Government financial assistance grants can be used for many aspects of life including basic necessities such as food, grants for education, and even assistance grants for hospital and other medical expenses. Each government assistance program has specific criteria to qualify to receive the grant but there are general requirements that apply to most government assistance programs. While local governments and state governments may provide some assistance grants, the largest supplier of government assistance grants is the federal government.
Research the types of government financial assistance grants that are available for all citizens. Information on specific government assistance programs can be found by contacting your congressman or by searching government websites such as the Government Benefits website. When researching the various types of grants, take note of the characteristics of potential recipients to see if you fall under any of the categories. For example, many assistance grants are available for women, minorities, youth, and those with disabilities.
Contact the government agency that provides financial assistance grants that are of interest to you or for which you qualify. If you are looking to purchase a house, contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you are looking for assistance with medical bills contact the Department of Health and Human Services. Phone, email, and mail contacts all work well. Inquire with the agency about a list and requirements for financial assistance programs and grants that they offer.
Compile all of your personal and financial history. To qualify for government assistance grants, there are often income limitations and other requirements which must be documented through tax returns, pay stubs, bank account statements and other personal documentation. By gathering this information early in the process you will be able to identify and locate any missing documents and to obtain them.
Complete the required financial assistance grant application forms. The application forms are available directly from the individual government agencies and through the agency websites. Pay attention to the application instructions and make sure to file all applications by the deadlines to ensure the best change of qualifying for financial assistance grants.
Items you will need
- Mailing address
- Social Security number
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