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Grant Money for the Little Guys: A Guide to Finding Local Grant Opportunities for Small NonProfit Organizations

First things first, it's important to remember that grants are not just for big organizations. Small non-profits can and should apply for grants as well. The key is to find the right grants that align with your organization's mission and goals.

Where can I find local grant opportunities? 

  • Local foundations
  • Government agencies
  • Corporations

Let's break these down...

Local foundations

One place to start your search is with local foundations. Many foundations, especially community foundations, offer grants to organizations within their specific geographic area. These foundations often have a focus on specific causes such as education, the arts, or the environment.

Do your research and see if there are any foundations in your area that align with your organization's mission.

Government agencies

Another place to look for local grant opportunities is with government agencies (Grants.gov is a great place to start).

Many government agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Arts or the Department of Education, offer grants to non-profit organizations. These grants can be highly competitive, but they can also provide a significant amount of funding for your organization.


Corporations also offer grant opportunities for non-profit organizations. Many corporations have a focus on specific causes such as education or the environment. Reach out to corporations in your area and see if they offer any grant opportunities.
Many non-profit organizations also offer grants to other non-profits.

Reach out to non-profits in your area that align with your organization's mission and see if they offer any grant opportunities.

A few things to keep in mind before getting started:

  • Grants aren't just for big projects. Many grants are available for small projects and operating expenses. Don't limit yourself by only searching for grants for big projects.
  • Applying for grants can be a time-consuming process. Make sure to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to research, write, and submit a grant proposal.

So what did we learn…

Local grant opportunities can be a great way for small non-profit organizations to raise money for their cause. Start your search by looking into local foundations, government agencies, corporations, and other non-profits.

Remember to align your organization's mission with the grant opportunities and to plan ahead for the grant application process.

With a little bit of research and persistence, your organization can secure the funding it needs to make a difference in your community. Now, go forth and apply for those grants, small non-profit superheroes!

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