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

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

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

Funding Avenues for Schools


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

Websites for School Funding

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

Horace Mann Educators Corporation

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

Community Support

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

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

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COPS Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

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

COPS Hiring Program

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

Community Policing Development

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

Preparing for Active Shooter Situations

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

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force

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

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program

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

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

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Grant Ideas for Educators - Part I: Planning for Fundability

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

Finding Grants and Other Funds for Education

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

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

Strategies for Grant Programs to Propose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grants for Veterans

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

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

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

The VFW’s Unmet Needs Program

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

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

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

The Bob Woodruff Foundation

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

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

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3 Ways Community Foundations Can Help with Grant Funding

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

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

1. Community Foundation Grants - Direct Funding

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

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

2. Help with Grant Sources and Preparation

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

 3. Lead Fiscal Agent

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

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

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Food Pantry Grants and Networks

Posted by Carol Timms on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

According to Feeding America, 42.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure househ8498826840_19d9d7d546_q(1).jpgolds in 2015. These households included 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. Without food pantries, many of our neighbors would be without a source for food. Those who operate food pantries are aware of the need and are struggling to meet that need. Here are some funding sources and food sources for food pantries.

Foodbanks Help Supply Food Pantries

Food pantries often operate within a network of foodbanks which, in turn, are members of a larger network such as Feeding America. These foodbanks allow food pantries to secure food for distribution for pennies on the dollar. In the case of Feeding America, $1 purchases $11 worth of food.

Many local foodbanks also provide grants to food pantries. Such is the case for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, in our home area of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The local food banks receive funds from Feeding America to distribute as Agency Capacity Grants to member food pantries. Grants are usually in the $5,000 range.

  Insider Tip:Include a nutritional component to your program. More and more funding organizations are interested in nutrition education, not just supplying food.  

Grants to Support Non-Food Expenses

Food pantries are also routinely soliciting food donations, volunteers and funds for operational expenses, transportation, shelving, and refrigeration. Funds for these support activities can be secured through grants from foundations such as the Mazon Foundation and the Walmart State Giving Programwhose primary focus is hunger relief. Google searches can identify more. Use combinations of terms such as “grants,” “funding,” “financial support,” “food banks,” “hunger,” etc. We subscribe to several databases of funding groups and can find even more potential funders.

If your food pantry requires financial assistance, contact your local foodbank to see if they have a similar program. If you need additional assistance, contact The Grant Helpers to learn how we can help you identify and apply for funding.

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Continued Funding During Uncertainty

Posted by Carol Timms on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 17:05 PM

As Warren Buffet says “All times are uncertain. Sometimes we just didn’t know it.” It’s safe to say, we know current times are fraught with uncertainty.33116572793_4af04260e7_q.jpg

Currently, Congress has approved a plan to provide a federal budget through September 2017. This summer our legislators should be working on passing a budget for fiscal year 18, which begins Oct. 1. It’s hard to predict how that process will unfold, and government priorities remain unclear, especially where funding for domestic programs is concerned. If your organization relies on government funding, it’s more important now than ever to consider diversification. Here are three actions to consider:

  1. Look for Partners to Increase Funding Opportunities

Develop a chart of your programs using keywords to describe the services offered. For each service, identify organizations that care about or can benefit from them. For example, if you provide educational programming for pre-school children, then the educational community, parents, and companies whose products are directed toward children all care about your services.

Next, research ways in which those organizations might provide partnerships and/or funding. Educational colleges have a range of services they might offer including internships, participation in research grants, etc. Dentists and physicians might offer free services. Marketing departments at child-centric companies might offer funding.

Develop a compelling request that includes ways in which your potential partners will benefit from collaborating on the program. Once you’ve arranged a partnership, be sure to regularly and publicly thank those involved.

  1. Consider Private Foundations in Addition to Federal Funding Opportunities

Family foundations and foundations associated with companies in your geographic area often make excellent funding partners. Using the keywords for your services, research foundations to find possible matches. You are likely to find portions of your services that match the priorities of various foundations. Diversifying your founding sources by obtaining grants from several foundations will help you weather uncertain times. These past blogs can help with this step: Finding Grants that Match Your Needs: Different Funding Sources and A Team Approach to Grant Funding.

