Government Stimulus Package Grants

Do you ever wonder where all the stimulus money is going? Did that little extra in your paycheck seem like much of a stimulus to you? If you are wondering these things, you will be happy to know that some of that stimulus money is really helping people through government stimulus package grants.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, the main source of information is:

  • www.recovery.gov/ is the U.S. government’s official website. It includes information about the Recovery Act and the grant application process.

    • Grants are available for:

      • Small businesses

      • Individuals

      • For-profit and non-profit organizations

      • Government and education organizations

    • Included on the site are links to:

      • search for grant opportunities

      • register for grants

      • apply for a grant

Keep in mind that there are a lot of scams out there promising you easy cash, easy approvals, and training courses to write a successful grant application. One of the indicators of a scam is if they are asking for a “processing fee.” There is no such fee to apply for one of the government stimulus package grants. Another thing you need to do is carefully read their privacy policy. If it says they share information with third parties and do not disclose who those are, you can bet your private information is being sold to the highest bidder. Scammers will call you, they will email you, they will put postings and blogs on social sites such as Facebook and MySpace; basically they will do anything they can to get your money and/or your private information. In a nutshell, nobody has a miracle way to get government grants – just use the official government website and you will be fine. And there is no need to pay for software or guides to assist you in the grant application process; all the information you need is provided free of charge on federal government websites such as www.grants.gov, www.Studentaid.ed.gov, www.govbenefits.gov and www.sba.gov.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Stimulus Plan, there is information that has been compiled by third parties outside of the government that have is being provided for those that want to know more. One such compilation is found at http://www.propublica.org/special/the-stimulus-plan-a-detailed-list-of-spending. It breaks down dollar amounts to the following categories:

  • Accountability

  • Aid to People Affected by Economic Downturn

  • Aid to State and Local Governments

  • Business

  • Education

  • Energy

  • Health Care

  • Science and Technology

  • Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Other

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