Information about UK and USA grants
This guide will take you through whatís available, and how to apply for the free cash. Get busy in your free time and you could see the free money rolling in.
What is a grant?
A grant is an amount of money given to an individual or business for a specific project or purpose. You can apply for a grant from the government, local councils and charities. You wonít need to pay a grant back, but thereís a lot of competition and they are almost always awarded for a specific purpose or project.
Uses Lottery money to make positive changes for communities, through the fair and open funding of people, projects and programmes, with a particular emphasis on tackling need. BIG was set up in 2006 and is the largest Lottery distributor. Learn more
The leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from awards of funding, to ongoing advice, networking and practical support. Learn more
Aims to enable people to make their communities better places to live. Local Trust was created to be the corporate trustee of the Big Local Trust Ė the independent trust that funds Big Local. Local Trust provide a mix of funding and finance to aim to help to create long-term sustainable change, maximise impact and make the best use of scarce resources. Learn more
Heritage Lottery Fund
Gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. HLF was set up by Parliament in 1994 and distributes a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes. It helps groups and organisations of all sizes throughout the UK. Learn more
The Savoy Educational Trust
The Savoy Educational Trust gives grants to people entering or working in the hospitality industry, or charities offering hospitality related education projects. Either scholarships of £5,500 to young people to help with their training or grants up to £500 to purchase items such as books, uniform and kitchen equipment e.g.. knives. Initial contact/ request for funding should be made in writing. Learn more
Learner Support Funds
Care to Learn
Children Today Charitable Trust
The Children Today Charitable Trust supports children and young people with disabilities under 25. Grants are available for up to £1,000 to provide vital, life-changing specialist equipment, such as wheelchairs, walking aids, trikes, educational toys, communication aids, lifting and posturepaedic sleep equipment and specially designed sensory equipment like fibre optic sprays.01244 335 622 Learn more
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives. We give practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. We work with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. Learn more
Up to £3,500 for insulation and heating improvements
For example, one of the main schemes in England is called Warm Front, which gives up to £3,500 to homeowners or those who rent from a private landlord and receive certain benefits. You can find out if you are eligible on the Warm Front website or by calling free on 0800 316 2805. In Scotland the scheme is called the Energy Assistance Package, in Northern Ireland it's Warm Homes, and in Wales it's the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.
Free loft & cavity wall insulation plus solar energy discounts
A further big scheme is the Green Project. This provides grants for loft and cavity wall insulation to all homeowners and private tenants, and people on an income or disability related benefit can have these insulation measures installed for free.
Search 100s of energy grants and discounts
This is one of the main areas to grab cash at the moment, as we are encouraged to try and reduce our impact on the environment. Installing energy-saving heating and insulation will make your house warmer and save you money; an average saving of up to £200 per year can be made.
Free cash to help pay for utility arrears
As well as grants to make your home more energy efficient some utility companies also offer them to help if you have large arrears on your gas, electricity or water bills. You'll usually need to be a customer of the company, so if yours isn't listed contact it to see if it has a similar scheme.
Coal-fired or electric heating users
If you aren't able to get mains supply gas to your property E.on has a scheme called HeatPlant which heats your home and provides hot water by collecting energy from the ground. You need to be on benefits, live in your own home or private rented accommodation and not live in a solid wall property to get the installation (and up to £800 of insulation) for free.
Green grants for local community groups
Grants of upto £50 (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) and £250 (Scotland) are available from Action Earth to community groups wanting to run small environmental projects each July. Projects can be things such as repairing a pathway, collecting rubbish, planting trees or something else. The outcome can have an immediate or lasting benefit to the environment but it needs to involve volunteers
Energy Saving Plug
Grass Roots, a company helping the government meet its Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, is offering those over 70 and people receiving certain benefits (such as Council tax benefit, Housing benefit, Income support, Income JSA, Income ESA, AA, DLA - check the full list) a free LIME energy saving plug worth £19.99.
Eaga, an energy efficiency company, is offering all UK households a free Eaga ShowerSmart. The average family of 4 would save about £30 off their gas bills and over £30 off their water bills (where metered) per year, which could equate to £900 over its lifetime.
Water efficient products for Anglian Water customers
Customers of Anglian Water can check to see if they're eligible for a water efficiency check, during which an approved plumber will visit your house, check for any leaks and fit free water efficiency products such as a dual flush for your toilet, tap fittings for your shower and sink and a hose pipe gun
Help around the home
If you are elderly, disabled or on a low income your local Home Improvement Agency (HIA) may help you to repair, improve, maintain or adapt your home. There are around 300 not for profit, locally based HIAs around the country, that can help in varying ways. Assistance can include putting together flat pack furniture or looking after your garden. Search for your nearest on the Foundations website (or Care and Repair Cymru in Wales).
Help adapting your home if youíre disabled
A Disabled Facilities Grant is available from your local council to help towards the cost of adapting your home if you, or someone living in your property, is disabled. The grant is for work that is essential to help a disabled person live an independent life. Here's an example.
I had a disabled facilities grant to remove my bath and put in a level access shower. Contact the councilís housing or environmental health department and ask them to send you an application form before you start work - if work begins before the council's approved your application you won't normally get anything. Find more info on the grant and your local councilís details on the Direct.gov website.
Need help in an emergency?
Families on a means tested benefit, such as Income Support or Pension Credit, may be eligible for a Community Care Grant (which you don't have to pay back) from the governmentís Social Fund, to help pay for certain items or expenses that would ease exceptional pressure on the family; such as damage to a property or essential furniture you cannot afford.
Local council or housing association grants
There may also be other grants for your home (including for landlords) available from your local council, such as the Home Repair Assistance Grant, or Housing Association (if you are a tenant of one). As councils can offer different funding, search for details on its website or contact them to ask for more information.
Question: What is a Pell Grant?
A Pell Grant is money the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. If you think you don't have enough money to pay for college, the U.S. government can help through the Federal Pell Grant Program.
Answer: Pell Grants are federal grants for low-income students. Unlike most federal assistance, these grants do not need to be paid back. Grants range in size from $555 to $5,550, with an average award of $3,800. To qualify for a Pell Grant, a student needs to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
USA Government grants are awards of financial assistance to an individual and/or organization. Search grants.gov for your federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov. You do not have to register with grants.gov to find grant opportunities.
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