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Mile High Mania
02-04-2009, 12:34 PM
Ok, so maybe one of you has seen this and possibly even followed up. I have a buddy that is hell bent on giving this thing a shot, he saw an ad on facebook I think. Anyway, I think it looks like your typical BS scam.

Have any of you looked into this or know of anyone who has... ?

http://www.jeffgetsgrants.com/index.php?t202id=14133&t202kw=yp2-5a-0

Pestilence
02-04-2009, 12:38 PM
Looks kind of fake to me.

kchero
02-04-2009, 01:15 PM
This is a complete scam. It goes into no detail of how it works except for "get your kit here", hell even when you close the webpage it asks you if you are sure that you dont want a grant. I seriously doubt someone would go through all of these measures to offer you free money.
Also can we stop it with this hepless attitude of "everyone owes me"... look people there is no such thing as free money. Where have these people been?

Fish
02-04-2009, 01:18 PM
While it's true you "can" get money for grants from the government, it's not something that you can just mail a form in and get a check and that's it. The government isn't going to give you a check for doing nothing(well in the form of a gov. grant that is). And government grants are meant for a specific use. It's not meant to be money that you can use to go on a cruise with or whatever you choose. You have to prove to the government that you're going to use the money for something to better your community or society in general. The one in the link you provided is no doubt for student financial aid, and is meant to be put towards education.

Don't you remember Matthew Lesko (http://www.governmentgrant.com/)? The crazy yelling dude with the purple suit with the "?" on it? http://www.nndb.com/people/422/000031329/lesko.jpg

This is what he has been pushing for years... Click the link and you'll see the same grant BS expanded times 1000.

What they don't tell you is that you have to go through a complicated grant application process. And if you've never done any grant writing, then you're in for some work. And there is absolutely no guarantee that you'll actually get the grant.

Here's a brief snippit you might find useful:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GRANTS AND FUNDING

Finding and identifying government agencies that give grants for specific purposes or in specific subject areas requires time, effort, and research. The resources on this page provide a starting point to help you do your own research.

If you are looking for funding for an existing or new for-profit business, you may encounter difficulties in finding and getting grant funding. Government grants are generally (though not always) given to non-profit organizations for programs and services that benefit the community or the public at large.

The first place you should look for government grants is the U.S. Government's Grants.gov Website (http://grants.gov/). This site will enable you to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. You can also obtain information on types of grants and the government agencies that make grants. Additionally, you can sign up to receive notification of future grant opportunities. You can also take a look at the Government's Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (http://12.46.245.173/cfda/cfda.html) (CFDA), which contains a listing of various Government grants and other types of assistance. Here you can get information on available grants by Topic Area (http://12.46.245.173/pls/portal30/CATALOG.FUNCTIONAL_AREA_RPT1.show) or you can search the Catalog by key words and other methods. If you find a grant that interests you, make sure that you carefully read the section on Eligibility Requirements to find out if you would be qualified to apply for that particular grant.

You should also be aware that most government grants are not available year-round. That is, you can't apply for most of them at any time you please -- in general, you can apply for them only when they are announced by a Government agency. When an agency makes funds available for a grant, it places an announcement in the Federal Register which is published each weekday. Here's where you can find the Government's Recent Grant Announcements (http://www.tgci.com/Filter/index.asp). In addition, you can search for grant announcements on Government Agency Websites (http://www.proposalwriter.com/govtagency.html).

Grants to individuals are most often given for educational support (financial aid), the arts, and various types of scientific or other research, although some agencies award grants to individuals for other purposes. You can find some information on individual grants on my Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.proposalwriter.com/faq.html##individuals) Page.

Getting a grant is hard work. Don't be fooled by advertisements and promotions that state that you can get "free money" just by writing a letter. There is a lot of competition for grant funds. To be successful in winning a grant, you must provide the funding agency with a well-written Proposal which clearly states your objectives and sets forth a plan and budget for your activities. Grants are "free" in that you do not have to pay back the money. However, if you are awarded a grant you may be required to provide periodic progress, program evaluation, and/or financial reports to the government.

