There are plenty of unscrupulous marketers who would have you believe that government grants for businesses are essentially an enormous pot of free money waiting to be had. All one needs to do is ask and its done. This is not true. The U.S. government actually gives out very few grants to businesses. In fact, of the $500 billion in grants the U.S. federal government awards each year, only about 5% ($25 billion) is awarded to for-profit businesses. And of these, virtually all of them are…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on December 15, 2015 at 2:03pm — No Comments
This will be the first of a multi-part post that discusses how to use performance metrics and evaluation to boost your grant seeking success.
I like to think of grant makers—whether they are governmental agencies, foundations or corporate foundations—as being somewhat similar to Angel investors (Angels) or Venture Capitalists (VCs). Grant makers are like Angels and VCs in that they are only interested in supporting projects, programs and initiatives that are going to successful in…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on August 6, 2015 at 9:08am — No Comments
In the past few years, a number of startups have achieved phenomenal success raising money. Companies such as Uber and AirBnB raised billions and quickly came to dominate their markets. These startups were so successful in raising capital because they clearly understood the factors that motivated the targeted funders to invest their dollars. Nonprofits and other grant seeking entities can learn from the startup funding landscape to boost their success rates in winning grants.
Added by Ron Flavin on July 12, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
The application window for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program is now open. Applications are due no later than July 6. Through the DLT program, rural communities can apply for up to $500,000 in funding to support the acquisition of equipment to provide access to distance learning or telemedicine services from hub sites located in larger urban or suburban areas.
The DLT program enables rural communities to gain access to…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on June 7, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Each year, the United States government awards more than $500 billion in grants. Of these, only about five percent ($25 billion) are awarded to for-profit companies. The overwhelming majority of government grants are awarded to states, local governments, governmental agencies, universities and colleges, schools and school districts or nonprofit organizations to carry out activities for the public good. Some states also offer grants to for-profit companies but these are generally limited to…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on March 8, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments
Although the U.S. economy continues to pick up steam and recover from the severe economic recession, many startups and businesses of all sizes are still finding it difficult to access capital to achieve strategic growth objectives. For those working with emerging technologies that have not yet gained significant traction in the marketplace, accessing commercialization and deployment capital can be especially tough. Given this challenge, what is the best way to get funding if you are a…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on January 25, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments
In my last post I provided an overview of the SAFER grant program, along with five tips to improve your chances of winning one. In this post, I’ll provide Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant help.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released guidelines for the fiscal year 2014 FP&S Grants program. The guidelines were released in December 2014, with the application window expected to be open from March 16 through April 17, 2015. Like SAFER and many other…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on January 13, 2015 at 8:34am — No Comments
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released guidelines for the fiscal year 2014 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program. The guidelines were released in December 2014, with the application window expected to be open from February 9th through March 6th 2015. This is a very short application timeframe (less than 4 weeks) so if your fire and emergency response agency is serious about winning SAFER grant funds, the time to…Continue
Added by Ron Flavin on January 6, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
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By now, many of you have heard about the Chinese hackers who stole data from Community…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on August 27, 2014 at 4:27am — No Comments
In my last article, I extolled the virtues of telehealth for building the next generation of nurses and the technology’s benefits for the health system writ large. Let’s turn that concept around: how does telehealth support a healthier college student body?
As colleges and universities throughout the nation struggle to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, about 19 million young adults lack basic healthcare coverage according to the…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on July 31, 2014 at 5:04pm — No Comments
It’s no secret there is a nursing shortage in America. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022 released in December 2013, Registered Nursing (RN) is among the top occupations in terms of job growth over the next decade. The RN workforce will grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 526,800 nurses or 19% of the nursing sector. However, a 19%…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on July 28, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Health Tech Isn’t Just for Hospitals: Telehealth in Community Settings
We’ve heard the alarming news about the nursing shortage, and we know many seniors and others with chronic healthcare challenges receive care in their homes. In the days of evidence-based practice, how do community health providers compare? And, perhaps more importantly, why should you care?
We read a recent article on how home healthcare providers are using video teleconferencing to…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on July 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
In previous posts, we’ve talked about using operating, program, and capital grants to fund your technology needs. But there is another option (isn't that always the case). Have you considered using research or evaluation grants?
The following two case studies illustrate how you can get the tech funding you need AND secure more support for your programs.
Case Study #1: Evaluation of a Children’s Overweight/Obesity Program at School
One school-based health…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on April 16, 2014 at 1:32pm — No Comments
It’s a common refrain among nonprofit leaders. “Why do these funders have to tie our hands so much? If only we had more…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on February 20, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments
Technology in the classroom has been a hot topic among educators for a number of years now. Some of the technologies being deployed in the classroom include computer workstations, laptops, tablets (including iPads), iPods, videoconferencing technologies, wireless Internet, SmartBoards, robotics and more. Though not a technology per se, educators are also increasingly integrating social media into their classrooms.
In my opinion, ten years ago it was fairly easy to write a grant…Continue
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Added by Heather Stombaugh on October 14, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments
Innovation is “the introduction of something new” or “a new idea, method, or device.” In the nonprofit sector, innovations take the form of new service delivery models, devices (such as medical equipment or adaptive equipment for people with disabilities), management methods, strategies,…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on August 13, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments
As a grant writer, you may wonder why I’m writing a blog about infographics. Aren’t those the things you see on Pinterest? Why should grant writers care?
Infographics are a ubiquitous communication tool, and they’ve been used for years (think about your nightly weather report on TV). Let’s look at a recent example: the Giving USA 2013 Highlights. I’m a particularly big fan of the following element from page 1 of the…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on June 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
As I prepare for another grants workshop, my focus turns to three basics components of grant seeking. These components or steps in the process can be the “deal-breakers” for winning an award:
1) Know thy…Continue
Added by Linda Gatten Butler on June 12, 2013 at 5:03pm — No Comments
Linda Butler’s last blog, “Are You Grant-Ready?” addressed an essential concept in grant seeking: there’s much more to getting grants than just writing beautiful copy. Grant makers generally care about four elements when they consider investing in a nonprofit.
Added by Heather Stombaugh on May 21, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments