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Grants for Domestic Violence Projects

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

15591192126_b59fc975b8_q.jpgThe number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex partners who are male during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the number of casualties lost during war. These figures are courtesy The Huffington Post. Organizations across the country are working to stop the violence, help the victims, and stop the cycle. Below are some grants that may help these groups.

Mary Kay Foundation

This foundation awards grants every October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. These grants are awarded to women’s domestic violence shelters across the United States. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $20,000 grants to more than 150 women’s domestic violence shelters across the nation for a total of $3 million. Each year, the foundation awards a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state that applies. Any remaining funds are distributed based on state population. Applications are accepted from Jan. 15 to April 30 each year.


The Allstate Foundation realizes that many domestic violence victims feel like they cannot leave their home because of money and finances. The Allstate Foundation Financial Empowerment Grant Program helps nonprofits provide critical services to help survivors build financial independence by addressing their unique financial needs. This grant program funds projects in four areas: financial, microloans and Individual Development Accounts, job readiness and job training, and microenterprise. Eligible applicants are state domestic violence coalitions. Applications are due at the end of this month. can assist with this tight deadline.


In partnership with Sheltering Animals and Families Together, RedRover is accepting applications from emergency shelter organizations to help victims of domestic violence and their animal companions stay together during times of crisis. This project will award approximately 10-12 grants of up to $6,000 to emergency shelter organizations to support the creation of space on site to temporarily house the pets of victims of domestic violence. The one-time grants are intended as start-up funding to initiate a project. Eligible entities must be non-profit and also have the primary goal of helping domestic violence victims. RedRover hopes to have one pet-friendly shelter in each state. Organizations in the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Deadline for application is Oct. 15.

If you are a victim of domestic violence looking for assistance, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233).

No matter which grant you chose, consider We can help you find the grant that fits you best with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need, write and review the proposal, and help get you the funds you need. 


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Topics: domestic violence, domestic violence grant, domestic violence programs, support for domestic violence, domestic violence grants, grants for domestic violence, domestic violence grant program, funding for domestic violence, domestic violence funding

Grants for Dog Parks

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

We often write blogs about playgrounds, recreation centers, and parks—re142520422_6ad756ddf6_q.jpgcreation opportunities for humans. Man’s best friend needs exercise, too. So as not to leave out the dogs in our life, here is a compilation of grants that will help communities build dog parks.

Nutro Room to Run

Public, non-profit dog parks and off-leash areas are supported through this foundation. Since 2010, the program has helped enhance over 120 dog parks and committed more than 4,000 volunteer hours across North America. Projects included landscaping and adding trees and other shade structures, as well as adding benches, agility equipment, signage, and more for the enjoyment of pets and pet parents. Deadlines and application information were not available on the website at the time of this post. Past deadlines were in September, though we would recommend contacting a Nutro representative to get more information.

Doris Day Animal Foundation

American actress and singer Doris Day, being a lover of animals, started a foundation to help support all things animal. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants that will benefit animals and may also display a significant human element. The foundation has funded dog parks in the past. The first step to applying for a grant is to send a letter of introduction. Letters of introduction will be accepted only the first month of each quarter (Jan., April, July, and Oct.) Grants are normally $5,000 or less.


The PetSafe foundation is dedicated to helping communities become better places for people and pets to live. Last year alone, this company has provided $3.5 million in volunteer support, grants, and product donations to organizations dedicated to animal welfare. Applications are accepted year-round. The above-mentioned grants are for all animal welfare grants, including dog parks. Additionally, PetSafe also holds the Bark for Your Park competition annually. This program is committed to creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and their owners to enjoy for years to come. Grants in Bark for Your Park include five $25,000 prizes to help build new dog parks, 10 $10,000 prizes to enhance existing dog parks, and 10 $5,000 prizes to maintain existing dog parks. Applications for this program for 2016 is closed. Check back in summer 2017 for new deadlines.

