Thursday, July 29, 2010

Here Is A Grant Program For Your Small Business!

So many times you will read that there are no grants for for-profit businesses but here is yet another example of a "free money grant program for for-profit businesses!

Here is a new grant program that will be starting later next year!

Over $200 Million Dollars has been allocated for this new grant program!

What is this new grant program? Well I have said many times before that grant programs are created to bring awareness to a particular subject and this is a very good example of exactly that!

In order to bring awareness to living a more healthier lifestyle this particular grant program will provide cash grants to small businesses that provide some sort of wellness and / or prevention programs for their employees! These kinds of programs can include:

  • nutrition

  • smoking cessation
  • physical fitness
  • stress management

Companies with fewer than 100 employees qualify for the grants, which will be administered by the government, but only new wellness initiatives -- those launched after March 23, 2010, the date the heath reform bill was enacted -- are eligible.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do You Need A Used Car For Transportation?

If you are in need of a car to help you get to and from work then you should know that there is an organization that has a program for this!

This organization is highly known for its work in helping people become self reliance and productive. Their program gives, excellent condition used cars to people without transportation in order for them get to work and keep their jobs!

In order to apply for this program you will need:

  • Proof off a job

  • Provide proof of Employment - in order to qualify for the program you must be working and are in danger of losing employment, because of difficulty or inability to get to work. You must provide proof of your situation. Your job must employ you for at least thirty to forty hours each week.

  • Prove Need - In order to qualify your job must also be in a location where there is no bus or train service, to and from your place of employment.

  • Proof of Income - This program is for families who are underemployed and earn a wage that is considered below the US standard of living.

Grant Program To Help Fund School Field Trips!

Did you know that there is a free grant program that provides funding for school field trips?

There is an organization that has provided more than 400,000 students the opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences at thousands of unique destinations. This year over $1 million dollars will be awarded to educators nationwide to fund 5,000 field trips.

So far over $9 Million Dollars in grants has been awarded providing over a million students with the opportunity to experience learning outside the classroom!

Grant applications for 2010 will be available August 2010! You can find out more information about these grants by going to their website.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Individual Artists Are Being Asked To Apply For This Grant Program!

During the year artists are being asked to apply for this grant program.

There is a restriction on the location but if you are a resident or are a resident in a nearby county then you may be eligible to apply for this grant program.

The organization that sponsors this grant program provides financial support to committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists.

The grant is awarded to projects that promise to advance the career of the artist or groups of artists in the following disciplines:

  • Music Composition
  • Film/Video
  • Literature/Playwriting
  • Choreography/Dance
  • Visual Art/Craft

Guidelines and applications are available online.

According to a spokesperson for this grant program, "There are not many opportunities for artists to obtain assistance for something that relates directly to their career advancement. We urge artists in the region to look at the guidelines to see if there is an opportunity here for them."

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Here is a smaller grant program for individual artists!

Here is yet another grant program for individual artists!

Please be advised that this is an announcement of a NEW grant program!

This local grant program for artists will distribute $7,500 through 10 grants to individual artists for various projects!

According to the grants director, "I’m seeing a trend in better prepared proposals from artists. The imaginative projects being submitted for grants reflect an increasingly sophisticated arts community here whose offerings stimulate both economic and cultural growth.

These grants are an investment in human capital, providing direct support to individual artists and arts professionals for projects and activities that have the potential to advance their careers and build their capacity for future work. The grants are awarded three times each year!

Here is a listing of a few of the previous grant recipients:

  • One jewelery artist received $1,000 that will help her to acquire special plating equipment required to create new work that explores a fusion of fine jewelry and fashion. The artist is a jewelry designer interested in challenging traditional concepts of wearable fashion and body adornment. Her inspiration stems mainly from nature and aquatic life.

  • A painter has received a $500 grant will help partially fund printing a catalog of an exhibition that will be used to promote the work of participating artists

  • A playright has received a $500 grant to help create a new multi-media performance work. The grant money received will help the playright acquire video equipment to be used for this and future productions

  • a professional dancer and actress Marisa has received a $750 grant to produce a show featuring her troupe of local performance artists.

Applications for this grant program are reviewed and approved three times over the course of each year, so there are opportunities to apply every four months!

