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A) Under the category of your profession (education grants, professional projects, medical funding for those in your field of work or study)

B) Need category: Emergency medical funding, emergency survival bills and food payments (utilities, rent, etc), education, more (ask the librarians)

C) Ethnic or religious category

D) Education category (Every field, probably every age too but ask the librarians before signing up)

E) Ask the librarians for further info! Log on to the website above to obtain email contact info.

 Tips for successful grant writing:

A) After screening out individual donors, check out the grantor's funding history. Then read about their philosophy, goals, etc and be sure to lace something about that into your grant proposal. They like to know that you understand their work, and how you fit into it.

B) Don't beg and don't kiss up to them. Instead, be a feather in their cap: Donors want to brag about what they have funded and how they have helped the community. Be something to brag about, for them. "Sell" yourself and your project.

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If you don't have much to "Sell" them on, just do your best and try also applying for need-based grants, which definitely exist a-plenty.

C) Often it is the second application which gets funded even when the first one is turned down. Just ask the donor on what basis you were turned down, what it is they are looking for, and re-apply having tailored your proposal to what they have said (if appropriate for you). Bingo! You could win.

Further notes:

Grantors and their Boards need time to review the various proposals submitted to them. With the exception of grants for emergency funds, it usually takes two to three months.

Grantors usually prefer to talk to someone very business-like rather than someone spilling out all kinds of "thank you's". I was surprised, but hey why not work with the reality of who they are? I myself was very genuine in my appreciation of those who funded me, but perhaps donors think that sincere appreciation is someone trying to kiss up to them and they don't like that. And of course, it's their business. After all, they get tax write-offs for what they are doing, and public recognition, which means advertizement.

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Win-win! Everybody benefits.

Funds here could be obtained for college education, emergency medical funds in absence of health insurance, arts projects, building projects as above, business start-up projects, and more.

Check it out: I repeat that this is for real.

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And I agree with you about not getting discouraged... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Dec 29, 2008 at 1:07:31 AM