Grant Writing Advice and Tips: The Grant Helpers Blog

Workforce Re-Entry Grants and Domestic Violence Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 08:01 AM

32114695781_1a5f1d21d0_q.jpgWe are addressing two grant topics this week upon discovering grants with upcoming deadlines in two related yet separate areas. Workforce re-entry grants are important for those organizations helping people to get back in the workforce following an illness, incarceration, child rearing, or other reason. Victims of violent crime also can benefit from grant-funded assistance. Below please find some grant opportunities for both of these areas.

Smart Supervision

Seven grants of up to $750,000 are available to states, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments through this Department of Justice program. The program aims to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies, which will in turn lead to an increase of probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision. The end goal is to reduce admission to prisons and jails while also saving taxpayer dollars. Agencies should propose evidence-based and innovative grant activities to build capacity in one or more areas assessed as needing improvement and utilizing the action research approach. All applications are due March 7.

Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

For those organizations in the San Francisco, Monterey Bay, or Santa Cruz CA areas, this private foundation helps organizations that assist women over the age of 40 re-enter the workforce. This foundation supports organizations that provide model, promising, or start-up programs serving re-entry women. Programs may provide training, resources, or tools that can improve the quality of re-entry programs. Emphasis is placed on programs with one or more advisors, including peer group resource building, as well as on programs that focus on confidence-building and business skills. Additionally, those organizations that provide workshops and help train women on technological resources for business are also favored.

This foundation uses a three-step application process. Step one is submitting an Organization Information Form which can be found on the website. Eligible organizations will then be asked to submit a Letter of Intent and then a formal application. In recent years the foundation has supported four different college programs that support women re-entering the workplace. Awards tend to be in the $10,000 - $25,000 range.

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

The goal of the Children's Initiative Grant Program is to support direct service programs that create and promote stability, resilience, and healing for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Programs must serve children ages 0-14 who have witnessed domestic violence. Eligible programs must non-profit and also be new or within their first year of existence. Priority is given to those that include an education component for the parent/primary caregiver, offer therapeutic services beyond crisis intervention, and collaborate with other organizations to enhance services. The average grant size is $25,000. Applications are accepted through March 1. 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc., a child and parent domestic violence project received the maximum grant award last year.

The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program

This grant program awards grants to state domestic violence coalitions to provide innovative financial empowerment programs for survivors.  Grants support matched savings programs, job readiness and job training, financial literacy, and micro-enterprise programs. Grant amounts range from $50,000 to $100,000. Eligible organizations should respond to the Request for Proposal in July with applications due in August. The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association used a grant from this program to create an economic empowerment program. This program has allowed victims of domestic violence to create individual savings accounts to purchase cars, a home, or education. can help you find grants for a variety of different needs and causes. We will tailor our services to fit your needs, and we aim to provide value in every interaction. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Grants for Swimming Pools

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 18:01 PM

Don’t wait for the good weather to start thinking about your swimmi434511904_54993affc7_m.jpgng pool project funding. With two deadlines coming up in the next few months, now is the time to prepare an application. Below are three grant opportunities to help fund your swimming pools.

Step Into Swim Grants

The National Swimming Pool Foundation wants to create 1 million more swimmers in the next 10 years. To do so, they want to ensure communities have products and programs that keep pools safer and open. The Step Into Swim campaign is one such program that helps keep pools open by helping more people become swimmers.  More swimmers will result in a healthier society, fewer drowning incidents, and reduced healthcare costs with more people engaged in a healthy spectrum of aquatic activities. The maximum grant award is $10,000, and the deadline for applying for funds is March 3.

Finish Line Legacy Grant

This sports retailer provides legacy grants for new facilities, facility improvements, and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. These grants would be ideal for already-established youth swimming teams or swimming camps since organizations that provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids, are eligible. Grants range from $10,000-$75,000. Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next deadline March 31.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Sponsored by the National Park Service, the LWCF provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. LWCF grants are provided to the states, and through the states to local governmental jurisdictions, on a matching basis for up to 50% of the total project-related allowable costs. Appropriations from the LWCF may be made annually by Congress to the Secretary of the Interior, who apportions the funds to the states. Over 40,000 grants have been awarded through this program in its 40-year existence. This fund is useful no matter what stage of the pool planning process you are in. Funds can be used to purchase land to build a pool, develop recreational facilities on already purchased land, or redevelop older recreation buildings. 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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Grants to Keep Kids Active and Healthy

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

6930829900_1c319e7c2e_m.jpgThe holidays are over and hopefully so is the over-eating, sitting in the car driving from party to party, and school break. It’s time to get back to eating right and exercising. Most important in this effort are children. Below we have selected four grants that are aimed at keeping kids healthy and also supporting physical education efforts in schools.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

