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
on-line through the General Services
Administration, or for sale by the Government
Printing Offices 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
Another great source to get information
about benefits that may be available to you is GovBenefits.gov. 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 GovBenefits.gov will
generate a list of government benefits you may be eligible
for and information on how to apply.