Grant Writing Advice and Tips: The Grant Helpers Blog

Administrative / Overhead Rates in Your Grant Proposal

Posted by Roland Garton on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 23:08 PM

Many requests for proposal will ask for an administrative rate, also known as General & Administration (G&A) expense rate, or indirect rate. In this blog we address some of the most frequent questions we get in our consultations and with clients. This is a basic introduction of key concepts. Indirect expenses can get complex, with multiple rate structures and multiple tiers or rates. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at no charge for a quick response.

What Is an Administrative (G&A) Rate?

Your agency has costs that cannot be charged directly to any one project.  Such costs include heating, lighting, rent, and administrators’ salaries. In a simplified model, your G&A rate is the total amount of indirect costs for, say, a whole year, divided by the total direct costs for that same period of time.

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The Administrate rate, by the way, is not the same as the cost of fundraising, a statistic that occasionally is requested by funding agencies. The cost of fundraising is a topic for another blog article.

Why Do Funders Want to Know Admin Rates?

Some foundations will not pay for G&A costs in their awards. Others will allow you to include G&A costs in a budget as a percentage of direct project costs. For the latter type of proposal, you need to know your G&A rate so you know what to request.

Also, some foundations prefer to fund grants with lower G&A rates, or put a cap on the maximum percentage you can request for G&A. The philosophy is understandable; a funding agency would like to maximize the dollars going to direct project work, minimize the foundation funding for indirect work, and reward organizations for operating efficient operations. (It’s an ongoing debate whether the G&A rate is in fact an accurate gauge of efficiency.)

What are Typical G&A Rates?

As you might expect, there is no single, hard-and-fast number. In our experience, G&A rates in the low teens are not questioned by experienced funding organizations. Higher rates can be approved with sufficient justification. We’ve see several Department of Education grants capped at 8%. The public is apparently used to higher numbers, as evidenced in a 2012 survey by TheNonProfitTimes.

What if I Haven’t Calculated an Administrative Rate?

There is a short-term and long-term answer to this question. If you need a number for an application that’s due soon, you can estimate your indirect rate using best-judgment estimates of which budget costs fall into which categories, direct or indirect. In the longer term, you can set up timekeeping and bookkeeping mechanisms to provide more accurate numbers over time. The details of these are, again, a possible topic for a future blog.


As mentioned above, we can help with all aspects of the funding cycle, including budgets and financial system. Contact us for a consultation at no charge.

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Grants for School Gardens

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

7150633285_ecbccf2b1f_m.jpgGarden-themed school lessons teach nutrition, math, science, and other subjects all while having fun outdoors and letting kids get their hands dirty. School gardens are widely popular and grants to support them are numerous. Below is a list of just a few school garden grants. Some don't open until later this year.  Plan in advance. Put the dates on your calendar.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is aiming to fight childhood obesity by creating Teaching Gardens in elementary schools across the country. Aimed at grades one through five, Teaching Garden Grants help teach children how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce, and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. The American Heart Association works closely with each school to assess its ability to benefit from an American Heart Association Teaching Garden. Once a school commits to the program, a school-wide planting day is scheduled. The American Heart Association provides the materials for planting day, garden beds, organic soil, seedlings and plants, cooking demonstrations, and other fun activities. Schools receive an American Heart Association Teaching Garden Tool Kit with useful information including a school garden manual, lesson plans, school activation ideas, and parent and community resources. There is no formal application program; instead contact teachinggardens@heart.org to start the process.

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grants provides a $2,000 grant to K-12 schools or to non-profits working with a K-12 school. Private schools with a non-profit status are also eligible. Entities in both the United States and Canada can apply for grants. Grants are intended to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Each grant applicant is required to partner with an organization or business from the community that will help to bring long-term sustainability to the initiative - a “community partner.” A community partner can be any organization that intends to support the garden for years to come. The partner can provide monetary support, volunteer support, garden expertise, or other support. The grant application will open on Sept. 1 with a deadline of Oct. 31.

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

Annie’s Grants for Gardens wants everyone to have a healthy food future. Public schools, charter schools, private schools with a non-profit status, and non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a school are all eligible to apply. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds as long as the equipment is needed for an edible garden. The application for the grant will open in October 2017.

