Your underground connection to available grants
for nonprofits, schools, and municipalities!
Your underground connection to available grants
for nonprofits, schools, and municipalities!
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Our service is designed specifically for organizations based in the United States that want to fund programs based in the United States. We do have limited information about international grants, but those are for organizations based in the United States.
Most United States foundations do not make unsolicited grants to organizations based outside of the United States.
It is difficult to get funding for start-up costs. Most grant makers want to see that you have other sources of funding, and some operating history.
We always suggest that you start with a few steps:
* Research your area and make sure that another organization similar to the one you have envisioned does not already exist. We have seen organizations open shop when there are six similar organizations within blocks. The more organizations like yours there are, the harder it is to get funding of any type.
* Write up a business plan (yep, nonprofits are a business). This will help solidify your ideas and get you thinking about other ways to fund the start-up.
* Have a strong board of directors ready to go and other partnerships in the works. Being well connected helps your chances of funding (a LOT).
* Have a detailed budget for your start-up expenses, and continuing through the first couple of years. This goes along with the business plan. Develop a plan for sustainability beyond the initial funding.
The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to get funding. If you have no money and are counting on grant funding to start and run your organization, you need to think through the plan and find other sources of money. Grant money is rarely, if ever, given as the sole starting point for an organization.
Most grants are given to 501(c)(3) organizations because those are tax deductible for the contributor. Additionally, private foundations are prohibited from making grants to individuals, therefore it is generally recommended that interested individuals partner with a nonprofit organization to work toward common objectives and grant seeking. However, there are grants and awards available to individuals from other sources, generally city and county programs. If you are an artist, many arts councils have programs specifically for individual artists.
Once you have identified a grant that is a good match, click on the live link we provide to you - this will take you directly to the grantor's funding guidelines and application. Read the guidelines carefully (several times)! Once you decide to proceed with the application, be sure to follow all the directions set forth by the grantor.
There are some grants and business plan competitions, but they are highly dependent on business type, projected number of employees, and geographic location, among other qualifying requirements. We recommend that you contact your local Small Business Development Center and/or SCORE to assist with business funding questions. Their services are free.
Honestly, those are all basically rewrites from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. First of all, CFDA is free to the public. Second, if you look through the catalog, you will see that the eligible applicants are either nonprofit organizations or government entities. Those entities then distribute funds through their own programs to low income individuals. Most of the ads you see are scams.
If you need assistance for personal expenses, contact your local Family Resource Center, United Way, or local government Human Services department.
The Grant Gopher Team reviews the grant records daily to make sure they are as up to date and accurate as possible. We review funders websites, financial information including IRS Form 990, and communicate directly with them. Grant makers that accept applications on an ongoing basis are reviewed once every year at a minimum, but generally quarterly or bi-annually.
Other grant makers are updated multiple times during the year as their grant cycles and initiatives are launched. Additionally, if we are alerted about a change by either our members or a funder, the change is reviewed and updated immediately.
Grants are always listed in deadline date order. Grants that do not have an application deadline are given a date of December 31 for tracking purposes. The grant description will also include a note stating that an application may be submitted at any time.
We only publish the application deadline when it has been confirmed. It is not an 'anticipated' deadline based on past grant cycles. Deadlines can vary from prior cycles by a few weeks to several months, so 'anticipated' deadline dates are very misleading. Our clients have let us know that they do not want grant information unless the deadline has been confirmed.
We also set the deadline based on mandatory requirements, such as workshop attendance or LOI submission. If there is a mandatory pre-application requirement, we also include the full proposal deadline in the grant description. But the deadline is always based on the first mandatory application requirement.
No, but we do offer a Lite (free) account. You are able to run unlimited searches in the database and see the full details and application information for five grants matching your search. This will give you a great idea of the different types of grants available through the Pro service.
First, log in to your Grant Gopher account. If you have the Pro service, you will see a gray "Save Search" button right next to the green "Search" button on the grant search form. If you don't see that button, you have the Lite service.
If you are being charged for the Pro service but you don't see that gray "Save Search" button after logging in, then it is almost certain you have created multiple accounts. Please contact Customer Care using the message button on the lower right hand side of the screen. We can give you the user name for your Pro account and remove any duplicate accounts.
First, click on the "Plans & Pricing" page in the navigation bar above. You will see an green button on the page that says "Launch Pro Service". Clicking that button will take you to the page where you can restart your service.
If you had set up any saved searches and email alerts, they will still be in place and ready for you to use.
If the transaction was processed, you should receive either an "approved" or "declined" message on the payment page. You will also receive an email receipt within seconds if the transaction went through.
However, if you have extra purchasing protection or security on your credit/debit card, the transaction might not be processed at all. Your bank can block it. If that is the case, you will not see any message after you click the "Submit" button.
If this happens, you can use the pay by check option, or send a request for a phone call. We can take your information and try to process the payment directly with the bank.
After you have logged in to the site, just try clicking the Home tab to reload the search form. If that doesn't work, please let us know because we are tracking the issue.
Click your account name in the upper right hand corner of the website (right next to the Log In link). That will take you to your account management page where you can change your email address, contact name, and other profile information.
Your user name was included in the welcome email sent when you first signed up. If you don't have that email, please contact Customer Care using the message button at the lower right hand corner of the screen. If you give us the email address associated with your account, we can locate your user name.
If you need a password reset, click the grey "Reset Password" button on the Log-In page. Then enter your user name in the reset field. Click the green "Send Reset Link" button. A reset link will be emailed to you.
There are times when our system will prompt you to set a new password. If you are having trouble, first click the Login link at the upper right hand corner of the website. A screen prompting you to set a new password may appear.
If you don't see that screen or are having trouble resetting your password, please contact us so we can help you. If you request a password reset link multiple times, it locks your account. So please be patient, contact us, and let us help you. If you are requesting password assistance in the middle of the night, there might be a delay. :)
If you'd like the step-by-step method, click this link: Instructions for setting up your grant searches and alerts
You should have also received a handbook when you subscribed to the Pro service. Let us know if you need a copy!
And of course, we are always happy to help! If you need assistance choosing the right program areas or keywords, just send a note using the message box in the lower right hand corner of the website. Let us know what type of grants you're looking for and we'll help you get that search set up!
Of course! Contact Customer Care using the message button at the lower right hand corner of the website. Let us know which funder/foundation you are looking for.
Chances are, if you don't see them in our database, either they do not accept unsolicited grant applications or the application period is currently closed. We are happy to locate their information and give you the details!
Please make sure you have set up your saved searches and subscribed to email alerts. This is the most common reason for not receiving alerts. Here is a 5 step guide with screenshots to help you do that. (click here for the guide)
Other possible problems may be:
* Your e-mail filter is sending them to your 'spam box'
* Your company server is blocking our e-mails
* You accidentally made a typo in your email address when you set up your account
You can also contact us and let us know if you aren't receiving notices and give us the email address that you want to use. We'll double check your account for you. We don't want you to miss out on any important notices!
You can fill out the change form here and your request will be processed immediately. You are also are welcome to contact Customer Care and let us know you would like to change the card. You can use the message button in the lower right hand corner of the website.
It is almost certain you have created multiple accounts and are logging in to one that does not have the Pro service. Please contact Customer Care using the message button on the lower right hand side of the screen. We can give you the user name for your Pro account and remove any duplicate accounts.