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Federal Loans, Grants and Assistance

There are many advertisers and publishers who encourage the public to believe that it is impossible to obtain information on Federal grants and loans through the Federal Government itself. This is not true. It can be difficult, the search may be frustrating: there is help.

The best overall source is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, available for use at most - but not all - Government Depository Libraries, on-line through the General Services Administration, or for sale by the Government Printing Office’s bookstores. The Catalog lists most "assistance" programs of the Government, some of which do not offer financial assistance. When using either version of the Catalog, make sure that you note both the beneficiary and the applicant. In some cases, applicants must be State or local governments. This means that individuals have to determine whether their State has applied for the program and which State office to contact. You can usually find this information from the Headquarters or Regional contacts listed for the program.

While the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance lists many programs, it is not all inclusive.

Another great source to get information about benefits that may be available to you is  By simply filling out a online questionnaire, you may learn of benefits you are entitled to!  It is completely confidential. You don't need to enter any personal information such as your name, phone number, Social Security, or any other identifying information. Just answer some simple questions about yourself and will generate a list of government benefits you may be eligible for and information on how to apply.


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Export-Import Bank - How to Apply for Export-Import Bank Financing 

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Reviewed: August 4, 2004

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