This private foundation puts a focus on increasing access to health, building demand for healthy choices, and promoting healthy behaviors, especially in low-income, disadvantaged children. Non-profit organizations located in the United States are eligible to apply. Fundable programs include those that employ strategies that support wellness instead of treating disease and promote wellness in a wide variety of settings. In the past, the foundation has awarded grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars. As a guideline, the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of an organization’s total annual operating expenses. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

American Heart Association/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

These two entities have joined together to keep kids healthy. The Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people dedicated to ensuring children grow up at a healthy weight. Efforts are focused on schools, communities, out-of-school time/early care and education. There are 16 different “policy levers,” grantable categories. These range from healthy food procurement to physical education in schools to early care and education and out-of-school time policy changes. There are four different types of grants, each funding their own initiatives. All initiatives are a different way to keep kids healthy, and grant funding ranges from $15,000-$100,000. The next open call for applications will be March 1 with a deadline of April 1.

Good Sports Equipment Grants

Keeping kids active can start in the schools and a Good Sports Equipment Grant can help make sure schools have the equipment necessary. Schools must serve economically disadvantaged children aged 3-18. Approved applications will receive access to the Good Sports catalog of available inventory, which displays the equipment, apparel, and footwear that is available at the current time. Grantees will then be able to use up to six total donation requests over a two-year period, with a maximum of three donation requests per year. Shipping and handling costs are the responsibility of the grant winner and always equal 10% of the retail value of the donated items. In November, Good Sports partnered with Target to hand out P.E. and recess boxes filled with foam balls, jump ropes, soccer balls, and more to 200 schools in 20 cities across the country.

WUFOO Fun Run Grant

Keeping kids active can be a fun endeavor. WUFOO funds grants to help equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun-run event. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. Priority will be given to applicants who plan to use the Fun Run Grant to complement and support the activities of a school walk/run club. Up to 50 Fun Run Grants will be awarded. Preference will be given to spring 2017 events, yet applications for fall 2017 events will also be considered. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Winners will be determined and grant packages will be shipped no later than March 15. To be eligible, schools must enroll in the Billion Mile Race at and then fill out a simple form on the WUFOO Fun Run Grant webpage linked above.

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Grants for Police Departments

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 15:12 PM

Below we have compiled a list of grants to assist law enforcement agencies in 6506460991_06945491be_q.jpggathering the items they need to keep the public safe and to do their job efficiently.

Smart Policing Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it is seeking applications for its Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are eligible to apply for funding. Applications that feature two or more applicants to carry out the grant award are favored. This grant program “seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Recipients of funding under this grant program will test promising practices and implement evidence-based interventions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies’ processes and procedures and establish sustainable partnerships with researchers to evaluate their effectiveness.” An example of a previous SPI winner is the Boston Police Department. The BPD started a problem-orientated policing process to improve its homicide investigation processes and practices thus resulting in a significant increase in its homicide clearance rate. Applications are due Jan. 26, 2017. 

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

The 2017 CTAS grant is now open to federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia. CTAS enables the eligible entities to submit a single application for all nine of the Department of Justice’s competitive grant programs. Each of the nine grants is described as a “purpose area,” and when applying for the CTAS the applying agency can select which of the nine grants it wants to apply for. Each of the nine purpose areas has unique requirements. The CTAS application deadline is Feb. 28. 2017. The first purpose area or funding area is a hiring and equipment/training grant program that will help tribes with implementation of community policing and the needs of their law enforcement agencies. Fundable items include rehiring or hiring career law enforcement officers and village public safety officers. The grant can also fund the purchase of basic equipment and training. The other eight categories are: planning demonstration projects, alcohol and substance abuse, corrections and correctional alternatives, violence against women, victims of crime (two categories), juvenile healing to wellness court, and tribal youth program.

Police Dog Grant

Universal K-9 wants every police department to have a K-9 unit. If your police department needs to start a K-9 department or replace an aging dog, all you have to do is contact Universal K-9. Dogs trained by the company are young, healthy, and come with all shot and health records. Officers who will work with the K-9 unit are required to take a two-week handlers/training course before the dog is released to the department. Police departments can request as many dogs as they need. Universal K-9’s trainers have been training dogs for the military and civilian police departments for over 30 years. For more information on the police dog grant email the company at

Whether your police department needs staffing, equipment, or vehicles we can help find the grant that will fit your needs. Our team of experts along with our experience and subscription to multiple databases makes us a perfect fit to help you find the grant money you desire. Contact us today to start a free consultation.


