Making Cents Out of Grants
Non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipalities, small businesses and other local individuals and entities are all looking for creative ways to identify and secure funding for projects. Particularly in these uncertain economic times, this can be challenging, but there are opportunities in the form of federal grants that may be available.
According to www.Grants.gov, a federal grant is “…an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States.” There are reportedly 21 categories for specific grants, ranging from agriculture to transportation, and over 25 federal agencies offer more than 1,000 grant programs annually in various categories.
As part of my on-going effort to inform constituents about the services that are provided by the federal government, my office invited public officials and business, education and non-profit leaders from 6th district communities to my workshop entitled Making Cents Out of Grants. We announced the event on our website at http://tierney.house.gov and through advisories, and we were fortunate enough to be joined by over 200 participants.
At the event I was joined by a series of speakers from federal agencies, state agencies and private foundations as well as other experts, who have knowledge and experience in the grant application process. Getting a head start on the application process, understanding your project goals and targeting the appropriate agencies were some of the "lessons learned" during our workshop.
If you have questions about the grant process or you would like more information regarding our recent workshop, please contact my office at 1-978-531-1669 and ask for Helen Rush-Lloyd, or visit my website HERE to view the agenda.
Congressman John F. Tierney
Member of Congress