Frankly, in all of our years of researching grants and awards, we have only run across a handful (at best) of grants that will cover personal needs. And in most cases, they are only awarded to cover a short period of time and for extreme circumstances (for example, an individual who is severely disabled or terminally ill). Unfortunately there are a number of myths about grants out there that never seem to go away. There are 15 types of grants available from the Federal Government. Despite what some websites and books say, there is no such category as a “personal need grant”. The Better Business Bureau has a straightforward article on this topic, “Free Cash Grants are Too Good to Be True”. The view the article, click here.
GrantSelect focuses primarily on resources, information, news, etc. about organizational grants. There is a small percentage of grants for individuals in our database, to which we add more grants as we find them. Our suggestion is to visit the nearest large library and talk to the “grants collection librarian” about resources for individuals. These tend to be very specialized by topic (academic grants, research grants, artists’ grants, etc.) and the librarian can direct you to the appropriate information.