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Grants for Individuals

Not all grants for individuals are solely delivered by the government - which is probably a good job too because a lot of these grants are only for people on benefits. If you're in a bad financial situation, or are trying to fund a worthy cause (anything from helping other people to a career choice) then you should consider going to charitable organisations, or trusts, and applying for a grant.

 

Who is Eligible?

Every organisation has very strict criteria on who they want to give their money to. Normally, they will only provide funds to people in a certain group, for example a trust set up by a Catholic will only provide funds to anyone who is also a Roman Catholic. The  criteria for trusts can be quite strict in most cases and you should be expected to met some conditions which might not even seem relevant (i.e., living in a certain area, on a certain street, part of a family of a certain trade .etc). However, there are thousands and thousands of trusts and charitable organisations out there and it's likely you'll at least meet some of their conditions.

 

How Much Can I Get?

Again, this is completely dependent on the organisation you apply for. Many only give small, one-off grants based on need and financial circumstances. You will be expected to have exhausted all other forms of potential finance before applying.

 

How Long Do Applications Take?

Grants for individuals aren't quick fixes. Trustees of organisation only meet a couple of times a year, at most four times, in which they review all applications. Once a decision has been made it can be another few months before funds are given out. It's advisable to apply for several organisations in case you are declined by a few at once.

 

Where Can I Find Grant Giving Organisations?

You can find a list of grants for individuals, trusts or grant giving organisations by using large national databases which list contact information. Some databases are:

JRCT.org.uk

IRS.gov

Trustfunding.org.uk

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