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Q: Has anyone had any experience of getting grants for rescue groups???

July 11, 2008 | By Margie E. | 4 answers | Expired: 2249 days ago

Margie E.

I am trying to start a rescue organization and am trying to figure out how to write a grant and where to go to get a grant. Reading everything possible on the Internet.

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Tuffiekat
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Jul 18, 2008

It is very difficult to get a grant to start a rescue group (called seed money). I would suggest taking a class in grant writing - it is possible your local community college offers one online. I disagree with Kim R. that it is all about making an economic case. If you can't follow the directions to the "T", your grant likely won't even make it in front of the grant committee.

Good luck!

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Anonymous
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Jul 11, 2008

I haven't attempted a grant for a rescue group, but you are wise to study on the internet. Many of those places that charge to learn how to get a grant are bogus. It isn't magic. It is just mainly making an economic case for the need and showing you would plan and handle the money well. I'd go deeper into the search results, like go 20 or 30 pages into the search results. The first pages are often marketing whizzes who have figured out how to get high rankings on the search engines. This search engine lets you see results from Google, Yahoo and MSN at the same time. www.jux2.com Good luck!

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Whitney
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Jul 24, 2008

ed2go is provider of online courses, and they have a couple on grant writing. ed2go's courses typically last four weeks, cost less than $100, and will immerse you in the subject very quickly with the guidance of someone who has "been there, done that."

You also can check out a book called "Writing for a Good Cause," which covers grant writing and other writing projects for non-profits. The Amazon link for the book is www.amazon.com/Writing-Good-Cause-Persuasive-Nonprofits/dp/0684857405/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216965986&sr=8-1.

You might find some additional resources at www.onphilanthropy.com. Contact your local SCORE office, too; SCORE is comprised of retired business executives with experience in a variety of areas from venture capital to managing non-profits.

Be forewarned -- many foundations and grant resources only fund 501(c)(3) organizations. You may find that filing for IRS non-profit status will have to be your first task.

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