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Do You Qualify For a Genealogical Grant?

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Grant MoneyNeed some extra cash in order to continue, or start, your genealogy project? Are you someone who represents a genealogical organization? Perhaps you are the creator, writer, editor, and distributor of a family newsletter. Maybe you have an idea for an amazing new piece of technology, that will revolutionize the way genealogists do their research? If so, you might want to take a little time out of your busy research schedule, and apply for a genealogical grant. A grant financial award that is given to a person, (or group), by a federal agency, or a private organization or individual. The money is given to the recipient in order to assist that individual to carry out a specific project or purpose. Grants are not loans, and are not intended to be paid back. This might be exactly what you need in order to get your idea off the ground, or to help your local library get the funding it needs in order to continue making their microfiche section available to the public. There is a website called “Honoring Our Ancestors”. This is the website of Megan Smolenyak, who is a writer for the Huffington Post, and the author of “Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History”. Her “Honoring Our Ancestors” grants hit it's ten year milestone earlier this year. That's really impressive! This is a private grant program, and is not affiliated or connected with a governmental organization of any kind. Want to apply for this grant? It's very easy to do. There is a link to the application on the “Honoring Our Ancestor's” website. It takes about five minutes to complete. If you want to increase your odds of getting selected to receive this grant, you should read over the website, and learn what other genealogy projects have been given this grant in the past. Megan Smolenyak looks over the applications, and selects the most appealing project each month. The awards are modest, because, as Megan Smolenyak puts it in her article for the Huffington Post, she is “not Donald Trump”. She believes that every little bit helps, and that doing something consistantly month after month really can make a difference.

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