Some flight clubs and organizations offer grants for flight training. Each club or organization sets its own criteria on qualifications to get the grant and the amount given for training. For instance, some may only offer grants to women; others may only provide grants for beginning students.
Look for flying clubs and organizations in your area. Check flight-training centers, pilot supply shops and airport restaurants near flight schools for flyers and brochures. Leave no stone unturned, talk to anyone and everyone who has anything to do with flying. Your flight instructor, the customer service desk at the flight school, sales people at pilot supply shops, aircraft mechanics, wait staff at airport restaurants near flight schools and fellow pilots are all potential sources of information on flight clubs and organizations. Another good resource to check are the classified sections of flight magazines. Sign up to be a member for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). AOPA has online resources, a magazine and sends information through the mail on resources for pilots.
Contact the different clubs and organizations and ask if they offer grants. Join the clubs and organizations, if applicable, before applying for grants as some grants are only available to members. Even if you do not have to be a member, there is still an advantage to membership. Members may receive information through brochures, fliers and meetings that provide insight into the grant process. In addition, membership may give you access to other pilot members who you can talk to about grants in and out of the club.
Another advantage to some flying clubs is reduced flying costs. Some of these clubs have members who allow other members to use their planes for a rental rate that is much cheaper than flight schools.
Ultimate Aviation Links has an incomplete list of flying clubs and organizations online at http://www.ultimateaviationlinks.com/flyingclubs.php.