Urban Farming and Youth

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, is a unique nonprofit that operates out of East Oakland, California to engage inner-city youth in urban farming. They use GrantWatch.com to search for grants in order to continue their programming. If you are a similar nonprofit, check out some of the following categories at GrantWatch.com: Farming/AgricultureYouth/Out-of-School Youth and Quality of Life.

Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director, has been operating Acta Non Verba (ANV) since 2010. She told me that similar programs in other states can learn a thing or two from her. She advises them to emphasize community engagement. “I learned early on that there were not enough community members engaged in the work. In the past 5 years, we made huge strides to have an intentional effort to involve the community in our programs,” said Kelly.

The target community for the operations of ANV are folks living in what is known as “deep” Oakland, California; particularly, children ages 5 -13. The nonprofit’s mission is to enhance the understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living among children and strengthen their connection to the community.

Photo by Pete Rosos

ANV organizes camps, after-school programs, and monthly farm days to teach safe husbandry and harvesting. In this way, youth will learn how to eat healthy meals at home. With help from the children, all produce is sold to local restaurants and through their Community Supported Agriculture program. All proceeds go into an educational savings account for them.

ANV is a unique program that shows children the value of hard work and healthy eating. Kelly loves that the children take home these values. In fact, she says “While working with children, you have to work with families. The impact will then be greater.” By including parents, as volunteers for field and camping trips, Kelly involves the whole family in ANV.

Kelly says ANV doesn’t compare itself to any nonprofit, but itself. The bar is raised by the success of the previous day. “We are striving to be better, ourselves,” says Kelly. In addition to the camps, after-school programs, and monthly farm days, ANV hosts a food pantry and wellness event every year. For these programs, ANV requires funding.

ANV is a MemberPlus+ at GrantWatch.com and uses the website to search for grants. Kelly likes that the grants are sorted between states and by interest. She also finds the weekly reminder emails with lists of grants in her state very helpful. “It’s exciting to see the list of new grants that have been added,” says Kelly.

ANV first narrowed down 4-5 grants of interest from GrantWatch.com and under the advisement of a development consultant, applied to 2. They are in the process of waiting to hear back from the funding sources and we here at GrantWatch wish them good luck! 

Kelly went on to say that all of her programs could benefit from crowdfunding, a new online form of fundraising.

Remember, GrantWatch.com has a sister-site called GrantsWE.fund where any nonprofit or small business can start a crowdfunding campaign. It requires dedicated time and hard work to have a successful campaign. Read about it in our previous article, Why Nonprofits are Perfect for GrantsWE.fund

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and currently writes for GrantWatch and its affiliated websites.

GrantWatch Has International Grants


GrantWatch has grants for international nonprofits, for-profits and small businesses! We have grants for Canada, Israel, and for many countries in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and more! 


The grant titles will contain the region of the world for which the grants are intended. For example, in the title at GrantWatch.com, an international grant might read:

Grants to Canada Aboriginal and First Nation Businesses in Northern Territories for Economic Development.

This grant is obviously very specific in regards to geographic focus. But then you will come across other grants like the following one:

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Reducing Inequalities and Social Justice Programs. 

I often recommend for patrons to search for grants with the word “international” in them because these are usually not specific to any country. But, you can always specify when searching for grants according to territories and compact free associations listed under USA states. These include American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and The Federates States of Micronesia.

Abroad, nonprofits and NGOs are performing much needed work. We are often contacted by faith-based organizations working to help children and women. Here is a related list of grants for international nonprofits:

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Reducing Inequalities and Social Justice Programs

Deadline: 10/31/16

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals and Groups for Women's Vocal Music

Deadline: 11/01/16

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Individuals for Wellness, Arts, Recreation, Social Services, and Environment

Deadline: 11/04/16

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals for Research in Jewish History and Social Welfare

Deadline: 01/15/17

Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Schools and Agencies in Multiple Provinces for STEM and Energy Conservation

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Micronesia, Marshall Islands & Palau NGOs & Community Groups for Humanitarian Development

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Children, Health, and Education

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Israel Nonprofits for Capital Projects to Serve Jewish and General Communities

Deadline: Ongoing

You will also be pleasantly surprised to find grants and awards for individuals or researchers listed at International.GrantWatch.com

Career and Technical Education

GrantWatch.com publishes workforce grants and is excited about the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act passed by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 13. The bill adds flexibility to the allotment of federal funds for apprenticeships and workforce training.