Beneful Dream Dog Park Project

Beneful loves to support and celebrate the pets in people’s lives. With its Dream Dog Park Project grant Project, the company supports dog park improvements or construction projects. Since 2010, more than a dozen dog parks have been improved or created throughout the country. Eligible projects must create free and open-to-the-public dog parks or off-leash areas. To start the process of applying for a grant, contact


Don’t let the dog days of summer bring you down. If you are interested in any of the above grants, or are looking for a grant for a different cause, contact us today. We can set up a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers, or look at a full list of our services to see how we can help you.


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Policies And Procedures For Grant-Ready Organizations Part IV

Posted by Rita A. Jensen, Ph.D. on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 20:08 PM

This is Part IV of a four-part series that focuses on the written policies and procedures that your organization—whether large or small—needs to have in place in order to be grant ready.Org-I_small.jpg The topics in this blog describe the Do, Check, and Act parts of the PDCA process, which was introduced in Part I.

PART IV: Operational Aspects of Grant Readiness

Review of Part I, Part II, and Part II

  • In Part I of this series, we offered the friendly reminder that it's good to have a plan—to think through your priorities for grant seeking and how you go about it—when it comes to grant seeking.
  • In Part II, we emphasized that it's essential for your plan or grant strategy to be aligned with your organizational mission.
  • In Part III, we focused on organizational aspects of grant readiness, including the roles, processes, and tools that can position your organization to be grant ready.
  • In Part IV, we feature the operational aspects of grant readiness, with a focus on managing your organization's grant activity.

Grant Readiness:  Communication

Communication is an important feature of organizational culture. It exists to one degree or another in every organization, but few organizations communicate exceptionally well.

If no one knows about them, it doesn't matter if your organization has the world's most complete, finely articulated written policies and procedures to govern grant activities. And it doesn't matter if most everyone knows about them, if they don't also know where to find them and how to access them.

When it comes to grant activity, it's crucial that all organizational members are on the same page—or at least in the same book! That notion goes back to the idea of a shared mission. If organizational members begin with a shared mission, then they are more likely to communicate the same message.

Well-organized and frequently used internal communication tools can play an important role in facilitating your organization's grant activity. Examples of such tools include:

  • A password-protected website;
  • An online policy and procedure repository;
  • Online folders that contain current organizational documents, such as the mission statement, strategic plan, case statement, past proposals and reviewers’ comments, abstracts, boilerplate information, etc.; and
  • Software applications that allow the relevant players to access and work on in-process grant proposals.

Grant Readiness:  Tools and Tracking Systems

Speaking of software applications, a grant tracking system of some sort can serve as a useful tool for organizing and maintaining records and history relevant to your organization's grant activity. A simple Excel file can identify grants applied for, submission dates, and proposal results. A central folder for all past grant applications also can be a great resource. In addition, a free tool such as Google Calendar, which can be shared with multiple users, can make it easy for all members of the grant team to keep track of grant deadlines.

Grant Readiness:  Show Me the Money!

And then there are the money matters. Organizations that make grant activity a targeted priority have budgets that reflect their commitment to grant writing efforts—in terms of both time and money. These organizations also set goals (a key component of the Plan phase) that identify expected results from their efforts to secure external funding. In addition, they have written policies related to indirect costs, in-kind contributions, etc.

Grant Readiness:  Continuous Process Improvement

Once goals are set, results need to be checked against them. This step is the heart of the PDCA Check and Act phases. Also, because they acknowledge that no process is perfect and that all of the moving parts involved guarantee that change is always a part of the process, grant-ready organizations develop provisions for continuous process improvement. Then they incorporate continuous process improvement steps into their procedures, and they follow the steps to systematically review their grant strategies and approaches, making adjustments as needed.

What's Next?

This concludes our four-part series focused on the written policies and procedures that your organization&mdashwhether large or small&mdashneeds to have in place in order to be grant ready. Now what?

