Grant Writing Advice and Tips: The Grant Helpers Blog

5 Overlooked Grant Basics Part I: Planning a Fundable Project

Posted by Roland Garton on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 17:10 PM

This blog begins a series of five blogs that address basic aspects of successful proposals that are often overlooked. To start, I’d like to addresst the notion that writing is the primary ingredient 33715849376_5c832c8a3e_m.jpgin a successful proposal. Not that writing quality is unimportant—poor writing can sink a great idea—but it is even more crucial for the proposed project itself to appeal to the funder. Creating a compelling proposal is not a writing task as much as it is a programming and planning task.

  Proposal Development requires more Planning and Research than writing.  

Notice that I avoid using the term “grant writing.” Our role as Grant Helpers, in addition to finding potential funding sources, is to guide and assist grant seekers’ planning and research. Though we do write a lot of solid text, we do so after helping organizations generate ideas and projects worth writing about.  Below are three main areas to work on in developing an exciting project plan.

1) Develop projects that funders want. You are no doubt aware of what your organization wants and needs. But actually securing grants is primarily about what the funding organization wants. One of the most common complaints among grant reviewers is getting proposals that don’t fit their funding priorities.

  Overlooked Basic: Propose something the funder wants to fund.  

As fundamental as this concept seems, you must propose something the funder wants to fund, something that furthers their goals. Usually, this is a specific project. General operating costs are not popular funding items. It takes time and effort to create a plan and its associated budget. No quality of prose can replace the planning required to develop a solid plan. The weak vs. strong comparison below is exaggerated, but not as much as one might think:

  • Weak plan: We do a lot of good things, so please give us money.
  • Stronger plan: We want to leverage our proven impact with a specific initiative that will accomplish X and Y.

2) Build specific programs for funding. The best time to position your organization for funding is early in your organization’s program planning cycle. It’s easier to revise activities before they are underway.  Your project must include specific steps and outcomes happening at specific times. Here some examples of ways to build specific programs for funding.

  • Food bank: Add a nutritional/informational component along with the food you hand out. Food bank funders increasingly want projects that promote better health overall, not just fill empty stomachs.
  • Park District facility: Propose a youth fitness program for a new facility or expansion. A targeted program is more likely to align with funders’ goals than a general facility. Reaching out to at-risk populations can further increase your project’s appeal to funders.
  • Public garden: Add an outreach component for aging citizens, and partner with local senior centers. You may attract funds from age-related organizations as well as gardening groups.

Two related notes here. First, in order to plan ahead for grant funding, you must be aware of what’s being funded, which is a research project itself. The Grant Helpers can expedite your research and help position you and your projects for higher-probability funding. Second, the shifts you make in your program must serve your mission. It is unwise to chase money in areas outside your purview just because the money is there.

3) Think through the details. The more you can present a feasible, well-considered plan, the stronger your proposal will be. If you don’t have time to plan a project, spending time on a proposal is probably not a good time investment. We’ve seen many initial drafts of grants that ask for money to plan a project. These will not rise to the top of the reviewer’s stack when compared with others spelling out more clearly what the funder will be supporting.

In the coming months, we’ll present more overlooked grant basics.  All of them deal with areas typically not considered strict “writing” tasks.  Here’s what we plan for this series:

#1: Planning a Fundable Project

#2: Justifying Your Grant Request with Hard Data

#3: Demonstrating Value and Impact

#4: Developing Good Collaborators

#5: Proposal Value Beyond Grant Dollars


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Grants for Energy and Environment

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 21:10 PM

Below we have gathered three grants that focus on energy and environmental causes.

  Insider Tip: Check local utility companies for specific state and local energy grants  

Hewlett Foundation

The Hewlett Foundation has an environment grant program that is twofold. The climate an9669084653_5b5d01b333_m.jpgd energy grant program, which is available globally, includes a focus on clean transportation. The foundation also offers a western conservation grant program focusing on land, water, and energy in the western United States and Canada. In both programs, the vast majority of grants are made to organizations that work with police developments. The Hewlitt Foundation provides general operating support in addition to project support. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry followed by a full proposal if the letter is accepted. In July, Trout Unlimited was awarded $4 million for the Western Water Project and Land Conservation Initiative. Letters of intent are accepted year-round.


