6 Types of Grants for Nonprofits (and how to find them)

6 Types of Grants for Nonprofits (and how to find them)

Where can you find grants for nonprofits? Here are 6 different types of grants, how they work, and where to find them. #Nonprofits #Grants #Nonprofit

Whether you’re starting a nonprofit organization or fundraising for an existing nonprofit, grants are one of many options for funding or expanding a special project or program. Did you know there are many different types of nonprofit grants? In this video I talk through 6 different types of grants for nonprofits, pros and cons of each, and where to find them.

I hope this helps as you undertake nonprofit fundraising and grant writing!


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  1. Hi ! That’s really cool . Your video is quite informative . I am very much interested in joining a non profit organisation . I had some experience in working for an NGO.
    What is the possibility of joining such an organisation for international candidates/job seekers ?
    May I join your one ?
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  2. I just started to help a dog rescue foundation with grants. I found this very useful as my background is in Marketing. Looking forward to the information you share. I would also find it beneficial if you could share a resource I could purchase to learn more about writing grants, financials, etc. the basics of grants. Thanks for your content.

  3. I’m in Kenya with a needy/orphans kids centre dealing with educating and helping community out of drugs can you suggest any organization there that can fund us.. Our facebook page Patrick centre organization…. Hoping to hear from you

  4. Hi Amber, thank you so much for your incredible work, I personally am learning a lot from it to start my very own. I would like to give my suggestions like if you can be able to sate/ write down the major things/ points you are talking about in a comment section ( I mean under your names & subscribe section) that even those who can’t get it clearly can easily find them written with may be on sentence explaining each point. Thank you

  5. Hi Amber. I am an inventor who developed a much-needed technology that can impact on one notable world health advocacy – the fight against iodine deficiency disorders (IDD). I am looking for philantrophic sponsorships/partnerships for said technology’s cost-efficient scale-up production and donation worldwide to the intended beneficiaries – the most iodine deficient countries. I contacted several philantrophic groups and offered collaborations/partnerships. However they were unresponsive.

    Can you give some useful advice or recommend a philantropist who is approachable/contactable, and who might be interested on the above-mentioned endeavour for a cause?

  6. Hi Amber.Thank you for this inspirational video.I am currently working with Wildfire Disaster Relief and looking at funding options.I will keep you posted.Have a great weekend.

  7. For me would like volonteers to come over to our needy/orphans kids centre and teach while we can host them as they continue been familiar with what we do for kids here eradicating poverty through education in Kenya…. Stpatrickcentre@gmail.com

  8. Hi my name is Margaret founder of Better Life Starts, which i work with Financial Literacy an strategic games Chess games, and stock market in my Community. Thanks for your podcast an your information on Grants. I also have property I rent and vacate lots to build.

  9. Hi Amber, Thanks for the amazing information. I am getting started with registering my non profit. Starting with a limited budget do you think it is a good idea to do ALL the paperwork myself (meaning getting EIN number and 501(c)3) or should I wait until funds are better and get an attorney? Thanks

  10. Hello Amber, just wanted to tell you that your videos give excellent information, and you have really beautiful eyes btw. 👍🏾

  11. Overall you have given good information, well organized. Thank you. I have experience with city funding of arts organizations. Developing positive relationships with employees who manage your funding, maintaining positivity with your nonprofit competitors who are favorites of the city decision makers, are important factors that cannot be ignored. The ‘yes’ answers to dollar requests are granted primarily for political reasons to friends. I would call this a ‘con’ in more ways than one. Also, in my city, we have a large umbrella nonprofit comprised of wealthy individuals that is predatory about rounding up as many family foundations as they can to manage their intake and disbursement for them. That adds another level of bureaucracy that siphons the available money for project activities proposed by smaller nonprofits, and functions in the same political way.

  12. Excellent video Amber amen
    I think I got more than I expected in this video for sure! Awesomely full of great ideas.

    Thanks Amber for sharing and teaching,
    James & Rescue Kitty😺

  13. Thanks so much for the tips , I want to ask can I apply for lessprevilage in my country am a Nigerian and people are really going through finiacoial struggle many people don’t even have a place to live in , children most children don’t go to school here no good education for the children please help though I haven’t started my own foundation here in Nigeria still working on it but I need support ,how do I apply?

  14. Excellent tips. We building non profit organizations in Somalia mainly we are focusing on helping orphanages affected by the civil wars, our challenge right now is finding donations

  15. how can l get a grant to enable me help widows and children in need, lam already supporting a few women monthly and usually lam left with nothing yet l usually feel compelled to help them. l would love support if possible please advise.

  16. I’m not sure if I can adequately express how grateful I am that you made this video. I am a retired disabled veteran and for over 20 years I have dreamed about putting together a program to address a critical need in the veterans community. Every time I have tried to revive this project I run into the same two roadblocks that have shut me down every time. First, people seem to think it takes a huge personal cash investment to start a nonprofit. Second, they think you need at least a masters degree in nonprofit business administration plus 10 or more years experience.

    I’m also going to binge watch your videos and try to get a few other veterans I served with to do the same.

  17. I am wondering if a person can start Non-profit like homing street kids without any single penny ? can a person get grants before using his/her own money ? can a non profit be funded from the scratch?

  18. thank you for the information,
    but can one apply for these grants if the foundation is to help poor children in Africa?
    If these grants are given for local problems, i can totally understand

  19. Hello! I have an idea for my organization, but do you think it would be moe strategic to check ther funders requirements them formulate an organization based on ther funders interest?.

  20. Thank you for the info. Could you do a video on the different kinds of nonProfits in the US such as 501(c)(3) vs 501(c)(6)?

  21. Hi, I have a non profit organization in India. This is about providing education to kids who are below poverty line and who cannot afford to go to school.

    I am just wondering if I can apply for any grants in US. Can you share any information that you have regarding this. Appreciate your help here.

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