Grants and Loans

Sources for governments and nonprofits seeking grants

SAM.gov, opens a new window (formerly Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) lists Federal grant money.

Grants.gov, opens a new window Find grants, learn how to apply, and create and track your application. 

Read about the work of the Corporation for National and Community Service, opens a new window (CNCS). The CNCS, an independent Federal agency, offers grants and volunteer opportunities, opens a new window for several programs: AmeriCorps, opens a new window, AmeriCorps Seniors, opens a new window, the Volunteer Generation Fund, opens a new window, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, opens a new window, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, opens a new window.

Central Library is a Funding Information Network partner of Candid.org (formerly Foundation Center). Until Central reopens after its renovation, please visit the Louise Watley Library at Southeast Atlanta Branch, opens a new window for access to Foundation Directory Online Professional, the flagship database for finding funders. Staff will help users log in; for other questions please contact kathy.piselli@fultoncountyga.gov. This product must be used within this branch and only on a library PC.  Through the end of 2021, Fulton County Library System will offer remote free public access to Fo, opens a new windowundation, opens a new window Directory, opens a new window Onlin, opens a new windowe, opens a new window Essential, opens a new window. This product contains the same data as that available in Foundation Directory Online Professional but without some of the search parameters and is limited to one 24-hour period per month. Keep up with the reopening schedule and protocols, opens a new window for in-library services. Some other Funding Information Network partners, opens a new window may reopen sooner. Learn more about Candid resources, opens a new window

Sources for individuals seeking grants

Fulton County Covid-19 Assistance Hub, opens a new window The agencies listed here received CARES Act funding to assist residents of Fulton County with hardships due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Find emergency assistance resources funded or required mostly by the Federal government on Fulton County Library System's page of government resources for Emergency Assistance, opens a new window.

Benefits.gov, opens a new window, a first-stop screening tool to find state and Federal government benefits that individuals may be eligible to receive.  

Use SAM.gov, opens a new window to locate direct grants for individuals. Under "Eligibility" / "Beneficiaries" select "Individual/Family".

Listing of grant programs linked from USA.gov, opens a new window

• Funding to start or expand a small business

Read about financing options at the U.S. Small Business Administration's Loans & Grants, opens a new window page.

See more resources on Fulton County Library System's page of government resources for Business, opens a new window

• Funding to go to school

Precollege, and Summer Internships. The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, opens a new window provides scholarships to students across Georgia to attend the private K-12 schools of their parents’ choice.

Many federal agencies offer summer internships and competitions that offer cash awards. Go to the SAM.gov, opens a new window. Under "Eligibility" / "Beneficiaries" select "Student/Trainee".

People needing money are always targets for scammers. Beware of fake high school diploma scams, opens a new window.

Visit ged.com, opens a new window to learn about possible financial assistance for the GED. 

College. Go to Federal Student Aid, opens a new window to learn about federal aid programs, get a financial aid estimator tool, links to nonfederal sources of aid, and rules for incarcerated individuals. Also get information on the Income-Driven Repayment Plan, opens a new window. College Scorecard, opens a new window helps a student compare colleges giving average costs, graduation rates, and earnings upon graduation.

All Georgia students, including adults returning to school, should visit the website of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, opens a new window to learn about the different kinds of financial aid available and to apply online for the Hope Scholarship.

Many applicants forget to contact the financial aid offices of colleges they are interested in. You can do this any time in your college search process. Many schools' offices are aware of funding options not promoted elsewhere.

Service Members and their families should go to the VA's GI Bill site, opens a new window to review and apply for education benefits. The regional processing office is in Atlanta. Also see Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Education Support, opens a new window (DANTES).

Don't pay for help to find money for college. Before giving money to a scholarship service that claims to "guarantee results", check the U.S. Department of Education's page on Avoiding Scams, opens a new window. Also see the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's page on scholarship and financial aid scams, opens a new window.

Do your homework about accreditation, opens a new window. Make sure your technical degree will qualify you for a job in your field. Georgia requirements for over 40 professions are detailed on the website of the Secretary of State's Professional Standards Commission, opens a new window.

Beware of student loan repayment scams, opens a new window. Learn more about repaying federal student loans, opens a new window. Current information about coronavirus-related forbearance, opens a new window rules.

  • Funding to fix up a house

You may be eligible to renovate your home through one of the programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. See HUD's Home Improvement page, opens a new window.

Learn about reverse mortgages, opens a new window from a trusted source. 

  • Funding for medical bills

See MedlinePlus entries under Financial Assistance, opens a new window.

Does the government owe you money? Check for unclaimed property, Federal credit union unclaimed shares, mortgage refunds, and more on USA.gov, opens a new window.

Would you like to learn ways to save for future projects? The MyMoney.gov, opens a new window site set up by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission contains information on how to get and manage money, plus links to pages devoted on such topics as credit management, buying a home, getting student aid, starting a business, and protecting yourself against fraud. 

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