Patagonia is interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of environmental problems and commit to long-term change. Priority is given to organizations that have strong citizen support. The aim is to give support to local groups protecting local habitats through original actions. It is through those local efforts that Patagonia hopes to illuminate and solve more complicated issues. This foundation likes to “fund groups off the beaten path.” Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Grant amounts normally range from $5,000-$20,000. Grants are accepted twice yearly: April 30 and Aug. 31.


This United States Department of Agriculture grant program is called the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funding provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency improvements. Eligible applicants are agricultural producers and small businesses in certain rural areas. Funds may be used for renewable energy systems or the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements. Renewable energy system grants range from $2,500-$500,000 and energy efficiency grants can be $1,500-$250,000. Applications are accepted year-round.


We are here to partner with you to guide you toward the grant money you need. Our services are fully customizable to your needs. Contact us today to get started.


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Grants for Recreation

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 @ 15:10 PM

34610589630_67d3b10906_m.jpgRecreation is one of the most frequent funding requests we receive. Below are a few recreation grants that will fit a wide variety of needs.

Healthy Aging in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association along with the Centers for Disease Control are offering Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. These grants can be used to train instructors in specific programs that help people with chronic conditions and senior citizens remain active. Eligible applicants include municipality entities like parks and recreation departments or park districts. A total of 275 grants will be awarded this year. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 6.

Shade Structure Program

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers a shade structure program that can be used in a variety of ways for recreation needs. This program awards grants of up to $8,000 to non-profit organizations or public schools. Eligible non-profits must provide services to children 18 years of age or younger. The money can be used for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. The deadline for application is Nov. 17.

Finish Line

The sports retailer offers three grant programs to organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based athletic programs and camps that emphasize a healthy lifestyle. Programs that offer these activities to special needs and disadvantaged children will get a special priority. Programs must also be operating near a Finish Line store. A programmatic grant is worth up to $5,000. This fund is for programs that give children the opportunity to participate in athletic programs and camps. Legacy grants range from $10,000-$75,000. These grants help new facility construction or improvements to existing infrastructure. The final category is the founder’s grant, totaled between $5,000-$25,000. This grant is to assist organizations facing an emergency like natural disasters. Applications are accepted four times a year with most upcoming deadline being Dec. 31.

Good Sports

Recreational teams and organizations that need equipment, apparel, and footwear can seek a grant from the Good Sports company. Grant recipients receive access to the company’s catalog of equipment, footwear, and apparel. Eligible organizations must be located in the United States that serve economically disadvantaged youth between the ages of 3-18. The organization also must operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Applications are accepted year round.

An abundance of grants are available for recreational needs. The ones in this blog are just a few of the opportunities available. We can help you find more opportunities with a specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Contact to see how we can help find the grant you need.


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Grants for Community Gardens

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 16:09 PM

8572318025_916cf04e18_m.jpgIn this week’s blog we have collected a list of grant opportunities for starting and growing your community garden. The first will be open in just a few days.  Put the others on your calendar so you're alerted to apply during their application period.


This non-profit organization wants to help more people, especially disadvantaged populations, to grow and access more healthy food. SeedMoney offers both traditional grants as well as crowdfunding grants. There will be $400 crowdfunding grants awarded to the first 50 projects that are able to raise $600 via their crowdfunding pages during a 30-day challenge running from Nov. 15-Dec. 15. Additionally, SeedMoney will also award 50 traditional grants of $200 each. To qualify a project must raise at least $200 of its own. Merit grantees are chosen by a committee. The application for both grant programs will open Oct. 1 with a deadline for submission of Nov. 13. Garden projects must be non-profit, public food gardens to be eligible. Last year, 200 projects raised $400 or more including 12 that raised more than $1,000 and one that raised more than $5,000.

Project Orange Thumb

Project Orange Thumb supports community gardens that aim to beautify communities and provide people with sustainable food resources. Fiskars has provided over $1.6 million to more than 210 community groups since the program started in 2002. Non-profit groups are eligible to apply. Applications are available late in the year so keep your eyes on the website to see a specific date coming soon. Grant recipients are announced in the spring of the following year. Already established gardens as well as new garden start-ups are eligible to apply.

