|10-06-2014, 09:40 PM||#1|
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How To Find Grants for Single Parents
Whether Single Mother or Single Father: Get the Help You Need
Learn About Financial Aid, Scholarships & Free Money
As a single parent, it can be hard enough to make it through the day while trying to work and raise a family—never mind finding the time and energy to look for grants and other financial aid. If you're having a hard time finding private or government grants for single moms, don't give up: From business and college grants to housing grants that can assist with daily expenses such as food, utilities and rent, money for single mothers is out there. The trick to finding it is knowing where to look.
It takes patience to locate grants. You’ll find that there are business, housing and college grants for single mothers. However, you have to find the right resources to help you locate this financial assistance, and it's important to be aware of scams—for example, those that ask for money up front or "guarantee" they'll send you money. Keep in mind, too, that in many cases the money will not be advertised as "grants for single mothers"—but often there are grants for low-income individuals for which you can qualify. Just because the money isn’t described as “college grants for single mothers” doesn’t mean it’s not a source of financial assistance. Before you begin searching for grant money, consider all of the categories that you may qualify for because this will help open your eyes to the various avenues that may lead you to money for your schooling.
Finding financial aid for grants for single mothers single mothers isn’t easy—you still have to work to locate and apply for private or government grant money. Mary Anne Britton of Parents Without Partners talks about this challenge. She says, "There are opportunities out there, but you have to be tenacious, and you have to be your own advocate.”
Britton, who is vice president of Family and Educational Programming for the international organization, put herself through college while raising two children and working; she has also helped other single parents find private and government grants.
Here's a guide to starting your search for housing, business and college grants for single mothers, from sources including the government, local housing authorities, corporations and colleges. You'll find that many grants for going back to school, starting a business, or those that help with housing costs are based on the applicant’s income, age or other factors. Before you apply for financial assistance, be sure to read all of the instructions and information carefully so you don't end up wasting your time—the most precious resource of all. Apply for housing, business and school grants with these steps.
Grants for Housing Expenses
There has been an increase in homeless families across the country, many of whom are headed by single mothers. Even those who have been able to keep a roof over their heads can find it hard to keep up with housing expenses. Therefore, many single moms are looking for local or government grant money. It can take some digging to find the right sources that offer housing assistance. The good news is, there are several federal programs that can help. The programs usually channel funding through state or local authorities.
These agencies offer various government grants for single mothers and other low-income individuals. The following should provide some solid leads.
Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Through public housing agencies around the country, the federal government provides financial aid for single mothers in the form of vouchers that help cover the costs of rent. Options are not limited to subsidized housing, but your income level, rent and chosen apartment must meet certain guidelines in order for you to qualify. (A program called the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program combines this grant money with clinical services.) Find out more from your local public housing agency, which should also be able to explain other options for financial assistance for single mothers.
State and Local Agencies.
While the federal government has several programs intended to help build or repair low-income housing, the funding is usually distributed to local governments or nonprofits, not to individuals—and often not as financial aid for single mothers. But that money is ultimately intended to help low-income families, so if eligible, these may be another place to look. Programs such as the USDA's Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities, HUD's Home Investment Partnerships, and the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program all provide funding this way. To find this type of help for single mothers near you, visit the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Don’t miss out on the government grant money for single mothers.
Grants for College
These are some of the most sought after grants out there. School can be a great way to increase your earning power, but in the short run, if you don’t apply for financial aid, it sure can feel like it's leaving you without a penny. The good news is, whether you're just starting college or heading back after some time away, there are plenty of resources available to help with the costs (which can be overwhelming, to say the least). Education grants can be used to cover not only tuition, but also expenses such as college housing, textbooks and even computers. Availability and restrictions of grants for single moms going back to school vary widely. Don’t forget to look at available private and government grant money.
Whether you're seeking technical training or are ready to start a business of your own, you may want to apply for grants to help get you on your way. Many grants are available through non-profit organizations for entrepreneurs, as well as through states such as Florida, Minnesota, Virgina and more. The federal government has more information on financial aid of single mothers, including a searchable Small Business Loans and Grants Tool. And don’t forget that if starting your business requires you to attend school again, you may also qualify for educational grants.
From food to heat to health insurance, these federal programs are a great way to get financial aid. Paying for the everyday necessities can definitely add up—especially if you only have one income—so applying for extra money can help you rest easier. Some of these options have been in place for decades, while others are more newly created. State and local organizations can make life's daily challenges a little more bearable for single mothers and others. Here’s how to find grants to help single mothers pay for those daily expenses.
|10-06-2014, 10:49 PM||#2|
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Re: How To Find Grants for Single Parent
I found out that the Motherthing went to collage on Pell Grants because she's a single mother.... I wonder if she said she was the Residential Parent... I found out she lied on the School Lunch program.... it was free lunch when she was here, the 1st year I did the forms I added all my pays and included my Navy annuity... with all 4 boys it was reduced, now it's regular prices... ouch! But I won't cheat.
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