559 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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ACU 2024 Higher Education and the SDGs Network Grants

Four grants of up to GBP 2,500  ... more details

  •  Master
  •  02-Jun-2024
  •  Fiji
  • $$  GBP 2,500

Call for Applications: Canon Female Photojournalist Grant 2024

The grant of €8,000 provides funding to support a compelling new project which will be featured as an exhibition at the 2025 festival. ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  21-May-2024
  •  Asia
  • $$  €8,000

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Early Career Conference Grants 2024

?Grants are a maximum of GBP 2,000 which can be used to cover:  Conference registration fee  Flights  Accommodation  Visa costs  Travel and health insurance  ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  23-Apr-2024
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

MTN Foundation Yellopreneur Grant and Loan 2024 for Female Entrepreneurs

The MTN Y’ellopreneur Initiative seeks to contribute to the reduction in women unemployment and advance women development in ‘Entrepreneurship’ through capacity building and access to capital through loans, grants, and advisory supp... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  Varies

British Council International Collaboration Grants 2024

Available grants range between £25,000 and £75,000  ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  30-Apr-2024
  •  United Kingdom
  • $$  Varies

2024 Ijesha Society Education Grant for Undergraduate Indigents Students

The Ijesha Society Education Grant will award deserving students of Ijesa origin in their pursuit of higher education by providing a grant of N200,000.00 per student.... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  Not Specified
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  N200,000

International Student Grant - Ohio State University 2024

These grants are intended to help international students who are within one semester of graduation and who have demonstrated financial need to complete their degrees. There is a limit of one grant award per student per degree level. Therefore, it is ... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  Not Specified
  •  United States
  • $$  Varies

Call for Application: RSTMH Early Career Grants Program 2024

The maximum RSTMH Early Career Grant award is £5,000 (including any taxes on relevant purchases) ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  22-Apr-2024
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  £5,000

FG SSATVEE N500K Grant Opportunity – Requirements & Application Process 2024

While the N500,000 grant is undoubtedly the cherry on top, the benefits of participating in the FG SSATVEE program extend far beyond financial support. You’ll gain access to: Expert guidance: Receive free training on writing a winnin... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  N500,000

Afri Women Innovation Grant Award For Women Entrepreneurs 2024

Applicants should be female, aged between 18 and 50 Citizenship from any of the 54 African countries is required Proficiency in English, French, or Portuguese is necessary for effective communication Applicants with business ideas must intend to imp... more details

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

Allan Gray Makers Startup Academy Grants For Young African Entrepreneurs 2024

Training in Entrepreneurial Mindset, New Venture Creation, Marketing and Sales, Business Management, Financial Management, Branding, E-skills for business and Personal Mastery.   Opportunities to work in teams and network with other businesses.... more details

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

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Apply: 50k To 300k KDCares A Kori TalaucI Grant for MSMEs

Small businesses will be provided with operational grant support to cover rents, salaries, utilities, raw materials or other costs of production. Grant amount is #50,000 to #300,000 ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  Varies

APPLY: N50,000 Presidential Conditional Grant Scheme and Palliative Programs 2023

The grant sum is N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) per beneficiary, and it is designed to reach one million nano businesses in the 774 local government areas.  ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  Varies

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