Honey Bee Grant Program

While technically not an edible garden grant program, this honey bee grant program still helps children learn about the environment and nature. The Honey Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. There are three grant options: 1) a monetary grant of $1,500 to support a honey bee hive educational program; 2) equipment grant of a custom-made indoor observation hive; and 3) an equipment grant of an outdoor hive with starter kit. All equipment grants include a small monetary grant, covering the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project. Application opens on Sept. 1 with Letters of Intent due on Oct. 31.

 


There is a huge list of grants available for school gardens. We can help narrow down the list and find grants specific to your needs with a Grant Opportunity Search. Look at our list of services to find out more information. Or feel free to contact us today for a free consultation.

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Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

9254814364_74a3d95760_q.jpgEvery day across the country a family is affected by drug dependency. According to Addiction Centers, over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco). 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.

Municipalities, first responders, health care providers, and non-profit organizations across the country are banding together to help solve this epidemic. Grant money can help address this reality. Below, find some hand-selected substance abuse prevention and treatment grant opportunities.

  Insider Tip:Provide statistics to document needs. The first paragraph above provides examples of authoritative figures related to substance abuse. When citing numbers, disclose your sources.  

BNSF Railway Foundation

The BNSF Railway Foundation is dedicated to helping the communities where BNSF has a presence. Your organization, or program, should exist in or serve a community near one of BNSF's rail lines to be eligible to apply for grants. A map of its rail lines is available on the website. One of the foundation’s priorities is health and human services, including programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention. Non-profit organizations, local governments, and school or universities are eligible to apply. Direct programming or project support is a mandatory requirement to apply. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative

Applications are accepted until Aug. 1 for this grant program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (We can help accommodate this tight deadline.) This program is intended to provide support for minority and/or disadvantaged communities affected by the opioid crisis. The goal is to prevent opioid abuse, increase access to opioid treatment and recovery services, and reduce the health consequences of opioid abuse. Sixteen grants will be awarded for $300,000-$350,000 apiece. This is a partner-based grant program, meaning there must be two or more partners involved in the grant application. The types of partners suggested are listed on the website.

Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation supports local non-profit organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. Not sure if you are located in a Gannett community? Their website has a list of communities that the foundation serves; there are communities in all 50 states. Priorities for the program include neighborhood improvement, youth development, and community problem-solving, all of which can be related to substance abuse help. The average grant amount is $1,000-$5,000. Grant applications are accepted twice a year, Aug. 29 and Feb. 28. Proposals should be sent to the contact at the daily newspaper or television station in your area.

Rite Aid Foundation

This foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of communities. They do so by making monetary awards to improve children’s health and well-being, and to projects that meet special community health and wellness needs. To start the grant process, contact your local Rite Aid store. Applications are accepted year round. There is no minimum or maximum grant award.

 


We are a full-service grant company with a wide array of services. Contact us today to find out how we can help your organization become grant ready. The first consultation is always free.

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Environment, Energy, and Green Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 22:07 PM

9008930211_abe410ef85_q.jpgIn this blog we’re sharing three grants that will help fund projects and programs related to the environment and energy.

Partners for Places

Applications are now being accepted for Partners for Places grant program. You have until July 31, 2017 to apply to this matching grant program. Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Fundable projects will help build a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of community members. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. A Partners for Places grant recipient from last year turned an abandoned golf course into an urban garden.

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation focuses on environmental projects through U.S. schools and youth organizations. Grants from this foundation are intended to:

  • provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth.
  • serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools.
  • inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

Fundable programs must be project-based and must be performed by youth. U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million are eligible to apply. Grants awarded are between $500-$2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. There are two deadlines annually: Sept. 30 and Jan. 31.

Rural Energy for America Program

This United States Department of Agriculture program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. State, local, and tribal governments, land-grant colleges or universities, rural electric cooperatives, and Resource Conservation and Development Councils are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include energy audits, renewable energy technical assistance, and renewable energy site assessments. The maximum grant award is $100,000 per year. Applications are accepted year round at local USDA offices.


We can help with all of your energy and environmental needs. We have a wide range of services that can help you find grants, write them, and then manage them. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Field Trip Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 @ 18:07 PM

15531478270_fe5f1969fc_q.jpgMany teachers use the summer to plan for field trips, so we we’re providing a couple select grants to help make them happen. Your school’s field trips may be primarily educational, say to a robotics lab or a museum. Or they may be more for entertainment, like a trip to a pumpkin patch. Grants are a great way to help add to your field trip budget, and to make sure every child can have a great adventure outside of the classroom.

