Especially older foundations often support the needy and the poor. When these were set up there were no public welfare systems and these foundations fulfilled an important function in society. Most foundations from that time still function today and they pay out scholarship money. Support is, for example, given to single mothers, old people, big families, sick and handicapped. The statutes of these foundations are often outdated and they are sometimes arbitrarily interpreted by the administrators. 'if you are interested in applying for money from this type of foundation then it is really important to check out who has previously received the scholarships. It is also usually worthwhile to ask the administration directly what they intend to support. Often statutes of these foundations are generally written and they may be of interest to a large audience. Others are very specific and thereby more difficult to qualify for.