Grants and Loans

Sources for governments and nonprofits seeking grants

BetaSAM, 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. 

Social Innovation Fund, opens a new window, funding arm of the Corporation for National and Community  Service. See a profile, opens a new window of CNCS' work in Georgia.

Two Fulton County Library System branches are Funding Information Network partners of Candid.org (formerly Foundation Center). Until physical library buildings reopen after the pandemic, Fulton County Library System offers free public access to Foundation Directory Online 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. 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.

Emergency assistance resources, 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 Beta.SAM.gov, opens a new window to locate direct grants for individuals. Page down to "Federal Assistance" and "Search Assistance Listings". Then on the left under "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 beta.SAM.gov, opens a new window. Page down to "Federal Assistance" and "Search Assistance Listings". Then on the left under "Beneficiary" 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 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.

Those who feel they were wrongly denied under the Dept. of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness program should file a complaint using FederalStudentAid's feedback form, opens a new window. More information. 

Beware of student loan repayment scams, opens a new window. Learn more about repaying federal student loans, opens a new window.

  • 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.

  • 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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