Real grants can sometimes be hard to find and it is vital to know that your research is in credible place. The last thing that you want to do is google search a grant. The sites and sales pages would be horrific and it is very hard to tell the legitimate ones from scams. A good place to start with grant research is the government and foundations. They have clear criteria. Some of my vital resources are found on the following sites:
Access to all national 990's and 990-PF's as well as basic financial information on all nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, and services.
Browse The Catalog By Functional Area
An electronic roadmap to grants, is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the largest granting agency in the Federal government, awarding approximately 60,000 grants each year. GrantsNet offers information about HHS programs, as well as select other grant programs in the Federal government.
Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
This site is extremely valuable because it provides Funding Opportunities by topic area. These grants are for community grassroots organizations, not just faith-based.
When you are searching for grants stay true to the integrity of your vision. Just because someone is offering money doesn't mean that you change your purpose to fit the funding. When you are authentic about your purpose and you enroll others in that vision you will be able to serve your constituents better knowing that you did not bend or adjust or compromise for a few dollars. Read the fine print in the grant requirements. Some grants are connected to audits, site visits and adjustments in program criteria - make sure that it alligns with your overall goals so that you can be proud of your efforts and that the "grantor" will be confident in your efforts to further your cause. Everytime you get a grant it is an opportunity for marketing the organization and establishing a press release to the public of this new alliance. When someone supports your efforts they are declaring that they believe in what you are doing, don't be apprehensive of taking advantage of that platform. Every opportunity to add social proof is your opportunity to further your cause. Please feel free to visit us at www.ExemptMeAnGele.com for upcoming workshops and new information.