Free money from a private foundation, federal, state or local agency for the express purpose of accomplishing some task, project or goal. Grants may be given for research, business, art, or culture.

Grants are usually received after a person has applied for funding by turning in a grant proposal. Writing these documents involves calling or writing the agency from whom you would care to get some free money to obtain guidelines. Information about your project or idea is submitted with a budget. After your proposal has been reviewed, they write you a letter to tell you if they thought you were good enough to receive money.

A good place to begin to understand grants and how to find them is