Yes, it is. From where you find announcements of government grants to how you write the grant, government grants are different in many respects.
Look for state grants on your state government's web site; and/or email or call each state agency that might be relevant to your organization's needs. Once you've located the relevant agencies, you can probably sign up for email alerts about funding opportunities.
There are two types of Federal Grants:
- direct grants which you apply for directly to the federal government.
- pass-through grants occur when your state applies to the federal government for a grant. After receiving it, the state then passes that money on to local applicants.
Read this realistic view of government grants.
To search for a federal grant, go to grants.gov.
For a good guide to using grants.gov and to writing government grants, we recommend "Grant Writing for Dummies", chapters 4 and 9.
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