How Do Grants Work?

Grants are a form of financial assistance given to non-profit or for-profit organizations dedicated to fulfilling specific public purposes. When a state government or the federal government awards a grant, the recipient organization must fulfill a public purpose specified by state or federal laws. Recipients of grants do not have to repay the funds received. A Tucson grant writing lawyer can help you evaluate your qualifications for a grant and assist you with the extensive documentation required when applying for grant approval.

According to, the federal government awards an estimated $500 billion a year in federal grants. There are more than 1,000 grant programs available through 26 federal grant-making agencies. General areas or categories in which organizations receive grants include:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Business and commerce
  • Community development
  • Disaster prevention and relief
  • Education
  • Employment, labor and training
  • Energy
  • Environmental quality
  • Food and nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Humanities
  • Information and statistics
  • Law, justice and legal service
  • Natural resources
  • Recovery act
  • Regional development
  • Science and technology
  • Social services and income security
  • Transportation

Certain institutions, foundations, corporations and interest groups also give grants for projects that serve their purposes, such as animal rights groups or environmental groups. Grant writing is a specialized skill, requiring excellent research and writing abilities along with knowledge of applicable laws when applying for a state or federal grant. When submitting grant applications in Arizona, you are wise to seek assistance from an attorney with grant writing experience.

Benavidez Law Group, P.C. has extensive experience assisting municipalities and non-profit organizations with obtaining funding through grants.