• Judith B. Margolin


It was estimated several years ago that one out of five people living in the United States at the time was receiving some form of grant support.1 Contrary to the commonly accepted belief that foundations do not make grants to individuals, the fact is that they do; but many of these grants are disguised as gifts to institutions. Corporations, too, support individuals, not only by means of scholarship programs for their own employees but also through the provision of a wide variety of services to others via a mechanism whereby grants are treated as business expenses. As for the federal government, a glance at the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance will indicate the vastness of possibilities for the individual grant seeker. State governments, too, support individuals with various programs, many of which originated from federal dollars. Even wealthy individual donors sometimes fund other unrelated individuals, either by means of outright gifts or by bequest. With such a wide range of funding sources and so many possible choices, almost any significant grant idea should qualify for some sort of funding.


Russell Sage Foundation Grant Support Support Individual Grant Money Corporate Foundation 


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Further Reading

  1. Andrews, F. E. Philanthropic giving. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1950.Google Scholar
  2. Annual register of grant support. Chicago: Marquis Academic Media (See introductory materials to latest edition).Google Scholar
  3. Dollard, C. Memorandum on grants to individuals. New York: Carnegie Corp., 1938.Google Scholar
  4. Dressner, H. R. Don’t stop making grants to individuals. Foundation News, September/October 1973, pp. 26–30.Google Scholar
  5. Hartwig, J. C. Betting on foundations. In Foundation grants to individuals (2nd ed.). New York: The Foundation Center, 1979. Pp. xii–xiv.Google Scholar

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