Time for Writing Grants
According to Chris Johnson, Grant Funding Expert grants are given to serve a higher purpose; to give a chance for improvement whether it be an after school program, or even a playground site. That's putting it very simply, but that's pretty much the whole of it. Grants are for individuals intend on improve the lives of others. Along with the plethora of grants that are available, however, is the garden variety requirements, language and deadlines that are grant-specific.
A few things to keep in mind when applying for a grant, no matter if you are with a city, daycare, school or even HOA:
Take the time to research for the appropriate grant for your particular project
With each grant available, there is specific criteria for applying for that grant. You might not be in the right area for one grant or not cater to a particular demographic. Many grants like to give within their community – for example, some corporations like to grant within 20 miles of their home office, the local store, or within a certain city. They may be for certain time periods or for certain populations. Of course there is also the competition of the other organizations that may be applying as well. You'll want to find a few that cover your specific criteria.
A side note: there are revitalization grants/programs available, but these can be time-intensive as well. Contact your state's Natural Resources Department, the Environmental Protection Agency or HUD for more information of these types of grants and programs.
Take the time to find the appropriate person to write your grant(s)
Grants are language specific, particularly government grants. If you don't have experience writing grants, find someone who does.
A professional grant writer knows the language and detail that is crucial to getting a grant approved. A pro is also well versed in the language that often requires a passionate plea and wording that speaks to the necessity and oftentimes, the urgency of receiving funds. You want someone who will convey your needs.
Time to wait
Funds do not always come through as planned, and rarely come through immediately after completing your paperwork. But if you've chosen the right grant and written it well, chances are your money will come through as needed.
It's best not to rely on only one source if you are unfamiliar with the Grantor. Research several organizations, within your state, commercial and federal areas. One thing to keep in mind, do not promise or hire anyone to do the work until the funds are firmly in your hands. You can get estimates if they are free or if you have the funds to pay for them, but you can't promise funds that are not yours. You'll run the risk of owing a debt that you can't repay.
Grants can help an organization or a community in a grand way. Playground areas and equipment not only help beautify and revitalize the area, it also gives kids the wonderful opportunity of getting fresh air and exercise, which is critical to their growth and development.
Noah's Park & Playgrounds can offer the best of the products available along with a design to fit your needs. We are well stocked on the latest equipment for recreation and sports equipment and can assist you in giving you the best solution for your particular area or organization. Call us for all your playing needs or check out our website for our wide range of equipment.