Perhaps as a next step you could review or create your organization's grant strategy with an eye to identifying ways to fine tune your policies and procedures to make them more supportive of your organization's grant efforts. You could begin that review by asking and answering questions such as:

  • What is our grant strategy?
  • How well does that strategy align with our organizational mission and key initiatives?
  • How well do we communicate our grant strategy?
  • Have we committed sufficient resources to carry out the grant effort as planned?
  • Do we have written policies and processes, with personnel roles clearly identified, that support and govern our grant activities?
  • What tools do we use to organize our grant-seeking activities? What additional tools do we need?
  • What systems do we have in place for reviewing and improving our grant policies and processes?
  • What can I do to improve my organization's grant-readiness quotient?

Once in place, you can also review your grant strategy against our Grant Readiness Checklist.

Action Item

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Back-to-School Grants

Posted by Mary Ross on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

The back-to-school signs are up, the students are excited, the parents are eve3959694576_193cfaeceb_q.jpgn more excited, and the teachers have begun to think about the new school year. For teachers, these eight back-to-school grants can help refresh their curriculum and not spend their own money to do it.

The Kids in Need Foundation has brought together eight grant opportunities on one site. Applications for each grant are accepted from July 15 to Sept. 30, so you’re not too late to get in on this year’s grant offerings. Grants range in amount from $100 to $500 and you can apply for more than one. Also available on this site are helpful guidelines and suggestions for completing your application as well as some free teacher printables. A contact email address for Penny ( is also listed for any other help you may need. Without further ado, here is a brief look at each of the eight grant choices:   

  1. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Teacher Grant: Looking for “innovation and merit” for imaginative lessons, this grant is available to certified teachers of grades K-12. This grant awards from $100 to $500 for a project-based learning opportunity in your classroom.
  2. Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant: No back-to-school list is complete without several bottles of Elmer’s glue (my son’s list asks for four bottles and 10 glue sticks—no joke!). Elmer’s is making lesson planning easier by providing teachers with “Winning Projects” to use in the classroom. Teachers can follow the link to the project site and choose a project for their own class, then apply for the grant to make it happen. Certified K-12 teachers can apply, and special consideration is given to schools with 70% or more students in the free and reduced lunch program. Check out these projects and get one started in your classroom this fall.
  3. Dollar General Reading Scholars Teacher Grant: Are you teaching literacy skills this fall? If you have a new approach with a creative design, read more about this grant for certified teachers Pre-K to 12th grade.
  4. Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant: Certified pre-K to 12th grade teachers with a new approach to using “common teaching aids” or a new idea for teaching their curriculum should read more about the Georgia-Pacific Innovation Grant. This grant ranges from $100-$500.
  5. ArtSkills Teacher Grant: Are you an art teacher with a new approach to reaching kids? Looking for “innovation and merit,” this teacher grant is available to certified teachers grades pre-K to 12. You are limited only by your imagination, and what can be done with up to $500.
  6. WIMA Creative Writing Teacher Grant: Calling all creative writing teachers, the WIMA grant wants to hear about your ideas to get kids writing.
  7. Helping Humanity Fund – Navajo Pottery Project: Originally done in a middle school setting, the Navajo Pottery Project can be adapted to any age group and funded through this grant. A lesson plan is provided here: and certified teachers pre-K to 12th grade can be awarded a grant of $195 to replicate this project in their own classrooms.
  8. VIA Credit Union Teacher Grant (Regional-Indiana only): The list of specific school districts in Indiana that are eligible for this grant appears on the website. If you teach in one of these schools and have an innovative approach to teaching, apply for this grant.

We at know that it’s important to set off in the right direction. If you’d like to know about more grant opportunities and get help finding grants specifically tailored to your needs, contact We have the resources you need, and the first consultation is always free.  

