The first thing you need to know is where to look. Just doing a Google search for it and it will often lead you to a fruitless search, unfortunately. However, there are some websites that you can use that will bring up much better results:
The Foundation Center website lists thousands of available grants, including government grants for women, grants for individuals, grants for small businesses, and many more. The nice thing about their website is it also includes private foundation grants and corporate giving programs in addition to government grants for women. Often it is easier to get private grants for women than federal grants, because there is much more competition for federal/government grants than private foundation grants. If you go to foundationcenter.org you can search their database for free, but to get more detailed information it does cost a bit of money. My course (see the link at the bottom of this article) shows you some ways to access even the detailed information without having to pay high subscription fees. Check out the link at the bottom of this article for this information.
Grants.gov is the central place to search for government grants for women. They do not list any private foundation grants, but government grants only. The website is quite self explanatory, but can be a bit confusing even though they’re constantly trying to improve it. If you are going to try to get a government grant through grants.gov, I would recommend you get some guidance. My website (listed at the bottom of this article) has a lot of resources to guide you in a situation like this.
Government Grants For Women Entrepreneurs:
If you are a Hispanic woman who owns 51% or more of your business, your business would be classified as a “woman-owned business” and may be eligible for additional grant resources. Before you seek these resources, however, you will need to do the following: make sure your credit report is clean, put together a well thought out business plan, and get a third party to certify that you ar ea woman-owned business. The small business administration can do this for you (certification).
If you are a Hispanic woman looking to head to college, the good news is that you can find special grant options specifically designed for female students. Because of the historical imbalance between men and women in certain specified industries, colleges and non-profit organizations are looking for ways to encourage women to pursue such degrees and careers. This means you can benefit as a female student.
Start by looking at options through women’s colleges. Sure, you would probably rather attend a co-ed school, but if you need money, you need to explore all of your options. Many private women’s colleges offer grants to their students. For instance, Agnes Scott College in Atlanta offers many grants and scholarships for a variety of merit reasons. This school also has a specific scholarship fund set up to benefit Hispanic women by providing qualified Hispanic students with a full ride scholarship.
Some colleges focus on encouraging Hispanic women to pursue underrepresented degree programs. Medical, math, technology, and engineering degrees tend to be male dominated. Because colleges value diversity, this trend is alarming, and many offer grants to help offset it.
Not all Hispanic women grants are offered through colleges. For instance, the Ford Foundation’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities has a variety of grants available for women and other minorities who are pursuing an underrepresented degree field, particularly in math or science. The National Physical Science Consortium also has grants and scholarships for women who pursue science degrees. These non-profit organizations are working hard to make sure that women are represented in their fields, and as a result you can benefit when you are ready to head to school.
If you are a Hispanic female student who is also economically disadvantaged, you have even more options to consider. If you are looking to further your degree past college in order to get a better career, the Business and Professional Women’s Association has several grant options for you. The Jeanette Rankin Foundation has options for women over 35 who are looking to head back to school but face tremendous monetary need.
The bottom line is that Hispanic women can find help with their college expenses. Colleges, non-profit organizations, and women’s groups all offer women help with attending school. Before you assume that the government is your only source of financial aid as a female college student, you need to look into these other options, because you have plenty of help available as a female student!