Alabama’s CARES Act Marine Industry Relief Program

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Alabama Marine Resources Division has received authorization to begin implementation of relief funding, which will assist in the recovery efforts of Alabama’s seafood-related businesses. Examples of eligible businesses would be commercial fishing, processing, marine aquaculture, and charter for-hire. The funding is available for financial damages incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020.

All applicants must provide one or more of the documents below. These documents must clearly show unreimbursed financial loss during March 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Filed Alabama Income Tax forms
  • Notarized letter from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) documenting loss
  • Sales transactions or receipts
  • Shipping and receiving documents
  • Seafood Landing Reports (can be for multiple states)
  • Accounting software reports
  • Copies of...
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National Trust Preservation Funds

As the world continues to navigate through these uncertain times, grants are still being awarded to those seeking them. Coming up next week is the deadline for an available grant through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This grant comes from the National Trust Preservation Funds. 

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds are meant to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects. Awarded grants can be used to launch new initiatives or to provide additional support to current efforts. 

Awarded amounts range from $2500 to $5000. 

Click Here for all eligibility requirements and the online application form. 

Due to the current economic climate, the guidelines for the October 2020 round of funding have been modified to better assist applying organizations. Please email  the National Trust Preservation Funds committee should your organization have any questions about the...

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A Quick Guide to Navigating's Workspace

You’ve done it! Your organization has a DUNS number and - if you're a nonprofit - a letter of determination. You’ve successfully registered with SAM and You’re finally ready to start applying for federal grants. Now, how exactly does one do this? By using the amazing Workspace program available on

All About Workspaces Workspace is the standard platform for organizations or individuals to apply for federal grants. A workspace allows a grant team to access and edit different forms within an application simultaneously. Forms can be filled out online or using physical copies - which ever way is best for you and your team! (Please note- many federal agencies try to minimize the use of paper in the grant writing and administration process. Not all forms will be available to print.)
Applicants can also tailor their application workflow using three different approaches: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced....
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How Grant Funding Makes Projects Possible

There comes a time for every public or private entity – be it a state or local government, a nonprofit organization, or even just an enterprising individual – when they require extra funding in order to get a worthwhile project off the ground. Nothing good in life is ever free, as the old saying goes, and you have to spend money to make money. Sadly, most people have been in situations where they simply didn’t have any money to spend. (Just think of all the times you’ve heard someone tell you what they would do if only they could afford it.) As a result, many dreams and ideas have gone unrealized and countless people have gone without assistance they might desperately have needed.
Fortunately, there are a number of groups and individuals who can often help to change this state of affairs. Grant providers and grant writers work year-round to raise funds and make them available to those in need. The work they do enriches communities, supports...

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Pass-Through and State Grants: Understanding the Difference

Even the federal government needs help from state governments to funnel grant money into public programs and projects. This is where pass-through grants come in. But how does this differ from state grants for similar good works? 

According to, pass-through grants are funds issued by a federal agency to a state agency or institution that are then transferred to other state agencies, units of local government, or other eligible groups per the award eligibility terms. 
Wow, that's a mouthful! In simpler terms, pass-through grants are funds given by the federal government to state governments.  These funds are turned into sub-grants, then
“passed on” to another recipient, known as the sub-recipient. This process gives the state governments more flexibility and autonomy over the use of any federal grant funds.  

But why can’t the federal government simply award the grant itself? Why have a pass-through entity to deliver and monitor...
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5 Reasons Grant Writers Should Not Work on Commission

Is it a good idea for grant writers and consultants to work on commission? Here’s the quick and easy answer — no, it isn’t. Here are five reasons why this practice harms you, your grant writers, and your chances of receiving some grants

1. Most funders frown upon the fee and will refuse to pay it. 
When most grant funders contribute to your organization, they want their funding to go directly toward your program, not your overhead and fundraising costs. Many funders guidelines even explicitly state that the grants awarded cannot be used to cover such expenses. Therefore, your team will not be able to incorporate the cost of a grant writer into your proposal budget. Be advised, if your organization were to win a grant and use the funds to pay your grant writer, you could be in violation of your grant agreement. In this case, the grant would likely be terminated and your organization would be forced to pay back the awarded amount. 

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The Determination Letter: Holy Grail for Nonprofits

You’ve done it. Your nonprofit is up and running, working to fulfill its mission to the best of its abilities using every available resource. But what if you haven’t yet received a determination letter? Your nonprofit might not be getting all of the benefits it should be. 
What is a determination letter? And why is it so important? 
A determination letter is awarded to a nonprofit organization when the IRS has approved its application for federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3). This means any donations or grants that are received, or any income earned from group sponsored activities, will not incur tax. This exemption allows your organization to operate more efficiently and devote more funds to your mission. 
Several additional perks to consider once your determination letter has been received include the following: 
    • Donors may claim their contributions on their annual tax returns. 
    • Your organization will receive discounts...
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A Quick Overview of the National Fund for Sacred Places

Since launching in 2016, the National Fund for Sacred Places has awarded millions of dollars in capital grants and other support to community-serving congregations across the United States. As a collaboration between Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, their mission is to promote the common good by supporting historic sacred places.

Throughout our country's history, houses of worship have contributed significant value to their communities. Sacred places have served as hubs for social service programs, the arts, and a vital sense of human belonging. Today, many of these aging and architecturally complex facilities require increasingly diverse streams of funding in order to properly function as 21st-century centers of community life.

The National Fund for Sacred Places was born out of a belief that providing technical and financial support for congregations could build capacity and increase the stability of these critical yet disappearing...

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Visual Arts and Crafts Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Visual arts and crafts grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) Artfully Reimagined: Reimagine It Grants
  • Artfully Reimagined's mission is to help the planet through the creation of new repurposed works using sustainable impact materials and production.
  • Artfully Reimagined's ReimagineIt Grants are made directly to individual artists to help launch or support careers in repurposed art.  These mini-grants are awarded to a limited number of artists who are working with found, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, vintage, or up-cycled objects.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years...
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Cancer Research and Patient Support Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Cancer research and patient support grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation
  • The mission of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation is to improve the standard of care for breast disease patients.
  • Each year, the Foundation awards grants related to patient breast care and education, community outreach, research, and the Humanism in Medicine award. 
  • All interested applicants must submit a Word document grant proposal via email to...
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