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Policies And Procedures For Grant-Ready Organizations Part III

Posted by Rita A. Jensen, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 16:07 PM

Org-I_small.jpgWelcome to Part III of a four-part series that focuses on the written policies and procedures that your organization--whether large or small--needs to have in place in order to be grant ready. This blog transitions from the Plan stage in grant readiness to the Do stage described in Part I.

PART III: Organizational Aspects of Grant Readiness

Review of Part I and Part II

In Part I of this series, we offered the friendly reminder that it's good to have a plan—to think through your priorities for grant seeking and how you go about itwhen it comes to grant seeking.

In Part II, we emphasized that it's essential for your plan or grant strategy to be aligned with your organizational mission.

Grant Readiness: Roles, Processes, Tools

In Part III, we move on to the organizational aspects of grant readiness that can help you be better prepared to anticipate, adapt, and act when funding opportunities present themselves. We begin by focusing on roles and then move on to processes and tools that can position your organization to be grant ready.  As you read through the descriptions, you’ll see that an effective grant-seeking effort takes a commitment of personnel and other resources. Developing a plan with a refined focus is what separates the highly successful recipients from those with a more hit-or-miss, ad hoc approach.

Grant Readiness: Roles

As we mentioned in Part I of this series, many organizations are not staffed in ways that allow for a full-time grant administrator or coordinator. Given that piece of reality, your organization needs to ensure that there are specific individuals within the organization whose written job duties and key performance indicators include outcomes directly related to grants. In addition to identifying specific individuals, your organization needs to describe each individual's role with regard to grant activity and management.

Board Members. For example, board-level involvement, support, commitment, and oversight are essential components of a successful grant strategy. Basically, the board must be on board with the organizational grant strategy. Yes, so they can openly support the strategy, but also so board members can communicate that strategy clearly and consistently across all levels of the organization, as well as externally. Board-level buy-in is also critical in allocating sufficient resources to establish and maintain a continuous, successful effort over time.

Administration, Faculty, and Staff. Different members of the organization are involved in grant processes to different degrees and in different ways. For educational institutions, faculty members may play the role of principal investigators, whereas staff members may play major roles with the budget details, and administrators may be part of the approval process.

Grant Coordinator. Although your organization may not have an individual who dedicates 100% of his or her time to grant activity, hopefully there is a specific person who wears the grant coordinator hat and is designated as the clear leader/coordinator of grant activity. The grant coordinator typically tracks specific proposals, seeks out funding opportunities that match your organization's mission, manages the process, and leads grant communication efforts across the organization.

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Grant Writers. Larger non-profit organizations often have one or more members whose full-time responsibility focuses on grant writing. In smaller organizations, grant writing may be an expectation associated with multiple positions, as in "other duties as assigned." For example, employees who work for a foundation may be expected to devote most of their time to working with individual donors and programs, but also be expected to help out with grant writing as needed.

Volunteer Grant Writers. Some organizations also use the services of volunteer grant writers. Those that do are well-advised to develop and rely on written policies and procedures to govern their use of the services of volunteer grant writers and to maintain continuity as volunteers come and go. Conflicts of interest, background checks, and qualifications are examples of details that need to be addressed.

Outsourcing.  Naturally, as a grant writing company, we are quick to point out the advantages of outsourcing grant support. We subscribe to many databases with thousands of funding opportunities, so we’re well positioned to quickly find agencies that are interested in supporting your efforts. Also, we’ve written millions of dollars in successful proposals. The Grant Helpers can greatly increase your chances of funding--and can be available as needed without the expenses incurred with full-time staff.

The Grant Helpers also can help your organization build your own capacity in-house, if that’s in your long-term plans. If so, we’ll be more involved initially and will spend more time explaining how the process works. We'll also help you develop some of the processes mentioned below and the tools mentioned in Part IV of the blog. Over time, we can take a more advisory role.

