Education Grants

If one needs a grant for education, where does one start?  The question is important because it will allow one to more fully understand the range and funding options available for such grant opportunities.

The United States Federal Government through the Department of Education offers numerous grant programs.  Each, however, comes with stipulations that include not only financial aid needs, but other strident considerations.  And, too, some of these education grants are termed “formula grants” and only are available to certain agencies as determined by Congress.  Then there are discretionary grants awarded to agencies, organizations, and individuals.  These discretionary grants are highly competitive.

So, if you are an individual seeking a discretionary grant, how is eligibility determined?  Very simply put:  the criteria is determined by the program, and a course of study that leads to a career in a particular industry.  Example:  An individual is interested in pursuing a career in industrial health and occupational safety, including mine safety. The Erma Byrd Scholarship Program provides such grants to individuals.  In order to succeed here, one must research and investigate the criteria,
including all eligibility requirements as they apply.

Women over 25 and single mothers can receive education grants, too.  Some of these opportunities are at the federal level, and include Pell Grants, while others are available through states.  Just remember, these state grants are competitive as well, and while eligibility is an overarching factor, so is the “first come, first serve” rule.

Individuals over 60 can apply for education grants.  These opportunities are generally administered through the state where the person lives, so check with the state. Also, foundations and other non-profit grant organizations provide grants for education.  Requirements vary, but it is well-worth time invested to determine if an individual or agency is eligible for such funding.  Some foundations offer fellowship grants for post-doctorate work.  Others provide grants for K-12 schools, libraries, environmental education, literacy, science, and math.  Almost of these education grants are awarded to other non-profits or agencies directly involved in such initiatives.  Therefore, know the foundations and non-profits in a particular area.  Review their mission statements, what they fund and do not fund, eligibility requirements, etc. to determine if an application is worth submitting.

Remember, too, that different education grants require different kinds of internet searches.  Key words for searches:  research grants, scholarships, internships, studies aboard.  Also, do not forget to run a search for possible educational grants in a particular area of study.

Investigating is the key to success.  Time committed to the search will, if one remains diligent, be fruitful.

An additional note:  If an individual finds an educational grant, read through all the criteria with great care.  Understand the stipulations and requirements.  Understand eligibility. When applying, provide the answers in a concise, logical way with measurable outcomes, if required. Understand, as well, what follow-up may be needed at the end of grant funding cycle.  Success begins with the investigation, but does not end until the grant funds have been properly expended.

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