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Rebuilding After A Disaster

Posted by Carol Timms on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 16:10 PM

Immediately after a disaster, governmental agencies, volunteers and non-profits respond en masse to the affected area. rebuildThese entities provide essential health and human services. In turn, granting organizations support these first responders by offering grants for general expenses and specific special interests.

The Grant Helpers appreciates the efforts of the first responders. To say Thank You, we'd like to offer you a half-price Opportunity Search in January to replenish your budget. The cost for an Opportunity Search is usually $250 but for organizations assisting our neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael or the wildfires in the Western US we are offering it for $125. The Opportunity Search will identify potential funders to whom you can apply for grant funds. It is our job to sift through many possible funding sources as listed in the databases to which we subscribe. After reviewing thousands of possible funding sources, we will provide you information on 3 who would be an excellent fit for your organization. We know you’re busy now serving the public so contact us in early January to receive this special price.

 The following are some of the organizations offering grants to support those who help:

 Support for Non-Profits

The Astellas USA Foundation will provide immediate response when needed. 

Both Walgreen’s Charitable Donations Program and Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program will support disaster relief programs across the nation.


Both Banfield and PetSmart Charities will support programs designed to aid animals during natural disasters. 

Schools and Libraries

Dollar General’s Beyond Words Program and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provide funds to help school and public libraries rebuild and restock after a disaster.

School Football Programs

USA Football, in conjunction with the NFL Foundation, provides equipment donations to youth and high school football organizations that have been affected by floods, earthquakes, fire, other natural disasters, and theft. 


Farm Aid supports family farmers in crisis. Contact them through their hotline at 1-800-Farm-Aid or visit their website.  

Craft Artists

Craft artists in areas affected by natural disasters can benefit from grants, zero-interest loans and other services from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund


The Grant Helpers assists schools, non-profit and local governments develop strategies for identifying and applying for grant funds to achieve their goals. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help.

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Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries

Posted by Lauren Albright on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Harvey. Irma. Maria. Communities devastated by these three hurricanes in 2017 are still rebuilding. The massive recovery process takes its toll on a community’s economy, infrastructure, and education system—the latter having a damaging long-term impact on students.

Many grant foundations recognize that learning includes the resources of both classrooms and libraries. By offering funds to rebuild school libraries in these disaster-stricken areas, foundations are investing in the future. Students in schools with endorsed librarians score better on standardized achievement tests (Library Research Service, 2013). Additionally, schools with strong library programs have higher graduation rates, especially for vulnerable or disadvantaged student bodies (Texas Computer Education Association, 2017).

If your school’s library faced severe damage from a recent natural disaster, the following organizations may be able to assist. When applying, emphasize the positive impact of your school library on students and families—for example, better test scores, higher graduation rates, increased cultural awareness, and improved literacy—to demonstrate the importance of your funding request. 

Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

If you work in a public school that has suffered substantial damage due to a natural disaster in the past three years and is located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, the Beyond Words fund may be able to assist. Money from this grant can help you purchase books, media, and/or library equipment to restock the school library and support student achievement. Awards range from $10,000-$20,000. The Beyond Words grant prioritizes schools with the greatest need in terms of the extent of damage to the school library collection, impact on the library program, and impact on student enrollment, among other factors. Applications, available online, are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, each year the grant offers “catastrophic awards” of $50,000 to two applicant organizations that have suffered a loss of 90% or greater of their school library resources. No additional application is required to be considered for the catastrophic awards.

Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

School librarians who are members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) may apply for an Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant. This fund offers $30,000 annually to public middle school and high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster within the past three years. Funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment. Interested applicants should submit a two-page narrative that describes their need and how they will use the funds, along with a project plan and timeline, a list of key staff involved in the grant, and an itemized budget. Applications are accepted year-round.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Since 2002, The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has awarded more than $13 million to 2,500 schools in need. This year, in light of the devastation caused by catastrophic hurricanes and devastating wildfires, the foundation is dedicating its resources to help schools rebuild their book collections. If your school library was affected by one of the 2017 hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, or Maria) or the California wildfires, you may be eligible for this funding opportunity. All schools serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade—including public, charter, private, and parochial schools—may apply. Grants for this special disaster relief project may range from $10,000-$75,000. Funds may be used to purchase books (print or Braille) and magazine subscriptions. The grant application is available online, and grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

For more information about grants for general disaster relief, visit our blog post on this topic. For organizations wishing to focus on disaster prevention and preparedness, a list of resources is available in our blog post from March 2018.

Do you need information about other types of disaster relief grant opportunities? We can help find specific grant opportunities to meet your organization’s needs with our specialized Grant Opportunity Search. Find out more on our services page. Or start a free consultation with one of our grant experts by contacting us today.


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