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How to Get a Land Grant

Updated February 21, 2017

Qualifying for a land grant from the government is a difficult task. Most land grants are reserved for educational purposes. Building a school that caters to a specific demographic (i.e., the blind, the deaf, minorities, etc.) is a legitimate reason to be awarded a land grant. Building any type of construction that will better the masses (libraries, hospitals, etc.) will get great consideration when applying for a grant.

Go to Grants.gov and create an account. Click on the "Register" link on the home page and you will be directed to a page where you can enter your personal and contact information. You are allowed to register as an individual or as a business. If you register as an individual, you will only see grants that are available to individuals when you do your search. If you register as a business, you will only see grants available for businesses.

Confirm your account by clicking on the registration link in your e-mail and then log in to your account.

Click on the "Grant Search" link on the right side of the home page. If you are unsure what to search, conduct a general search. Here, you will be able to enter keywords (like land, home, school, building, etc.) to help you narrow your results. If you know exactly what grants you want to apply for, you can choose to search by the CFDA number or Agency and Funding Opportunity number.

Choose a grant that interests you and read the qualifications and requirements. If you fit the grants needs, click on the "Apply" link. Under the application menu, you can download the grant package. Fill out the application and submit it. It may take some time to receive any kind of response, but you can track the status of your application with the "Track Application" feature.

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Michael Jones reported campus news stories for The University of Southern California's student newspaper, "The Daily Trojan," for four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He has since gone on to write for several publications both in America and abroad and has an idiosyncratic knack for translating the most intricate tasks into layman speak.