These days who doesn’t like to get money. This year, I have spoken to several individuals, companies, and organizations who want to increase their bottom-line with grants. There are several types of grants available (e.g. federal,state, and local government grants, corporate, and family foundation). As long as you know specifically what you are looking for, it is definitely easier to find.
When researching grant opportunities, these five simple steps to locate the funding you need.
1) Determine the list of local grantmakers by creating use of grant funds.
This may be the most intricate step. Look for family foundations or local businesses that offer grants. Check your local newspaper and be sure to go online.
2) Contact local grantmakers.
Know if you need to submit an application or a LOI (letter of inquiry). Also, determine the proposal deadline and the guidelines to the grant proposal.
3) Check with your local library.
Sometimes, your library may offer a grant writing course for no charge. Also, there are references and books available for you to find some great information about the grant proposal process.
4) Read books on grant writing.
There are several books available on grant writing. I do recommend The Everything of Grant Writing Book: create the perfect proposal to raise the funds you need.
5) Register with www.grants.gov and other websites.
Taking these few steps can help you to easily locate grants for you, your company, or your non-profit organization.
Happy Proposal Writing!
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