Grant Chat

  • grants.dana posted an update in the group Grant Chat 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Ask @Ella a question:

    Hi all,

    I’m curious if anyone has heard of local funding sources/foundations that are offering relief for local organizations affected by COVID-19. One of my clients has been financially affected and the loss of income is jeopardizing their ability to provide programming for the rest of the year. I haven’t seen any announcements, but thought I’d reach out and see if anyone has heard of potential relief opportunities.

    Thanks so much!

    Best,
    Dana

  • Nina Dunbar posted an update in the group Grant Chat 2 years, 2 months ago

    @AskElla a question: Has anyone heard about what funding opportunities Hutton Parker is offering in 2019? Core support? General Operating? Deadlines?

    • Hi Nina,

      I believe the Hutton Parker Foundation will continue with their general operating support grants, and it’s possible they will have two grant cycles next year, but we have to wait until they post their 2019 guidelines to get all the details.

      –Heather

  • Hello!

    I’m curious to know if any nonprofits subscribe to FoundationSearch. It’s a searchable database of 125,000 foundations and seems like a pretty incredible tool for finding untapped sources of funding. I’m eager to receive any feedback about their services from local nonprofits. Is it worth the membership fee? Or did your organization decide that in-house research using Guidestar and Foundation Directory Online was sufficient? Was it helpful for only the first year after you gleaned info about new grant opportunities? Any specific features of their product stand out to you as particularly helpful?

    Thank you for any insight you can provide!

    -Trinity Schwartz

    • Hi Trinity!

      I have used FoundationSearch and it definitely has some good information and has been helpful to me. I believe that their info comes mostly from the 990s, rather than the foundations themselves (I could be wrong on that though), and I have noticed quite a few records with incorrect or outdated information. I believe it costs 5,000-$8,000 (or maybe more now) for a multi-year contract. So, perhaps that is not worth the money when we can access the Foundation Directory Online for free at the library.

      I found a few articles online with some interesting comments at the end of the first one; the last one is an article about a survey of grant writers and what databases they use–very…Read More