According to The Nonprofit Sector in Brief, published by the Urban Institute, government grants accounted for 8 percent of revenue for U.S. charities in recent years, while another 24 percent of income was derived from government contracts for goods and services provided to the public. Even with looming budget cuts for state and federal programs, government funding remains a large piece of the revenue pie for nonprofits.
Certainly, some types of nonprofits rely on government grants and contracts more than others - health care providers or employment training services come to mind - but there are grantmaking programs in nearly all fields. The next question, then, is should your organization be preparing to apply for government grants?
Next week, on May 18, Certified Grants Specialist Ellen McCarty will present the ABCs of Government Funding to explain the ins and outs of the government funding process for those interested in learning how to identify, research, and apply for government grants. Topics covered will include:
- Current trends in government funding
- How to determine if a government grant is right for your organization
- How to research and identify the appropriate government grant
- Differences between a government grant and a proposal for a private funder
- After the grant award – the importance of grant management and monitoring
Sign up for this free workshop here.
To learn more about resources for identifying and applying for government grants, visit our Knowledge Base. Be sure to ask your questions about developing proposals for federal or state programs in our new GrantSpace forum.
Stephen Sherman, Reference Librarian, Foundation Center-Atlanta