Grant Readiness: Processes

The different roles introduced above need to be defined so that specific tasks are aligned with specific

Most grant proposals request similar, basic information. Organizations can save time when preparing grant applications by maintaining a central file with this information. The file should include your 501c3 status letter, annual budget, resumes of key staff and the Board of Directors, and identifying information, such as your organization's address and any tax or grant registration numbers (like CCR and EIN).
-- excerpted from What Goes into a Grant Readiness Kit? Posted by Katie Adams

roles. The end product is a map or flowchart of the grant strategy and the different roles organizational members play. Timelines and the grant proposal approval process should be pieces of the flowchart.

As The Grant Helpers have emphasized in previous blog posts, organizations that have the right tools and procedures in place can shave hours off their grant proposal preparation time.

Grant Readiness: Tools

Your organization can use tools and documents such as checklists, templates, organizational case statements, boiler plate information, and approval flowcharts to systematize the development of grant applications. In addition, software programs and databases that alert you to funding opportunities that align with your organization's mission statement and key initiatives serve as helpful, time-saving tools.

What's Next?

Next time we'll focus more on tools your organization can use to manage and monitor the grant process. We'll conclude our four-part series by featuring the operational aspects of grant readiness that can help you be better prepared to anticipate, adapt, and act when funding opportunities present themselves.

Action Item

Until then, we invite you to review the roles, processes, and tools that are part of your organization's grant strategy. Of course, if your analysis reveals gaps in your grant readiness plan, then you have an opportunity to address those gaps through continuous process improvement.

As always, The Grant Helpers is available to assist you! Just contact us and ask your grant question

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Police Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

Violence against police, long a potential hazard, has risen as a concern due to recent events. Now more than ever it is important that police agencies have all the necessary equipment they need3954363946_7091cd0daa_q3.jpg to keep the not only public safe but also themselves. Below are some grants that can assist these police departments.

Our thoughts are with all of the families of the police officers who have lost their lives keeping others safe.

American Police and Sheriffs Association

This is a very straightforward equipment grant program from APSA. Any law enforcement agency or officer in the United States can apply for an equipment grant simply by filling out a single form. Grants are awarded based on those in the most need and that can benefit most from the grant money. Applications are accepted at any time. Recently, $6,000 was awarded to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Armorers Association for training DVDs. Grant money has also been used to purchase tasers, tactical vests, and equipment for a K9 unit.

Armor of God Project

Ballistic vests are an integral part of a police officer’s wardrobe. The Armor of God Project is making sure all police officers have access to these life-saving pieces of equipment. They will recycle used, but still quality, ballistic vests and provide them to officers that need them. Since 2009, thousands of vests have been given to deserving police officers. Vests can be requested by filling out an online form on the project’s website. At this point, the project has seen an increase in requests for vests and is currently low on their vest supply. It is currently taking 90 days for them to fulfill appeals. Any currently working police officers in the United States are eligible to ask for a vest.


The Walgreens Foundation supports emergency and disaster relief, including support for first responders. Only non-profit agencies are eligible to apply. Requests for funding should be under $10,000. Funding could be used for equipment needs or even infrastructure desires. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Community Facilities Program

This grant program from the United States Department of Agriculture is often talked about for important infrastructure needs in a community. In addition, the grant money can also be used to support equipment and vehicles. Police departments can apply to this program to purchase life-saving equipment, emergency vehicles as well as any infrastructure upgrades. Only communities of 20,000 people or less are eligible to apply. The amount of grant money a community is eligible for is based on the median household income. More information on the amount of grant money available is offered on the website. Applications are accepted at any time.

If you are interested in any of these grant opportunities, or want to find out if there are more grants that can help your organization, please contact us today. The first consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers is always free.


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Policies And Procedures For Grant-Ready Organizations

Posted by Rita A. Jensen, Ph.D. on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 22:07 PM

This is Part II of a four-part series that focuses on the written policies and procedures that your organization--whether large or small--needs to have in place in order to be grant ready. This blog is still in the Plan stage of the Plan – Do – Check – Act cycle described in Part I. Good planning can make your organization more agile and better equipped to respond in a timely manner to requests for funding proposals.


