Grant Myths

  • GRANT MONEY IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE JUST FOR THE ASKING.
    Despite the hype that you hear and read, grants are intended for non profit organizations, faith-based or community organizations, schools, and select businesses (typically those with a research or technology component) Grant writers can not write grants or proposals to pay off your debt, buy a home, start a business or put your children through school.
  • MILLIONS OF GRANT DOLLARS ARE AVAILABLE TO SMALL BUSINESSES.
    Despite claims to the contrary, the biggest sources of funding offer very few opportunities for individuals or for-profit businesses not related to high technology or research. The Small Business Administration clearly states on their Web site that they do not provide grants.
  • YOU CAN APPLY FOR HUNDREDS OF GRANTS WITH A SINGLE APPLICATION.
    Some grant writers submit the same proposal to hundreds of potential funders, a “shotgun” approach which merely wastes a client’s time and money. Almost every funder has specific application guidelines which allow them to quickly detect - and dismiss – mass-produced submissions.
  • WRITING FEES CAN BE PAID FROM THE GRANT.
    Many inexperienced or unethical grant writers try to bill clients based on commission as paid from a grant award, an illegal practice that can jeopardize entire programs. With few exceptions, grant writing fees can not be paid from nor reimbursed from grant funds. Grant writers are members of a specialized profession - their services must be paid for at the time of service.
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