Here are a few tips that will help you get the grant money you deserve. Remember, persistence is the key.
#1 - Government grant "eligible applicants" are classified as A, B, or C. Check the specific grant details to see which classifications are eligible to apply for that grant. A and B are reserved for local governments, non-profit organizations, and other organized entities. Class C means that the grant is also available to private individuals. No matter what you hear in TV advertisements - the Government DOES NOT give away money just to get people out of debt. If you're seeking funds for personal needs you will be better served by searching for grants from private foundations using the links provided in the table above.
#2 - While any U.S. citizen 18 years or older is allowed to apply for any grant, you can improve your chances of winning by applying only for grants that you qualify for. In other words, if you're an artist, it might be a waste of time for you to apply for agriculture related grants.
#3 - Think in broader terms to find grants you can apply for. You probably will not find a grant that is specific for "buying new furniture" - "auto repair" - "remodeling the bathroom." But keep in mind that most grants allow for the payment of "administrative costs." In other words, you will be allowed to pay yourself a "salary" while carrying out the terms of the grant.
#4 - Some grants and forms of assistance are simple to get, but getting substantial sized grants requires a committment from you. The key is to follow through at all levels of the process, and stay in touch with the grant administrators. The reason why so much grant money goes un-awarded is that most grant seekers don't take the time to follow through. And half-measures in any area of life will usually get you nothing.
#5 - Also remember, there is no limit to the number of grants you can apply for. If you find several grants that interest you, apply for them all. This will greatly increase your chances of getting cash that you never have to repay from the government or from private foundations.
#6 - Take a business-like approach to your grants seeking efforts. Apply for new grants on a frequent basis and keep good records at each stage of the process. Winning cash grants is similar to playing a lottery - but with fantastically better odds and much more control on your end. Still, even professional lottery players use business-like tactics, record each transaction, and are consistent with their efforts.
#7 - The single most powerful way of increasing your chances of getting the money is to submit professionally formatted correspondence to grant adminstrators.