This bill will allow funds to be distributed to schools and other career and technical education models. This bill is coming under the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 1984. 

According to the new bill, states can use up to 15% of these federal funds for career and technical education models. Many organizations are excited about the change and look forward to preparing workers for the technologically high-demand careers of the 21st century.

Here are some career and technological education grants that you can find at GrantWatch.com and MWBEzone.com.

Grants to USA IHEs for Programs that Support Minority Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM

Deadline: 10/14/2016

Grants to Delaware LEAs in Rural Communities to Promote Career Readiness and Technical Education

Deadline: 10/14/2016

Grants to Oklahoma Individual Artists for Art Materials and Technology to Jumpstart Their Careers

Deadline: 10/15/2016

Grants to USA and Japan Nonprofits for Leadership and STEM Programs for Youth and Young Women

Deadline: 10/15/2016

Grants to New Hampshire Businesses for Professional Development Programs to Enhance Employee Skills

Deadline: 10/21/16

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Veterans with Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits for STEM Education, Workforce Development, Environment, Culture and Social Services

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA and Israel Nonprofits for Urban Affairs, Jewish Life, Biomedical Research and Education Programs

Deadline: Ongoing

It's integral to invest in and for the future. You wouldn't go without saving for retirement, would you? In the same way, investing in education and development programs for specified career tracks is preparing for the future.

What careers will be in demand in the future? According to salary.com, these will include healthcare, information technology and alternative energy – all of which require a solid background in STEM. So, investing in related educational models for career preparation would be wise. 


Grants for Individuals

How can you tell if a grant is for a nonprofit, small busiess or individual on GrantWatch.com? Well, they will all be listed as grants, but, in the titles look for the words 

for-profits, small businesses or individuals.

For example: 

Grants to USA, Canada, International Individuals and Groups for Social Justice, Environment, and Culture

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants for individuals will indicate that they are for individuals in the title. Likewise, grants for small businesses will indicate they are for small businesses or for-profits in the title.  You should also look on MWBEzone.com, the sister website to GrantWatch meant for small businesses.

Although we cater to nonprofits, we get many phone calls and chat conversations about grants for individuals. These can be individuals looking to fund technological endeavors, business startups, research or more. They are teachers, educators, artists, the disabled, single mothers, or others. If most of our grants are catered to nonprofits, where should these people look?

GrantWatch.com has grants for Individuals! But just like with nonprofits, we cannot guarantee that you will find a grant on our site or that you will be awarded it, when you apply. 

Here are some grants for individuals currently listed at GrantWatch.com:

Grants to USA Artists, Individuals, and Organizations to Travel Abroad for Artistic Collaboration

Deadline: 10/28/2016

Award to Recognize a USA, Canada, or International Inventor for Scientific Research that Benefits Others

Deadline: 11/01/16

Intensive Business Course and Mentoring Program for USA Veterans with Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Modify Homes of Individuals with Disabilities

Deadline: 09/28/16

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Governments to Repair the Homes of Financially Disadvantaged Seniors

Deadline: 09/28/16

Grants to South Ohio Nonprofits, Schools, and Individuals for Education, Financial Assistance, and Human Services

Deadline 1: 09/30/16; Deadline 2: 12/31/16

Grants to New Mexico Individuals with Illnesses for Household and Living Expenses

Deadline: Ongoing

There is one subscription price for both websites, GrantWatch.com and MWBEzone.com.

While GrantWatch focuses on nonprofits and MWBEzone focusses on small business, they are still resources for individual grants. Our GrantWatch Individual and MWBEzone Individual category contain grants for research, teaching, community improvement and more. 

You can also crowdfund your individual need if you have alot of followers on social media. Go to Grantswe.fund and click Create a Campaign. If you don't already know, crowdfunding is like fundraising online. With the proper amount of work put into it, you could have a successful campaign! 

Are You a Grant Search Sleuth?

Are you a grant writer searching for grants? Does it feel like looking for a needle in a haystack? Hone your detective skills at GrantWatch.com. There is a secret search method you may not be aware of.  

There are numerous ways in which you can maximize the searching capabilities at GrantWatch.com. This article is important to any grant writer from GrantWriterTeam who was given a free complimentary GrantWatch subscription, or anyone interested in becoming a GrantWatch MemberPlus+ subscriber. 

