In a changing world where it seems that every day's news brings another sad report, it is encouraging to know that there are people and agencies who want to use their money and influence to make a difference. And when it seems like our government leaders here in the U.S. frequently have trouble coming to agreement on policies, it is heartening that they still agree on the importance of funding for neighborhood and faith-based programs to improve communities. Check out the links below for possible sources for funding for your outreach or ministry program.
Tips for developing a grant proposal, from FASTEN (Faith and Service Technical Education Network)
The Foundation Center: Tips for finding privately funded grants and writing effective applications
Important information about grant reporting and proper use of grant funds can be found at the http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits website.
Grants and Resource sites by state
Grant search at grants.gov
Grantspace.org blog - a service of Foundation Center, the GrantSpace blog posts helpful tips such as "A Foundation CEO's Six-Step Formula for Winning A Grant" and "Quick Tips for Locating Federal Grant Opportunities."
Christian Grants: funding opportunities for Christian programs
Grants from Christian foundations
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships grants information
Faith and Communities in Action
American Kennel Club Humane Fund - Grant opportunities for women's shelters that permit victims of abuse to bring their pets to shelter with them.
RedRover - Grants for emergency shelter organizations to allow clients to bring pets to shelter.
Grants from the Mary Kay Foundation for domestic violence shelters.
Customized Limb Prostheses Program - the Heather Abbott Foundation seeks to help victims of traumatic limb loss obtain prosthetics that may not be fully covered by their insurance.
Grants for adaptive sports equipment for those wishing to maintain an active lifestyle despite injury or paralysis - Visit the Kelly Brush Foundation website to learn more.
The American Association of University Women accepts grant proposals from women who already hold a bachelor's degree but seek to change careers or seek higher education or certification in an additional field. If you wish you were better qualified to work in an area of compassionate ministry, this may be a way to get started.
Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of the Alliance for Justice, assists nonprofits with locating foundations who make grants to nonprofits engaging in advocacy for social or humanitarian causes.
Walmart Community Grants: Funds ranging from $250 to $2500 to benefit the area served by specific Walmart stores in the area of Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment, and Career Opportunity.
Grants through the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for faith-based partnerships in addiction recovery and substance abuse prevention.
Christian Fund for the Disabled from Joni and Friends--meeting the practical needs of people with disabilities, as well as helping churches improve their accommodations.
Grant programs from the Office for Victims of Crime, Services to Victims of Human Trafficking Initiatives
USDA Programs (reimbursement for after-school feeding programs and other nutrition programs for at-risk populations)
Center for Nonprofit Grants
Grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Early Childhood Grants
Dave Thomas Foundation: Grants for Adoption Programs