Nonprofit Start-ups

GrantWatch.com is a unique and effective tool for grant searching.  We’d like to take the opportunity and talk to you about starting a nonprofit.

First of all starting a nonprofit or small business, must be done with happiness. There are a lot of hours involved in any start-up. It should be your passion and it should never ever be your last resort to obtain income.

If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. 

We get calls every day from subscribers, like you, searching for grants to start a nonprofit. You probably have an innovative idea that will transform the community. But, you need the time, determination and follow-through to put it into action. Here are the steps we suggest you follow:

1) Research

  • Look into other nonprofits: Is there an org already doing the type of work you were planning on?
  • Is nonprofit status right for you? Determine if you want to be a tax-exempt organization or a for-profit. This could alter your plans.

2) Make a solid base for yourself

  • Create a mission statement: This is pivotal. It describes what an organization wants to accomplish in the present.
  • Write a business plan: Yup, a business plan. This is because it will help you articulate your plans and goals.
  • Develop a board: This is the group that has legal responsibilities. So, take time in orienting, training and cultivating board members.
  • Develop a social media strategy and become noticed on all channels.  This will help you market yourself when creating a crowdfunding campaign on Uhelpfund.com to help defray some of the professional fees (legal and accounting costs) of start-ups.

3) Incorporate yourself

  • Why should you incorporate? It makes officers and directors less liable.

4) 501(c)3 status

  • Apply for the IRS status. Wait to hear back. GrantWriterTeam.com has grant wrtiters familiar with the steps to set up a nonprofit.

5) Continual compliance

  • Register with your state’s charity registry. Don’t forget form 990, an annual reporting requirement.

Then, search for grants for start-up nonprofits on GrantWatch.com. Or, if you’re an established nonprofit looking for support for board of directors' management, financial accountability and to strengthen community resources, encourage volunteerism and community services, look at Nonprofit Support Services grants.

We hope this article has been informative to you and if you want to reach your local nonprofit association with additional questions, check out the Resource Center under Resources on GrantWatch.com.  See previous articles about Community Service Coordination grants, grants for Municipalities, Economic Development, Small Business, Health and Medical, Farming/Agriculture and Youth/Out-of-School Youth.

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Be The Change Agent

A nonprofit is set up with a purpose in mind. Before you create and develop programs, you need to determine the needs of your community as it relates to the mission of your nonprofit. Where do you start? 

  • Speak to community leaders
  • Speak with your target audience
  • Distribute a survey
  • Ask questions at community meetings 
  • Look at the community stats
  • Speak with the editor of the local newspaper 
  • Hold a planning session breakfast with professionals that may eventually support your project 

All these efforts should be documented because you will place them in the needs section of your grant application(s). In the Needs section of  your grant, you might use a sentence like below with the information you gleaned form your survey or meetings that led your organization to develop the proposed program.

There is a strong need for … to ….  This need was identified through a  survey of … conducted  on … to determine  if their current needs for … was being met. The results are as follows.

Nonprofits looking to be the "change agent" in their community should subscribe to GrantWatch.com to find the most current grants and funding opportunities.

Small business that want to sponsor community interventions can also find grants on our sister site, MWBEzone.com, or on the small business category on GrantWatch.com.

Small businesses may want to:

  • Forge relationships with nonprofits in your community
  • Offer incentives to your employees about giving back
  • Offer your own volunteer services
  • Publicize your actions to propel others to do the same

By successfully winning a grant and implementing programming, a small business will not only play an active part in the community but make a name for itself. This could attract new loyal customers to your business. 

Individuals can choose to make an impact on their community, too. There are grants for individuals wanting to implement improvements in their surroundings. These grants are a great example of how:

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to see something improve, go out and get it done! Start by subscribing to GrantWatch.com and searching for grants. We also list awards for outstanding individuals serving their community.

So, whether you are a nonprofit, small business or individual, you can make an impact in your community through grants. Start the New Year off right. Search for grants on GrantWatch.com. 

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the Founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com

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Why GrantWatch 2017?

