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How do you apply for home improvement grants?

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To access existing grants, call the local county office, state housing authority or the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and inquire about current grant programs. Grants.gov is a good place to look for federal funding, and often churches and local charities provide grants, reports the San Francisco Gate

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To apply for grants, make sure the project fits the applicant criteria. Most grants are given out to improve energy efficiency, home livability, handicap access and emergency issues, says the San Francisco Gate. Before applying, get at least one cost estimate done for the proposed improvement. This figure is often a requirement of the grant application. Other pre-application information, including monthly income, current assets and historical information regarding the home, should be prepared as well. Make a checklist of all required documents, suggests the San Francisco Gate.

Once you have identified a grant that matches your needs and applicant requirements, fill out all of the required paperwork, and compile all needed documents, explains the San Francisco Gate. Make a copy of each submitted document, and make sure not to include the only copy of any paperwork, as there is no guarantee of return. Submit the package in person to make sure you have fulfilled all of the requirements and to obtain a receipt.

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