According to a 2007 study by AARP, only about 35% of women in the U.S. are comfortable with their personal financial situation.
The study also states that one in every five women struggle with financial need, and would find it challenging to pay off an unexpected $1,000 bill if it arrived in the mail.
These statistics prove just how financially challenged women are today, and why grants for women are vitally important. Government grants, college grants, and need-based grants are all available to help women find funding for their education, housing, business, and even assistance during pregnancy.
If you are struggling financially, these grants may be able to help you pay for almost any need you have. Grants are out there and with the following information you can take advantage of them!
Government Grants for Women
- Mott Foundation - The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a grant foundation located in Michigan that provides five different types of grants to help improve communities, assist environmental institutions, assist individuals and communities with economic, racial, and social challenges, help low income individuals and those on the path to poverty, and assist with specific exploratory projects that will help fix both national and international problems.
- Pell Grants – The Federal Pell grant is a grant provided by the government to low-income individuals wishing to pursue their undergraduate education. For the 2012 school year, student can obtain $5,500 per year. This money can be used to pay for tuition, books, housing, and regular living costs of students. Applications for this grant are found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- HUD Grants – The Housing and Urban Development department of the United States provides specific grants to poverty-stricken individuals and communities in need of funding for low-income housing. Current funding information can be found at www.grants.gov. This site is updated as new grants become available.
College Grants for Women
- American Association University of Women – This foundation provides a variety of grants and fellowships to women in order to assist them in obtaining the education and career of their dreams. For the 2011-2012 school year, the American Association University of Women awarded $500,000 to women through the Career Development Grant. This grant provides financial help to women who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in earn their advanced degree. The grant provides funds for tuition, books, supplies, child care, fees, and transportation to and from college.
- Exxon Mobil Grants for Women and Girls – Exxon Mobil assists women and girls in developing countries with grants to help fund their education and inspire them to become independent entrepreneurs. This program began in 2005 and has assisted thousands of women in approximately 100 different countries.
- Girls Global Education Fund – This fund is a nonprofit organization that provides girls and women the opportunity to attend school, even when they have been denied the chance by others. The grants given to these girls pay for any costs associated with the girl attending a primary school, junior high, or high school, in exchange for satisfactory attendance during the school year and appropriate grades.
- PEO International – The PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Internal is a society dedicated to women and their education. This organization was developed in 1869 and now provides many different scholarships, loans, and grants to women. Grants from this organization are need-based and given only to low-income women who need to return to college in order support themselves and their families.
Need-Based Grants for Women
- Chicago Foundation for Women – The Chicago Foundation for Women assists girls and women with a variety of grants related to health education, empowerment, pregnancy, abortion, and cancer.
- Girls Best Friend Foundation – This organization supports programs and organizations that help girls with development, activism, and leadership. Grants are distributed twice each year to specific programs by the Girls Best Friend Foundation, or GBF.
- Jeannette Rankin Foundation – The Jeannette Rankin Foundation provides scholarships and grants to women over the age of 35 who are considered to be low income and are enrolled in college. Women who apply must be pursuing a technical, associates, or their first bachelor degree in order to qualify for this grant.
- Ms. Foundation for Women – Over the years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has donated about $60 million in support of organizations and businesses that offer women help with finding employment, reproductive health, building leadership skills, and ending domestic violence. Their mission is to continue to do donate as much time and money as possible to keep these organizations running, so one day possibilities will not be limited by race, gender, class, or income.
Are you part of the 65% of women who struggle financially every day?
Whether you are pregnant, looking for housing, thinking of starting your own business, or just wanting to improve your education, there are grants available to help you. Find one today.