Every country in the world has needy or poor people. In some countries, the poverty ratio is high or in some, it’s less. There are foundations in such countries that deal with poverty. These foundations donate some money or gifts to poor people. Other than that, the Govt announces scholarships for needy students. Some rich and kind-hearted people help the needy people by giving those gifts or some money.
In the above paragraph, I have used two specific words. One is “donation” and the second is “grant”. Some people do not differentiate these two and take it in the same meaning. Don’t mess up these two words. Maybe you catch it in the same sense but both are not the same. It is just the same in one sense “giving something (gift, money or something else) to someone”.
Difference between Donation and Grant
|Given to the needy according to selection criteria and proper rules.||Not selection criteria needed|
|Cannot donate freely||Donate freely to the needy or organization|
|Application process needed||No application process needed|
What is Grant?
Grants meaning “funds” that gives to the needy people of a country. Government, foundations, educational institutions, or an individual are responsible for giving these funds to the needy people according to some rules and regulations. Educational scholarships are also included in this category.
Government or some educational institute announces the scholarships for the needy students. In the case of the educational institute, they have specific criteria for the needy students. If a student meets that criterion he/she has awarded the scholarship. Scholarships that announce the government have some paperwork. Students fill that form and apply for the scholarship and needy students have been awarded the scholarship.
Some foundations also give the funds to the people who want to start their businesses. These types of funds are given after assuring their business type and doing proper paperwork. Some grants maker nowadays are known as the investor of society.
What is a Donation?
The donation means “giving gifts or money to someone free of cost”. People and some organizations mostly donate with the attention of reward or helping needy people.
People donate directly to needy people in the form of gifts or others (grocery, clothes, money, etc) according to their status. After giving to the needy people they never rescind about it. Some people donate to organizations that use this donation for needy children or people.
The donation has 2 types
People donate without any restrictions and never ask about the donation again to the organization.
Restricted donation (permanent or temporary)
People donate to the organization and have check and balance to them. Some people have checks and balance at their donation till their money isn’t used for the purpose to which they donated. After completion of their purpose, they don’t ask about it (the temporary type of restricted donation).
In permanently restricted donation, there is a restriction in this donation that can never be removed.