Florida Grants

Non-profits and government organizations provide a number of grants to qualified residents. Some of the more common ones are listed below. The state can also provide information to individuals as Florida administers a Department of Grant Program.

The Guide will provide for quick access to detailed information regarding all of the grants that are available through the Florida Department of State. Under the name and title of each grant you will find information including description of the program, award amount range, eligibility criteria, the deadline for the application, and importantly the contact information for the grant program manager. Some of the grants available in Florida can help people create a business, pay energy bills, receive an education, provide job training, and meet other needs that everyday people face every day. Call 1.866.693.6748 for information on the guide.

Undergraduate students can apply for the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG). This program can provide financial aid and other forms of support, including grants, based on the applicants need. Assistance may be offered to college degree seeking undergraduate students. The program is only offered for students who are enrolled in approved and participating colleges and postsecondary educational institutions, and this is a fairly extensive list.

The grant is available to income and other approved students who attend Florida state universities and/or public community colleges. There may be some private schools that are part of the FSAG, and funds may be offered to students who attend eligible non-profit, private, four-year colleges and other approved universities. Main phone number is 1-888-827-2004.

Students can gain experience from the Florida Work Experience Program, or FWEP. This is another statewide resource that is a needs based program. It provides eligible Florida students with access to a variety of work experiences, and these will be used to reinforce and complement their career and educational goals. The FWEP program is much decentralized and it runs at the local level. So each participating university, college, career center, public community college, school, or career center has enormous flexibility and discretion in how it runs it. Each local office can determine application procedures for the grant, student eligibility, deadlines, and the amount that will be paid out. Call 1-888-827-2004.





There is another program for college students. This is known as the Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant, and this resource is available to students who enroll in eligible degree-granting private universities and colleges.

The state government will do what it can to encourage and help compensate students for attending college. These are two of the primary financial aid packages for residents who need help paying for their education.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation may be able to help first time homebuyers. Counselors can provide counseling, advice, and help through the process. Some grants, or low interest loans, may be available to qualified homeowners in an effort to help purchase a home. Dial (800) 814-4663.

The state of Florida Minority Teacher Education Scholarship grant program is a performance-based, collaborative scholarship program for Asian-American, African-American, Hispanics, and Native American. Students and applicants will be selected per guidelines that are in place by the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. (FFMT).  A number of educational centers and colleges have joined together as part of this government created program. They include Florida's colleges, both public and private, as well as a number of teacher education programs. Get contact information as well as details on participating institutions from calling the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers Institutions and partner centers.

One of the main resources for low income families, the working poor, seniors, and others who need help is the CSBG or Community Services Block Grant Program. Federal government funds are distributed for non-profit organizations called Community Action agencies and money can also be sent to local governments. All of these funds and aid is intended for qualified low-income households, and the money can help them obtain the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to achieve self sufficiency. This can include job training programs, money to pay for school, and more.

The Florida agencies may provide a wide variety of antipoverty services such as food, emergency health, food, day care, transportation assistance; financial management assistance; mortgage counseling; and nutrition programs including federal government surplus food distribution. A major focus on these CSBG grants is on employment, and this is the most effective way to end poverty. So government money can pay for placement and training services, job counseling, and even rent/homeless prevention programs as someone attends school or training. Call (850) 245-7105

The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Grant Program – EHEAP is for low income households that have a senior member. Funds for paying utility bills are made available for homes in which one person is at least age 60 or older. Assistance may be offered when the Florida resident has an emergency.

So funds and grants may be provided as part of EHEAP when the senior or elderly homeowner has a delinquent utility bill, wood, lack of fuel or the receipt of a shut off notice from their power company. Payments from the government are made for home cooling, heating and other emergency energy-related costs. Money is paid out both during the cooling season of April-September as well as during the heating (October-March) seasons. While government funding will vary, in past years qualified customers may have received as much as $600 for their utilities. (850) 414-2000

The Florida Department of Human Services offers various housing assistance resources. The government organization offers a variety of grant programs and other support. All aid was designed and intended to meet the needs of eligible, low-income households, seniors, and people faced with an eviction. Services offered by the government organization may include rehabilitation of renter-occupied housing, emergency home improvement repairs for safety issues, housing rehabilitation, and home buyer down payment assistance.  Most of the aid is for seniors and the disabled.



By Jon McNamara

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