There are grants out there for everyone!
This notion is not necessarily true. There are many grants available to individuals and agencies that qualify. More often than not, you must be an incorporated non-profit organization with a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status to qualify for most grants.
There are grant funds available for individuals who want to start a business!
This is not necessarily true either. Start up funding for small businesses generally come in the form of loans, business plan competitions, or contracts. For-profit companies that have been funded have mainly gotten grants to create jobs in distressed or rural communities or to conduct research projects.
Individuals who have been awarded grants have gotten them based on merit, housing programs, or social entrepreneur projects.
Grant Writers will either take a percentage of the grant after it has been awarded or they will write themselves into the project!
This is not true. No professional Grant Writer will take a percentage of a grant, this is unethical. Grant writers will either charge by the hour or work for a flat rate. Other than being unethical, it is irrational for a Grant Writer to take a percentage of a grant on the back-end. If a grant is not funded and the Grant Writer agreed to take a percentage of a grant, there would be no way for the writer to be compensated. Grant writers are rarely able to “write themselves in” because most grants do not pay for grant writing or fundraising expenses. Grants are mostly issued to cover or assist with program expenses, some operational cost and a small percentage if any are to pay wages for staff.
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