Target Field Trip Grant

Target launched its field trip grant program in 2007 to help small field trip budgets in schools. As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. For the 2016-17 school year, schools in each of the 50 states were awarded a field trip grant. Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Each grant is valued up to $700. Grant applications are accepted between noon Aug. 1 and 11:59 p.m. Oct. 1. The grants are intended to fund field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between January 2018 and the end of the school year (May or June) 2018.

SYTA Youth Foundation Road Scholarship

We get numerous requests from parents hoping for funds to assist with travel expenses. This road scholarship is a perfect fit. The SYTA Youth Foundation established the road scholarship program in 2002 to award funds to youth who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. This financial aid is granted to an eligible student or groups of 3 or more, for education or performance-related travel with their class or youth group. All Road Scholarship nominations must be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official or program leader for students under the age of 18 and in grades K-12. Applications submitted by parents or guardians will not be accepted. The scholarship amount varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on the cost of specific trips, the demonstrated need of the applicant, and the number of applicants in a given application period. The average road scholarship granted is $750. No more than $1,000 will be awarded to an individual nomination and no more than $5,000 will be awarded to a group nomination.  There are two application deadlines per year with the next deadline being Oct. 2-Nov. 17.

Make the Most of your Field Trip

After you have secured funding for your field trip, here are some ideas to help make the most of your outside of school experience.

  • Involve students in learning BEFORE you go on your field trip. Present students with information about what they will see at the field trip, and brainstorm with them about what they would like to learn.
  • Make sure to present any pertinent information about what is expected of them during the field trip. Should they wear a certain shirt or color? What are the conduct expectations? What will the timing be? Is lunch provided or do they need to bring lunch?
  • To increase student knowledge prior to the field trip, consider an enrichment activity such as assigned research projects related to the venue you will be visiting.
  • AFTER the field trip, assess the student’s knowledge from the field trip. This could be a quiz or evaluation where the students rate themselves on pre/post knowledge of the field trip education items.
  • The teacher might develop a rubric with the expected learning goals and behaviors related to the field trip. This can be used as a method of assessing each student.

Our education specialist, Carol Timms, is on hand to help you find the funding you need for all of your educational needs, including field trips. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation.

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Grant Ideas for Educators - Part 2: Finding Support for Your Project

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

In our blog article from two weeks ago, we discussed strategies for making your educational grant more fundable. This week’s blog discusses finding a variety of funding avenues to help successfully support your educational project.

Funding Avenues for Schools

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Since we’re a grant helping company, grant funding is an obvious source of financial support. We’re aware that depending on the project, proposal development can present challenges and take a chunk of resources to prepare a competitive proposal. Many funding agencies are experiencing the same cuts schools are, and finding specific grants that are well-suited to specific projects (and in specific geographical areas, etc.) can be difficult. The application process itself can be extensive, particular, and time consuming. We can help with all of steps of this process.  Even with our help, though, our interactive approach still requires an investment of time to plan and present a strong project for funding.

Websites for School Funding

Websites such as DonorsChooseGoFundMe, and others are very popular for educational projects. A simple visit to their websites will show many of the projects they assist in funding. Be sure to read the fine print. For some of these websites, you must give a percentage of the cost of the project back to the site for successful funding of your project. Additionally, most of the time, your project is only funded if it raises the full level of support needed. (You do not keep the portion you raised if you did not meet 100% of your goal.)

Horace Mann Educators Corporation

Horace Mann is a corporation started originally by teachers and for teachers. It focuses on providing teachers with affordable insurance, among other services. One of those services includes helping teachers find funding for the projects they want to execute in their classrooms. Consider contacting your local Horace Mann agent for information on how he or she can assist you in setting up a funding plan for your next project.

Community Support

Community support gets called upon frequently, but if you live in a generous and supportive community, or even if you don’t, consider reaching out to community businesses and services that pair well with your project. For example, maybe a local business would be willing to partially fund a new business development program at your school. You might even offer naming the program or project after the business(es) that support your project and installing a plaque or banner on something more concrete in their honor.


Despite our “Grant Helpers” name, we have helped many clients with multiple types of fundraising.  Contact us to brainstorm ideas at no charge.

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COPS Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) opened up the competitive suite of Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS) grants. The COPS program assists state, local and tribal law enforcement through grants and funding opportunities. Since 1995, the DOJ has invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. Five COPS programs, detailed below, are currently accepting applications.The COPS Hiring Program and Community Policing Department are two of the DOJ’s longest running and largest programs.

