We are Thanking Veterans with a 10% Rebate Check and Personal Recognition!

memorial dayVeterans are near and dear to our hearts. We appreciate and are grateful for our safety and security within our borders.

For Memorial Day, we are excited to sponsor a special rebate program.  From May 21 through May 31, 2015, all veteran related nonprofits, veteran owned small businesses, and/or an individual veteran that subscribes to GrantWatch.com for either a six (6) month or (1) one year membership will receive a 10% rebate check!

GrantWatch.com posts new grant opportunities for veterans, their families and related associations to the Veterans’ category. Subscribers stay up-to-date with the newest funding sources throughout the USA. 

If you are not a veteran, during this opportune time, consider – gifting a veteran friend or veteran organization with this special offer.

In addition, our founder and CEO, Libby Hikind looks forward to personally saying, “Thank you for serving!” 

Send your details to special@grantwatch.com, and you will receive both your rebate check and personal contact with Libby.  Best wishes for a meaningful Memorial Day.  GrantWatch.com salutes you!

Instructions for Receiving Your 10% Rebate Check and “Thank You” from Libby

1.      Subscribe to GrantWatch.com for either six (6) months or (1) one year by clicking: https://www.grantwatch.com/plans.php

2.      Send to special@grantwatch.com

a.      Your GrantWatch.com user name (email address on the account).

b.      The full name and address where to send the rebate check and thank you note.

c.       Proof of your veteran or current serving status (veteran nonprofits or small business should send a link to their website and/or mission statement).

d.      The first and last name that appears on the credit card used to purchase the  subscription.

Thank you for joining GrantWatch.com!  We are honored to help you!

You Asked and GrantWatch Listened!


In our pursuit to make GrantWatch the best, most user-friendly site for nonprofits to easily find funding, we constantly seek to not only improve your website experience but also to take your suggestions seriously. To that end, we are happy to share with you our latest upgrade.

Recently, a subscriber in New Mexico wrote to our support team requesting that we add an “email this grant” and “print this grant” feature to our site.  Recognizing the value to our customers, we are pleased to announce that you may now click on these icons for email  email   and for printing print.

Our goal is to assist you in the most professional, streamlined fashion we can to save you time and get funding to your organization as quickly and easily as possible.  We welcome any ideas or comments you would like to share in order to make GrantWatch your favorite place to search for grants and helpful information. 

YOU have inspired GrantWatch.com through our Employee Appreciation Day Contest!

Employee appreciation dayIn honor of Employee Appreciation Day, GrantWatch.com launched a contest last week. Participation has been pouring in and we are so touched by the responses and admiration that people have for their fellow staff.

Common terms used to describe beloved team members were; dedicated, selfless, positive attitude, passionate, encouraging, tireless, going beyond the call of duty, wearer of many hats, compassionate, committed and reliable. Clearly, our nonprofit workers are a unique breed of special people.

We thought that you might appreciate reading a few of the beautiful posts as much as we did. So, we have posted them below.

The contest is continuing for just a few more days.  All entries must be in by March 6, 2015, Employee Appreciation Day.  The winning organization will receive a FREE annual subscription to GrantWatch.com valued at $199 and the star employee will get a $75 Starbucks gift card!

You can still nominate a valued worker by clicking: https://apps.facebook.com/my-contests/ukbuea

And, now, for a few heartfelt responses (edited for the sake of space):

Christine Castles from Foundation for the Arts and Trauma, Connecticut wrote:“Dear Miss Kendra, All our staff, students, teachers, and administrators cannot thank you enough. Your name says it all: Kind, Enthusiastic, Nice, Devoted, Responsible, Accountable!… you are totally a remarkable woman! Your "List" is phenomenal and all who use it know first-hand how children should be treated, making for a more peaceful world, whose goal is to totally eradicate child maltreatment. Your personal response in penning thousands of letters each year to the children who write you is beyond comprehension. Your dedication to all the thousands of children we serve in Connecticut is a testament to your amazing character, something so rare, yet so necessary in these times.”