Scott’s Miracle Gro

Non-profit organizations are eligible for grants from this program. Grants are awarded to entities planning gardens, pollinator habitats, and community green spaces. The maximum grant award is $1,500. The 2017 grants have already been awarded. Applications will be available in the spring for the 2018 grant period. Last year a California community created a vegetable garden to provide better access for healthier food options for its residents. A school in Columbus, Ohio used its 2017 Scott’s Miracle Gro grant to create a sensory garden to bring therapeutic benefits to students.

Seeds of Change

The Seeds of Change grant program supports both school and community gardens. Non-profit organizations focused on community-based gardening, food and nutrition education, farming and agriculture education, or sustainable farming are eligible to apply. Public school gardens are also eligible. Community gardens seeking support should be able to show that they have engagement from the public. In 2017, 12 grants were awarded to community gardens. Two of those projects received $30,000 and the other 10 were granted $10,000. Grant applications are accepted in March of each year.

Our team of Grant Helpers are ready to help you find, apply for, and manage grants. We have a full range of services that can be customized to fit your specific needs. Call us today to set up your consultation, and remember the first consultation is always free.


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Educational Grants That Are Easy to Apply for

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

9607386125_200d5cd45a_q.jpgWe often highlight education grants because of the need. According to a story by ABCNews, teachers pay for 77% of the school supplies needed in their own classroom. Even though school is well underway, we’re aware that teachers may still be looking for grants to help provide the supplies students need to learn. The grants below can help provide extra dollars for supplies without requiring intensive time and effort.  

Clif Bar Family Foundation

The Clif Bar Family Foundation awards small grants three times a year. These grants can be for organizational support as well as for funding for specific projects. This funding averages $7,000 per grant. Applications are reviewed three times a year with deadlines of the Feb. 1, Jun. 1, and Oct. 1 (coming right up!). Grants awarded during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle. Teachers and school administrators looking to apply will focus on the foundation’s community category. In this funding area a California school received funding for its afterschool program and another school has been awarded funding for outdoor education needs.

Technology Teacher Grant

Verizon wants to make sure students know why technology is important and how to use this technology in the classroom as well as in the real world. K-8 teachers are eligible to apply. Teachers hoping to apply must submit a tech-focused lesson plan to teach students about applications for technology in the teacher's specific subject area. The grant comes in the form of a Visa gift card. 1st and 2nd place winners receive $1,000 each, while 3rd-6th place grantees receive $500 each. Applications are due Saturday, Dec. 9.

Lily Sarah Grace

K-5 Title 1 School teachers have until Nov. 30 to apply for a grant from the Lily Sarah Grace Foundation. Projects funded by this program must use arts-infused inquiry-based learning to teach. The project must also focus on the foundation’s five C’s: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and community. The maximum grant is $450. The story behind this foundation is worth mentioning. Lily, Sarah, and Grace were sisters who lost their lives in a fire. To honor their memory their father started this foundation to support what his daughters loved to do best: art.

Dollar General

This retailer runs the Family Literacy Grants program. Family literacy service providers are eligible to apply. Eligible programs must provide adult education instruction, children’s education, and parent child together time. Colleges, universities, and school districts have been awardees in the past. The 2017 grant program is closed now. The 2018 Family Literacy grant application will be available in Jan. 2018.

You might not need Grant Helper support to apply for these grants, but we are prepared to help with these or others where you want to increase your funding. We are a full-service grant company that aims to find funding for schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. In addition to locating grants we can also provide a wide range of services including editing, managing, and applying for grants. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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Grants to Aid Homelessness

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

6272470480_242f9cfd87_q.jpgA basic need for pretty much everyone is a roof over his or her head, a safe place to rest at night. We salute the organizations across the country that are working to end homelessness.  With grant money from  grant opportunities like the ones below, we hope that goal is made more obtainable.

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs funds this program annually to help community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Only programs with supportive housing (up to 24 months) or service centers (offering services such as case management, education, crisis intervention, counseling, services targeted to specialized populations including homeless women veterans, etc.) are eligible for these funds. The program provides both grants and per diem funding.

