Natural Disasters & The Grants That Help Those Affected

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.natural disasters

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, GrantWatch’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.

According to, 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.

What else can you do?

  • Search for grants that will assist your nonprofit.
  • Look for donation station in your area – Give!
  • Are you an expert in supply chain or logistics – volunteer  – We all mean well, but if relief is not organized, chaos ensues.

How can we help you?

Libby Hikind

Libby Hikind is the founder and CEO of and the author of "The Queen of Grants: From Teacher to Grant Writer to CEO". Libby Hikind, began her grant writing career while working as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She wrote many grants for her classroom before raising millions for a Brooklyn school district. Throughout her professional career, she established her own grant writing agency in Staten Island with a fax newsletter for her clients of available grants. After retiring from teaching, Libby embraced the new technology and started GrantWatch. She then moved GrantWatch and her grant writing agency to Florida to enjoy her parents later years, and the rest is history. Today more than 230,000 people visit online, monthly.

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