Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, are becoming the norm in today’s world. There are ongoing debates as to the reason behind the increase in the intensity of said disasters. Whatever your beliefs, one thing is certain, the devastation that follows is becoming increasingly drastic.
Recently, our friends and family in the eastern Caribbean and the east coast of North America waited with bated breath for hurricane Dorian to dissipate. The storm, dubbed as one of the most devastating natural disasters of this century, ravaged the islands of the Bahamas, speared South Florida and continued north to wreak havoc as far north as Canada. In the days following the storm, Grant Watch’s customer service department was inundated with phone calls, emails, and direct messages. People wanted to know if we had listings for grants to assist those affected by the storm.
A search of Grantwatch.com returned more than 400 disaster relief and financial assistance grants for nonprofits. But, the grant application process can sometimes be a lengthy one and those affected needed immediate help. We had an alternate suggestion. YouHelp! YouHelp is a crowdfunding platform powered by Grant Watch. This platform in 100% free! You keep all the funds raised, and the folks at GrantWatch will help to spread the word about your campaign. We suggested this ‘secret weapon’ to our users. With YouHelp, they can start a campaign to raise funds for administrative costs or simply use the funds collected to tide them over until their grants are approved.
According to https://www.who.int/, Every year natural disasters kill around 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide. Here in Florida, we are home to an amazing array of natural disasters. Hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions, tornadoes, wildfires, and floods regularly affect Florida’s residents and visitors. I say, let’s be proactive. Let’s start to seek funding for our nonprofits before the need arises. Start a YouHelp campaign, use the funds collected to fund your nonprofit.
What else can you do?
Go to youhelp.com and donate to a campaign dedicated to helping the victims
Start a campaign of your own – you do not need to be part of a nonprofit organization to do this. Ask your friends and family to go fund your campaign.
Getting that first grant takes a lot of time and effort for most grant seekers. People all over the world turn to GrantWatch for assistance when looking for funding for nonprofits or small businesses furthering economic development.
The scope of financial assistance grants can include financially struggling individuals, families, communities, or tribes; general operating costs for your nonprofit or small business; and meeting basic nutritional needs.
Other areas to search for international grants include community service grants, education and literacy, workforce development and advancing technology, improving medical conditions, and meeting healthcare needs. You can also find international grants for such critical areas as conflict resolution in war-torn regions of the globe, farming and agriculture to provide for people's needs, as well as export opportunities for the world market, improving the transportation infrastructure, and expanding a country's travel and tourism sectors.
The first rule to remember when searching for a grant is to always check your eligibility. Don't waste time applying for a grant if you don't meet the funder's eligibility requirements.
Once you win a grant, finding another is easier due to having gone through the process already, having built a relationship with the funder, having much of the required paperwork already on file, and having gained familiarity with the process. If you need assistance, you can hire a grant writer.
Grants from US Government to Support International Development
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, governmental organizations, and international and multilateral organizations to pilot and test creative international economic development strategies. Funding is intended to support ideas that can dramatically improve or save the lives of impoverished populations in developing countries.
Innovations are not required to be technology-based but should be evidence-based. Other criteria are cost-effectiveness, and that will ultimately reach millions of people and become sustainable – not needing continued outside support.
These grant submissions can include applications to fund:
New ways of delivering or financing goods and services.
More cost-effective adaptations to existing solutions.
New ways of increasing uptake of existing proven solutions.
Policy changes, shifts, or nudges based on insights from behavioral economics.
Grants in the areas of basic human needs, human resources development, and the promotion of international cooperation. Within this funding category, the Foundation will especially respect trans-national, cross-border activities, local and regional undertakings that may fall outside the reach of the public sector or other donor agencies, and initiatives to tackle pressing issues and long-range or persistent problems that require prompt and systemized care.
Grants to International nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for charitable programs and projects that focus on the areas of education, social services, community and economic development, and the environment. The funding source considers requests for operating, program, capital, or endowment support. Priority is given to organizations that feature employee volunteer participation.
An In-kind grant is a contribution of goods or services, other than cash grants – that speaks to the expertise or product of the funding source.