  • Grants: The limit is 65% of the costs of construction, renovation, or acquisition of a building for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Renovation of VA properties is allowed; acquiring VA properties is not. Recipients must obtain the matching 35% share from other sources. Grants may not be used for operational costs, including salaries.
  • Per Diem: Priority in awarding the Per Diem funds goes to the recipients of grants. Non-grant programs may apply for Per Diem funding under a separate announcement, when published in the Federal Register, announcing the funding for “Per Diem Only.” Operational costs, including salaries, may be funded by the Per Diem component.

Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has several grant programs to help with homelessness and situations that lead to or evolve from homelessness. There are too many programs to list individually. We will highlight two of them. The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals is a competitive grant program that enables communities to expand and strengthen their treatment services for people experiencing homelessness. Funded projects may be up to five years long and are awarded to community-based organizations or non-profit entities. Funded services can include substance abuse treatment, mental health services, wrap-around services, immediate entry into treatment, outreach services, screening and diagnostic services, staff training, case management, primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services. Another grant program, the Services in Supportive Housing, helps prevent and reduce chronic homelessness. Grants are awarded for up to five-year projects for non-profit and community-based groups. Fundable items include outreach and engagement, intensive case management, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and assistance in obtaining benefits.

Bank of America

Bank of America has a grant program that funds basic needs, including help with homelessness. This foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide programs and services such as rental assistance, emergency shelter, rapid-rehousing, and permanent supportive housing, that reduce homelessness. This year applications were accepted in May and June, so check back after the new year for the 2018 deadlines. In 2016, Bank of America gave $565,000 to 16 non-profits in the City of Charlotte. In all, the bank has given about $13 million to Charlotte non-profits in the past three years.

Looking for grants in a different subject matter? We can help find grants specifically for your organization with our Grant Opportunity Search, tailored to your needs and wants. Start now with a free phone consultation with one of our grant experts. Contact us today.


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Grants for Animal Needs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

We have been receiving a tremendous number of requests for grants for animal needs. Below we have highlighted a few options when looking for animal grants.



This foundation is currently not accepting applications, though that hiatus is all for a good cause: the foundation is developing guidelines for Hurricane Harvey response grants. ASPCA anticipates having that grant application available on Sept. 11. In the meantime, if you visit the website you can sign up for email alerts for grant application status. They expect to accept applications for their other grant programs on Sept. 11 as well. These grant programs include ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants, which supports non-profit and governmental entities dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty. ASPCA also has Equine Fund Grants, which provides funds to non-profit organizations that care for mules, donkeys, horses, and ponies. An example of a past grant recipient is the Indiana Horse Council Foundation, which received $800.

The Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund

It’s a good time to get materials ready for application to this grant fund. Applications will be accepted in February for an April disbursement date. If you miss that date, grants are also accepted before Aug. 1 for an October distribution. United States non-profit organizations that have been in existence for three years are eligible to apply. Funding amounts are flexible. Funding priorities include:

  • Proposals seeking and implementing solutions to companion animal overpopulation
  • Projects to enhance humaneness and efficiency of animal shelter operations, sanctuaries, and rescue centers
  • Humane education and community awareness programs
  • Projects protecting large animals and wild animals
  • Projects designed to eliminate pain and suffering of animals used in research or testing by reduction of numbers or use of non-sentient substitutes
  • Projects assisting protection of animals used for food or the elimination of such use

American Humane

This foundation offers several different grant programs.

The first program is titled Second Chance Grants. This category helps offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or the victims of animal cruelty. Public or private animal sheltering agencies and rescue groups are eligible for this grant program. Funding may be used only to cover medical procedures for animals that have been victims of abuse or neglect and require medical treatment before being placed for adoption. Funding to any one agency is limited to $2,000 per fiscal year. Applications must be received no later than 6 months following the date of intake of the animal(s).

A second grant program is the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant. This program was established in 1969, in memory of Ms. Tressa Meacham, to provide financial assistance to agencies for shelter expansion or improvements. There is a list of eligible projects on the website. Grant maximum is $4,000.

This organization also offers some individual grants including the American Humane Hero Dog Award, the Helping Veterans Get Service Dogs Award, and the Hero Veterinary Technician and Hero Veterinarian Award.

If you are looking for grant funding we are a great place to start. We offer a wide variety of services. Even better, try us out for free with an initial phone consultation. Contact us today to get started.

