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• Thursday, November 20th, 2008

There has been a little confusion as to the area served by Gatchell Grant Resources LLC.  While it is true that out website is www.ohiograntwriters.com, we serve a much larger area.  We hope that this post will clear this up.

 

Area Served by Gatchell Grant Resources

 

Grant availability is abundant for 2009 and although Gatchell Grant Resources is located in northeastern Ohio, we serve clients throughout the country.

We enjoy meeting our grant clients in person, and make every attempt to do so; however in today’s day and age email is an avenue that works well with clients. This very valuable means of communication was not possible 10 years ago.

Do not hesitate to contact Gatchell Grant Resources with your grant related needs and questions, no matter where you are located.

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Author: admin
• Thursday, November 20th, 2008

We get many questions from new clients or potential clients asking questions that can sometimes be hard to find answers to online.  We have posted a list of those questions and answers here in one place.  We hope that this grant information will be of assistance to you.  

Very Basic Grant Information

What is a grant?
Simply put a grant is funding, services, or a product provided by a benefactor who wants to solve a problem.  Grant funds do not have to be paid back.

Who are the benefactors?
Benefactors include the federal, state, or local public entity, foundations, corporations, and private individuals who have set up a special foundation or trust account with the purpose of furthering a special interest cause.

Who can apply for a grant?
Grants are generally awarded to communities, public safety services, non-profit 501c3 organizations, educational, and health institutions. This list is not all inclusive.

Why are grants not funded?
Application was never submitted.
 If you do not ask for the grant you are guaranteed 100% non-funding.
The next reason for denial is that directions were not followed EXACTLY.

Where do I look for grants?
Searching for grants can be overwhelming to the beginner and seasoned grant applicant.  Grants can be found on the internet (using very specific words to start search), libraries are a great source of written materials, newsletters, periodicals, and networking with others who have written or received grants.

Do I have to do follow up paperwork after grant is awarded?
Yes.  Grantees are held to a high accountability standard that will withstand audits.  So their funding must be accurately expended and reported by the agency receiving their awards.  Accountability for the recipient is normally detailed in the guideline.  Accountability must also meet all local or state requirements when dealing with public agencies.  Remember, when dealing with budgets; details and supporting documentation must be maintained and made available upon request.

Does my organization have to put any money towards a grant?
 Depending on the grant guidelines a specified percentage might be required.  Sometimes “in-kind” services including equipment hours can be used toward the required match.
These are issues that need to be discussed prior to application and award.

Grant writing sounds like work; is it?
Yes, but for the time invested the rewards to be reaped will help your organization solve problems, acquire equipment, or man-power that otherwise might take years to accomplish.

 

These are just a few grant basics.  As we build our site, we hope to provide you and your organization with as much detailed information about grants as possible.  We are starting with the basics of grants and we will then get more involved.