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Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"
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Grant Informaiton Network "How Do I Find The Money?"

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  • 1. Presented at the GIN Grant Writing Workshop December 10 th , 2008 R.V. Thivierge-Rikard Grant Administrator Department of Commerce NC Board of Science & Technology Office: 919-716-0110 Cell: 919-414-0891 http:www.ncscitech.com [email_address] How Do I Find the Money? A Lesson in Persistence
  • 2. Searching for a funding is similar to finding out information on something before you buy it. There are some questions you need to answer before you search: 1. How much am I looking for? ( A LOT OF COURSE! ) 2. Am I interested in one year of funding or multiple years of funding? ( AS MANY AS POSSIBLE RV! ) 3. What is my time frame? ( NOW NOW NOW!! ) 4. What is the focus/purpose of project? ( HUH??? ) RV Rikard GIN(c) 2008
  • 3. Still Searching….
      • Why is this important?
    • Knowing what you need will help you find what you need!
      • For Example:
    Period of Funding? Amount? Over $10,000 One Year Multiple Years State grant, Foundation, or Federal agency Federal grant – perhaps State Under $10,000 Local or State grant State grant or Foundation My Time Frame? Focus/ Purpose? Narrow Less than a year 1 year or more Local or State grant State grant or Foundation Broad Perhaps Federal grant – more likely a State grant or foundation Federal grant RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 4. Let’s Use an Example:
      • Product : audiobooks –
    • 1. How much am I looking for ? At least $5,000.00
    • 2. Am I interested in one year of funding or multiple years of funding ? At least 1 year
    • 3. What is my time frame ? Immediately! – but realistically 6-8 months
    • 4. What is the focus/purpose of project ? Need $$ for equipment
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 5. Example Continued…
      • Make a list of key words to use in a search:
      • Think about organizations who might offer grants….like State and Federal agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations.
      • DO NOT ASSUME THAT A “BLIND” SEARCH WILL GIVE YOU RESULTS!
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 6. Can You Gooooooogle ?
      • Google is an excellent place to begin your search.
      • Google offers a free search tool – Google Alerts http://www.google.com/alerts
      • Try different combinations of your key words.
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 7. Federal Government Sites One of the best Federal sites to search for funding is the CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – www.cfda.gov ) The CFDA is updated daily! RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 8. Grants.gov
      • Not as good as CFDA but a good place to find federal grant and contract funds.
      • Pros :
        • Updated by the US DHHS
        • Central “clearing house”
        • Information is clear
      • Cons :
        • Slow
        • On-line applications are SLOW!
        • Can’t search for old RFPs/Solicitations
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 9. The Federal Register
      • Very Good source for new and old RFPs/Solicitations.
      • Why old RFPs/Solicitations?
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 10. No luck with the Feds websites!?!
      • Try going to a specific agencies website who may provide funding for your project and search for grants from the specific site. Some examples include:
    • 1. The US Department of Education - http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml
    • 2. National Science Foundation - http://www.nsf.gov/
    • 3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health - http://www.nih.gov/
    • 4. National Endowment for Humanities - http://www.neh.fed.us/
    • 5. The EPA http://yosemite.epa.gov/ee/epa/eed.nsf/Webpages/Grants.html
    • 6. NASA - http://education.nasa.gov/divisions/higher/grants/index.html
    • 7. US Department of Agriculture - http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/grants.htm
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 11. Commercial Sites
      • eCivis.com
      • Sometimes you have to spend money to make money…
    • … but do you want too?
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 12. GuideStar.org GuideStar links gantors to grantees and offers a free registration. To use GuideStart services; your agency must provide: 1. A complete or updated GuideStar Information Form (GIF). This includes your organizations EIN number. 2. You must post a letter of determination and audited financial statement to your GuideStar Report through eDocs. Funders want to see these documents. 3. This will link to your GuideStar Report from your Web site to demonstrate your transparency and make due diligence a snap for your grant makers. RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 13. The Foundation Center
      • Registration is free.
      • Limited number of search results.
    RV Rikard NCBST (c) 2008
  • 14. Specialty/Professional Organization Searches If you are unable to locate a funding opportunity from any of the above sites; then try visiting specialty/professional organizations. For example: http://www.dsireusa.org/
  • 15. Specialty/Professional Organization Searches
    • Some other sites I suggest:
      • The American Association of Grant Professionals http://www.grantprofessionals.org/
      • The Association of Fundraising Professionals http://www.afpnet.org/
      • The Council of Foundations http://www.cof.org/index.cfm
      • The National Grants Management Association http://www.ngma.org/
      • The Philanthropy Journal http://www.philanthropyjournal.org/index.cfm

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