The population in the United States is becoming more and more diverse. Large metropolitan cities, like Atlanta, Georgia, are being dubbed “melting pots” based on the eclectic mix of ethnicities and backgrounds of the individuals living in the area. Federal and state governments, cognoscente of the changing demographic landscape, have placed additional emphasis on creating minority government grants. Minority government grants are presently available to organizations providing assistance to the Hispanic population, the Native American population, and the African American population.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently held an open solicitation for the minority government grant program, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC). This particular minority government grant program has goals of revitalizing local neighborhoods, stimulating economic development, and promoting affordable housing initiatives. As an example of how the funds are being used, HUD provided New Jersey City University with an award of $599,916 to be used for revitalizing neighborhoods in disrepair and to provide additional programming that to assist in cultivating jobs that pay above the minimum wage. For more information on the HSIAC award to New Jersey City University, visit: www.nj.com..
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also has an open solicitation for the minority government grant program, the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The ICDBG is a minority government grant program that seeks to provide direct grants to Alaska Native or Indian communities to make them viable by providing decent housing and economic opportunities for low and moderate income individuals. The award ceiling for the ICDBG minority government grant is $450,000. For more information on the ICDBG and additional eligibility requirements, visit: HUD.gov.
President Obama has been diligent in his efforts to provide minority government grants aimed to support African Americans in furthering their education. In November of 2011, the White House held an African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference where they announced, “Since the beginning of the Administration, the President has dramatically increased Pell Grant funding to support an additional 200,000 African American students.” For more information visit: Whitehouse.gov. For information on the Pell grant or to make an application, visit: ED.gov.
A number of minority government grants are available for an array of purposes. Minority individuals are encouraged to explore how these minority government grants can be of use in achieving their goals and improving their lives. Good luck in locating and obtaining a minority government grant!
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