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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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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How to Register with Grants.gov in 8 Easy Steps

First, you acquired a DUNS number. Next, you received your letter of determination. Finally, you registered on SAM. This means you’re ready to start applying for federal grants, right? Well, not quite. There’s still one more step.  
 
Before you apply for federal grants, you need to register an account with Grants.gov. This amazing website provides a centralized location that makes finding and applying for federal funding opportunities faster, easier, and more cost-effective for grant seekers. As of today, Grants.gov houses information on more than 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for all 26 grant-awarding federal agencies within the system. 
 
Sounds great! How do I sign up? 
To register an account with Grants.gov,  you should first have all of your organization’s necessary information ready at your fingertips. Honestly, if you come prepared, the registration process can be completed in a matter of minutes. And whether...
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Wildlife Conservation Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Wildlife conservation! 

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) Fund for Wild Nature
  • The Fund for Wild Nature provides funding to grassroots organizations and conservation efforts in the United States and Canada. 
  • The Fund provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with an emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. Special attention is given to ecological issues currently not receiving sufficient public attention and funding. 
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Grant Readiness - What is It and Are We Ready?

In the face of overwhelming competition, assessment and preparation are keys to grant success. But how do you know if your organization has done enough? How do you know if you’re ready? 
 
Before applying for grants, it’s absolutely critical to assess different components of your organization to determine whether then can be competitive in the arena of grant seeking. Otherwise, your organization could hit a few bumps along the road. What sort of bumps? Well, the last thing you want when applying for a grant - after investing so much of your time, effort, and resources - is to discover you’re not able to meet the stated requirements. How can you avoid this kind of scenario?  Grant readiness! 
 
But what is grant readiness? And how do you know if your organization has it? Let’s dive in and find out. 
 Grant readiness is the process of determining your organization’s potential competitiveness when seeking out grants,...
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Extra! Extra! Here’s What Everyone Should Know about Federal Grants

The world of federal grants is a large and complicated one. Many who wade into it find themselves confused and unsure of where to turn. Is this grant right for us?  Have we wasted precious time and resources on the wrong choice?! Understanding the basic definitions of federal grants, as well as the restrictions or qualifications each type entails, will help you on your grant-finding journey. Here is a quick rundown of the basics. 
 
What is a federal grant? 
A federal grant is an awarded amount of money provided by the United States government, paid for out of the funds available in the general federal revenue. Federal grants can be provided to organizations and individuals in many different ways - for example, covering a portion of a project or organization’s cost, or a complete funding of a project. The US government offers nearly 1,000 different grant programs to qualified businesses, organizations, and individuals. These programs are distributed by 15 ...
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