PART II: Grant Strategy and Organizational Mission

Review of Part I: The What and Why of Grant Readiness

In Part I of this series, we focused on these three areas:

  1. What it means to be grant ready: Able to identify and respond to funding opportunities them efficiently with competitive proposals.
  1. Strategic and operational elements of a plan: Priorities for funding, types of grants to go for, partnerships to cultivate, resources to allocate, tools to use.
  1. The potential benefits and ROI: A systematic effort can pay for itself many times over.
  1. The importance of a written grant strategy: Know why you're doing what you're doing

It's essential to assure that your organization's answer to the question of why you're doing what you're doing with regard to grant activity is aligned with your organizational mission. That's the focus of Part II of this series.

What's So Important About Alignment Between Your Grant Strategy and Organizational Mission?

If your back is out of alignment with your hips, the result of that misalignment is pain.

If your vehicle's tires are out of alignment with each other, the result is a bumpy ride and uneven wear on your tires.

If your organization's grant activity is out of alignment with your organization's mission (the statement of purpose prominently featured on your organization's website and on the mugs left over from the last capital campaign), the result of that misalignment is pain, a bumpy ride, and uneven wear on the organization's priorities—not to mention its members.

While I acknowledge that the above examples feature two different kinds of misalignment, the results of these different types of misalignment are remarkably similar. Whether the misalignment is attributable to parts or objects not being arranged in a straight line or to a disconnect between an organization's stated purposes and the initiatives and projects it pursues, sooner or later the result is dysfunction.

A common temptation is to pursue grant funding just because there are dollars available.  A for-profit company we have worked with applied for and received a million dollars from the federal government to develop a technology to improve particle detection in accelerators.  However, there aren’t very many particle accelerators in existence.  Even though the company was funded for the effort, they could have spent time in areas that positioned them better in more plentiful markets.

How Can You Ensure Alignment Between Your Grant Strategy and Organizational Mission?

Before you can check for alignment between your grant strategy and organizational mission, you need to know what the mission is. So—if you don't know your organization's mission statement or you aren't even sure there is one, then that item becomes number one on your list of things to do. Obviously, an organizational mission statement isn't important just to your grant strategy, but that's our focus here.

As Michelle Hansen emphasized in a previous Grant Helpers post:

            Many grant-making organizations want to know about your overall organization and goals, not just about the project you are hoping to have funded. Often an application will ask for a mission statement explicitly. A mission statement is a clear, concise statement that summarizes your organization’s goals and the philosophies underlying them...Having a strong mission will help with your funding request and assist you in meeting your overall goals.

A clear mission statement should be included in the boilerplate information your organization has at the ready when responding to requests for funding proposals. Other important information pieces you should have at the ready include your organization's:

  • vision statement
  • history
  • goals
  • strategic plan
  • lists of leaders
  • board members
  • tax exempt documentation
  • website URL
  • contact information


The Role of the Organizational Case Statement 

An organizational case statement is another important piece of boilerplate information. Its purpose is to clearly present your organization's funding priorities and to demonstrate how those priorities closely align with your organization's mission and address your strategic initiatives. 

An "all-purpose" organizational case statement is the "generic" or go-to document you can provide in initial discussions and incorporate into many of your funding proposals. In addition to presenting the information identified above, the case statement describes needs, scope and reach of the organization, and impacts—best with hard data to support the claims. 

Sometimes it can be helpful to design specific case statements for targeted audiences, activities, and programs. For example, each college or school within a university may have its own case statement, which is targeted to its alumni and the professional associations related to its programs of study. Or if your organization is launching a new program or service, you may want to design a special case statement that profiles that unique project. And if you're launching a special campaign of some sort (e.g., capital campaign, endowment campaign), then you might find it helpful to modify the case statement package to emphasize that initiative. 

