Should your non-profit apply for grants from funds?

Getting grants is not unusual, especially in the case of non-profits which sometimes get more than 25% of their income from grants from funds. The number and value of the grants depends on the state of the economy. In a rising economy the number of grants will also rise, but that does not mean that in a falling economy you should not explore this opportunity.

Individual donors offer almost 75% of all the grants for nonprofits while the rest comes from corporations. Corporations, having a larger financial power, give important grants, but also have more requirements to be met by the companies that send an application.

Going for grants for fund is not only recommended, but might be a requirement if you want your non-profit to survive and the way to do it is through networking. The first place you should start exploring to find grants is your local community. This is a good tactic because you can influence the people in your community and gain their trust. They can see what you do, what your values are and, chances are, that they even worked with you at some point so they are more likely to sustain your cause. Start building credibility and talking directly to a group of supporters who have a lot of influence locally.

If you built relationship locally and got funding in your area you can go for more valuable national or regional grants from more influential funders.

One way to find good funders is to rent ready-made databases of such funders. This will save you a lot of time, which you would otherwise spend doing research and you can get introduced much quicker to the people that can actually make the decision of offering the grant. Keep an eye open for newspaper articles that may feature possible funders.

Is your nonprofit new? Don`t let that limit your possibilities. Most people think that if a nonprofit is new it has few chances of getting grants. The reality is that the size and age of a nonprofit is not always an issue, investors being more interested in the profile of the nonprofit, its ties with the community, its plans and if the managers seem motivated enough to actually put the money to good use.

If you are still undecided try testing the ground. Small foundations do not always require a big proposal package so you could send a letter of inquiry and ask about the possibility of getting a grant. If they are willing to do it or even slightly interested they will give you a response and tell you what their requirements are and what they expect from you.

Go ahead and use the power of grants from funds to achieve your goals and do good in this world.

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  1. Am Musinguzi Robert; a laboratory technician in Uganda East Africa, born in a remote village where quality healthcare for my community members is a dream to them and i would wish to start up a community based healthcare centre. Is it possible for me to get agrant for purchasing land and building premises for the centre respectively? If possibler vbhow can i get such funding

  2. I dont have any comments ,the only thing that I can say im working for NGO that is funded by Dept. of Social development,and I want to do structure for my organisation.

  3. dear sir/madam
    ref request for project asistence/partnership programe
    we are writting requesting for project assistence/partnership for project implimentation we are regastered communty bassed organisationwork with local community atgrass root level in uganda
    we would like to send us grant guidline/application forms so that we can aply for project funding
    we are looking forward to recieve from you
    you`s faithfully
    omoding jairus
    17/11/2016

  4. Needs for an assistance in financial worthy $ 30000 to run our Luwero town council sacco which is registered, our offices are found in Luwero town council, we have 500 people registered with this sacco, we have the manager who is runing the office now. Am the General secretary. we shall be happy when our request is considered.
    Nayepe Amos 0772396390

  5. Hi ,thanks for supporting individuals/organization to implement/actualize their objectives/ dreams.I need financial assistance of $3,500,000 to support my project(women Breaking Barriers initiative).help empowered deprived women and girls to develop their talent.+232-77634631

  6. GREETINGS.
    In Tanzania,people are migrating to big cities for better life and others to find job opportunities .When they fail to find job in the city ,they become street people,prostitutes,robbers and beggars.I have the vision and burden to build the vocation training centre for these people. I\’m requesting for grants for the purpose to assist our people by giving them skills for their future better life.
    Rev. Mbonayo Ngulinzira.

  7. special greetings to the board funding individual activities.
    I am Alain Patience SHEMA,living in Rwanda.with my village we have a prolonged drought,so would like to request a grant for finacial support such that i can start a project of irrigation.my call and whatsapp number is +250784895114

  8. i am ruban social worker we need funds for steet children education 20 children need funds per child 750 rupees help them for education and health IF NEED ANY DOCUMENT WE WIL SEND
    REV RUBAN INDIA

  9. I greet all board of funding individual projects.y name are fonmbi shella ting and am from west Cameroon . please I need financial assistance. To start a honey shop of my own. Becouse my family did not have money to send me to school. And I had I should that I was managing to feed my Junior ones and my mother. During stick in my country last December it was burned and we really suffering no food to eat nothing. Please we we will be happy if you give us financial assistance at this point in time

  10. I am lecturer of a University in Kenya. Kindly, help me find research funds in the field of nanotechnology.

  11. Thanks for the website. I belong to a non-profit organization that does skilling and needs funding on Uganda who can help fund our activities?