COPS Hiring Program

  • Program Goal: Hire and re-hire entry level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Eligibility: State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with primary law enforcement authority.
  • Award Amount: $137 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

Community Policing Development

  • Program Goal: Training and technical assistance to develop innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topics. Solicitation topics include: Cooperative Partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Immigration, Field Initiated Law Enforcement Microgrants, Officer Safety and Wellness Resources, Enhancing Officer Safety Through Increased Respect for Police, Critical Response Technical Assistance, Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS program), and Online Training Development.
  • Eligibility: Public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
  • Award Amount: $11 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: June 23, 2017.

Preparing for Active Shooter Situations

  • Program Goal: Training providers who offer integrated, scenario-based response courses as described in the 2016 POLICE Act and have substantial experience with providing and tailoring cross-disciplinary active shooter training to law enforcement and other first responders nationally. Funds can also be used to develop supplemental resources to help officers maintain skills like scenario libraries and e-learning modules and to enhance agency skills in tactical medicine and managing exposure to trauma.
  • Eligibility: Public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
  • Award Amount: $7.5 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: June 23, 2017.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force

  • Program Goal: Locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opiods. Funds may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opioids-related activities.
  • Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. Applicants must have primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opiods.
  • Award Amount: $10 million available in funding for all awards
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program

  • Program Goal: Investigate illicit activities related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine (including precursor diversion, laboratories, or methamphetamine traffickers). Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration.
  • Eligibility: State law enforcement agencies authorized by law or by a state agency to engage in (or to supervise) anti-methamphetamine investigative activities.
  • Award Amount: $7 million available in funding for all awards.
  • Proposals due: July 10, 2017.

These grant programs are very competitive. We can help make your proposals strong. Contact us today to get started.

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Grant Ideas for Educators - Part I: Planning for Fundability

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Finding Grants and Other Funds for Education

Summer is upon us, and for many educators school is out for the summer. While summer provides a nice break from the classroom and the routine of plan, teach, and grade, it can also serve as a fantastic opportunity for educators to put their energy into planning for projects or future needs and wants of their schools.2447140827_d0a7e12413_z.jpg

Planning for projects, wants, and needs is one thing. Finding funding in today’s world of budget cuts is a different story. Educators need to keep some core principals in mind and consider multiple methods and avenues of funding. Below are some approaches that we encourage you to keep in mind. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional assistance in developing funding strategies, finding sources, applying for funding, or executing awards.

Strategies for Grant Programs to Propose

1. Consider reach. Most funders want their money to reach as many students as possible, so think of ways your idea could help large numbers of students. For example, a technology cart for a specific classroom teacher will reach only that teacher’s students, whereas one that is utilized by an entire department will likely impact a greater number of students.

2. Consider sustainability. As with “reach,” greater sustainability usually means higher odds of funding. How long will your project sustain itself once funded? For example, that same technology cart might be used across several departments and might include technology that will be available for at least five years into the future. That’s a lot of student reach over time! As a counter-example, funding for a field trip is more short-lived, and while it has an impact on those involved, it is not a sustainable project and has less reach.

3. Consider educational “hot topics.” Movements like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) get a lot of attention in the educational world right now. How might your project incorporate these areas? For example, if an English teacher wants funding for a writing lab, he or she might be more fundable by considering a writing across the curriculum initiative that invites the mathematics and science departments in writing assignments, research, etc.

4. Consider matching grants. Many funders feel more confident in awarding funding if they know that their efforts are being matched. Perhaps you are looking for $5,000 for a project, but you're aware the funding agency usually awards a maximum of $2,500. Finding additional funding, either through local donors, the school’s budget, or another grant, that will match that amount might give you the edge over someone who does not have matching support. Many funders allow for in-kind matches such as parent volunteer time, use of facilities, and transportation—resources already in use that can be assigned a dollar value.

Finding a potential funding source goes hand-in-hand with identifying fundable programs. In next week’s blog we’ll talk about some potential funding avenues.

Meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions about your search for funding.

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Grants for Veterans

Posted by Mary Ross on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 13:05 PM

memorial day graves.jpgYesterday, on Memorial Day we enjoyed some much-needed peace and relaxation. We barbequed, played in the pool, and enjoyed the company of the people we love. We can do this only because of the sacrifices made by those whom the day was designed to honor: the men and women who gave their lives so that we can have that peace we all cherish. Thanks and appreciation are insufficient to recognize and remember those we have lost. Perhaps the best honor is to serve as they served, and to meet the needs of those who have returned, leaving comrades on foreign soil. As we think about Memorial Day, we at TGH want to share some grants that have been created to help our nation’s military veterans and their families.

