Home Improvement Grants
Grants for home improvement are one of the most popular grants for homeowners. With good reasons!
Who wouldn't want to use funds from government agencies specializing in helping citizens improving and repairing their homes? Doest it sounds too good to be true?
Well, as it's too often the case the answer is; yes and no.
There are many real home improvement grants programs from different federal, states housing agencies. The biggest housing agencies are the Federal HUD and the States Housing authorities. Check your state housing authority to be sure you they offer home improvement grant programs. Most State housing agencies will have programs to help people looking to make their home safe and energy efficient. In some cases they can even help you pay for most of the cost in case of emergency needs.
You should also get in touch with your county and city home assistance agency in order to learn all about their grants for home improvements.
Where to find home improvement grants
In general, whether you contact the local HUD office, your state home authority or your local housing community non-profits, they should all be able to give you the relevant information needed. This will involve verifying if there are home improvement grants programs available for you in your state and community. They will also be able to tell you if your needs or home improvement or renovation project falls within the guidelines of the existing home grants programs.
Most of these agencies and community office will be able to tell you how much you can receive and what are the conditions in order to receive a home improvement grant.
You will also most probably need to provide you with some guidelines on how to manage your home improvement projects.
Types of home improvement covered
In general grants for home improvement can cover the following projects:
- Improving and putting back to today's construction standards the exterior of your home. These can involve the roof, sidings, doors and windows, adding an extension to your house, improving water supplies and sewage, and also adding ramps and bars to make your home accessible to handicapped persons.
- Interior home improvements can consist of improving your home for usability by handicapped persons, modifying it to fix your roof or sidings if there's been a major problems affecting your household health and security. Also if the electric and water systems are not functional there may be some home improvement grants programs which would apply in these circumstances.
- Finally some specific Home renovation programs exist for people looking to renovation and turn new or existing property into low income housing. These grant programs are usually offered by the HUD in order to improve the affordability of low income housing in certain neighbourhoods. These improvement grants will usually cover most of the items discussed above, plus financial aid is sometime offered in the form of mortgage assurance and subsidized mortgage rates for the promoters. Traditionally these projects can be started by individuals, for profits business and non-profits.
Good luck with your grants for your home improvement projects!