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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do you offer a free trial?

No, but we do offer a free account so you can get a good idea of the types of grants that you can expect to be notified about. 


We also guarantee our service with the Good Works Toolbox Pro.  If you are having trouble finding suitable grant opportunities, let us know and your Customer Care team goes to work for you!


Do you provide information about international grants?

Our service is specifically designed for organizations based in the United States that want to fund programs based in the United States.  We do have limited information about international grants, but those are for organizations based in the United States.

If you are with an organization that is not based in the United States, our services will not be very useful to you.  We are looking at expanding our services in the future and do appreciate your interest!



Can you tell me where to find start-up grants?

It is extremely difficult to get funding for start-up costs especially if you are looking for over $10,000.  We always suggest that you start with a few steps:


1.  Research your area and make sure that another organization similar to the one you have envisioned does not already exist.  We have seen organizations open shop when there are six similar organizations within blocks.  The more organizations like yours there are, the harder it is to get funding of any type.


2.  Write up a business plan (yep, nonprofits are a business).  This will help solidify your ideas and get you thinking about other ways to fund the start-up.


3.  Have a strong board of directors ready to go and other partnerships in the works.  Being well connected helps your chances of funding (a LOT). 


4.  Have a detailed budget for your start-up expenses, and continuing through the first couple of years.  This goes along with the business plan.  Develop a plan for sustainability beyond the initial funding.


The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to get funding.  If you have no money and are counting on grant funding to start and run your organization, we really wish that we could help you, but the truth is that you need to think through the plan and find other sources of money.  Grant money is rarely, if ever, given as the sole starting point for an organization.  



Can individuals apply for grants?

Most grants are given to 501(c)(3) organizations because those are tax deductible for the contributor.  Additionally, private foundations are prohibited from making grants to individuals, therefore it is generally recommended that interested individuals partner with a nonprofit organization to work toward common objectives and grant seeking. 
However, there are grants and awards available to individuals from other sources, generally city and county programs.  If you are an artist, many arts councils have programs specifically for individual artists.


How do I apply for a grant?

Once you have identified a grant that is a good match, click on the live link we provide to you - this will take you directly to the grantor's funding guidelines and application.  Read the guidelines carefully (several times)!  Once you decide to proceed with the application, be sure to follow all the directions set forth by the grantor.

What is the difference between "Total Program Funding" and "Maximum Grant Amount"?

Total Program Funding is the full amount set aside by the grantor.  This amount may be broken up into different individual grant amounts.  If our information lists the Total Program Funding, and no information for the Maximum Grant Amount, it is because we were only informed of the total funding available and no individual breakdown was provided.

Maximum Grant Amount is the largest amount a grantor has specified they will give for an individual grant.  We provide this information to you whenever it is available.

Can I get a grant to start my small business?

There are some grants and business plan competitions, but they are somewhat rare and you are advised to seek other ways to fund your start-up business.

What about all those books and CDs I see advertised?  They claim that people can get grants for rent, medical care, bills - anything?!?

Honestly, those books and CDs are basically rewrites from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.  First of all, CFDA is free to the public.  Second, if you look through the catalog, you will see that the eligible applicants are either nonprofit organizations or government entities.  Those entities then distribute funds through their own programs to individuals. In short, most of those books and CDs you see are just scams.

There is grant and financial assistance for individuals and it is generally found through special state and local government programs, not in the "information" these infomercial books and CDs are selling. 


How often does Grant Gopher update its information and add new grants?

Our dedicated team updates everything daily.  Expired grant opportunities are removed, rolling announcement deadlines are updated, and several new grant programs are added.  We are committed to providing the most current data possible!

Help!  I'm not receiving my weekly e-mails.  What happened?

Problems may be:

Your e-mail filter is sending them to your 'spam box'
Your company server is blocking our e-mails

You accidentally made a typo when you set up your account

Be sure to add to your list of approved e-mail addresses!  You can also contact us and let us know if you aren't receiving notices and give us the email address that you want to use.  We'll double check your account for you.  We don't want you to miss out on any important notices!

More Questions?

If your question was not answered here, please feel free to ask!!

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