What Is A Grant

Grants are non-repayable funds or goods that provide financial assistance to tax-exempt organizations, small businesses or individuals.  However, grants are more than free cash for an organization or personal endeavor. A grant is an award that is accorded under the conditions that the funding will be used for a specific purpose with unique conditions. Funding sources are looking for organizations and/or individuals that will best use their money to accomplish the goals of their grant program. “A grant award is an investment in positive change” (www.tgci.com).

Who awards grants?

Funders include federal, state and local governments, public and private foundations, corporations and philanthropists. Each funder has their own application with specific eligibility requirements and GrantWatch lists the main eligibility requirements for each grant. The application process varies from funder to funder. Today, most grantors only accept applications directly through their website, which is provided in the GrantWatch listing. Every funding organization has a grant program administrator that can answer questions regarding the organization’s grant program.

When does an organization receive a grant?

The applicant, the organization/individual seeking the grant, must first meet all of the eligibility requirements before starting the application process. The funding source will require a grant proposal that describes the need and outlines exactly where, how and why the funds will be used. Because each grant has a specific purpose, the potential grantee must work diligently to demonstrate why he/she/it should receive the grant award. The grant writer should have a clear understanding of the funder’s purpose for the grant. The essential elements a writer should include in the grant proposal are the history of the organization, a plan for achieving results, a logical, convincing argument for funding the applicant organization’s proposed program and a budget that clearly defines how the funds will be used. 

Grants from federal, state and local governments, public and private foundations, philanthropists and corporations are all listed on GrantWatch.com. When searching our grant listings, you can choose to search grants by the different types of funding sources. 

Federal Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Humanities Projects Serving Public Audiences

Grants to USA nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions for humanities projects benefitting public audiences. 

Deadline: 8/9/17 Receipt (5:00 PM recommended submission)


Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits and Agencies for Scientific Conferences Relating to Public Health

Grants to USA and territories IHEs, nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies to support high-quality scientific conferences related to public health. 

Deadline: 8/12/17 5:00 PM (local time of applicant organization) – All types of non-AIDS applications


State Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Improve Arts and Cultural Facilities, Museums, and Historic Sites

Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit cultural organizations to renovate, preserve, or improve artistic performing arts centers, museums, cultural art centers, and historic sites.

Deadline: 10/1/17


Grants to California Cities, Counties, and Districts for the Protection of Wildlife and Habitats

Grants to California cities, counties, and park or open-space districts for a broad range of habitat conservation projects. 

Deadline: 10/02/17 5:00 PM (Delivery or Postmark)


Local Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to Arcata, California Nonprofits for Community, Education, Art, History, Recreation, Environment, and Human Services

Grants to Arcata, California nonprofit organizations for programs or services that enhance the local community. 

Deadline: 12/15/17 Postmarked


Grants to Lyon County, Nevada Organizations to Market Tourism Attractions and Events

Grants to Lyon County, Nevada organizations for the promotion of tourism events and attractions that bring people to the county, promote commerce, and generate overnight stays. 

Deadline: 12/01/17


Foundation Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Water and Land Conservation Programs

Grants to Virginia nonprofits and agencies for specific environmental protection projects that will produce measurable results.

Deadline: 12/01/17 5:00 PM ET Receipt


Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Physical and Mental Health Programming

Grants to Ohio nonprofits in Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties for programs that promote the physical and mental health and well-being of local citizens.

Deadline: 12/12/17 4:30 PM

About the Author: Dominique Matalon is a Grant Specialist for GrantWatch.com

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