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Grants for Emergency Relief

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

3620709165_534337ca49_q.jpgHurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic and unprecedented damage and flooding in Texas. Harvey has caused at least 16 confirmed deaths and inland flooding is ongoing in the Greater Houston area. FEMA director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years. Preliminary estimates of economic losses range anywhere from $10 billion to $50 billion.

To help to those in need, please visit the American Red Cross site for Hurricane Harvey specific donations.

There are grants available to help with emergency needs for organizations as well as community clean up grants to assist with recovery from a disaster. See some of these available grants below and for more opportunities contact us.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

One of this foundation’s goals is to “reduce suffering and save lives in regions affected by natural disasters.” In addition to providing monetary support for emergency relief, this foundation also assists with strengthening the capacity of emergency responders as well as researching new ways to provide disaster assistance. Under emergency relief, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports basic relief support—including food, water, sanitation and hygiene, healthcare, and shelter—in the acute phases of complex emergencies. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Lions Club

When disaster strikes, get in touch with your local Lions Club. Local Lions Clubs can award local grants with money from Lions Club International. The local Lions Club can deem where it awards the grants, so contact the club for specific requirements. There are three grants available:

  1. Disaster Preparedness Grants - These grants help prepare for future disasters. The aim is to bring volunteers from the Lions Club together with emergency personnel and community organizations, to have plans in place before a disaster strikes. These grants range from $5,000 to $10,000. Local funds must account for 10% of the grant request. Priority will be given to districts susceptible to regular and repeated natural disasters.
  2. Emergency Grants - Grants of up to $10,000 are available for communities hit by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people. Grants in this category should help with an urgent need for water, food, clothing, medical supplies, blankets, and cleaning supplies not available from other agencies. When a tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, this grant was used to fund 120 meals a day for an emergency shelter that housed people who lost their homes.
  3. Community Recovery Grants - This set of grants is aimed to help with short-term clean-up and repair efforts where immediate needs have already been addressed. These grants total $20,000 and are for current disasters only where at least 100 people have been affected. Construction projects are not eligible. Eligible projects include equipment for debris removal, coordination of blood drives, equipment and supplies for minor repairs of public institutions, and temporary eye clinics for replacement of eyeglasses.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Normally this foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. With the emergent and unprecedented nature of Hurricane Harvey we believe this foundation may be willing to help since one of its main priorities is supporting disaster relief and long-term recovery. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has assisted financially with events such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Ebola Virus Epidemic in West Africa. Thus far in 2017, the foundation has given $1 million in grants to disaster relief and recovery. We suggest contacting this foundation and initiating a relationship to see if grant money will be available.

We are a full-service grant company with a wide variety of services. Contact us today for a free phone consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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Statistics Can Help Get More Anti-Bullying Grants

Posted by Jackie Edwards on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Guest blogger Jackie Edwards is an editor, researcher, and writer, who helped develop a useful guide for helping children deal with bullies. She is also a mother to two small children, one of whom is now in full-time education. As a result of her daughter's being bullyied at school, Jackie understands the sense of helplessness that adults can feel in trying to support their children.


Every year, over 3.2 million students are physically, verbally, or virtually bullied. Physical bullying increases throughout elementary school and peaks in middle school, while the presence of verbal bullying never diminishes. Consequently, 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. It is becoming an everyday occurrence in our children’s life. But what can you do to protect your kid? 

We believe that community outreach and anti-bullying programs can help change our kids’ lives. However, in order to receive grants for such programs, or to convince your community and/or school that anti-bullying campaigns are necessary, you’ll need statistics.

Statistics help to tell a story. They paint a picture of what’s going well and what isn’t. To help you paint your picture and develop your case for an anti-bullying program, check out these program-relevant statistics. Where applicable, use them in your proposal.

In Your Grant Proposal, Show That Anti-Bullying Programs Work

Most bullying occurs, or stems from, interactions at school. However, many schools don’t have programs or processes to deal with bullying. Here are some statistics about school programs and the school’s rate of intervention that could help you build a program around school involvement.

