Friday, January 24, 2014

Blog Series - Not-for-Profits - Grants

A very, very, very common question here at the SBDC is "Where do I find grants?".  Unfortunately, this is not the right question to ask first.  The first question should be "Do I qualify for grants?".

Who may qualify for grants:
  • Non-Profits
  • Special Populations (i.e. minorities and veterans)
  • Community and Municipality specific
  • Businesses related to children
  • Agriculture
  • Research
So now you've determined if you possibly qualify for a grant.  

Grant Do's and Don't:
  • Do read the grant announcement and application word for word.  Multiple times.
  • Do get to know the grant coordinator and their constraints, budget and concerns.
  • Do ask for help if necessary.  An accountant or consultant can add credibility and provide guidance.
  • Don't give up!  If you are denied, keep in touch.  Ask why you didn't receive the grant and how you can improve your application in the future.  Make regular contact with the grant office in a professional and non-intrusive manner.
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2 comments:

Brendon Wayne said...

Awesome tips! That's right. Don't just give up when you are once turned down.
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Richard Weinberger said...

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