What's Next? In Part I of this series, we offered the friendly reminder that it's good to have a plan when it comes to grant seeking.

 In Part II, we emphasized that it's essential that your plan or grant strategy is aligned with your organizational mission. 

In Part III, we move on to the organizational aspects of grant readiness that can help you be better prepared to anticipate, adapt, and act when funding opportunities present themselves. 

Grant Readiness Resources

Those of you who are familiar with The Grant Helpers' past work may recall that this is not our first rodeo when it comes to offering you grant readiness resources. Here are links to other Grant Helpers resources that we hope you will find helpful as you improve your organization's grant readiness quotient.


Action Item The Grant Helpers resource entitled Making the Case can help you in your efforts to write compelling case statements to support your grant readiness efforts. Just click on the link to request a copy.

Topics: grant readiness, be grant ready, grant ready, grant-ready organizations

Grants for Health Needs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 17:07 PM

15266978008_a9196708bd_q.jpgToday we are going to describe some grants that will help keep communities, adults, and children healthy-- these grants will help fund health care delivery, research, healthy living, and more. Take a look below for some insight into these grants. Don’t see one that fits your specific needs? Contact us and we can help find grants suitable to fund your desires.

United Health Foundation

Local and national organizations that provide innovative health care delivery that both improves access and outcomes as well as the health and wellness of people are eligible for this grant program. This grant program is aiming to fund organizations that provide preventative health needs, disease prevention and management, healthy aging, and physical fitness. Columbus Public Health received a $1.7 million grant from United Health to add 72 new community health workers to its staff. The staff then conducted outreach to women of childbearing age to help reduce infant mortality rates. This foundation does not publish deadlines, guidelines, or applications. Instead, they recommend contacting them directly to start a grant inquiry.

Healthy Living Grant Program

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports a Healthy Living Grant Program. This fund supports organizations that promote and establish healthy behaviors for young people. The foundation is looking for community-based and school programs that develop solve behavioral health challenges in children. Last year an elementary school received grant money to participate in a prescription drug abuse prevention program. Check back on the website in August for deadlines for this year’s grant deadline.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)

The goal of this grant program is to promote access to health care for children, youth, and their families. Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, this program is open to public and private entities including community-based and faith-based organizations. Research programs are not eligible for funding. Applications must represent either a new within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount; $400,000 total is available this year for this fund. Applications are due Aug. 2.


This foundation is unique in that it currently has 55 schemes (grants) available for application. These schemes offer a wide array of funding opportunities, most involving money yet some offer ideas, equipment, and peer support. The categories funded include: biomedical science research, population health research, product development and applied research, humanities and social science, and public engagement and creative industries. An example of a specific grant in the humanities and social science scheme is a small grant program that supports small-scale research projects, scoping exercises, and meetings. Grants are available to organizations as well as individuals. There is a rolling deadline.

See something you like above? We can help give you a competitive edge when applying with our years of experience in the grant world. Need money for a different type of project? With our extensive database of grants we can find a grant that suits you perfectly. Need a different grant service? We are a full-service grant company with a wide array of services. Contact us today to set up a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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A Smorgasbord of Education Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

School is out for the summer. The job of an educator never stops, though. Teachers, principals, superintendents, and other school personnel are constantly searching for fundi3564909187_9159588321_q.jpgng for various projects and programs. Grants are a great way to support a budget need. Below is a list of educational grants that will fulfill a variety of needs in schools.

The Mockingbird Foundation

Schools and non-profits alike are eligible to apply to The Mockingbird Foundation for competitive grants that support music education for children. This grant program supports the purchase of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. The foundation is particularly interested in targeting kids 18 years or younger, yet will consider projects that benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. Special consideration is given to applications that feature diverse or unusual music styles as well as those that engage disenfranchised groups. Grants range in size from $100-$5,000. Initial inquiries are due by Aug. 1. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only. See our blog article on ways to approach foundations that do not appect unsolicited proposals.

