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Top Five Places to Find a Government Grant

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

1. Go to the web site

This is the granddaddy site for all federal grants. It’s user friendly to navigate around and to find many grant opportunities.

2. Go to the Federal or State department relevant to your request.

If you know the name of the department or agency that your grant request would fall under, go directly to that web site. If you don’t know the web site address, just Google the name. For example: Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation, or your state’s Parks Department.

3. Go to your state’s web site.

Hopefully your state has a site that reveals all the grant opportunities available. California’s site, for example, is and it list opportunities by type: agricultural, education, health, environmental quality, transportation, and so on. Check out your state’s web site.

Apply for a government grant.

4. Go to your county’s web site.

As with many government sites, you may have to hunt for the information. If you can’t find a grants page, click on the ‘site map’, which may make the search easier. If not, type in your county’s name plus the word ‘grants’ in your search engine. You may be surprised by the offerings in social services, youth programs, arts, and more.

5. Go to your city’s web site.

Cities (municipalities) often offer a variety grants, and just like the county, if grant information isn’t available from the home page, follow step 4 above. Municipal grants are usually limited to organizations doing business in that city.

Five Reasons You Should Apply for a Government Grant

Friday, January 14th, 2011

1. If you don’t, other organizations will.

Other organizations will apply in the droves. Your colleagues in the community will get the $100,000+ grant, the publicity, and the prestige. Your managers may ask why you didn’t apply since you provide the same, if not better, programs.

2. They fund things no one else will.

You may have needs that are difficult to entice other funders to support. Items like building new restrooms or renovating your parking lot might not be on the top list of priorities for community funders.

3. They award BIG DOLLAR grants.

Government grants are often big. Typically they are above $10,000 and I’ve seen as high as a $350,000 award. Yes, the applications can be time-consuming to complete, but look at the possible return. Besides, if you follow the steps I talk about—here, in my book, and radio show—you’ll learn how to take it one step at a time.

4. The application requires you to really think about the project.

Government applications ask questions that you can’t give wishy-washy answers to. You have to think the project through and thoroughly discuss how you will plan for, implement, and evaluate the project.

5. The esteem of the grant gains IN-HOUSE respect.

Gaining in-house support for every grant proposal is essential. Whether you’re applying for a $1,000 grant or a million dollar grant, internal buy-in is necessary to ensure the project will be successfully implemented.