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Grants for Art Education

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:12 PM

We consistently receive requests to help teachers and principals improve their arts education programs with grant funding. Below we have outlined four hand-picked grants that may help fund your prog2380333875_57c27a15f8_q.jpgrams as well.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants

This manufacturer’s foundation provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Grants must be submitted by a principal who is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). To be eligible, your school must form a collaborative team to create unique ways to infuse creativity in the school. Your team’s plans must then be outlined in the application, which can be submitted anytime between now and June 23, 2017. Applications submitted before June 5, 2017 will receive a free Crayola Classpack. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Grant awards are announced at the end of October. A winner in 2016, Monett Intermediate School in Missouri, will use its grant to collaborate with the school district’s regional technology center, the community, and local business partners to meet its needs for future designers and problem solvers. Monett will create coaching videos that show how design thinking and mobile maker spaces can enrich learning.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant

Sponsored by the National PTA, the Mary Lou Anderson Grant is a $1,000 award in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects in a school. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual, and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the state PTA. Three grants were awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2017 grants are due between Jan. 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017.

Buckley Moss Foundation

For educators who need assistance to further their in-school program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available to teachers who integrate visual art into their classroom curricula, for up to $1,000. Only new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Before-school, after-school, day-care, or Saturday arts programs are not eligible. Deadlines for 2017 have not been released yet though this year applications were accepted in May through September. Check back on the website for more information.  A teacher in Mobile, Ala. received a $1,000 award this year to provide art instruction to students who are not currently benefitting from art education and how art relates to other subjects.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

This foundation believes that an effective arts education can nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and reach a broad group of students at an important time in their development. Only California schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Art programs in school, after school, and out of school are fundable programs. The foundation also awards grants to raise awareness among parents and educators, develop research to inform policymakers, and help set priorities and standards for arts education in schools. Additionally, grants are also given pre-professional training organizations. In 2016, 29 grants were awarded. One recipient was the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, a winner of $750,000 for general operating support. Grants are accepted throughout the year.

Grants are available for a wide variety of education subjects, not just arts education. We can help you fund bullying programs, technology improvements, safety concerns, and other educational subject matters as well. Contact us today to get started. The first consultation is always free.


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Grants for Tourism

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 @ 18:12 PM

5543382531_9ab2df8e69_q.jpgTheatre shows, special events, concert series, summer festivals, tourist attractions. Though the thermometer is trending downwards, the time is now to start planning for your warm weather events that can entertain your community and also bring people to your town to enjoy events and spend money. Grant money is available for tourism activities. Below we have outlined a few to get you started.

  Insider Tip: Most states offer tourism programs for organizations within the state. Your state department that promotes tourism (In Illinois it’s the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) would be a great place to start when looking for tourism grant money.  

Levitt Foundation

This foundation wants to bring live music to small and mid-sized towns across the country. The Levitt AMP (Your City) grant award is a matching grant program through the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national private foundation dedicated to strengthening America through the power of free, live music. Up to half of the matching grant money may be through in-kind donations like marketing or equipment. Each year grants are awarded to 15 U.S.-based non-profits serving towns with populations of up to 400,000. Each grantee receives $25,000 in matching funds to present the music series, a minimum of 10 free outdoor concerts presented over 10 to 12 consecutive weeks. Music lineups must be diverse to be eligible for funding. Grantees also receive a toolkit to ensure success of the concert series. Applications become available in July with applications due in October. Utica, New York received a grant for the 2016 cycle. They used the award to support a series of concerts featuring everything from jazz to flamenco guitar to pop rock in an otherwise unused green space.

Tourism Cares

This is a unique grant program that supports tourism in the United States as well as throughout the country. The organization awards grants to nonprofit organizations around the world for conservation, preservation, restoration, or education at tourism-related sites. Tourism Cares has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grant funds since its inception. Mississippi River National Recreation Area was a recipient of grant funds to plant native plants and remove invasive plant species.

Market Development Cooperator Program

Trade associations, chambers of commerce and other non-profit businesses and organizations are generally eligible to apply for an MDCP award from the International Trade Association. Eligible groups represent the business interests of large numbers of firms, or even entire industries. Each dollar of federal funding requested must be matched on a 2-to-1 basis. The applicant must put up the first dollar of match. The second dollar of the match may be in-kind contribution by the applicant or it may be contributed by other organizations. The maximum award amount is $300,000. If you are an eligible organization, all you have to do is send a letter, email, or fax requesting an eligibility determination. Once you are deemed eligible the requests for proposals is generally published in January with applications due in March.


