Government Grant

Many people think of a government grant as a gift from the federal government to big corporations to use to do big things. In many cases, this is quite true.

In fact, the federal government offers more than 900 government grant programs developed to provide assistance to corporations large and small. They even help individuals in many cases.

But the federal government isn’t the only source of government grant assistance. Other forms of government, such as state and city governments, offer grant relief in many forms, too.

And the scope of the city and state government grant programs can be as diverse as that of the federal government. The dollar value of the awards may be smaller or the nature of the work funded may be focused a little closer to home but the benefits are significant nevertheless.

Not everyone seeking a government grant is looking for a large amount of money, either. Sometimes smaller projects, with smaller budgets, are in the planning stage and governments closer to the project itself may be more inclined to offer assistance than the federal government.

For example, vacant property within a city can become cluttered with litter, neglected entirely, or become dangerous due to one element or another. People in the neighborhood may avoid using the area although it would be a nice place for children to play or adults to take strolls at sunset if it were only a little more safe, a little more visually appealing.

Why not petition your city council for a government grant to clean up the place and make it a functional part of the city? It’s their responsibility to keep the city running as effectively as possible and that means safe spaces and happy children.

In order to secure a government grant to change this eyesore to a playscape or public park, draw up plans for walkways, playgrounds, seating areas, and the like. Gather cost estimates from contractors licensed or approved by your city to do the work. Work up an organizational chart of neighborhood members who will be actively involved with the revitalization project.

It might even be a good idea to check with whichever department your city has chartered to work with public spaces and with government grant programs, just to make sure you have all the bases covered.

And, who knows? Before long, the property around the corner that was once best avoided might soon become the place where happy children laugh and play, where people of all ages walk their dogs and themselves, and gather together for fun events that bring peace and harmony into the neighborhood.

All with a little help from a relatively small government grant from your city.