Where to Find Grants for your Nonprofit Organization

Finding grants for your nonprofit organization is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans. They come in all shapes and sizes, require some self-reflection and can be an incredibly time-consuming process. And maybe it’s not your favorite thing to do.

Plenty of resources exist to find that perfect grant for your organization that has the style, flexibility and price tag you need – or maybe that’s the jeans. But here are a few resources to get you on your way to finding the necessary funding for your organization. It may require some sifting and searching on your part, but this will surely save you from those pesky grant-writing blues.

Square one on your mission to finding grants for your nonprofit starts here.

 

Grants.gov

Not only is Grants.gov a place to find grants, but it’s also a place to educate yourself on how grants work and what they’re all about.

If you find a federal grant that interests your organization, you’ll need to go through the following stages:

  1. Pre-Award Phase
    This is the phase where you’ll seek out new grants that are applicable to your organization and work toward submitting an application that matches the given criteria.
  2. Award Phase
    The award phase occurs when federal agency staff members make decisions to grant your organization the funds to continue with a project.
  3. Post Award
    While this seems like it should be the easiest phase of the grant process, it’s actually one of the most labor-intensive. The post-award phase involves implementing the grant that your organization has been awarded and actually documenting the progress of what your organization said they’d do. In order to succeed at the process, you’ll need to submit a report detailing both the financials and the program progress.

Make sure to fully utilize the educational aspects of Grants.gov. Search the site and sort by the newest or most relevant grants by sorting them into various categories.

 

Local Foundations

The best place to start is a foundation that understands the work you’re doing. Search online for foundations in your area or try to meet funders through networking events in your community. If the marketing and storytelling you’ve been implementing in your community has been doing its job, foundations should already have some sort of understanding of how your organization operates. That helps give you a leg up in the funding world.

While this option seems to be the vaguest, it could have the most promise for your organization. People love to give locally because it helps stimulate their own economy and helps give back. So get out there, open your eyes and consider the possibilities happening in your own backyard.

 

GrantWatch.com

This site could be suitable for your organization if it fits into one of the following (ample!) categories: universities, hospitals, government agencies, schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, research institutions and some small businesses and individuals.

That’s a ton of opportunity for your organization. Plus, this site adds new grants and archives old grants daily, ensuring you’re getting the most out of your time. Keep in mind, this is a paid option, and there are other paid options out there to consider. Start slow and determine if the return could be worth it for your organization.

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Now you have the browsing power to at least begin your search into the grant world. Check them all out, see which resources work best for your organization and apply to the grants that matter.

  • Marcia White

    As a grant maker, it makes me sad to be referred to as “a necessary evil.” Most of us are actually quite nice people with a mission to help others, just like the nonprofits we fund. I completely agree with Matt’s recommendation that local funders are the best place to start. Don’t be afraid to contact a local funder to set up an information meeting so you can figure out which funders are the best fit for your organization. And don’t worry, most of us don’t bite!

    • Film Hope Foundation

      Yeah I don’t like that so much either.

    • Taryn K.

      I work for and my family directs a nonprofit in Kansas. We are technically a church that operates a second hand store; however, we don’t actually run a church – meaning we have no services just a bible study for employees and volunteers and we disciple and have a great ministry through our store with the local community. This has made it really difficult to find grants that really fit us. How would I go about finding local funders? Googling really doesn’t seem to get the information I need. Currently we are just looking for a way to get our parking lot fixed (little space and a lot of damage) but we are also wanting to expand in to a different city so we can reach more people.

  • Marty Jones

    I am looking for help finding grant money to purchase a single family home to start a nonprofit adult foster care business. My mom is 90 and wants to sell me hers before she dies so I can continue serving other elderly clients who need nursing home care but want to stay in the community. I sure would appreciate a point in the right direction, thank you!

    • Cruz Lopez

      Kindly contact agent Howard on his email, I sure he will be of help. “howardphillipscares@gmail.com”

  • Cruz Lopez

    This is to all Citizen living in the U.S aged 18 and above.Retired men and women living in the united states are also included. It’s a programme invented for helping the disable and raising the standard of living for them and all the citizens of the U.S. Dont know if you have heard about the new programe called the Federal Government Grants and projects ,its a give back money offer from the US Government in other to maintain the standard of living for 2017/2018. The procedures for earning the grant and funding is pretty easy.
    I got my grant of $110,000 for my project deposited inside my account and right now I’m on course to achieving my goals.
    First of all I obtained the “Project Proposal Application grant form which cost $500.
    After receiving the form via email,I filled and forwarded back the form and other accompanying documents submitted along with my dream project applications for funding from the federal government .

    If you also wanna apply you can contact the agent Mr Howard on his email.

    howardphillipscares@gmail.com

    +16786322910

  • Ariane Campos

    Hello, I’m a Brazilian student, and with great sacrifice I got to Harvard. There is a book that I really like and is very useful for my studies. But I do not have the money to buy it, I’m walking to the University to avoid spending money on the bus, and I’m also saving on food, but it’s still hard to put the money together for this book. And it costs 55 dollars.
    where I could get help to buy it?
    Thank you!

    The name of the book is Molecular Ecology

  • Sandrine Elkaim Linglet

    Hello,
    We are looking for help, we a a non profit organization and need grants for saving Wild mustangs that are rounded up and mostly going to be slaughtered.
    We have 2 as of today but have no funds to rescue more, it’s urgent to find a way to rescue these horses from slaughter.
    Can someone help as a grant writer, grants ??
    Thank you in advance we are looking forward to hear from you
    equinoxhorserescue@gmail.com

  • Indira Cedeño-Mosquera

    Im a panamanian in Panama, Central America struggling with my mother’s school that few moths I start to take care and try to make it work.
    We want to innovate offering the best education we can offer to students in a developing country, that need better professionals ready for the XXIst century.
    We have 100 kids right now from K-12, my dream is to build a big private school with very low prices. but the best education ever.
    The government schools are really awful
    How can we apply for Grants or international funding for our school. visit our web page that has all that we want to reach as goals. http://www.natesch.org .