Julie Weaver from Amboy Elementary, Arkansas wrote: “Elena Reyes-Lovins is constantly going above and beyond to make learning exciting and hands-on. She shares her knowledge and expertise with the staff and helps new teachers learn how to write grants. She is passionate and is always seeking new opportunities to grow professionally. She is an amazing educator!”

Christine Randall from Philadelphia Senior Citizens Resource Center (PSCRC), Pennsylvania wrote: “Jacqueline Mack, our office manager trainee is the person that I take great pride in nominating for your "Employee Appreciation Day" contest. We thank her for the countless extra steps she takes to make sure that our tasks are complete….She brings us that "Let's Get it Down" attitude each and every day. She encourages all of us with her strength, faith and belief in God.  Even when some tasks are difficult for her she still gives her very best and encourages the other staff members, trainees and volunteers to do the same. To be honest, it is truly because of Jacqueline's cheerleading of our organization that makes us  all be mindful during difficult moments why we do what we do for senior citizens, their families and caregivers.”

Kelli Czaykowsky from Friends of refugees providing education and empowerment, Georgia wrote: “Allen Clark of FREE is always willing to go on short notice for anything that we need. If a mother calls and her baby does not have any diapers he will bring diapers to the mother. If the family is hungry and in need of food, he will go purchase food and take it to them. He is always picking up donated furniture, clothes, and other items sometimes the same day that people will call. He never says no when a person is in need and is always the first to be there to help a refugee. If he sees a child with no shoes he will go to the Goodwill and buy shoes for that child. He has given out hundreds of bicycles for the kids and then he will go and fix the bicycles as they start to breakdown.”

Congratulations to all of the nominees posted above and those we have not yet had a chance to feature.  You are already winners in the eyes of so many! 

(All entries are entered into the contest and one winner will be selected at random on March 6, 2015.  Good Luck!)

How to Write a LOI=Letter of Intent, Letter of Interest, Letter of Inquiry

letter of intent picHow to Write a LOI=Letter of Intent, Letter of Interest, Letter of Inquiry

Many foundations ask for a LOI before requesting a full grant proposal.  This helps the funder to weed out organizations which are the most appropriate to receive their offered grant. Organizations also use the LOI to assess how many staff are needed in order to review the upcoming proposals.  More so, the LOI places you on their mailing list for all future addendums and modifications for that particular grant, including deadline changes.

LOI is a non-legally binding document which includes an introduction to your project, contact information at your agency, a description of your organization, a statement of need, your methodology and/or an achievable solution to the need, a brief discussion of other funding sources and a final summary. 

Although foundations usually provide an outline for the LOI, we hope that the following tips will help you successfully win your applied for grants. 

  1. The LOI should be a brief, one page, informative letter which summarizes your ultimate full proposal.  There are times, however, when it can be as long as three pages.
  2. The structure of the LOI is a business letter.  Therefore, write the LOI on business letterhead.  Be sure that your company’s address appears on the letterhead or add it to the letter on the right hand side.  The recipient’s address should appear on the left hand side of the paper. 
  3. It is important to use the specific name of the recipient.  It is best to avoid general terminology such as, “Dear Sir” or “To Whom It May Concern”.
  4. The opening of your LOI might be the most important part of your letter.  It should be a concise, executive summary which provides enticing information to inspire the reader to continue.  Include the name of your organization, the grant you are applying for and/or the amount of money you are requesting as well as a short description of the project involved.  You should also include how your project fits the funder’s guidelines and funding interests.
  5. Next, give a brief history of your nonprofit and its programs.  There should be a direct connection made from what you currently do to what you want to accomplish with their funding.  Include a description of your target population and geographic area.  It is wise to incorporate statistical facts about what you are doing and hope to do as well as specific examples of successes and needs.
  6. Elaborate on your objectives.  How do you plan on using the funding to solve the problem?  Describe the project succinctly.  Include major activities along with the names and titles of key project staff.
  7. If you are requesting funding from other sources, mention this in a brief paragraph.  In addition, include any funding already secured as well as how you plan to support the project in the future.
  8. Briefly summarize your goal.  Note that you are open to answering any further questions.  Thank the funder for his consideration in your organization. 
  9. You may attach any additional forms which are helpful to present your information. However, keep in mind that this is a LOI and not a full proposal.
  10. Review the given guidelines for the LOI to assure that you have met all of the funder’s requirements.  Failing to include all requested information can cause your LOI to be disregarded.
  11. When signing the LOI, use proper business salutations such as “sincerely” or “respectfully”.  It is best to avoid an overly friendly closing.