First, for anyone searching for grants, the NEVER BE WITHOUT is a current GrantWatch.com subscription.  You do not want to miss the latest grants for nonprofits and small businesses. This week on GrantWatch.com we have posted 512 NEW funding opportunities (GRANT APPLICATIONS, RFPs, AWARDS, and CONTRACTS) from foundations, corporations, federal, state and local governments: You can choose from the following subscription possibilities.  

The year-long subscription is the best monetary value, because it averages to only $16 per month. 

Once you’ve become a MemberPlus+, begin your search by narrowing your state. You do this by clicking Change Location, then selecting your state, country, or region. After you’ve done this, look to the categories listed to the right of the screen. These categories can help you search for specific grants. For instance, if you are a school looking for grants for your elementary-aged children, you can choose the Elementary Education category. 

Now, are you ready for the secret? GrantWatch has a specific way to search for grants by keyword. Just click on Search for a Grant in the navigation bar. A new screen should open where you see the option to search for a grant using Grant Interest, Geographic Focus, or Grant Funding Source. Below this, additional boxes will be open (for MemberPlus+). You should see “Advance Search.” Click on it and wait for the following boxes to appear: Keyword Search, GrantWatch ID, Deadline From, Deadline To, and a small box to check off if you want to include ongoing grants in your search.


In the keyword search box, you enter words or phrases relevant to your search. For instance, if you are looking for grants for sustainable farming, after you have looked through the Farming/Agriculture category, fully clear all the drop downs except location.  Now, click Search for a Grant and in the Keyword box enter 'farm' as a key word.  

Using keywords specifies your search for any grant that has that word anywhere on the grant detail age.  

If in one of your searches, you only see archived grants – send us your search parameters and we will send it to our research department to see if the grants have a new cycle. We do not generally recommend using the categories together with the keyword because if you narrow the search too much you may miss a grant.

GrantWatch.com itself is a tremendous tool. With the keyword search, it becomes a tool for investigative detective work. This is because not only do we have grant researchers reading RFP’s to categorize the grant listing, but the automated advance search functionality allows the search of any term. 

So, if you’re a grant writer who is a grant search sleuth, use Grantwatch.com for your grant search needs. 

About the Author: Sabeen is an MPH and currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliated websites.

Get Funded: The GrantWatch Way


GrantWatch is a monumental source for nonprofits and small businesses. As an established organization or one just starting up, you will find a wide variety of grants and awards on GrantWatch.com. Each grant or award is thoroughly vetted to ensure accuracy and authenticity.


We have a team of researchers that locate the grants.  They read the RFP’s and formulate a synopsis grant details page for you with the most needed information. The grant details page was designed to give you enough information to make the preliminary decision to apply for a grant. The GrantWatch detail pages are a great tool for development committees and boards of directors to review grants.

How to Get Funded: The GrantWatch Way

Step 1) Before using GrantWatch, you will want to have a good handle on your organization's mission statement, goals, program planning, and funding needs. It is important to be in possession of the organizations corporate papers, tax id #, and any special licenses or permits required of your organization. Determine the resources you will need. What does your organization already have, or expect from donations or contributions – what is needed to supplement your funding. 

Step 2) Now you are ready for your GrantWatch subscription. Sign-Up and enter your information. Once you’re logged in, it will take you to our pricing and plans page where you can choose a weekly, monthly, quarterly, biannual, or annual subscription. Click the subscribe button below. Then, enter your information. Or, if you’d rather pay by check, click Check Payment Form and complete the information within the invoice, generated for you. Print and mail the invoice with your check.

Step 3) Narrow your search to your geographic location and grant interests.  Click Change Location in the navigation bar to the top of the screen. Then, check out the categories listed to the right of the homepage. The grants categories begin with Aging/Seniors and end with Youth/Out-of-School Youth. When you find a grant or grants of interest, write down the GrantWatch ID number. This will help you locate them later, within the website.

Step 4) Now, you’re ready to apply! Research, write and complete the grant application. Be sure to read the RFP(s) and be clear about who, where and when to submit your application. Remember, GrantWatch is not the funding source. If you have the skills within your organization, apply for the grant(s) on your own and if you need assistance, hire a grant writer through GrantWriterTeam.com.

To learn more about what a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com can do for you, check out the following articles:

8 Reasons to Hire a Grant Writer

Why You Should Hire a Grant Writer

Grants for Technology

GrantWatch.com has technology grants for nonprofits, for-profits and small businesses, including RFPs, applications for foundation grants, corporate grants, state grants, city grants for use of technology in the classroom curriculum, and technology grants to improve health and medical information.