  • Over 67% of students believe their schools don’t respond well to bullying and that adult intervention is not common.
  • In fact, 25% of teachers don’t even see anything wrong with bullying. This translates to teachers intervening only during 4% of bullying cases.
  • On average, anti-bullying programs can decrease bullying by 20-23%.
  • In one publicized study, fighting in school went down 92 % after the school implemented an anonymous CyberBully Hotline program. (Cyber Bully Hotline 2017)
  • 70% of students report seeing bullying in their schools and 41% report seeing it on a weekly basis.

If you are applying for grant funds for your bullying program, cite statistics like these to show that such programs work.

Include Cyber Bullying Data in Your Grant Proposal

Cyber bullying is a somewhat new situation that many schools that parents don’t know how to tackle. However, it is becoming more and more prevalent. Here are some statistics surrounding cyber bullying that can help you and your parent-teacher association develop a solution.

  • The percentage of individuals that have been cyberbullied has doubled from 2007 to 2016.
  • About 43% of kids have been bullied online and 25% of these kids have been cyberbullied more than once.
  • 90% of teens who have been cyberbullied have also been bullied offline.
  • 90% of teens that have witnessed cyberbullying have reported ignoring it.
  • 80% of teens use a phone every day and therefore create a platform for bullying.
  • 81% of kids believe that online bullying is easier to get away with.
  • 68% of teens believe that cyberbullying is a serious issue.
  • Girls are twice as likely to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.

Apply for Funding Programs that Encourage Parents to Talk to Their Kids

If your school doesn’t stand up for your kid, it’s time for you to stand up and help your child deal with a bully. (Lau 2017) Simply talking to your kids can help create a safe space for them to vent about issues at school. This can help with the long-lasting effects of bullying as well as preventing the bullying from continuing or escalating. It also identifies if your kid is the bully or the victim, and can help stop bullies from hurting any more kids.

The following statistics can help to develop a program centered around encouraging parents to talk to their kids.

  • Only one out of every 10 kids that are bullied will confide in a parent or guardian.
  • Bullying victims are reported to be 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • 30% of kids admit bullying another student.  
  • 60% of bullies in grades 6-9 will have at least one legal conviction by the age of 24.

Funding to Teach Diversity

Diversity is something that should be praised. However, some groups of students are bullied more often than others. Here are some statistics that can help fund diversity programs to teach students acceptance.

  • Students with disabilities or special education needs are twice as likely to be victims of bullying. According to the National Autistic Society, 40% of children with autism and 60% of students with Asperger’s syndrome have reported being bullied. However, students with special needs are twice as likely to be told not to tattle on bullies than students without special needs.
  • About a third of kids report bullying based on race. 24.7% of African-American students, 17.2% of Hispanic students, and 9% of Asian students report being bullied at school.
  • 74.1% of LGBT people report being verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 36.2% report being physically abused.

Anti-Bullying Grant Funding Sources

You can make a difference in our kids’ lives and help stamp out bullying. Use these statistics to help shape a program relevant to your community, or as a reference in your grant proposals perhaps to The Sprint Foundation. The Sprint Foundation supports character education initiatives such as bullying programs. Another foundation that supports bullying intervention programs is the Charles Lafitte Foundation.

Here are two additional grant opportunities:

Hunt Transport Services Corporate Giving

Requests for funding are accepted in December. The foundation’s goals are:

  • encourage leadership and advancement in the welfare of youth;
  • improve health through education and clinical research;
  • protect animals and the environment; and,
  • foster respect for all citizens by improving the community, including support for civic, youth, and veteran’s groups.

American Legion Child Welfare Fund

The mission of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to provide other nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the nation. The foundation supports organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and their programs designed to benefit youth. Grants must have the potential of helping American children in a large geographic area (more than one state). They have supported anti-bullying programs in the past. Grants have ranged from $4,000-$60,000. Applications are accepted May 1-July 15.


Cyber Bully Hotline, (2017). Do anti-bullying programs in schools work? [online] Available at: schools/ [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

Do Something, (2017). I beat bullying. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

Lau, Chiu. (2017). 5 ways to help children deal with bullies compassionately. Fractus Learning. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

US Department of Education, (2015) Student reports of bullying and cyber-bullying: Results from the 2013 school crime supplement to the national crime victimization survey. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

Woda, Tim. (2017). Digital parenting: 11 facts about cyberbullying. UknowKids. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]

We can help you find more grants for bullying programs. Contact us today for a free consultation.


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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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