  1. Supplement Government Funding with Fundraising Events

The most successful fundraising events are ones in which people come together to interact. While email or mail campaigns can be effective, social gatherings often out-pace them. Look around your community and see what’s already being done. Consider meeting the organizers of some successful fundraisers to gather tips. Then, develop something unique that doesn’t replicate existing efforts.

Consider partnering with a local business or organization to co-host your event. For example, local fire departments can hold dog washes to benefit the local Humane Society. Restaurants can offer customers a coupon to their restaurant good on the customer’s next visit in exchange for a donation to your organization. Put together an idea you believe will benefit the local organization and approach them with a well-considered plan. It’s easier to say yes to something that is fully thought out.

The Grant Helpers can assist you in developing a funding strategy, researching opportunities and writing requests. Contact us to discuss your particular situation.

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Grant Source for Organizations Outside the U.S.

Posted by Max Church on Wed, May 3, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

Since TheGrantHelpers is based in the United States our blogs have been mostly about funding sources in the U.S.  In response to growing requests from organizations in other countries, we 3537756736_90f285cc50_q.jpgwill occasionally describe opportunities for grants on foreign soil.  In this blog we mention a grant source available to organizations in countries with a U.S. embassy: the American Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund (AASHF).

Grants for Community Improvement

In every country where a U.S. Embassy is found, the Ambassador has a program that provides small grants to registered self-help groups, youth groups, community based organizations, and specific types of educational institutions and medical facilities. The objective is to assist groups in the development of projects that improve living conditions in their communities.

This fund will not support the start of a project or activity, but may fund the expansion of an existing project. Projects supported by this fund are expected to be completed and serving the community within one year. Only projects that have strong community involvement and significant community benefit, and produce ongoing, self-sustaining activities are eligible for funding. The AASHF entertains proposals in the range of $1,000 to $10,000; however the average grant awarded is $3,000 to $7,000.

Eligibility Varies by Embassy

Eligible applicants are Self-Help Groups that are registered through the District Gender and Social Development Office and should have been registered and working together successfully for at least two years before making application to the AASHF. Each country has specific requirements. Even the AASHF acronym might differ among countries. In some countries NGOs are not eligible for grants while in others they are. One example of the program is the U.S. Embassy in Lesotho. To find the program for a country, Google “US Ambassador Self-Help Fund” and the name of the country.

What to Include in a AASHF Grant Application

A carefully prepared application form, as well as the inclusion of all required attachments, is necessary for a project proposal to be considered complete. The group and benefiting community must contribute 25% or more toward the total cost of the project (not just 25% of the amount requested from the AASHF). Community contributions can consist of materials, labor, cash, or any combination thereof. Among the contributions, applicants should always plan to contribute unskilled labor and transportation costs.

The application forms are not difficult to complete. Usually there is an annual deadline that differs from country to country. Just go online to the U.S. Embassy website to get an application form and read the conditions. What is important is to demonstrate responsible fiscal and program management of the project. You are encouraged to take photos and get letters of appreciation from local leaders for the completed project. Building credibility will help your organization position itself for larger funding from other donors later. can advise you on developing a successful application, from general guidance and review to more details proposal construction and submission. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

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Grants for School Nutrition Programs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

One in six children struggles with hunger in America. Organizations are trying to curb childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfasts and increased access to fruits and vegetables during the school day. Below are some grants that can assist in making sure no child goes hungry.15629560406_d972956f8c_q.jpg

Team Nutrition Training Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers this competitive grant program for state agencies to implement and evaluate nutrition education, training, and technical assistance activities to support implementation of USDA nutrition standards for meals and snacks offered through the Child Nutrition Programs. State agencies that administer the Child Nutrition Programs are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $500,000 may be requested. Deadline for application is May 22.