These three grants all share one quality, namely, the desire to give back to those who have already given so much.

The VFW’s Unmet Needs Program

The Unmet Needs Program awards grants of up to $5,000 for service members both active and discharged, and to their families to help with daily life expenses. The Unmet Needs website describes these expenses as “household expenses such as mortgage, rent, repairs, insurance, vehicle expenses such as payments, repairs, insurance, utilities and primary phone, food and clothing, children’s clothing, diapers, formula, school or childcare expenses, and medical bills, prescriptions and eyeglasses – the patient’s portion for necessary or emergency medical care only.” The application is online and there is no deadline to apply. If your military family, or a military family you know, has an unmet need, check out the comprehensive website to learn more.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Currently offering three grants for veterans and their communities, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation looks to help with a variety of needs. Three grants offer support to veterans and their families. The Health & Comfort grant “provides vital necessities like water, clothing, and health and hygiene items to veterans of all walks of life.” The Capacity Building grant of up to $25,000 is awarded to organizations “who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. Service dogs, equine therapy, yoga, art therapy, and recreational therapy are just a few of the innovative programs that DVNF supports.” Launching for the first time in 2017, the Technical Assistance grant is created to “empower [organizations] with knowledge, ideas, and a community of support among peers in their network.” Information for all three of these grants can be found on their website. It’s definitely worth a look.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $42 million dollars and awarded over 300 grants to help 2.5 million veterans and their families. Their goal is to reach “post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families, and the communities, caregivers, and care providers who support them.” The criteria for application is clearly outlined on the foundation website, and the fall proposal deadline is coming up on June 30, 2017. This grant seeks to aid veterans’ needs in “education and employment, rehabilitation and recovery, and quality of life.” You can read about grants awarded in 2016 on their website.


If you are seeking to honor the memory of our lost heroes by helping military members both active and discharged, we hope these grant ideas can get you started. If you’re not sure where to begin, or you’re ready to apply, Our team can help you with all of your grant needs. Contact us to set up a consultation today, and remember, the first consultation is always free.

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3 Ways Community Foundations Can Help with Grant Funding

Posted by Roland Garton on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 15:05 PM

TwoAtComputer.jpgCommunity foundations exist to improve the communities in which they’re located.  These Foundations are active fund-raisers, pooling funds from contributors to provide grants to local charitable organizations. They are therefore grant-making agencies not be overlooked in a search for grant funding. Providing grant funds is only one way they can help, though. Here are three ways community foundation can help find grant funding.

1. Community Foundation Grants - Direct Funding

Organizations that contribute to the quality of life and social conditions of a community are prime candidates for community foundation funding. If you are such an organization, locate your nearest community foundation, and then understand their priorities and funding cycle.  As with any potential funder, your ability to attract funds lies largely with how well you support their mission, and how well you communicate your case for funding. The Community Foundation Atlas can help you find a community foundation near you. Click on the Profiles button for a comprehensive directory in convenient map form, and find a link to the community foundation nearest you. (Another typical convenience of community foundations is that they tend to have relatively short URLs!)

  Insider Tip: Community foundations are staffed by local people.  Meet with them before applying.  Understand what they’re trying to accomplish, how you can support that, and how they can help you in ways beyond providing grant funds.  

2. Help with Grant Sources and Preparation

Some community foundations will help find funding sources outside their own capital resources. Many have subscriptions to databases of potential funders, and they may help with a search for sources. Some will strategize funding approaches, and some will review proposal drafts. Occasionally community foundations will offer open sessions on finding and applying for grant funds. Get to know the people at your local community foundation to find out what they are willing and able to do.

 3. Lead Fiscal Agent

Some proposal efforts may be initiated by a group that does not yet have a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit IRS designation. These groups are rarely funded by public foundations. However, a community foundation might be willing to serve as the lead fiscal agent for such a proposal, assuming a role in grant oversight and administration. As with the other two suggestions, the key is getting to know the people in your local community foundation, and demonstrating how your work improves the community. 


The Grant Helpers can increase your grant funding with help in all these areas, and more. Our not-for-profit specialist can help you obtain 501(c)(3) IRS status.  Contact us with your questions  No charge for the initial consultation.

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