Applications should be for projects and activities occurring between the dates of July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

This artist funding program raises new money to support a wide range of arts organizations and programs. Its purpose is to provide stable sources of new financial support for the arts, broaden access to high-quality arts experiences, and sustain excellence in the arts and arts administration.

For more information about this grant program please be sure to visit their website.

You can also contact them via phone and / or by email.

Friday, July 16, 2010

State Grant Program For Starting Or Expanding A Farm!

$100,000 Grant Program Announced For Farmers

Although this is not a new government grant program, they have added additional funding!

In an effort to assist with the challenges associated with starting or expanding a farming or ranching operation one state Commissioner has announced the addition of an additional $100,000 in grants through one of the state's grant programs. This grant program program, which has already awarded $100,000 to 13 eligible farmers is designed to help young farmers enter or enhance a production agriculture career!

Says the Commissioner, "As our population increases, we must do what we can to recruit new agriculture producers and assist current ones with expanding operations to meet the growing demand on our food and fiber supplies. Starting a career in production agriculture is a huge financial investment, and through this grant program we can help give young farmers the capital they need to start or expand much-needed operations.

These grants are available to individuals who are at least 18, but younger than 46.

Applicants must make dollar-for-dollar matching expenditures to sustain, create or expand the proposed projects.

The individual grant limit per application is $10,000!

The rising age of state farmers, combined with the small number of young people choosing farming as an occupation, raises concerns about whom will fill the gaps of providing food and fiber in the future and that is why this grant program is so important.

In addition to this grant program the state includes 3 programs designed for eligible applicants who wish to establish or enhance their farm or ranch operation, or establish agriculture-related businesses:

  • This loan program provides guarantees based on a tiered structure not to exceed $750,000 or 70 percent of the loan amount, whichever is less. The program also provides an interest rebate of up to $5,000 per year to eligible borrowers as part of the guarantee process.

  • Another program can facilitate commercial lending that may result in below-market interest rates. Eligible applicants must intend to use the proceeds under this program in a manner that will help foster the creation and expansion of an agricultural business in the state.

  • This program offers young farmers greater rate reductions. The program is open to any person at least 18, but younger than 46, who proposes to use the proceeds to help foster the creation and expansion of an agricultural business in the state.

For more information about this and other grant programs, visit the website and click on Grants/Funding.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

$50,000 Grant Program For Writers!

There is a foundation for writers that has a grant program that helps to support individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art.

The grant awards range from $3,000 to $50,000!

Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Books
  • New and Alternative Media
  • Short-Form Writing

For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please visit their website.

Another source of money is unclaimed money. You can find out more information at the The Unclaimed Money Blog.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Grant Program(s) For Rescue Animals?

I tried sending this person a private reply but for some reason it wouldn't go through so I decided to post it here:

my friend has an animal rescue program. She has rescued some horses and donkeys whose owners either didnt have the time to trim the hooves( have you ever seen a horse with hooves so long they look like a pair of skis?) or they didnt know how to train the horses( and donkeys) how to stand still for a farrier.

She has looked at the animal rescue grant sites, and has reported to me that these sites want money . Money she just doesnt have. Besides needing money for her rescue operation, she also needs money to pay a mortgage off on her home. A relative of hers took out the mortgage without her knowledge. I guess the pay off is quite high.

I want to help my friend as much as I can. I realize she needs to fill out the forms herself, but if I can find these No Fee for application grants, then I will have done my part.

The sites that you are talking about are third-party sites - meaning they are asking a fee because they are asking you to pay for the work that they have done to find the information. All you have to do is to just find the information yourself. This is how grantwriters and other companies find the information and you can do the same thing.

There are legitimate equine-related grant programs out there. Here is an excerpt from this blog:

State-Wide Equine Grant Program

equine - of or relating to the horse

By law, the funding for this particular grant program must go to support "equine research, education and promotion". Any group, individual, company or institution may apply for funding. Preference will be given to projects benefiting the largest number of people/horses. Grants to institutions and individuals will be related to equine research, education and industry enhancements and promotion.”

Over $70,000 has been already awarded from funding from this grant program. The awards went to projects in nine communities and were presented at the state's Horse Fair.

A detailed research application is available (as well as a shorter project application) via the website or you can contact the program directly by phone.

