When you think about government grants, what do you think of for the types of state grants, or the types of local government grants that might be included in this type of grant funding? There is so much variation from state to state, county to county, and municipal government to municipal government for what types of grants, the amount of grants, and what the process looks like. So where is a grant professional to start?
For those that are brand new to the grant profession, starting your work with local and state government grants will help you begin with grants that are of varying structures, but that have a common denominator that there are paid staff members in the government agencies that manage the funding and are often available to address questions and to help in the grant management process post-award.
For those that are experienced with private foundations, but new to seeking government grants, starting with state and local government grants before working on federal grant applications can feel like a good first step to understanding and securing government grants to support your organization. You are likely used and expect variation from private grant maker to grant maker. The good news for you is that you will feel comfortable with the variation you will likely see with each government agency in terms of timeline, priorities, decision-making process, match requirements, and other variables.
Regardless, here are some basic questions to consider as you try to determine what types of state and local government grants might be available in your local community, region, or state:
1 – Does your state require registration for grant seeking organizations at the state level?
2 – Does your state or local governments have a central system where you can see all of the grant opportunities?
3 – Do you have any connections or existing advocates within any of the government agencies that you wish to receive funding from?
4 – Are the processes you are interested in annual or bi-annual?
5 – Are the processes you are interested in competitive or formula based?
6 – What are the matching requirements for the line items that you are interested in applying for?
Do you want to talk about the types of state and local government grants that your organization may be eligible for in more detail? We have a few great related professional development opportunities for you this week. We will be talking about the different types of state and local government grants this week in #grantchatas well in our Thursday Blueprints for Grants webinar on May 7th at 12pm (just $25 for the webinar handouts as well as both the live and recorded access to the session!). You can register for the session here:
Hope to see you at one or both! Not able to make either? Let us know your biggest question or concern about understanding the types of state and local government grants and where to get started in the comments section of our website, via email, or via our social media networks.