  12. I am Mohuya a social worker and our organization name Arjon Foundation. We work on Nutrition, women righs and child.We need fund for women self employment and child education and vocational training.

  13. Cette subvention s\’avère très indispensable pour les réalisations des activités de notre ONG. Prière nous transmettre la fiche technique dans la mesure du possible.

  14. Hi,

    SOCIAL ORGANISM AND COMMUNITY REFORM CENTER is a new and grassroots Charity NGO committed to palliative transformative innovations in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and children health; increasing access to and uptake of contraception and family planning services and prevention of unsafe abortion practices; increasing immunisation coverage in Sierra Leone; improvements in obstetric care and improve management or parturition birth asphyxia among newborn and tackling other gender based harmful stereotypes like gender based violence or female genital mutilation, domestic violence and physical abuse, mental disorder in women, incestuous sexual relationship, and more, in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

    We are new but very dynamic and effective in our commitment to excellent service to women, children, and girls.

    We need financial funding for our project proposal on Essential Programmes for improving reproductive, newborn, child and adolescents health in Sierra Leone.

    Thanks in advance as we anticipate for your favorable response.

    Mrs. Natalia Kosia
    Country Director
    +2323088744757

  15. hi
    Am a researcher and try for many years to seek grants and is so difficult to write Or to apply because we local researchers are so poor where by patients are Depending us for example my HIV/AIDS syrup needs more special nutritionist or diet Or if patients go without eating then may die.so many organizations thing this TAKAMAKO WORLD TREES CURES is a big or rich,then wrong because is the Most poorest in the world and is the most accurate in terms of research in chronic Infection diseases like—METASTASES CANCER,HIV/AIDS,KIDNEY FAIL,BRAIN TUMORS,CERVICAL CANCER,PROSTATE CANCER and others infections.so in Some GRANTS need me to pay $19.in Kenya is 1000sh and don\’t have even visa I\’ve started feel the form in local bank to gave me that visa in 14 working days.

  16. I thank people of USA for helping the world in terms of research grants and Security,and diseases in the world,so i wish also them to help local researchers
    To meet their goal to come up with permanent solution in terms of diseases.by Recognizing these small or village researchers to be given funds and save life\’s of cancer patients in the World.funding these village researchers am sure the vaccine Are ready needs only to be modernize.

  17. we have set up our organization with 650 registered orphan and vulnerable group as a result of war ,famine ,diseases and other but what we luck is funding so we are requesting for help for more information contact the director on +256775710868/+256758862775.

  18. Dear Sir,

    We are a Christian association call Mission Silo Togo. West Africa with registration number 3285, working on local development:( ,Education, Child rights and protection , etc…). We are please to find your address on the internet and we wish to be in partnership with your institution .

    . Hoping that our request will be given the due attention. We remain, Yours faithfully,

    FOLI Komla,

  19. Hello Sir/Madam

    Maasai Pastoralist Development Organization-Lareto is non profit Organization deal with sustainable development projects in Pastoral area in Arusha region.
    Thank you
    L Laizer

  20. SOCIAL ORGANISM AND COMMUNITY REFORM CENTER is a new and grassroots Charity NGO committed to palliative transformative innovations in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and children health; increasing access to and uptake of contraception and family planning services and prevention of unsafe abortion practices; increasing immunisation coverage in Sierra Leone; improvements in obstetric care and improve management or parturition birth asphyxia among newborn and tackling other gender based harmful stereotypes like gender based violence or female genital mutilation, domestic violence and physical abuse, mental disorder in women, incestuous sexual relationship, and more, in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

    We are new but very dynamic and effective in our commitment to excellent service to women, children, and girls.

    We need financial funding for our project proposal on Essential Programmes for improving reproductive, newborn, child and adolescents health in Sierra Leone.

    Thanks in advance as we anticipate for your favorable response.

    Mrs. Rakib hasan
    Country Director
    01632960352

  21. hi
    i am Emmanuel moyo from malawi i leave in phalombe, people in my village they are suffering very much to get water,so we planned to get a borewhole i the village
    but we are lucking some funds that will be used to drill and buy some materials that will help us have some borewhole in the village.
    the funds that we need is $40000.