Breakfast Building Grant Program

Pinnacle Food Services wants to ensure every child has access to the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to implement ideas for breakfast programs. K-12 public and private schools or districts that participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program are eligible to apply. Schools must also have a reimbursable breakfast average daily participation of less than 40% to apply. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools

How would you like a new salad bar in your school? This grant program, launched in 2010 as a partnership among several organizations, aims to get more fruits and vegetables in schools by providing a full salad bar and related equipment. Any school, public or private, participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply for the grant. The 6-foot, five-well salad bar package is for locations that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily. Schools can help themselves with this grant as, once accepted, they will be listed on a donation page on this website. While waiting for more grant funding to be available, schools can receive donations to help reach their goal of getting a salad bar faster. It can take up to 12 months for a salad bar(s) to be fully funded depending on the number of schools waiting in the queue. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.

Project Produce

Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation have teamed up to offer Project Produce grants, a way to get fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nutrition education in schools. Grants total $2,500 and must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Schools with a 50% or higher participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program are strongly encouraged to apply. Currently this program is not accepting applications as it searches for more funding. Despite that, we felt this program was worthwhile enough to highlight and get on your radar. Check back on the website often for updates on when applications will be accepted again.


We are a full-service grant company with a full range of services. Our team can help you with all of your grant needs. Contact us to set up a consultation today and remember the first consultation is always free!


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Three Ways to Fund Recreation Centers with Grants

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 19:04 PM

14005685739_6542fa17ea_q.jpgFinding grants for recreation centers provides a great example of looking at a wide variety of funding categories. One such category is grants for overall community betterment, which can include recreation centers. Take a look at the Corning Foundation grant below for an opportunity in this category. Recreation centers can also be funded by grants that help prevent obesity and keep people active. The Children’s Obesity Fund, detailed below, will fits that category. Sports are often a large part of recreation centers, so grants that support sports needs are another funding category. Check out the details of the Finish Line Youth Foundation grant program for an example of this category.

Corning Foundation Incorporated

Under its community heading, the Corning Foundation Incorporated grant program helps fund organizations that create a lasting impact on a community. Non-profit organizations in the following communities where Corning has a presence are eligible to apply: Blacksburg, VA; Canton, NY; Concord, NC; Corning-Elmira, NY; Durham, NC; Fairport, NY; Glendale, AZ; Harrodsburg, KY; Hickory, NC; Keene, NH; Keller, TX; Kennebunk, ME; Middlesex Valley, MA; Oneonta, NY; Palo Alto, CA; Wilmington, NC; and Winston-Salem, NC. Priority is given to those projects that have multiple investors as opposed to reliance on a single donor. Currently, the foundation makes grants totaling more than $5 million in giving annually. Grants are accepted on a year round basis.

Children’s Obesity Fund

Grants to keep kids active and healthy would be a great way to help fund a recreation center. The Children’s Obesity Fund supports non-profit organizations dedicated to ending the epidemic of children’s obesity. Instead of giving detailed criteria for what and whom it funds, this organization would prefer you fill out an application and then respond to tell you if you qualify for funding. Grant funding varies based on an organization’s need and mission. Since they gained 501(c)(3) status in 2014, they don’t have a long giving history.  But one grant recipient was Goal4Health Youth Soccer League, a Christian community youth soccer league for kids ages 4-12 and a separate league for adult women living in the San Bernardino area.

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Sports are often an integral part of a recreation center. The Finish Line Youth Foundation has three different grant programs that can help fund sports needs. Non-profit organizations hoping to create programs focused on active lifestyles and youth athletic teams should look to the programmatic grant category. This category of grant will not be enough to build a recreation center but instead can help fund specific sports program in the recreation center. These grants can be up to $5,000. Programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids will receive special consideration. Legacy Grants are the second funding area and these grants fund new facilities or improvements or renovations to existing buildings/property. These grants range from $10,000-$75,000. The third grant category is for $5,000-$25,000 and helps fund emergency needs that arise in the case of a natural disaster. Grants are accepted Jan. 1-March 31, April 1-June 30, July 1-Sept. 30, and Oct. 1-Dec. 31. is a full-service grant company with a wide variety of services. We can help you with every step of the grant process from program development to grant writing to program management. Get started with a free consultation with one of our expert Grant Helpers.


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