Finding grant opportunities can seem like a daunting process. For some, finding grants can be more challenging than the grant application itself. One of the best resources you can utilize is a grant service, such as GrantWatch.com. A grant listing directory or database can often help you find grants that you (or your organization) may be eligible for. While it is still up to you to filter through these grant results, at least you’ll have a narrowed-down field of where to look and the legwork is far less.
First, it’s important to understand how a grant application works. Each grant has a different application process. Some applications are simple and designed to be completed without the need for a grant writer. Typically, however, larger grants require a more extensive application process. We recommend hiring a grant writer if you are not comfortable completing the grant application process yourself or do not have one in-house.
Grants are awarded by grant funders. There are two main funding types that you should be aware of: government grants and foundation grants. Government grants are then categorized by federal, state, and local funding sources. Foundation grants are awarded by corporations and private foundations, which make up over 70% of all grant funding available. Knowing how to increase your chances of being awarded a grant, can help with the overall outcome as there is no guarantee that you will be awarded.
How To Find Grants
GrantWatch.com allows you to preview all grant opportunities before joining as a premium member. This is particularly useful if you are unsure whether or not a grant service would benefit your needs. You are able to view all expired grants available in their archives and see the full details for each past funding opportunity. Once you join as a MemberPlus+ user, you will be able to see the comprehensive details for all current grant opportunities, as well as being able to use the advanced keyword search filter.
Grant opportunities are available for a range of recipient types including nonprofits, small businesses (for-profits), and individuals, including entrepreneurs. Free grant resources, such as funding documentation, are also available to help you during the application process. If you have any questions concerning the GrantWatch site, you can refer to its frequently asked questions page.
Already Have A MemberPlus+ Account?
If you are already a paid subscriber with GrantWatch.com, watch this tutorial to help you navigate the site and make the most of your membership!
While other grant services are available, GrantWatch was awarded the leading grant database in the USA and Canada in 2019 and 2020. They have helped many organizations secure funding and continue to play an integral role for grant seekers.