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  1. 1. How to Find Grants 101 or Where’s the Money? Presented by: Grant Writing Training Foundation Dr. Bev Browning, Director [email_address] 480-768-7400 (Voice) 800-859-2330 (Fax)
  2. 2. About Dr. Bev Browning <ul><li>Veteran grant writer. </li></ul><ul><li>35 years of grant writing successes ($200+ million in funded grants and contracts). </li></ul><ul><li>Author of 26 grant-related publications including Grant Writing For Dummies . </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop presenter for national, state, and regional organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Online facilitator for (Grant writing classes). </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote speaker, radio talk show guest, and Webinar facilitator nationwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Earned Masters Public Administration. </li></ul><ul><li>Honorary Doctorate Business Administration. </li></ul>Contracted Grant Writing Consultant
  3. 3. About Today’s Workshop <ul><li>This session is designed to give all levels of grant seekers a detailed overview of how to use the Internet to locate grant funding opportunities. The presenter also provides session attendees with a realistic look at funding trends for conference-specific projects and programs. Subscription and free resource Web sites are reviewed; URLs are given and an overview of what each Website offers is included in the presentation. Potential grant seekers are taught, through this session, how to aggressively locate critically needed grant funding opportunities, AND most importantly, how to stay on top of the grant seeking game! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Learning Objectives <ul><li>Identify Web sites that carry funding opportunity alerts and know how to subscribe to free and subscription-based funding announcements. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how to retrieve a grant application announcement or private sector funder profile. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine what types of projects are funded the most and how to use the funding trends information to prioritize their own funding needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the steps in the funding process. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Dispelling the Myths
  6. 6. What Have You Heard? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>The truth is Matthew Lesko is looking for free money to pay HIS bills... from YOU! Lesko sells information that you can get for free elsewhere!
  7. 7. Web Sites to Find Legitimate Grant Funding Opportunities
  8. 8. <ul><li>Federal Grant Funding Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Free (you must register to actually submit a grant application for your organization or as an individual) </li></ul><ul><li>Updated daily </li></ul><ul><li>26 Federal grantmaking agencies </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Foundation Center </li></ul><ul><li>Free (limited access to minimal information) and subscription-based (multiple levels of information available to grantseekers) </li></ul><ul><li>Updated daily </li></ul><ul><li>95,000 database entries for foundation and corporate funders, trustees, officers, and more! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Easy-to-use online searchable database offers detailed, current profiles of over 2,000 corporations and foundations that make grants in Arizona - right at your fingertips, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription-based </li></ul><ul><li>Updated daily </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Foundation and Corporate Grantmakers </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Only updated once weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of funding links </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Foundation, corporate and Federal grant funding announcements. </li></ul><ul><li>Home page is free; online database of funding announcements is subscription-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of weekly funding alerts are posted. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Foundation, corporate and federal grant announcements of interest to K-12 and postsecondary educators. </li></ul><ul><li>Free access to searchable online database </li></ul><ul><li>Updated daily </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>School Funding Center </li></ul><ul><li>More than 4000 websites, newsletters, and other grant sources to give you The School Funding Center grant database. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription-based </li></ul><ul><li>Updated weekly </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Federal, corporate and foundation funding sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription-based </li></ul><ul><li>Updated monthly with dozens of resources </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Rural Information Center – National Agricultural Library </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Updated monthly </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>A comprehensive, keyword and field searchable database with detailed information and profiles on 25,000 foundations, corporate donors, matching gift programs, in kind donations and government grant makers. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription-based </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of resources </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Community of Science – Federal, state, foundation, and corporate grant funding database for scientific research and development. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription-based only </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of funding leads </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Multiple types of funding for funds for research and training in the sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Free searchable database for research projects and student and institutional support (scholarships, fellowships, internships, and more!) </li></ul><ul><li>Updated weekly with dozens of leads </li></ul>
  20. 20. Scholarships
