584 Grants and Non-Merit Scholarships

Grants and Non-Merit Scholarships

As you may already know grants are different from scholarships. When scholarships are usually merit-based or competition-based, grants are usually given to those who has a financial need or grants are directed for a particular area of study or group of people. One type of grants, like an enormous variety of federal grants from highly prestigious organizations like the NIH, the DOE, the NSF, the EPA, and NASA, are given for the schientific researches to groups of scientists working on a particular problem. Other type of grants like the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), are awarded based on the student’s demonstrated financial need. These grants typically come from the federal government, state governments and colleges and universities, but may also come from corporations, institutions and foundations.

There are actually just four main types of grant funding. We give descriptions and examples of competitive, formula, continuation, and pass-through grants to give you a basic understanding of funding structures as you do your search for possible sources of financial aid.

Competitive Funding - also known as discretionary funding, competitive funding is a process of proposal selection based on the evaluation of a reviewer or team of reviewers. Funding is based on the merits of the application, and recipients are not pre-determined.

Formula Funding. In contrast to competitive funding, formula grants are given to pre-determined recipients. Non-competitive awards are usually allocated to eligible entities according to population and/or other census criteria, and all applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the application process are entitled to receive money. In many instances, formula funds are distributed from the federal level to states. States then determine the process to be used to award funds to local jurisdictions.

Continuation funding grant programs offer current award recipients the option of renewing grants for the following year. Some programs are restricted to existing grantees only, while others invite applications from current grantees and new applicants. Often, current grantees are awarded extra points during the review process for being a current grant recipient. Since priority is often given to continuing applicants, if you are a new applicant, you should consider entering into a partnership with a currently funded entity.

Pass-Through grants are funds given by the federal government to the states for further distribution to local governments. Under this funding structure, states may disburse federal funds to eligible local jurisdictions through formula allocations or open competitions.

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Internet Society Foundation 2024 BOLT Grant Program for Innovators Worldwide

Grants of up to USD 300,000 will be awarded for projects up to 18 months in duration.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  06-Aug-2024
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  USD 300,000

Pulitzer Center 2024 Rainforest Reporting Grant for African Journalists

The Pulitzer Center provides grants to cover the hard costs of reporting projects.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Africa
  • $$  Varies

Bonn University 2024 International Fellowships Grants For Researchers

The funding covers: A travel allowance (depending on country of origin) An allowance of €160 per day (up to 12 days including day of arrival and departure) Material expenses for events (up to €500 per proposal) When calculating costs, ple... more details

  •  Master
  •  25-Sep-2024
  •  Germany
  • $$  Varies

2024 Prix Galien Africa For Pharmaceutical Researchers And Institutions/Industries Grants

Each prize is granted with a 20,000,000 FCFA (Twenty Million Cfa Francs) grant, or about 30,000 USD (Thirty Thousand US Dollars).... more details

  •  Grant
  •  31-Jul-2024
  •  Africa
  • $$  Varies

Spencer Foundation 2024 Small Research Grants Program for Researchers Worldwide

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times... more details

  •  Grant
  •  11-Sep-2024
  •  United States
  • $$  $50,000

One World Media 2024 Climate And Labour Film Grants

The successful filmmaker will receive the following: Up to £20k funding for their film A named executive for their documentary and production support A commission from the Financial Times with their final film made freely available on the FT&r... more details

  •  Grant
  •  01-Sep-2024
  •  Africa
  • $$  Varies

Spencer Foundation 2024 Vision Grants Program for Researchers Worldwide

Vision Grants are $75,000 total and two cycles of this grant program will be held annually.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  14-Aug-2024
  •  Cuba
  • $$  $75,000

University of South Australia Placement Grant, Australia

The University of South Australia Placement Grant provides financial assistance to students in their final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate program, requiring a placement for a continuous block duration of 110 hours (19 days) or more. This gr... more details

  •  Grant
  •  09-Sep-2024
  •  Australia
  • $$  $1,500 or $3,000 based on placement duration

Danish Data Science Academy (DDSA) 2024 Visit Grant Scholarship

The grant contributes up to DKK 15,000 to cover costs for travel, accommodation and related expenses. The grant does not cover salary, daily allowances, food expenses or local transportation. In general, DDSA promotes the use of public tra... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Denmark
  • $$  DKK 15,000

Grants for Translation of Swedish Literature and Drama to Other Nordic Languages

The grant covers either translation costs or both translation and some production costs for translated editions of Swedish works. A maximum of SEK 20,000 can be granted as production support for fully illustrated four-color picture books, non-fiction... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Applications are open all year round
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  Translation and production costs for Swedish literature

Cisco 2024 Global Impact Cash Grant Program

The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is US$75,000.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Cuba
  • $$  $75,000

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Call for Applications: Moses Mapesa Research Grant 2024

Grant amounts will vary depending on research proposals, with a maximum award of USD Five Thousand (5,000.00). The fieldwork research needs to be conducted in no longer than 9 months from the signature of the contract (May 2025 to February 2026). The... more details

  •  Master
  •  31-Jul-2024
  •  Africa
  • $$  USD 5,000

2024-2025 Margaret McNamara Educational Grants (MMEG) For African Women

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: Be a self-identifying woman, and at least 25 years old at time of application deadline; Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List (except for the Trinity Washingt... more details

  •  Master
  •  14-Sep-2024
  •  United States
  • $$  USD 15,000

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