In-kind grants of technical resources and expertise to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to implement a software initiative. This program is intended to help nonprofits improve their operations by increasing efficiency and expanding outreach. Applicants should demonstrate how the project will engage as many users/supporters as possible. This grant is ideal for entities that have a high volume of internet traffic and are looking to expand on it.
This grant is wide in scope. Any project that assists or enables organizations that are focused on improving the well-being of humanity and/or the natural environment are welcome under this grant.
Competition for grants for start-up businesses and nonprofits is steep. Perhaps it's even higher in Africa than in other areas of the world.
Here are some differences that exist in what's considered a grant in Africa and some other countries.
Three types of grants African businesses and nonprofits encounter when looking for funding on their continent include direct grants, equity grants, and repayable grants.
Direct Grants are cash awards given as part of the start-up capital or budget for expansion of a business. Direct grants are generally given only to those with substantial skin in the game – those who've invested a substantial amount of their own money in the total of investment capital required for the project.
What Americans would call investment capital is often referred to as "equity grants" by African funders. Here the grant funders obtain partial ownership or equity in the business.
When we in the United States talk about grants, we generally refer to money given for a specific purpose that does not need to be repaid. In Africa, and some other countries, some funders offer a type of loan they call "repayable grants." Repayable grants are offered to business owners, that are to be repaid over a period of time from revenues once a business is up and running. If for some reason the business fails the loan does not need to be repaid.
So, make sure whether the grant you're applying for internationally is really an award that does not need to be repaid, or a type of low-interest loan.
Did you ever get a call from someone claiming you’d been awarded a grant?
The saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it is,” holds true for grant offerings. Many listings for grants are not legitimate. If you didn’t apply for it, you did not get a grant. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, and other federal agencies, fake U.S. grant scams are on the rise across the country.
At GrantWatch, we research every grant we list so that people searching for grants can be sure of the authenticity of everything they find on our site. GrantWatch lists grants you can apply for. Our grants go through a grant researcher, grant associate, proofreader, editor, and publisher to make sure they are all legitimate and to protect people from scams.
While you should never pay for a grant, you might find it helpful to pay for assistance in researching, locating, and applying for grants. What GrantWatch does is aggregate grants from foundations, corporations and government agencies, and lists them all in one place, published in an easy user-friendly searchable format. Due to all the work involved in the process, there is a fee.
How to avoid a Grant Scam
People get calls, emails, or letters claiming to be from branches of the federal government like the IRS or the FBI that say they’ve won a free grant, and that all they have to do is pay the processing fee or provide their bank account and/or their social security number to receive the money.
Remember: No legitimate federal government agency employee would ever call and tell you that you qualify or have been approved for a grant that you haven’t applied for.
According to Security University founder and CEO, Sondra Schneider, “There’s definitely a lot of people who send out bait and want to get a hook into you, so you need to check the hook. Check the URL address, explore the website, do a screenshot when you get emails or texts.”
“You want to validate the hook. There’s no way a valid URL will look fishy. If people go to places like SAM to apply for grants, chances are slim that you’ll be scammed. Real grantors will never call you up and ask you for personal contact information, after you’ve already been awarded a grant.” If you applied all of that would have been in the original application.
If you’re really awarded a grant, you will get an email, a letter, and a phone call from the grantors to set up a time to meet with you.
What not to do
Do not assume the caller ID is accurate. Caller IDs can be manipulated to provide false information. Have you ever gotten a call (or email\) that look like they’re coming from you yourself? Clearly, that’s not possible, so suffice it to say that if scammers can make the call look like a call is coming from you, they can make it look like it’s coming from Discover Card, Merchant Services, or the IRS.
Do not pay any money for a grant and never share your banking information with anyone if you are not sure who they are no matter how hard they pressure you or try to convince you of their legitimacy.
Do not give your personal information over the phone. Ask for the caller to send you the proposal in writing. You will most likely not hear from them again. If you do, check the email carefully.
Do not make any payments by prepaid cards or money transfers. These are like using cash and there will be no way to get your money back once you’ve paid.