For your convenience, here are some links to sample LOIs:

Short LOI: http://www.sophisticatededge.com/sample-letter-of-intent-for-a-grant.html

Long LOI: http://www.npguides.org/guide/inquiry_letter.htm

May your LOI open the door to your successful winning of grants. 

Volunteers and Nonprofits Together Get Funds

firefighters-volunteeringNonprofits are encouraged to utilize volunteers during the Winter Holiday Season in order to make the most of available grant funding.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — "People want to help others by doing good deeds during this holiday season of giving. Not everyone can donate funds but many can donate their most precious 'gift of time'.  That is the message that Libby Hikind, founder and president of GrantWatch.com, has for nonprofits and community organizations that will serve the needy during the upcoming holidays.

Libby is in touch with numerous grant seekers and funding sources. She notes that organizations that utilize both grant funding and volunteer resources benefit from a synergy that allows them to accomplish more than either grant funding or volunteerism could achieve alone.

Volunteers bring to the nonprofit great energy, valuable suggestions and connections to call upon in order to implement and supplement the organization's initiatives and programs.  In addition, volunteer assistance enables organizations to free up limited resources so that they can re-allocate their grant income towards the purchase of more food and necessities for the indigent than might otherwise have been possible.  Volunteers help non-profits search for and identify grant funding on GrantWatch.com and find skilled, professional grant writers through GrantWriterTeam.com.

GrantWatch.com is the premier website for grant seekers, listing more than 12,000 USA and International federal, state, local and foundation grants and has become an essential tool for non-profits.  Grant proposals are reviewed by GrantWatch.com associates to provide nonprofits with a dependable list of potential funders.  By drastically reducing the time that organizations spend searching for funding, GrantWatch.com enables them to focus their energy and efforts on their long-term goals as well as on more effective management of their day-to-day operations.

Both subscribers and non-subscribers can see grant previews and deadline information on the site.

GrantWatch Focuses on Veteran Grants

thank you veteransLibby Hikind, CEO and Founder of GrantWatch.com, remembers celebrating Veterans’ Day as a child, acknowledging her indebtedness to our country’s veterans:

“As a young girl, I remember honoring the brave by decorating my bike with red, white and blue streamers, weaving them in and out through the spokes and handle bars. I proudly rode in our small town parade with family activities culminating at the American Legion Hall.

I am eternally grateful to the men and women who have served our country. I treasure my freedom and I want to say, 'Thank you for the priceless gift.' Veterans, I salute you!”

She has asked her researchers and staff to join in her salute by expanding their search and posting additional grants available for nonprofits serving veterans. 

Grant funders who have the resources to assist the many veteran-serving organizations are encouraged to publicize their grants on the GrantWatch.com website through the Enter A New Grant portal.

Ms. Hikind has also built a website to lend further support to organizations that have located grants and need assistance in responding to the application (request for proposal). Organizations can Request A Grant Writer and utilize GrantWriterTeam.com’s services.

GrantWriterTeam is the new innovative online program that Hikind developed to provide organizations with professional grant writers and to provide grant writers with ready-made grant writing opportunities. Grant seekers can go to GrantWriterTeam.com and request an experienced grant writer to help them apply for the monies they need and deserve.