Grants for Women – Opportunities and Eligibility Requirements

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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 GirlsExxon 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.

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Basil April 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I have heard it said that people create their own success by learning what they need to learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it. As today’s business world moves at a faster and faster pace, the only reliable and secure investment you can make is an investment in yourself. To gain the professional and personal life you want, you have to take action. So getting an education is more important than ever.

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Marie April 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I think this is great because there are a lot of women out there that get in a relationship with a guy that they think is going to take care of them forever and they start having kids and then something happens and he leaves and she finds herself on her own and unable to better her life or pay her bills. This is something that they can do for themselves and be proud.

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Hollis April 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I imagine many people would like to qualify for a grant? Who isn’t, especially in today’s economy. But to get one, I suspect you have to do more than daydream. You’ll have to work hard, pray hard (that’s pray, not play), and you’ll have to do your homework. That includes educating yourself about the different types of grants, what they’re for, who’s offering them, and what grantmakers expect from you before they write and sign that wonderful check.

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Robert April 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

What is the difference between a grant and a student loan or scholarship? They throw all of these terms around at high school to a bunch of kids that are just ready to graduate and they have no clue what the differences are so they don’t do anything about it when the time comes. My son didn’t sign up for a scholarship when he should have because he didn’t know he was supposed to.

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Latoya May 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I am usually judgmental of women who give lip service to equal rights for females and then adhere to old fashioned customs such as waiting for a man to pursue them by refusing to ask a man out on a date themselves or what have you. But in this case, I really don’t mind the fact that there are college grants available only for women. I think it is something more women should take advantage of.

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Joseph May 8, 2012 at 6:26 am

Is it harder for a women to get a grant or scholarship than it is a man? I haven’t seen any of these articles for men lately so it made me wonder. Most men can get in on a sports scholarship right so they have to take pity on us girls. That is very discriminating don’t you think. In a way I am glad but in another I think it is terribly unfair.

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