Lesson #9 Foundation and Corporation Applications

Greetings from GrantLessons! Back from vacation and ready to get back to our next lesson, which is on foundation grants and corporation contributions.

Our focus for Assistance League chapters does not include writing applications for federal or state grants. We do not focus on these types of grants because the reporting requirements are overwhelming.

So how do we determine if a foundation or a corporation is interested in receiving applications? The major way is by searching a database for information about the foundation or corporation. There are several databases available including GrantStation, Foundation Directory Online, and GuideStar Premium. After putting in search criteria, each of these databases brings up a list of profiles that meet the criteria submitted. In order to search GrantStation and Foundation Directory Online a fee is required. GuideStar Premium, provides a free database as a benefit of completing the nonprofit’s GuideStar profile and obtaining a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant level.

GrantStation is available to Assistance League members for $47 per year. A month’s subscription is available for Foundation Online at $19.95.

The databases also differ as to whether the foundation’s Form 990s are available on their website. Foundation Directory Online and GuideStar Premium provide access to Form 990s. GrantStation does not. There are no Form 990s for corporations since they do not complete.

Searching the databases is not rocket science. Be sure to get access to a database since next week we will start to work at searching the different databases. We will start with GrantStation.

GrantStation has published its latest report titled The State of Grantseeking and can be found at http://tinyurl.com/k9tlbkm .

A cool damp day in Reno-Sparks lets us know winter is on its way, which in our part of the country means fun in the snow on the slopes. Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

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