I had a rare opportunity to sit in at the training session of the new Library IP License Sales Division of GrantWatch.com.  They were being trained to offer discounts to libraries, universities, school districts or large organizations that wanted IP access for large numbers of simultaneous users for their development staff and or patrons. The sales team asked Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com,

What makes GrantWatch.com worthy of a subscription?

Why does GrantWatch.com surface to the top of the multitude of grant websites?  

Libby explained, "There are a variety of grant websites – some of them are scams, others have outdated or very few grants. GrantWatch.com brings it all together by posting verified grants by location and category for nonprofits, communities and small businesses from many funding sources. We have over 55+ categories. The website is updated daily and past due grants are archived (see Tour the Archives on the website.) 

GrantWatch.com was designed by grant writers to meet the unique needs of the nonprofit community. The website displays the most current local, state, federal government and foundation grants.

For a quote for Library License click here.

Grant Associates at GrantWatch spend hours researching grants – so you do not have to. At GrantWatch, technical "grant-ese" and long winded applications are formatted into a grant detail page good enough to be pitched to an executive director or CEO, by development staff.  No rewrite is necessary for presentation. 

A staff of Researchers and Grant Associates read through the grants for nonprofits and present all the information needed for an executive director or grant writer to decide if they want to pursue the funding opportunity. Typically, the instructions for a government grant can exceed 30 pages and often-times nonprofits miss deadlines for questions, letters of intent and pre-application webinars.   

If you're not yet a subscriber and you want to view the level of detail incorporated in a grant posting, Libby invites you to review some archived grants. 

The individual organization subscription cost for the website is kept very low – with the business model, "serving the community and shared responsibility." The cost is $18 a week, $45 a month, $90 for 3 months, $150 for 6 months, or $199 for a year. If you want multiple individual subscriptions, call and request a quote. GrantWatch is also reaching out to partner with nonprofit membership organizations to offer their members a subscription at a reduced cost. 

Publishing and serving the public is not new to Libby Hikind.  Flashback to 1984, as a young public educator, Libby wanted to find a way to teach her special needs intermediate class word processing skills; way back when the Tandy computers (Radio Shack's IBM clones) at her school were only ready for BASIC programming and a $15,000 upgrade was needed.  The school district did not have the funds. Four grants in total, across the USA were awarded from Radio Shack.  With that application, Libby won her first grant which demonstrated how the Tandy Model 100 (one of the first tablets) could be used within the educational community.  From there, she wrote to Commodore and won $9,000 worth of Commodore 64s.  Libby' good business sense was recognized and she was asked to take on the role of Magnet School Teacher for Business Careers and Entrepreneurship with special needs children mainstreamed into her classes.

One day, she was surprised to find an anonymous note written on a job posting in her school mailbox suggesting she apply for job as school district grant writer.  

In two years at the DO, she brought in millions of dollars in educational funding.  Having found her niche but missing the joy of teaching, she requested a return to the classroom and opened her own grant writing consulting firm.  Besides grant and curriculum writing, her years of experience include running for City Council, FEMA Project Liberty Crisis Intervention Counseling, volunteer at Ground Zero and four children's picture books that await a much-needed publisher.

GrantWatch.com began as NYCGrantsWatch, a faxed newsletter. Halted in 2000 for a run for political office, the brainchild returned after Libby retired from public education. It returned as today's GrantWatch.com, the model grants subscription website.

"Surely, we have competition, but no one has our passion for bringing funding to the community," Libby explained.  Libby shares this passion with her daughter, Elana.  While young and in college, Elana worked part time in her mother's office. Now, years later – married with children, she manages the grant researchers, grant associates, editors and proofreaders that post the grants on the website. Libby manages customer relations, customer support, new development, communicates with funding sources, and is also the CEO and Founder of GrantWriterTeam.com, Uhelpfund, GrantNews.press and the soon to be GWI.education.  In addition, she is the CEO of MWBEzone.com.

Libby takes pride in the fact that her office provides great customer service through phone, chat and email. 

