Despite the economic climate, there are a lot of different grant opportunities available. The biggest difficulty can often be finding the grants that are the right fit for your organization and funding needs. Subscription services to grant databases and Google searches for grant opportunities can prove fruitful. So can an often-overlooked method for grant research - the email list serv. In addition to our own free grant notification service, The Watch List, here are two free grant email lists you should consider checking out to find more grants.
The Foundation Center can be a wonderful resource for nonprofit organizations. Individuals can subscribe to their RFP Bulletin for free, which is a weekly email newsletter that summarizes recent grant opportunities from foundations. Even better, if you register with the website (a free process), you can specify which field of funding you are most interested in – Arts Funding, Education Funding, or Health Funding. Emails are typically sent on a weekly basis.
The search interface on Grants.gov may not be the easiest thing to navigate, but their email notification system for grant opportunities is effective. You can narrow down notification types by eligible applicants, agencies and/or types of funding by selecting “Receive Notifications Based on Advanced Criteria,” or you can subscribe to receive all RFP alerts by selecting “All Grant Notices.” Emails can be as frequent as daily, depending on your search criteria.
In addition to these broader sources, many grant-making organizations maintain their own email notification lists for grant opportunities. For instance, you can request that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which deals mostly with healthcare related funding, email you whenever one of their grant program opens. If you are aware of the different funders within your field, it’s worth the time to see if they offer a similar list and to subscribe.
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Alternatively, you can hire us to do the research for you. Our Grant Opportunity search guarantees 5 different grant sources, fully vetted for your organization and its funding needs. This service also includes a report that suggests next steps and ways to increase competitiveness for the grant opportunities highlighted. For more information, contact a Grant Helper or download our Services list.