First, understand that just because you apply for a grant does not mean you will receive it. Grants are not always easy to obtain. It is a wise idea to apply for several of them.
What are some tips for filling out grant applications?
Make sure to thoroughly read and understand all directions before beginning the application. Next, be sure to completely fill out each section of the application. Omitting even the smallest detail could result in the application being turned down. Also, be certain to meet deadlines. Many organizations have strict time frames for accepting grant applications. Mail the application in plenty of time for it to arrive before the set deadline.
Do not forget to check with local businesses and organizations
Many businesses and women’s organizations set aside grant money for area women. This is to support women and promote hometown talent. Call around and ask about possible grants such as this. You may want to contact the chamber of commerce and ask if they know of any such grants. Also, check with your local newspaper office. They may have published an article on grants that you missed.
The library as a grant resource
Visit your local library and ask to see publications concerning grants for women. This is a good information avenue. You may be surprised at the grant sources you can locate here.
Below is a list of organizations offering grants for women which you may want to consider:
AAUW (American Association of University Women) This organization
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Scholarships (This is for women who choose to pursue an education in accounting).
Jeannette Rankin Foundation For Low Income Women ( For women with real financial need).
Raise The Nation ( For single parent women).
Sara Lee Foundation
The Sister Fund
Textron Corporate Grants
Women In Engineering Grants
Keep in mind that these are only a few grants for women among thousands. There are many that you may apply for. Do not limit yourself. Keep an open mind and always be on the lookout for new education grants. Utilize every possible resource in locating grants. Visit online forums, surf websites, and read grant articles. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Contact the campus financial aid advisor and ask if he or she knows of any specialized grants for women which you may have overlooked. Call different organizations which support women’s growth and ask if they know of any grants that you may apply for. Even if they do not offer a grant, they may be able to point you in the direction of a sister organization that does. The key is to remain relentless in your search. You must be determined to explore all avenues to meeting your financial needs. As well, you have to be dedicated to pursuing your education. You cannot become easily discouraged by turn downs for applied grants. Stand strong, showing your drive and inner strength as a woman.