The infrastructure for foundations and government agencies to post their grants directly onto GrantWatch.com is in place.  

We have created a user-friendly application for funding sources.  Just click Post a Grant.

Once you locate a grant at GrantWatch.com, what's your next step? You can request or hire a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam to mentor you, to provide professional development to your staff, or to write the grant for you.

Libby also recommends that after applying for a grant you go to Uhelpfund and create your organization's crowdfunding project.  It is the natural progression to use the passion you showed in your grant to reach your personal crowd, community and the universe.

Whatever your grant searching needs, you will find it at GrantWatch.com.  And if you don't, you will find it next week, or the week after.  Libby appreciates when nonprofit and small business subscribers send Customer Support an email about their interest – so she can direct the researchers to include their needs. 

Grants come out every day, even as you sleep.  According to Libby,

"The best part of subscribing to GrantWatch.com is that we consistently research and post new grants."     

When asked what is your most memorable grant, Libby responded with a bright smile, "Child Health Plus!  I wrote that grant to bring Child Health Plus to Staten Island in 1999 and since then, my then client has independently resubmitted the application, on behalf of the community."  A few years back, Libby was told that since the initial grant application, more than 46,000 children and adults had received medical care.

Libby Hikind can be reached at Support@GrantWatch.com, GrantWatch.com or at 561 249-4129.  

About the Author: Sabeen interviewed GrantWatch.com CEO and Founder, Libby Hikind. To invite Libby to be on your TV or radio broadcast – or to speak at an event, contact SocialMedia@GrantWatch.com.

Canton, a Replicable Town

Canton, New York received $231,274 for waterfront redevelopment projects, through grant writing. Search GrantWatch.com for grants for your town for Economic Development, Municipalities, and Travel and Tourism.

According to The Watertown Daily Times, the town of Canton received the grant to build a pedestrian bridge that will pass under the Main Street bridge. The town has been planning waterfront development for some time now, but with this grant, they can put it into action!

They also planned for the funding to be put toward a hospitality center in partnership with SUNY Canton. The town put that into the grant not knowing whether the project would move forward. Luckily, the University decided to move forward to enable students studying tourism and hospitality or management to gain a learning experience.

You can also find grants for institutes of higher education at GrantWatch.com.

Previously, the town received a grant for the expansion of municipal water access.  By applying for multiple grants, Canton gets to piece together their financing. This project is to establish a water main. The town was also the recipient of grants for expansion of municipal water and sewer access as well as microenterprises.

So, it is evident the economic development of Canton is booming. But how can another town, municipality, or city replicate their work? By applying for grants listed on GrantWatch.com! You’ll find grants to support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

There are related grants under the Environment and Small Business categories, too. Search for a grant on GrantWatch.com by geographic focus and interest and see what you find! 

Small Business on GrantWatch.com

Historically, GrantWatch, Inc. (GrantWatch.com, MWBEzone.com, GrantWriterTeam.com, GrantNews.press and GWI.education) have exclusively addressed small business on MWBEzone’s blog. But at GrantWatch, there is an entire category dedicated to small businesses, as well.

We receive many inquiries from people who want to start a new business. As a paid MemberPlus+, on GrantWatch.com, perform a keyword search for the phrase "start-up." These would be the grants relevant to start-up organizations.

So, what are the first three things you need to know before beginning a small business?

  1. Determine your business idea
  2. Decide your business’ legal structure
  3. Choose a name for your business

First, write a business plan! Within the business plan, you will answer lots of questions. These may include:

  • Who will run the company?
  • What does the company do?
  • How may the company fare in today’s market?
  • What services or products do you plan to offer?
  • How will you market yourself?
  • Where will you go for funding?
  • How do you project your business will progress?

Having a thoroughly thought-out business plan will help you write the grant proposal, which may ask you to include narratives about your business ideals and direction. After you’ve worked out your business idea, move on to deciding your business’s legal structure.