  22. Am Kenyan pastor and have been desiring to begin a children home and feeding program to the needy.This came to my mind in the 2007 after experiencing children die after the post election crisis that took almost five months in our nation.God gave me a burden to help and raise peoples lives who are very needy.How and can i get a grant to fulfill my dream?

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  24. This Gabriel Chieng Tot
    I was born in small village name .Jekou in Western of Ethiopia
    My vision as a Chieng is to serve the community in western Ethiopia with Developmental principle such as
    Orphans Children support
    Capacity Building program
    Women empowerment
    Alternative Education for deaf and Blind
    Agriculture and farmers training
    Community health care and Sanitation .hygiene promotion
    This activities I was care them under
    Christian Hope Ecumenical and Development Act (CHEDA)
    Gabriel Chieng
    Is a founder .Chairperson and Executive Director
    We support 31 Orphans children in Addis Ababa Ethiopia with help from Presbyterian Church no enough fund to support those Children
    CHEDA also support another Orphans children in Kula refugees camp
    CHEDA have another plans to Support Agriculture skim in Jekou .how to train a local community to develop their agri skim

  25. The Golden Age Foundation is an organisation that was registered with the aim of to end of abuse and looking the welfare of the elderly people in Malawi. There are a number of projects that we planned to commerce and some has been done through various media including TV and radio programmes,and we also wanted to build houses for these people therefore we are seeking a grants funds to start this projects.
    GAF we believe that with your support together we can change the life of these elderly people.

  26. I am a broadcasting journalist in the national broadcast institution, The Gambia Radio and Television Services, The Gambia ,West Africa. I have specialise in advocacy programmes and feel that my experience can be used to advocate for peace, love unity and sincererity and understanding among the people that may bring world peace. I am confuse now that the people of the world are more educated, more travel and aware or civilised than before but more disunited, hateful which leads us to war, killing and distruction. I need financial support to establish a radio station or a website where i will introduce programmes that would reach millions of peoples and to send to them the message of peace, love and unity that will bring world peace. I am not the kind of people who fake funders just to get some money and go away with it. I will be 50yrs God willing by 16th November 2016 and will also be 30yrs in broadcasting God willing by 21st of January 2018. I will be very grateful if my request is honored.

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  28. Ihereby apply to your organisation requesting for facilitation of asalon initiative to enable me sustain my family and suit in community.Your grant funds will be spent wisely and i\’ll promote your services to my community.

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  31. I am Nashon O. Muhando from Kitale Kenya. I work with Bacoke Group, one of the NACC registered groups supporting PLWHIV. My group requires funds to sustain our supportive work as we want to reach many people. Is it possible to assist us apply these funds from your? And how do we do so?

  32. Am Charles from Uganda, I qualified as a builder and I have worked for almost 20 years now, but I have nothing to show that I have worked for all this years, my neighbours lough at me and say that it\’s better to be a lay person than being trained as a builder. This has come about due to the many fake builders that are not trained and bribe clients or they ask for very little amount and fail to complete work and run away . so I end up getting no work because I don\’t like taking bribes or fail to complete work , every time I try to negotiate with the client , they don\’t accept because I give the right cost of completing the whole project and it Scares them off, then they run to the cheap fake builders , who end up doing shoddy work and even fail to complete. Now, I need a grant to help me start something new, a I have looked all round and have zeroed to a mobile phone sale shop. Please , who can sympathize with my situation and help me out with enough funds to start up a mobile phone business , I hope I will not be offensive if I specify the amount I need to rent a premises and capital , transport and others, this is my tel . No . +256 774181688

  33. Am Charles from Uganda, I qualified as a builder and I have worked for almost 20 years now, but I have nothing to show that I have worked for all this years, my neighbours lough at me and say that it\’s better to be a lay person than being trained as a builder. This has come about due to the many fake builders that are not trained and bribe clients or they ask for very little amount and fail to complete work and run away . so I end up getting no work because I don\’t like taking bribes or fail to complete work , every time I try to negotiate with the client , they don\’t accept because I give the right cost of completing the whole project and it Scares them off, then they run to the cheap fake builders , who end up doing shoddy work and even fail to complete. Now, I need a grant to help me start something new, a I have looked all round and have zeroed to a mobile phone sale shop. Please , who can sympathize with my situation and help me out with enough funds to start up a mobile phone business , I hope I will not be offensive if I specify the amount I need to rent a premises and capital , transport and others, this is my tel . No . +256 774181688 and I will need $1000 to start up.

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