What to do
GrantWatch makes it easy to find grants and send you directly to the link of where to apply for foundation and government grants without having to go through a difficult search navigating the web. Grant applications that are from grants.gov will start with www.grants.gov/. Grants.gov is the only official list for all federal grant opportunities.
Check to be sure what agency the grant issuer represents. Do a search and make sure that agency, department or foundation actually exists.
Check the USA.gov Index of Government Agencies. Many scammers are “look-alikes,” seeming to be the real agency but with wording that is slightly different. https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies
The Fourth of July is a time we naturally think about independence. What does independence mean to you? In what ways do you wish to be more independent? GrantWatch lists many start-up grants for nonprofits and small businesses.
Everyone loves the idea of “free money.” Nothing sounds better if you’re starting or running a business. Many small business grants are primarily open to companies in the science, technology, or health fields. If your business is involved in research and development, environmental and climate-related initiatives, then federal grant programs might be available to you.
Small business grants you can fall under are Federal, state, local or corporate grants. We also have listings by categories that can help you locate the best grants for your start-up business or nonprofit. Make sure to find out everything you need to know about eligibility requirements, timelines, and the application process for each grant.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also a helpful source for small business owners, helping business owners create, build and expand their businesses. The SBA is primarily known for its great loan programs, but the agency also offers a few business awards.
If you’re looking to start a nonprofit, here are some tools from the Council for Nonprofits to help you get started, or a guide from Capterra.com.
Grants to USA and territories small businesses for early-stage research and development projects. A Project Pitch must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the development of innovative, technically risky technologies in nearly any science and technology field that are likely to produce a societal or commercial impact.
Grants of $1.000, $2,000, and $10,000 to USA small businesses for business expansion. Funding is intended to assist business owners in bringing their operations to the next level. Applicants must describe how they overcame a past business challenge or how they’re addressing a current challenge. Grants will be awarded to a grand prize winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up.
Grants to Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. charter schools that opened in 2018 or those planning to open in 2019 or 2020. Applicants must complete an eligibility questionnaire before applying. Funding is intended to support the start-up and launch costs associated with opening a new school.
Traditional start-up grants vary depending on funding needs and network size and range from $100,000 to $325,000. The Foundation is currently accepting inquiries from operators that opened a school in fall 2018, or are planning to open in 2019 or 2020.
Even if you don’t live in the United States, start-up grants could help you start a business or nonprofit. Start-up grants and grants to expand production and improve operations are listed on GrantWatch for Canada and other countries as well
Financial assistance to New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking to expand or improve their operations. Applicants must contact their local program office prior to submitting an application.
They can help you start up, expand or modernize your business. Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises, they provide access to capital in the form of interest-free repayable assistance. Most business sectors are eligible except retail/wholesale, real estate, government services, and services of a personal or social nature.
Grants of $2,000 to USA and Canada women entrepreneurs to start a business or develop an existing business. One grant will be awarded each month. One of the 12 monthly winners will be awarded a $25,000 grant at the end of 2019. Funding is intended to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.
In addition to grants, crowdfunding can help you start or expand your business or nonprofit. Start a free crowdfunding campaign on YouHelp and follow the six weeks of success tips.
The Summer Solstice happens at the same moment for everyone, everywhere on Earth. It marks the first day of summer 2019 for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and in the NH it will be the longest day of the year.. For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year and the arrival of winter.
This year Summer Solstice arrives on Friday 21st June.
Due to the tilt of the Earth on it's axis, 23.5 degrees relative to the plane of its orbit, different places on the planet have longer days or shorter days at different times of the year. Each hemisphere experiences half a year tilted toward the sun and the other half tilted away from it. For those tilted towards the sun this half of the year, the June Solstice means we are in the warmest time of the year,
a time of planting, sowing, and harvesting, a time for vacations and travel, a time to be more active, a time for exploring nature, going to festivals, and spending more time with our loved ones.
Grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 to New Jersey non-Federal entities and individuals to promote the development and implementation of creative conservation strategies and technologies on agricultural lands. Required registrations may take several days to complete. The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories: Urban Agriculture, Soil Health, Forest Health, and Hydroponics.