September 11th Education Trust

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. In honor of this event, the 9/11 Education Foundation and Social Studies School Service are offering grants to help implement their 9/11 Education Program curriculum and professional development. This grant program will provide the curriculum and classroom materials to 15 middle school classrooms in the United States. To be considered, educators must submit a short online application. Deadline for submission is June 27.  

Toshiba America Foundation

Public and private K-5 teachers are eligible to apply for a grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. These $1,000 grants aim to bring innovative hands-on projects into classrooms. The grants are available to support science and math classroom projects, and individuals and teams can apply for funding. Grants are available for project learning materials. Last year, a Nashville school used the grant to institute an “All about Architecture” project. Applications are due Oct. 1.


This is a unique grant/fellowship program that allows teachers to work side-by-side with scientists on field research expeditions around the world. The program is open to all educators, even educators without scientific backgrounds. These teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have the opportunity to learn the scientific process first hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. They can then take this knowledge back to the classroom to their students. The grant covers travel and lodging expenses. The experience is open to K-12 teachers and lasts for 7-14 days. Earthwatch is now accepting applications for its 2017 program. Applications are due Dec. 18.


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Look to Service Organizations for Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

3389053453_28504828c1_q.jpgService organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis likely have a presence in your community or a nearby community. These service organizations sponsor community events, raise money for local causes, and provide volunteers. Don’t overlook these organizations for grant opportunities as well. Many of these types of organizations can provide local grant opportunities that could help your funding needs. Additionally, a lot of these have national foundations, so larger-scale projects could also be eligible.

  Insider Tip: With most service organizations, it is helpful to work with members with whom you have an established relationship. They can communicate their club's grant process and help champion your cause.  

Below is a short list of some of service organizations that provide grant opportunities.


Rotary is an international service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services. This entity has both district and global grants.

District Grants

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in local communities. Each district selects its own priorities for grant funding and there is a lot of flexibility in what types of projects can be funded by these grants. Additionally, the district gives a percentage of money to local clubs so that clubs can also distribute grants in their own town. It would be advantageous to start with your local club when you solicit Rotary for funds. Likely the local club will have community members already aware of your project and program and thus you will have a better shot at receiving funding.

Global Grants

Rotary global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes that are within Rotary’s areas of focus. These areas of focus are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. Global grants can be used for humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate-level studies, and vocational training teams. The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Rotary clubs must be involved in applying for these global grants, so starting a relationship with your local Rotary club before starting your project would be advantageous.


Kiwanis International offers grants to local Kiwanis districts and clubs twice a year. Thus, starting a relationship with your local Kiwanis organization would be a must to receive a grant as they would have to apply on your behalf. The Kiwanis mission is to serve children of the world, so eligible projects or programs would have to involve the betterment of kids. Grants can be used for projects that are already in place or ones just getting started. All grant-funded projects benefit from a strong commitment from the applicant, demonstrated through significant financial and volunteer support. There is no maximum or minimum for grant awards. Last year the Caledonia Kiwanis Club in Michigan received money for playground equipment for a local park. Contact your local Kiwanis group for deadlines and application procedures.

Lions Club

Much like the Kiwanis grants above, grants from the Lions Club International Foundation need to be applied for through the local club. Grants are awarded for large-scale humanitarian projects. The projects must be concerned with one of the four pillars of Lions Club: preserving sight, serving youth, disaster relief, and humanitarian efforts. Throughout its history, the foundation has awarded more than 12,000 grants totaling more than $43 million. Deadlines for this year’s grants have passed. Check back next year for more information on deadlines. is a full-service grant company with a team of experts ready to assist you in all of your grant needs. See a full list of our services, and then try us out with a free phone consultation with an expert in your field. Contact us today!


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