If you think that you qualify for a grant, be prepared to work for it or contract with a competent professional to assist you.More info here: http://www.proposalwriter.com/govtgrants.html

PastorMikH
02-04-2009, 01:21 PM
Looks too good to be true to me. I've seen the add on facebook but always thought, "yeah right" and ingored it.

I've come to find that anything that is too good to be true, isn't true. I'd recommend avoiding it.

PhillyChiefFan
02-04-2009, 01:22 PM
I'm gonna go with the old adage:

If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

keg in kc
02-04-2009, 01:23 PM
I'm gonna go with the old adage:

If it's too good to be true, it probably is.Yeah.

And besides, if I'm lazy enough to want free money (which, hey, I probably am), I'm too lazy to surf through that website anyway.

PhillyChiefFan
02-04-2009, 01:24 PM
Looks too good to be true to me. I've seen the add on facebook but always thought, "yeah right" and ingored it.

I've come to find that anything that is too good to be true, isn't true. I'd recommend avoiding it.

Beat me to it. agreed.

Skip Towne
02-04-2009, 01:26 PM
I've been getting emails advertising gov. grants. I delete them unread.

Mr. Flopnuts
02-04-2009, 01:36 PM
grants.gov is the only place you'll find legitimate grant opportunities from the federal government. Good luck qualifying for any of them.

tyton75
02-04-2009, 01:40 PM
is it a gov't grant from Nigeria?

PhillyChiefFan
02-04-2009, 01:44 PM
Deer Mr. PhilyChefPhan,

I have good some very news for you. You now qualify for loan/grant from Us government. This money is free for you, must you send now 220 American dollars to me for to release your country's funds to spend you will. I will be sending address here for the American Embassy in Nigeria. Good fun times with your new money for you!

Thank you and God Bless,

Jim Joseph, American Money Guy.

jiveturkey
02-04-2009, 01:51 PM
Tell your buddy to use which ever credit/debit card that's connected to his back account. This will make it easier to take all of his money.

Rain Man
02-04-2009, 02:02 PM
grants.gov is the only place you'll find legitimate grant opportunities from the federal government. Good luck qualifying for any of them.


I'm thinking of applying for the one about Addressing Emerging Infectious Diseases in Bangladesh. (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=fy3pJJ1JGdJ4d2fvwsjHqQmzQcZ6tLWQxgfjSyck9mBghW4PfHZt!198294224?oppId=45130&flag2006=false&mode=VIEW)I figure it's my best shot of getting a disease named after myself.

Chief_in_Commander
02-04-2009, 03:03 PM
This is a complete scam. It goes into no detail of how it works except for "get your kit here", hell even when you close the webpage it asks you if you are sure that you dont want a grant. I seriously doubt someone would go through all of these measures to offer you free money.
Also can we stop it with this hepless attitude of "everyone owes me"... look people there is no such thing as free money. Where have these people been?
Agreed, I read it and thought it was probably just another scam and then I tried to leave and it had to ask me again if I wanted to close my IE browser. Seems like a definite scam.

mikeyis4dcats.
02-04-2009, 03:08 PM
perhaps Facebook isn't the best place to be looking for financing...

JuicesFlowing
02-04-2009, 03:11 PM
Never trust a man who wears bright suits with question marks on it.

Rain Man
02-04-2009, 09:45 PM
Also can we stop it with this hepless attitude of "everyone owes me"... look people there is no such thing as free money. Where have these people been?

Maybe they're the CEOs of large investment banks or car companies.

Phobia
02-04-2009, 10:28 PM
Maybe they have a way of making you into a domestic auto manufacturer or failed financial institution.

Rain Man
02-04-2009, 10:56 PM
Maybe they have a way of making you into a domestic auto manufacturer or failed financial institution.

Y'know, that's a great idea. Go out, build one car, and then go a billion dollars into debt, and then get a bailout of a billion dollars. That'll buy you a big yacht.