Who Can Apply for a Grant?

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on April 1, 2012
Last Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:27 PM
Total Updates: 5

The types of organizations or individuals (the grantees) eligible to apply for a grant vary will vary depending on the grantor. If it is a government grant, then those who qualify might vary from NOFA to NOFA or RFA to RFA. Each type of grantor (government, charity foundation, nonprofit, or corporate) always includes clear, published guidelines that indicate who or what type of entity is eligible to apply for these specific grants. Visit the grantor's website or request a paper copy the guidelines by phone or email. Government agencies typically allow one or more of the following types of grant applicants:

  • State government
  • County government
  • City or township government
  • Federally and nonfederally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits with and without IRS 501 (c)(3) (nonprofit) status
  • Private, public, and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public and Native American housing authorities
  • For-profit businesses
  • For-profit organizations other than businesses
  • International nonprofits, called nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Individuals