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Could your business be eligible for a government grant?

Posted by Ron Flavin on December 15, 2015 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

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…

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Win more grants with performance metrics and evaluation strategies

Posted by Ron Flavin on August 6, 2015 at 9:08am 0 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…

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Think like a startup to win more grants

Posted by Ron Flavin on July 12, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 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.  

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Five keys to winning a USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant

Posted by Ron Flavin on June 7, 2015 at 9:30am 0 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…

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