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 vital charities, fuels innovation, and ultimately benefits the life of every American citizen.
A recent FEMA grant, for example, made it possible for fire departments on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to update their safety and rescue equipment.
Fire Chief Pat Sullivan says this is very important. His crew now has the latest firefighting technology and can enter hazardous environments that would be totally unsafe without it. This will undoubtedly give them an edge as they work to protect both life and property across their community.
Another grant, this one issued by the U.S. Justice Department, will allow 73 non-profit organizations across the country to provide housing, job training, and other important services to victims of human trafficking.
These services have been strained at the federal level due to the spread of the coronavirus and can be better managed by the smaller non-profits. "It's good that there is more federal funding for victim protection or survival re-empowerment,” says Ambassador Mark Lagon. “It's much needed."
Other grant funding is helping to support the natural environment. So far this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded more than $3 million to small businesses around the country.
NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs says this type of collaboration between the federal government and small businesses is integral to long-term success. Small businesses, he says, are at the forefront of technological innovation and can assist federal agencies in their mission to manage our natural resources. They can use the awarded funds to develop new methods of aquaculture, commercial fishing, landscape observation, and weather data collection.
Not all funding is awarded to largescale government-related projects, of course. Many grant foundations raise money to support the creative arts.
A simple internet search will yield grant projects dedicated to visual artists, theater groups, serious students of music, and many others who brighten our lives with their creativity. Personal consultation with a grant professional can help your organization create a curated funding plan to assist you in your grant and funding planning.
Another set of grant providers works to make funding available to ambitious teachers across all subjects and grade levels.
STEM and physical education funds are available, as are a multitude of library grants, special education awards, and after-school initiatives. There are even funds available for starting school gardens!
Among the most sought-after grant funds are those intended for individuals with special medical considerations.
Whether someone needs help covering the costs of cancer research or a service animal to help with the ins and outs of daily life, grant providers are hard at work to make funding available to them. Their tireless efforts benefit patients, doctors, and researchers alike.
The question now is: what would you do if you had the means to accomplish it? Are you a city official whose police or fire department needs an update? A social worker who wants to broaden the scope of your charity? A small business owner with an idea for growth or innovation? An artist or teacher with an awesome project in mind? A doctor or medical patient battling a difficult condition? Whoever you are, we encourage you to take a moment and truly appreciate all the exciting things made possible through grant funding. Then, take steps to see what funds are available to help you and/or your organization bring your dreams and ideas to fruition.
You can start today by contacting the staff at MPS Grants. Our experienced team wants to see you succeed and will be more than happy to assist you! Drop us a line and let us know how we can put our skills to work for you. And don’t forget to sign-up for our weekly newsletter below!