Grants of up to $10,000 and additional rebates to San Francisco, California nonprofits, schools, hospitals, local government agencies, groups, neighborhood associations, property owners, developers, and businesses for the installation of a dedicated irrigation water service and meter.
Grants starting at $30,000 to USA farmers, researchers, educators, graduate students, and agricultural service providers in the Northeast region for research to promote sustainable agriculture in the Northeast region. Applicants are required to submit a preproposal prior to applying. The Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Applicants must have the institutional capacity and support networks necessary to carry out the project. Northeast SARE welcomes preproposals from a wide range of stakeholders including university and extension staff, agricultural nonprofits, research farm, and experiment station personnel, private consultants, agriculture-related businesses and organizations, government agencies, and others who work in farming and food systems.
Applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit a full proposal on August 12, 2019. Feedback that may be used to strengthen a full proposal will be provided to project leaders with invited preproposals by August 30, 2019. For preproposals not invited to submit full proposals, feedback will be provided to project leaders by the end of September.
Grants starting at $30,000 to USA farmers, researchers, educators, graduate students, and agricultural service providers in the Northeast region for training in sustainable agriculture practices. Applicants must submit a preproposal prior to applying. The Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
About the Author: The author is a staff writer for GrantWatch and all GrantWatch affiliates.
Being in the world of grants and nonprofits, we hear a lot of half-truths, misconceptions and downright myths surrounding grants and funding, and its time to set the record straight. Our goal is to clear up some of the misconceptions that our audience may be under so that they can apply for grants with the correct information in hand. So for your viewing pleasure, here are five grant myths that just need to go away forever.
1) Grant Money Has to be Paid Back:
This is one of those questions that we at GrantWatch get all the time, “When do I have to pay the money back? A grant is not a loan, and unless a nonprofit breaks a rule regarding the funding, the money never needs to be paid back. Be aware that there are rules regarding how the funds can be spent, and grant recipients must allocate all the requested funds in the grant application.
Of all of the myths on this list, this might be the one that we get calls about the most. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there, and this is one of them. It should never cost a nonprofit or individual to apply for or receive a grant. If you are asked for upfront payment in order to receive funding, it is most likely a scam. Avoid this at all costs. And if you or anyone you know is the victim of a grant-related scam, fill out a report at
If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online, or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. You can also report grant-related scam attempts to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.
3) Nonprofits Should Only Apply For Grants in Their Direct Sector:
So this is a less obvious myth, but no less harmful to successfully navigating grants and funding. Grants generally have multiple categories which grant seekers can apply under. For example, there’s a grant listed on GrantWatch.com with this description: “Grants ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for new or existing programs that make a positive impact on the lives women and girls in Avery, Ashe, or Watauga Counties”. This grant is listed in the grants for women on the website but is cross-listed for other categories such as children, community service, secondary education, and youth/out-of-school-youth, among others.
4) Re-applying for a Grant Next Cycle is a Waste of Time:
This myth actually makes sense, but it’s predicated on the wrong criteria. There is a limited amount of grant funds that are allocated from the source giving out funds, whether it’s a municipality awarding funds to a nonprofit to improve a community or a foundation giving a specified amount of money for a category-based-project. Qualifying for a grant doesn’t guarantee funding, but there’s always next quarter or next year or whatever the criteria are for re-applying.
5) Grant Applications Are Useless After Rejection Or Submission:
This is not exactly a myth, because it kind of depends. If you hire a grant writer or someone in your nonprofit writes an incredible application, then that piece of writing is inherently not useless. A good piece of writing can be re-examined, tweaked, and be used again for another application. That’s why it is critical to save all the parts of the process and past applications. This also has the added benefit of allowing you and your team to see what works and what doesn’t. Having proficient writers on your team, or hiring out to resources like GrantWriterTeam, is a crucial step to take when filling out your grant applications.
Hope this myth-busting list helps you on your grant journey, happy searching!
About the Author: Lianne Hikind writes for Grantwatch.com and other publications.