According to Education Week, "Technology is everywhere in education: Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content."

Grants for technology can be used to improve technological equipment at a school, STEM education, assist children with disabilities, workforce training, connect the senior population and improve services for your community. Or maybe, you have creative innovative ideas to design new uses for technology.  


If you’re interested in technology, explore the following grants for technology at GrantWatch.com.

Technology Donations to USA and Canada Educational Agencies to Improve 3rd – 8th Grade STEM Education

Deadline: 09/30/2016

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Technology and Educational Programs

Deadline: 09/30/2016

Grants to USA Individual Children with Special Needs for Materials, Technology, or Equipment

Deadline: 10/05/2016

Grants to USA Teams of Undergraduate and Graduate Students for Innovative Projects

Deadline 1: 10/05/16; Deadline 2: 01/25/17; Deadline 3: 05/03/17

Grants to USA Small Businesses to Develop Innovative Agriculture and Energy Technology

Deadline: 10/06/2016

Fellowships to USA Scholars for Independent Work on Advanced Research in Science and Math

Deadline 1: 10/06/16

Grants to USA Teachers and Educational Support Staff to Enhance Student Academic Success

Deadline: 10/15/2016

Scholarships to USA Veterans Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM Discipline

Deadline: 11/15/2016

Grants to USA and Israel Nonprofits for Urban Affairs, Jewish Life, Biomedical Research and Education Programs

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits for STEM Education, Workforce Development, Environment, Culture and Social Services

Deadline: Ongoing


GrantWatch.com is a grant search engine that devotes itself to nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals looking to fund their ambitions. So, if you have innovative ideas for the world of technology, check out the technology category at GrantWatch.com, listed to the right of the homepage in alphabetical order. 

Capital Funding at GrantWatch.com

If you’re a nonprofit or small business looking for funding for a building or equipment, go to GrantWatch.com. Specifically, check out our Capital Funding category. There, you will find grants for the purchase, construction, or renovation of a building or the purchase of equipment.

Thinking of tearing down your old facility and replacing it with a new one? Or, thinking about adding on to your building? Maybe you need some capital to buy a building for your nonprofit. We get many calls about this and would love to refer you to the following grants.

Grants to Massachusetts Boy Scout Councils for Capital Projects for Summer Camps

Deadline: 09/15/2016

Grants to Maine Theater Companies to Promote Presentations, Operations, and Capital Projects

Deadline: 09/15/2016

Grants to Montana Native American Businesses for Expansions and New Product Development

Deadline 1: 9/30/2016; Deadline 2: 10/31/2016

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Agencies, and School Districts to Preserve Historic Buildings

Deadline: 9/30/2016

Grants to Northwest Virginia Nonprofits and Schools for Educational and Capital Projects

Deadline 1: 09/30/16; Deadline 2: 12/01/16

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies and IHEs for Capital Projects to Support Art, Health and Education

Deadline: 09/30/2016

Grants to Peabody, Massachusetts Nonprofits for Education and Human Services

Deadline: 09/30/2016

Grants to Vermont Government Agencies to Acquire and Develop Parks and Green Spaces

Deadline: 12/16/16; LOI Date: 10/01/16

Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits, Municipalities, and Schools for Facility Improvement Projects

Deadline: 10/01/2016

Grants to Nebraska Public Libraries for Accreditation, Improvements in Programming, and Building Facilities

Deadline: 01/06/17; LOI Date: 10/01/16


GrantWatch is a comprehensive grant listing with grants organized into 50+ categories. We cater to nonprofits and small businesses but also have some grants for individuals. If you’re looking for capital funding – that is funding for buying, constructing, renovating a building or purchasing equipment – check out GrantWatch’s Capital Funding category. 

Libraries – Did You Know?

Tell your library that GrantWatch.com now offers Library IP License packages! Libraries can provide simultaneous access to GrantWatch.com to all visitors within the building.  This access can increase the flow of patrons at a library. In addition, GrantWatch.com has great grants and awards for libraries and library employees.


A library serves as a multipurpose community center. It offers programs for children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly, in addition to serving as a resource center for the population. However, a library can only work with a devoted staff and administration. Often, library administration finds new and innovative ways to engage the public. They also come up with programs to streamline activities.