You will ask yourself the following:

  • How many owners are there?
  • What risks are associated with starting your own business?
  • How do you want your business to be taxed?
  • Will your business benefit from selling stock?
  • What’s the best ownership structure?
  • Do you need to talk to a lawyer?

Next is the fun part. Think of a name for your business! This is not as easy as it may seem. You need to research possible names to make sure they are not already in use. For example, check if the domain name is available online. Check business names with your county clerk’s office. If you want to be a corporation or LLC, check with the Secretary of State or corporate filing office. And, eliminate previously trademarked names.

Now you know the first 3 things to work on before beginning a small business. Remember, before applying for a small business grant, have your business plan ready. To search for small business grants, search GrantWatch.com or MWBEzone.com

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Changing Health Culture in Low Income Communities

One of the first programs of its kind, the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative (CHVI) began reaching out to adults and youth, alike, in the Claremont Village New York City Housing Authority Development to make sustainable changes in their lives. Through a variety of grants, revenue streams and partnerships, this program has begun to make a difference in the health culture of a low income underserved population.

The way you eat, sleep, exercise, talk and think determines your health. Health is a culture that includes everything from belief to custom and habit. To find funding to support health in your community, go to GrantWatch.com and search for grants under the Health and Medical category.

Underserved populations have limited access to healthcare, health education and nutrition guidance. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and strong culture of health is harder for low-income households.

If you took a time-lapsed video of health in developing nations, you will find that there is trend toward chronic disease. Take a closer look and you’ll find that these diseases disproportionally affect those under the Federal Poverty Level.

The program’s goal is “To provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary coordinated program that would engage residents in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The CHVI has been modeled on a four-pronged approach; medical wellness, physical wellness, nutritional wellness and social wellness.”

Through partnerships with community sectors (both private and public), the program set out to change the health of the community in 2012.

In 2015, the Initiative realized they needed to refresh their goal. The Initiative worked with GrowNYC Food Box, a partner as a pre-packaged produce program that disseminates nutrition information. It also engaged in Leadership Training and began a Youth Council.

In 2015, the Initiative was awarded grants for a Seniors Arts and Mental Health Program, Protecting Neighborhood Environmental Beauty, and Youth, Food, Art and more. And, community events engaged the local population and enabled the Initiative to provide health screenings and distribute health materials.

The Claremont Healthy Village Initiative is working to change the culture of health where it is needed most. If you are a nonprofit that similarly works in health advocacy, look for grants on GrantWatch.com. You’ll find grants for Health and Medical, Nutrition, Sports and Recreation and Environment. 

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and is currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliated websites.

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How do we do this? We have a team of researchers, grant associates, editors, proofreaders and a publisher that are energized to give you the most current grants. Foundations and government agencies contact us, as well to post their new grants.  

 

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Conservation Innovation Grants

The USDA is looking for new innovative proposals on conservation through the competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. You can visit GrantWatch.com for related grants for Farming/Agriculture. According to Tom Vilsak, Agriculture Secretary, private agricultural and forest land-owners will benefit from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) investment in innovative conservation.

The USDA hopes to introduce changes in conservation technologies as well as changes in the approach to topics like conservation finance, data analytics, and precision conservation. Up to $25 million will be invested into focus areas like:

  • Historically underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers or beginning farmers and ranchers and those with few resources
  • Producer knowledge of the benefits of conservation benefits and its alternatives
  • Improved input management (ie. nutrient management addressing source, timing, rate and placement) or addressing in-field vulnerabilities
  • New investment strategies for private lands conservation
  • Effects of soil health practices and water management
  • Pay-for-success models

In the past 7 years, the USDA has invested almost $173 million into 414 national CIG projects. With this new investment, the USDA hopes to continue its dedication to historically underserved and military veteran farmers and ranchers and their supporters. Up to $2 million was set aside for this group, exclusively.

Since 2009, the USDA has invested more than $29 million to CIG projects to help conservation efforts. Through previous CIG projects, the USDA has worked with 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to help protect over 400 million acres. The projects have helped enhance soil and air quality, water conservation and management and enhancing habitat for wildlife.

