Grant Eligibility

Grant Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

Determining whether you are eligible to apply for and receive a GDIG grant is very important. If you are not legally eligible for a specific funding opportunity, you would waste a lot of time completing the application process when you cannot actually receive the grant.

When considering eligibility, the first step is to know what type of organization you represent (or whether you are applying as an individual). If you already know whether you will apply on behalf of your organization or as an individual, then you are ready to submit application.

There are many types of organizations generally eligible to apply for funding opportunities on Each type of organization listed in the categories below is a specific search criterion in Search Grants. Individual applicants are welcome too!

Education Organizations

  • Independent school districts
  • Public and state controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education

Public Housing Organizations

  • Public housing authorities
  • Indian housing authorities

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Nonprofits having not-for-profit status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a not-for-profit status, other than institutions of higher education

For-Profit Organizations

  • Organizations other than small businesses

Small Businesses

Small business grants may be awarded to most companies.  


Individual people may submit applications for a funding opportunity on their own behalf (i.e., not on behalf of a company, organization, institution, or government). If you are registered with only an individual applicant profile, you are only allowed to apply to funding opportunities that are open to individuals.

Most of the funding opportunities on are for both organizations and individuals. 

Foreign Applicants

Foreign individual or organization may apply for the grant. Foreign applicants need to complete the same registration process as domestic applicants, but there are additional steps to this registration process. Foreign applicant may be required to provide supporting documentation.