Researching Grants

Several times in the past month, when a Business & Social Sciences librarian answers the reference desk phone, a recorded voice enthusiastically announces that “billions of dollars” of government grants are available “women and minorities” to start businesses and pay bills. What a scam!

The Business of ripping off consumers with claims of “guaranteed” grant money is thriving. There are so many con-artists trying to trick people into paying for information about grants, that it is no suprise that people come to the library with questions about the “free money” that they have heard is available.

Did You know that the Business & Social Sciences Division houses the largest grants information collection available to the public in Rochester? We have the information you need, and it is really free.

Most grants are for non-profit organizations, not for individuals. If you need to find out about government benefits for individuals, go to To find out more about the Grants Information Center, go to




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