Money For Your Ministry
 
--- In contact_um@yahoogroups.com, "therapuppy" wrote:
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>I spoke with the Veterans office of social/psych services on Friday. We are looking at therapeutic pets to live with disabled Veterans. Also some visitation to Veterans Nursing Homes by Senior Citizens. The VA received 8 million recently to start animal assisted therapy programs. I just don't know how to get some of that money for our program. We just may call   you for that help you offered. Anyone crazy enough to enjoy writing grants is most welcome to email/call me.....Grants are not easy to get - lots of paper work and that is after you find a grant that is a possible match for the programs you offer.
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Of course the first step, as you said, is to find a grant that's a possible match for your program. If you're looking for a government grant, go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance at https://www.cfda.gov/

If you're looking for grants from private sources, you can find them at
http://philanthropy.com/section/Home/172
http://foundationcenter.org/

Whichever way you go, you are going to find the competition for funding stiff. Your proposal will be competing for limited funds with many others. Since Congress started its own version of "just say no", federal funds are very limited. The same is true on the state and local level. The recession has taken its toll on charities as well, including churches. So finding available funding is a real trick. And once you find it, you are going to need to find a way to make yourself stand out from the many others battling for the same funds.

You might want to find organizations in your area with goals similar to yours. They may already have people who are experienced grant writers who can help you. Offer your services as an independent contractor. You will help the grant writer by providing biographical information and facts about your facilities, abilities, history of achievement and other needed information. They will of course receive compensation for developing and monitoring the grant. You will need to work with them on this.

If you decide to form your own organization and apply for funding, be prepared to spend considerable time and money. Applying for 501(c)3 status with the IRS is a royal pain in the wazoo. You will need the help of a tax lawyer with non-profit experience. There is a $500 application fee and the IRS will take six months to approve or deny your application. And that's just to get 501(c)3
status so you can send in an application for actual funding.

Here are some resources to help you develop grant writing skills:

http://nonprofit.about.com/od/foundationfundinggrants/tp/grantproposalhub.htm
http://www.grantspace.org/Multimedia-Archive/Webinars/Proposal-Writing-Basics
http://www.grantspace.org/Classroom/Online-Classes/Proposal-Writing-Short-Course
http://www.grantspace.org/Classroom/Online-Classes/How-to-Approach-a-Foundation
http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html

let me know how I can be a resource for you.

Best always
Brother Ron