Certified Parent Coach Jennifer Wolf on About.com shows that grants for single mothers, such as the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, come at the federal, state and local level. Furthermore, these sources may award a grant based on need or based on merit as the Academic Competitiveness Grant for first- and second-year college students does.
State grants vary according to state and sometimes specifically limit themselves to single parents, such as the CalGrant program of California. Wolf explains that this program takes each applicant’s family status into consideration and gives the greatest aid to disadvantaged and low-income families, which may often include families headed by single mothers. She also states that Raise the Nation's Loan Repayment Grants for Single Mothers assists single mothers who have outstanding student loans.
Michelle Diane reports on several business grants for single mothers at the federal, state and local level, including the National Science Foundation that may award grants for a single mother's business if this business engages in software development. Diane also stresses the importance of looking to private foundations and organizations, such as the Juvenile Justice Fund in Atlanta that helps children attain basic necessities, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that funds educational projects in the Pacific Northwest.