An annual collection to support empowerment of people in the United States. Grants and loans for economic development and community organization are available. The grants from the national office are available from mid-August to Oct. 31, each year.  Go to and then access "grants."  Click on "eligibility quiz," and determine if you can qualify to apply for a grant.  Local grants in the amount of $100 to $500 are available from April 2 to May 11, 2007.  These grants go to groups working for institutional change and/or to empower the poor.  No grants are made to individuals.  For more information, contact (318)445-2401, ext. 226.