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Three Ways to Justify a Recreation Center Grant

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 10:12 AM

5035955763_a2afd9d27c_q.jpgWe often encourage our clients to explore a wide variety of grants when trying to find money. Thinking outside the box and not focusing on one single aspect of what you would like to have funded is important. Finding money for a recreation center is a great example to demonstrate several different ways to justify a grant application. Below are just three examples of possible funding categories.

  Insider Tip: Any benefit your organization provides is a potential basis for funding.  

Obesity/Healthy Living

Recreation centers are often hubs for fitness and exercise. Focusing on that aspect could be an angle for grant money. For example, The Children’s Obesity Fund offers grants to non-profits that support the goal of ending childhood obesity. If your recreation center offers programs that keep kids healthy, this grant could be a great fit. This organization has a simple online application, and a determination about grant awards is usually made in a week. Grant sizes vary on need, value of a program, and amount requested. An elementary school received money to hold a Stay Fit, Have Fun event, which featured healthy eating and exercise demonstrations as well as an appearance by a pro skateboarder.

The Aetna Foundation also supports healthier living initiatives through its grant program. A recreation center that features exercise programs, nutrition classes, or health lectures could receive grant money from this category. Non-profit entities that encourage healthy communities are eligible to apply. Mercy Housing Northwest received a grant from Aetna to help adults and children learn about healthy meals and encourage exercise like yoga and dance. Last year the grant application was due in April. No deadlines have been announced for 2017 yet. If you sign up for the foundation’s newsletter you can be kept abreast of grant announcements.


Ranging from youth sports to adult leagues to pick up games of basketball, recreation centers often feature a lot of sporting activities. Applying for a grant that supports sports needs like equipment, uniforms, or infrastructure would be another place to look for money for your center. The Lids Foundation supports non-profit organizations that engage youth in sports-related activities. This foundation supports both programming costs as well as scholarships to help ensure all children have an opportunity to play. Organizations with volunteer opportunities are favored. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Baseball for All is a past recipient of a grant award from The Lids Foundation. It’s goal is to foster, encourage, and provide opportunities for girls to play baseball.

General Community Improvement

Community officials know that people choose to move or stay in their communities because of schools and recreation opportunities. A recreation center is a vital community facility that can be a boon for new families. The Corning Incorporated Foundation, in its community priority, supports needs and priorities of local communities, funding programs that make a social or economic impact. Past recipients have included YMCAs, hospitals, hospices, community foundations, and more. Projects or programs that feature several partners are favored. Grants are accepted year-round and are available only to non-profit organizations.


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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Grants to be Thankful For

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

7367408150_c197d37af0_q.jpgWe at have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: our clients, jobs we enjoy, our friends, and most importantly our families. Organizations throughout the country that have received grants also have a lot to be grateful for. We thought we would dedicate this space this week to highlight some grant recipients and how they used their money to make a difference in this world.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at


Thankful for Helping People Have a Roof Over Their Head

Last week we highlighted grants for food pantries. One of those grant-makers featured was the Cisco Foundation. This foundation awards community grants that help with basic human needs. LifeMoves, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals in San Mateo County, was a recipient of a grant from the Cisco Foundation. In San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. Many of the people living in the LifeMoves service area are earning minimum wage and live on the brink of homelessness. LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today and tomorrow by teaching comprehensive life skills that help their clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.

Thankful for Healthy and Happy Youth

The Finish Line Foundation recently announced its second quarter grants for 2016. The 17 grants totaled $144,093 and were awarded to organizations in 12 different states. These grants helped with healthy lifestyles for kids, youth development, and those with special needs. One of the recipients thankful this holiday season is the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. It received a $73,500 for the Finish Line for Youth Riding Stables barn renovation at Camp Ohiyesa. This project will serve 3,000 youth. Another recipient of this grant program was U Make A Difference Foundation in Indiana. It received $5,000 for its leadership and anti-bullying summit impacting 3,000 youth.

Thankful for Healthy Food

Twenty schools and youth programs are all appreciative this holiday season after receiving grants from 19 programs received a grant package valued at $500, which included curriculum books, a $350 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and $100 cash to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings. One grand prize winner received a package valued at $750, which included curriculum books, a $450 Gardeners Supply gift certificate, and $250 cash. The grand prize winner was Joseph Zito Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona. A few of the other winners were Barbara Bush Elementary School, Hillcrest Middle School, and Sandra Day O’Connor High School.

This busy holiday season leave the grant to do list to us. We can help with you a wide range of grant services, and many can be customized to fit your needs.Contact us today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.