If you’re a library employee, consider nominating your library, yourself or a colleague for some of the following grants and awards. Consider the hours of dedication needed for a library to operate. Surely, you could use some extra funds. Check out the following:


Children’s Book Project: Disaster Relief Grant

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Oklahoma Nonprofits, Civic Organizations, Libraries and Schools for Zoo Education Programs

Deadline: 09/01/2016

Grants to Florida Local Governments to Construct, Expand, and Remodel Libraries

Deadline: 09/01/2016

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Nonprofits to Promote Literacy and Enhance Book Collections

Deadline: 09/01/2016

Grants to Wyoming Library Employees for Professional Development and Education Opportunities

Deadline 1: 09/30/2016; Deadline 2: 11/30/2016

Grants to Kansas Libraries to Purchase Copies of Literature with Kansas-Related Themes

Deadline: 09/30/2016

In-Kind Donations to USA Libraries in Rural Areas for Children's Books

Deadline: 10/01/2016

Grants to Osceola County, Michigan Nonprofits for Art, Education, Environment, Health, and Social Welfare

Deadline: 10/01/2016

Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

Deadline: 12/01/2016


Public Relations Award

Deadline: 09/01/2016

I Love My Librarian Award

Deadline: 9/19/2016

Library Awards for Innovation

Deadline: 10/01/2016

George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award

Deadline: 12/01/2016

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

Deadline: 12/02/2016


Crowdfunding Opportunities for USA, Canada, International Nonprofits, Individuals and Businesses

Deadline: Ongoing

Go Get That Grant!

The book, Go Get That Grant: A Practical Guide for Libraries and Nonprofit Organizations, details how libraries can search for and apply for grants. In this book, you’ll find information on types of grants like foundation grants or government grants. It also includes how to locate grants. Unique to libraries and nonprofits, it explains identifying features of fundable programs.

If you’re interested in the Library IP License package for libraries, pricing is quoted on a case-by-case basis depending on the organization type and the anticipated size of web traffic by staff or patrons.  If you’re interested in applying for awards or grants for your library or as a library employee, check out the grants listed above or here. For questions and concerns, call (561)249-4129 or email Support@GrantWatch.com. 

About the Author: Sabeen is a Masters in Public Health. She is currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliate websites.

Fall Free Publicity Contest

GrantWatch.com is hosting a Fall Free Publicity Contest to promote replicable nonprofits and small businesses and their programs that serve the "greater good." We want nonprofits and small businesses around the globe to learn from your successes.

The prizes include FREE publicity for your company, gift cards to Starbucks and free subscriptions to GrantWatch.com!



First Place: FREE publicity – $75 gift card to Starbucks -free one-year subscription to GrantWatch.com worth $199!

Second Place: FREE publicity – $50 gift card to Starbucks -free six-month subscription to GrantWatch.com worth $150!

Third Place: FREE publicity – $25 gift card to Starbucks -free three-month subscription to GrantWatch.com worth $90!

Rules to Enter:

1) Like our GrantWatch.com Facebook page 

2) Share the contest post on your Wall 

3) Write an article about your organization and email it into SocialMedia@GrantWatch.com.

The published article with the most likes on Facebook over a 7-day period will win!  We will have second and third place winners as well.

All submissions are due on or before Friday, September 16, 2016. We will start publishing articles in the order they are received (even before that date) and we will notify the writer via email when their article is published. The full article will be published on one of our six websites.

Writers can share the link to our Facebook page – asking people to "Like My Article." Likes are counted on the article post on the GrantWatch Facebook page.

The complete contest ends on October 28, 2016. A winner will be announced October 31st!

How It Works:

In order to be published and promoted on our Facebook page, your article must pass our editorial board. We are only looking for 250 words and a picture to represent your organization or a logo. Starting Monday, September 5, 2016, we will publish one or many submissions per day. You will have one week (7 days to accumulate the most likes). After one week, additional likes WILL NOT be counted.

So for example, if your article is published and posted on our Facebook page on Tuesday, September 6, the tally for your likes will end on Tuesday, September 13. Any likes you accrue after this date will not be considered for the purposes of the contest. When your week is up, you will be notified of how many likes your article collected.

We may post multiple articles in one day. This means, your organization may go head-to-head with another organization. If you’re competitive, this is the contest for you!

Tallying for the final article will end October 28, 2016. A winner will be announced Monday, October 31st. Any articles submitted after September 9 will not be considered for the contest but we reserve the right to publish the article at a later date, if it passes our editorial board.