Grant recipients included:

  • Over $8,000 was received for equipment to help with volunteers for trail construction, reconstruction and maintenance at a national forest and nearby private property trails. "Hardening of the trails to withstand traffic without trail tread failure, muddiness or erosion is an increasingly important consideration,” according to one of the grant recipients. Equipment being funded includes packsaddles with gravel bags for use in wilderness areas, and a hydraulic gravel-hauling wagon for use in non-wilderness areas.

  • A therapeutic horseback riding center received $8,000 toward its barn and paddock restoration project.

  • One of the fairgrounds was given $7,800 to improve arena fencing and footing, re-establishing safety at the site for the many groups that use the public facility. During the severe flooding in the area during the summer of 2008, the grounds were used as a staging area for sand-bagging and other flood-fighting activities. Fencing around the area is used metal pipe, donated 20 years ago, and now rusted to ruin. Like many other projects supported, volunteers will remove old and install new fencing at the grounds.

  • First steps for a new Riding Center are being funded with a $14,000 grant. The project is part of a 10-year master plan by the Advisory Committee, which requested help in creating a 7-acre turn out pasture to serve boarders and show participants, along with refurbishing access roads and ultimately a new indoor and outdoor arena and boarding facilities for 52 horses at the facility. The area has more than five miles of wooded and natural prairie trails.

  • Another grant recipient received $7,200 to enhance and expand its 12-year-old ongoing training program for first response personnel who may serve at equestrian accident scenes. The objective is to develop basic familiarity in how to safely handle horses under crises conditions.

  • One University staff member received $3,000 for the promotion of Natural Horsemanship Training Methods. “Natural Horsemanship" is the term coined to describe a method of two-way communication between horse and human that is cooperative in nature. It differs from the more traditional, coercive-type horse training methods in that it offers options to the horse and encourages the horse to choose the desirable option rather than forcing the horse into a single, dictated action.

  • A saddle club received $9,000 for their club’s arena and grounds project. Included in the grant is funding for road repair and a public address system and upgrades to arena and driveways at the site, which hosts 10 to 15 fun, pleasure and speed shows annually, as well as being used by many clubs. The PA system is a valuable aid in safely controlling equestrian and spectator traffic.

  • Investigators from a university of Veterinary Medicine received $11,300 to study the effects of hyaluronic acid and triamcinolone alone and in combination on synovitis of equine stifle (which treatment option is best for painful, often debilitating osteoarthritis in a horse’s knee joint). In horses, osteoarthritis is more common and has greater economic impact than acute traumatic injuries or respiratory disease. It is a major source of debilitating pain, economic loss and decreased athleticism in the performance horse noting that 70% of the state's horses are used for recreation or showing.

As you can see this is a legitimate grant program, it's not asking you for any fees and they have a website where you can find out more information about their organization and their grant program.

The information is out there you just have to do the work to find it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

State Charities Are Being Invited To Apply For A $100,000 Grant!

As I have stated many times before there are lots of grant programs that are looking for eligible applicants! Here is an example of another one!

This free grant program is open to 501(c)(3) organizations located within the state. Your non-profit organization must be focused on improving health experiences or building healthy communities in the areas of:

  • Childhood health and education -- Projects or initiatives that seek to improve health and academic achievement of children through the educational landscape

  • Family wellness and active lifestyles -- Projects or initiatives that strengthen the health of families through physical, social, mental, emotional, or environmental support

  • Health literacy for diverse populations and seniors -- Projects or initiatives dedicated to improving people's ability to access, understand, and use health information, especially low income populations, and seniors

Said one spokesperson for the grant program, "The economy has left many of the nation's nonprofit organizations struggling for financial support to keep up with the increased demand of those in need.

The organization that is sponsoring this grant program to inspire others to lend a hand to the organizations that make a difference in promoting healthy lives and a healthy community.

A panel of local judges, comprised of community leaders, public officials and business representatives, will work with the grant program to select the $100,000 grant winner. Finalists will make a formal presentation before the panel of community-leader judges. The winner will be announced at a celebratory dinner Friday, October 8.

Past grant recipients include:

  • a nonprofit organization committed to fostering the physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth of young children with special needs

  • a nationwide nonprofit (with a chapter in the state), which had started a program for new parents.

If your non-profit organization is located in the state (or has a local chapter in the state) then you are encouraged to visit the grant program's website to download a copy of this year's application and review program guidelines. Questions can also be directed to the grant program by phone or by e-mail.