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Grants for Food Banks

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 20:11 PM

We consistently receive requests for help finding grants for food banks and food pantries. Dedicated individuals are working to make sure no one goes to bed hungry, and we want to make8498826840_19d9d7d546_q(1).jpg sure funding sources are readily accessible. Thus, we have compiled some possible grant opportunities below.

Ameriprise Foundation

One of the three focal points of the Ameriprise Foundation is meeting basic needs, including hunger. Non-profit organizations like food banks and daily meal programs are eligible. Also eligible are those entities that run hunger-relief programs for special groups like children, veterans, or ethnic populations. Non-profit groups where hunger is not the sole focus, like a meal program at The Boys and Girls Club or a backpack program ran by a YWCA, are also eligible for this grant. Nutrition education, gardens, and cooking instruction programs are not eligible. Annual deadlines are Jan. 15 and May 15. A previous grant recipient was Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, that works with a service network of approximately 1,300 community partners. In 2015, 56 grants in the meeting basic needs category were awarded.

Cisco Foundation

Essential human needs, like food, are also a priority in Cisco Foundation’s critical human needs grant program. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designation. Organizations to be funded must also serve an audience greater than 65% economically underserved relative to the average standards of the target geography. The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is $75,000. In addition to cash grants, Cisco also offers equipment grants. Equipment grants consist of networking technology that will help organizations in productivity, scalability, and cost-efficiency. Applications for both programs are accepted year-round.

Bank of America

The Bank of America Foundation focuses on revitalizing low-income communities with a specific emphasis on education and basic needs, like hunger. Projects like food banks, soup kitchens, school and after-school children feeding programs, and food access programs are eligible for funding. Non-profit entities are eligible to apply. A Seattle food bank as well as the Greater Chicago Food Depository have both been grant recipients of this grant program. In 2016, applications for the hunger grant program were accepted from July through August.

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The hunger grant program from this foundation supports food banks and other large scale programs that implement and track the impact of hunger alleviation strategies targeting specific geographic areas where severe gaps for nutritional services exist, or that address the nutritional needs of specific groups. Non-profit single organizations, like food banks, or multi agency collaborations are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Whether you already have projects planned or are simply seeking information on what projects are fundable by grants, we are here to help. Our services are completely customizable to your needs. Contact us today and our grant expert will walk you through the process. And remember, the first consultation is always free. 


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Hit a Home Run with these Baseball Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

1801875264_7163dc2a94_q.jpgIn our home state of Illinois, “Go Cubs Go” is being sung across the land. The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series for the first time since 1908. In honor of this historic accomplishment we have decided to highlight grants that can help get baseball fields and equipment to children across the country.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Major League Baseball awards grants to non-profit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball or softball programs or facilities. Money from these grants is intended for programming and facilities, not for daily operating expenses. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis with the most upcoming deadline of Jan. 1. Other deadlines are April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1. To date, an average of 400 requests are received annually; approximately 10 percent are awarded grants. In the most recent round of grants, World Baseball Academy in Indiana was awarded a grant to install new lighting equipment on three baseball fields.

Finish Line

Baseball and softball programs can apply for funding from the Finish Line Foundation. This foundation has three different categories of funding. A programmatic funding grant is up to $5,000 for organizations that establish youth athletic programs. Special consideration is given to those programs that are focused on disadvantaged or disabled children. A legacy grant is for new facilities improvement and/or renovations to existing grounds, buildings, and property. These grants total between $10,000-$75,000. The last grant category, founder’s grant, is for emergency needs that would keep the entity from providing current services. These grants range from $5,000-$25,000. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis with the next deadline being Dec. 31. Other deadlines are March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30.

Good Sports

If you need equipment for your ball team, then the Good Sports grant program is worth considering. Eligible organizations are those that serve economically disadvantaged children aged 3-18. Both schools and non-profit organizations are eligible. Funds cannot be used for sports camps or tournaments. Winners of this equipment grant will gain access to the catalog of available inventory, which displays the equipment, apparel, and footwear that is available for donation. Winners will receive six donation requests over a two-year period.

Cubs Care

We can’t write this blog without mentioning the good the World Series Champions Chicago Cubs organization does in its hometown of Chicago. Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, has granted more than $20 million to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991. Cubs Care grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) designated organizations. The program has several funding priorities. Organizations that support Child/Youth Education are eligible. This funding area supports agencies with established academic intervention program strategies in one of four transition stages that serve academically underperforming children and youth. Health and wellness initiatives are also funded. Priority in this category is given to community health centers, K-12 school-based health centers, and childhood obesity prevention and/or treatment programs.

Let us help you hit it out of the ballpark with our full complement of services. Contact us today to start your journey towards grant awards. Remember, the first consultation is always free.

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