant?

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Many organizations that offer grants receive numerous applications and proposals. Before spending a lot of time on an application, make sure that you are eligible and meet the requirements of that particular agency. Then be sure to follow all directions and include the requested forms. The websites below provide additional guidance to help you apply for grants.

  • Learn how to write grant proposals. The Foundation Center offers a free online Proposal Writing Short Course. For more information, click here.

  • Research the Agency. To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's website to learn more about its programs and objectives. You can find information on government agencies using the A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies website.

  • Avoid scams while searching for grants. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns consumers to beware of paying "processing fees" for information that is available free to the public. Ads claiming federal grants are available for home repairs, home business, unpaid bills, or other personal expenses are often a scam. For more information, click here.