On GrantWatch.com, you will find similar grants for sustainable farming across the nation. Under Farming/Agriculture, you might find grants to develop agriculture and forestry sectors, agricultural development and leadership, agricultural sustainability research and more. 

For grants from the USDA, click here

You can also raise funds through Agriculture Crowdfunding.

About the Author: Sabeen has a Master’s in Public Health and is currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliated websites.

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http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2016/11/07/25-million-conservation-innovation-grants/93415972/

The Gates Foundation Gives to the Population Health Initiative

Bill and Melinda Gates did it again. Their recent generosity has enabled the work of public health efforts to improve the state of health in Washington state and abroad. GrantWatch.com has grants for health and medical nonprofits, for profits and small businesses around the United States and internationally.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $210 million to the Population Health Initiative of the University of Washington (UW). This initiative works toward a 25-year vision to unite the UW community and Washington area to advance the health of those people who live locally and of those who live around the world.

There are 5 areas of focus for the initiative: Education and Capacity Building, Diagnostics and Critical Assessments, Developing and Testing Innovations, Implementation Science, and Strategy and Planning. Through the combined efforts of the 5 areas of focus, UW hopes to bring together the university in an inter-disciplinary effort toward improving the health of the community and the world at large.

Specifically, the donation will go toward a building that will house university units working in population health. It will also serve as a place of collaboration for faculty and students from differing university departments as well as global collaborators.

According to the Population Health Initiative, there are 3 pillars that affect billions of lives around the world. These are: human health, environmental resiliency and social and economic equity. The initiative follows the Kindig/Stoddart definition of population health which states that medical care, public health interventions, aspects of the social and physical environments, genetics and individual behavior are all determinants of population health.

By helping to create a new generation of leaders who appropriate scientific data, assess interventions, approach health issues using the scientific method, and empower the community and world with tools to make decisions, the Population Health Initiative of the University of Washington will help to improve the current state of health outcomes.

For low-income and rural areas, domestically and abroad, access to healthcare is an issue. Poverty or distance to healthcare can prevent a population from receiving the proper care needed in 21st century life. 

In addition to Health and Medical, GrantWatch has grants for complimentary disciplines like environment, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Nutrition and Research and Evaluation. If you are an institute of higher education interested in beginning or advancing a similar program as the Population Health Initiative, check out grants for Higher Education.

About the Author: Sabeen is a Master’s in Public Health and currently writes for GrantWatch and its affiliated websites.

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Twenty-two Grants Awarded by United Way

Recently, the United Way announced a grand total of $232,500 in grant money awarded to local nonprofit organizations in Berks County, Pennsylvania for health and human service programs, education, health and safety-net services. At GrantWatch.com, we list corporate, foundation and government grants and awards for community service coordination, disaster relief, health and medical, and many other categories. 

The United Way of Berks County, Pennsylvania, grants were awarded in 3 categories:

  1. Rapid Response
  2. Venture
  3. Live United

The operations of the United Way are a great example of how working nonprofits can successfully find funding through grants.

The Rapid Response grants were for nonprofit health and human services organizations that went through sudden financial changes that threatened to halt their services to the community. A total of $125,000 in Rapid Response grants were distributed to different organizations.

The Venture grants were one-time grants for organizations that provided services for low-income people or areas. These grants helped fund new or expanding programs. A total of $75,000 in Venture grants were distributed.

Live grants were one-time grants for newly formed organizations that were looking to create change in order to improve the lives of county residents. These were each up to $5,000. A total of $32,500 in Live grants were distributed to grassroots organizations.

GrantWatch has grants for municipalities, where members of local government can search for grants to improve their community. It is a source for nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, small businesses, individuals, institutes of higher education, and others for the latest in grant funding.

Remember, it is through the generosity and support of contributors, corporations, foundations, government and other nonprofits (like the United Way) that grants become available. If you’re looking for grants, go to GrantWatch.com or MWBEzone.com

About the Author: Sabeen has a Masters in Public Health and is currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliated websites.

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