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Grants for Single Mothers

by Sarah Palmer

As a single mother, you can often carry all the responsibility of raising your children as well as the financial burden of the family. This can put a huge strain on yourself and often help is out there.

grants 150x150 Grants for Single MothersFinding the right help for yourself – whether it’s government grants, college grants for single mothers or scholarships for single moms – will start you on the right path to success!

Grants are a form of financial assistance awarded by the government. There are over 900 grants available on the government grant website (, so it is best to start to have a look there. Whilst this website can be a little confusing, it can be a great resource for those wishing to find specific government grant money for a category that interests them, such as grant money for college, business grants for women and general help for single mothers.

Single mothers are able to receive grants through the state in which they live. If you wish to see what grants for single moms are available, start by contacting your specific state assistance program. Another useful website is

Grants For College

For single moms looking for grants to help pay for tuition for college, the first place to start is the Pell Grant which can be anywhere between $400 and $5,000 for eligible applicants. This is a needs based grant, meaning you need to qualify to be awarded the money. To apply for the Pell Grant, you must file for a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  you to see if you are eligible, visit It is a government website and it is free to apply. Some places will charge you $50.00 for the same application then submit it to themselves, so if you submit the form yourself, you will save this money. You will need the school college code which you can obtain by contacting the college of your choice. Just tell them it is for FAFSA. You can read more about college grants for single mothers at the link.

It is important to point out that applying does not mean you will be granted the money. Unfortunately, many people apply for these grants, and therefore you must meet specific criteria.

As the saying goes, you’ve got to be in it, to win it – so it is worth applying to see if you can get the grant.


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Ashlyn Brown June 23, 2010 at 2:27 am

I Hey, I am a single mother of a six year old son, I am in financial destress, I am unable to find a job were I live and I afford to move to an area were there is work. I am right now living with my mom in Walnut Cove, NC and am at my witts end on who to contact or locate for help. I currently have food stamps and my son has Medicade but I was denied medicade because they said I didn’t know who my sons father is so I couldn’t get it! I hope maybe someone can lead me in the right direction, I want to be able to support my son and myself and have my own place one day, I dont want to run out my welcome at my moms ( I know I wont) but my son needs to say “I want to go stay at Grammy’s” so please see what u can do, I would apprecieate any help I can recieve! Thank you Ashlyn Brown

Tristan Holt May 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I found out that I can get help for being a single mother is this ture? If so how do I go about it, can I get information about how to get help thank.

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