  21. 21. <ul><li>Search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need. Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Updated monthly </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>The largest and most complete source of scholarships available </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized matching of scholarships to your unique profile </li></ul><ul><li>Millions of scholarships worth billions of dollars available! </li></ul><ul><li>New scholarships added every day, all year long </li></ul><ul><li>The best way to get free money for school! </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>The site has won awards from the College Board, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the American Institute for Public Service. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of scholarships </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Free search for over $32 billion in scholarships. </li></ul><ul><li>Updated weekly </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>The McKelvey Foundation awards $40,000 scholarships to young entrepreneurs nationwide who have started their own businesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Each scholar will be awarded up to $10,000 per year to attend any four-year college within the United States. Applicants are required to meet scholarship criteria. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Grants for Individuals
  27. 27. <ul><li>Library Reference Departments – a good starting point </li></ul><ul><li>Free access </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of links </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Low monthly, three-month, and yearly subscription rates. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Grants for writers is their specialty. Contests and markets that only pay in cold hard cash, too. To FFW, success means  earning a living doing what you love. Their newsletters are our world. </li></ul><ul><li>Free or paid subscription  - depending on how much information you need to access. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Grants for Businesses
  31. 31. <ul><li>Small Business Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Please Note that the U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, though it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. While the SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.  (See Federal and State Technology Partnership Program ) </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation's premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Google Search Results
  35. 35. Funding Trends Foundation Center Handout Federal Budget 2009 Cuts
  36. 36. Understanding the Steps in the Funding Process
  37. 37. The Private Sector Funding Process <ul><li>Step 1: Use your online or library resources to identify one or more potential private sector (foundation or corporate) funding sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Study the funder’s profile and submit the document requested for initial contact preferences (letter of inquiry, letter proposal, online grant application, Arizona Common Grant Application, or the funder’s specific grant application form or format). </li></ul>
  38. 38. Patience… <ul><li>Step 3: Wait for the funder to respond. Response options are: requesting more information; indicating a decision is pending; a standard form rejection (no, you’re not funded) letter, email or post card, or a notice of grant award decision ! </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Find out why your grant proposal was not funded, regroup, fix it and look for additional funders who have a history of funding programs and projects in your specific area of need. </li></ul>
  39. 40. The Public Sector Funding Process <ul><li>Step 1: Register on and the Central Contractor Registry ( early! </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Use or one of Arizona’s state agency Web sites to locate a grant funding opportunity announcement or Request For Proposal (RFP). </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Determine if you’re eligible to apply for these funds (call the agency’s contact person and read the Eligible Applicant guidelines). </li></ul>
  40. 41. Pay Attention to the Guidelines! <ul><li>Step 4: Read the guidelines and plan to attend any technical assistance Webinars to gain a greater understanding of what the government really wants to fund. </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5: Plan, research, and write your grant application. Fill out all online or hard copy forms (cover forms, budget forms, certifications, and assurances). </li></ul>
  41. 42. Notify Legislators! <ul><li>Step 6: Never, ever apply for Federal grant funding without contacting your Congressional team members (Washington, DC offices) to ask for assistance in tracking your application once it has been submitted. Also, ask for a letter of support to be sent from your Congressperson directly to the Secretary (appointed by the President) of the specific Federal agency. </li></ul>
  42. 43. Upload and Verify Your Application <ul><li>Step 7: Once you have uploaded your entire application on , you’ll receive a confirmation of receipt and an application control number. Print and save this information. Congressional team members will need the application control number for tracking purposes. </li></ul>
  43. 44. Let the Waiting Begin <ul><li>Step 8: Technical Review by Program Staff. </li></ul>File 13
  44. 45. Peer Review <ul><li>Step 9: Peer review by individuals and then teams (usually three persons with expertise in area of funding) to determine how many points to assign to each narrative section of your federal grant application (state uses peer review too, sometimes!). </li></ul>
  45. 46. Narrative Section Sample of Review Point Values Section Points Assigned Obj. & Need for Assistance 20 Approach (Goals, Objectives, and Implementation Strategies) 25 Results or Benefits Expected (Logic Model and Evaluation Plan) 20 Organizational Profiles (Capacity of the Grant Applicant and Grant/Project Management Plan) 20 Budget 15 Total Points/Pages 100 Points
  46. 47. Waiting for Word…Any Word! <ul><li>Step 10: Applicants recommended for funding by the Peer Review team members will be eyeballed closely by the funding agency’s program staff. Once final decisions have been approved by the agency, Congressional team members will be contacted with notification that one or more of their constituents will be receiving a federal grant award. </li></ul>
  47. 48. The Trickle Down of Information <ul><li>Step 11: Your Congressional team members will issue a press release to your local media; some grant applicants find out they’re funded when they read the paper, often before they get a telephone call from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the Agency’s Grant Management division to negotiate the grant award or to proceed with the grant agreement paperwork. </li></ul>
  48. 49. Getting the Money? <ul><li>Step 12: Funds will be transferred electronically into your organization’s bank account (the Central Contractor Registry already has this information—it was required when you registered on and ) . </li></ul>
  49. 50. Book