A federal grant is an aid that is provided by the United States Government that comes out of general federal revenue. A federal grant is not a loan; it does not have to be repaid. In order to be eligible for these grants there are usually very strict requirements that you must meet. These grants are funded by the taxes we pay and also from private foundations that have to pay five percent of their assets to stay tax exempt.
Federal grants meant for buying homes are designed specifically for low to moderate income people who need to buy a home. Different states offer different options of help for this category of people. Usually each state has a variety of different types of help.
Some of these include home buying and mortgage loan programs, which do not require a down-payment, other programs assist you with your down payment on the home. If you are a first time buyer there are many grants and loans that you may be eligible for.
If you are looking to buy a home, housing authorities, state, and local governments can help you. Some have different criteria to be eligible, so don’t assume that you won’t qualify.
Grants are things you don’t pay back, but there are other things that are of great help to apply for, such as the Teacher next door program and the Officer next door program.
These programs are designed to encourage teachers and officers to move into low or moderate income neighborhoods.
Another option could be getting assistance through HUD (Housing and Urban Development). They offer things like buying homes at a discount price etc.. If you are looking to purchase a home it would definitely be worth the time to check into these programs.
When it comes down to it, if you have a family and a low income, you have many options and you have a fairly good chance of finding assistance.
You’re best bet is to contact your local government and see what you may apply for, as many of these grants and programs change frequently.