Getting a Home Improvement Grant

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 28, 2015)

No matter how much you want to improve your home, you are not going to be able to do it without one little thing—money. It has been said, and truly said I believe, that money makes the world go 'round. As anyone knows you can get loans for everything under the sun, including home improvement. Thing is though, did you know that you can also get grant's for improving your home? What exactly is a grant, and why would anyone want to get one?

Well, a grant is basically what it sounds like, a granting of something. In this case, it would be the granting of money for a certain purpose (like repairing or improving your home). The nice thing about grants is that they are a lot like gifts, and as such are not subject to repayment. For that reason alone, it is easy to see how something like this would be wanted.

So, how would someone go about getting a grant? The first thing is to get in touch with the local office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is because HUD is the agency that is going to make the determination as to whether you are eligible or not. One of the best places to look for information about HUD is on their website, located at http://www.hud.gov.

Second, there are a couple of simple things that the potential grant recipient should keep in mind. Such grants are designed with a few particular groups of people in mind. Such groups include people who are typically over the age of 62 years old, Native Americans, or people who live in rural areas of the country. Another of the groups this is designed for are people who are financially in dire straits and not able to procure loans in another manner. This would include people that have a low income and are having credit difficulties. So, if you can get a traditional loan from an accredited lending institution (such as a bank), you are not going to have much luck in getting one of these grants.

If you think that you do qualify for one or more of these groups then, go ahead and fill out the applications for one of the grants. There are a few bits of information that you may be required to provide. Such information would be copies of your most recent financial institution statements, tax returns, pay stubs and more. Basically, what you should keep in mind is that anything that has a bearing on your finances should be included in your "packet" of information. The more information that you have at your fingertips while filling out the application, as well as that could be included for submission with your application, the better.

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Lee Wyatt

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