About the Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan (6)
Each month we send out Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan to our subscribers about upcoming foundation funding opportunities in their state. Our Insider’s Guide grants database focus on foundation funding opportunities that have application deadlines in the next 30 to 60 days. On a yearly basis, our Insider’s Guide grants database will typically provide the details of anywhere from 400 to 3,000 in-state funding opportunities, depending on our subscribers’ state of residence. As an example, during the next 12 months, our Michigan subscribers will receive monthly Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan that will describe between 1,100 -1,300 grant funding opportunities.
The information we provide our subscribers depends on whether or not the foundation has a website, and also how much information the foundation makes available to the public. At a minimum, we always provide the name of the funder, their mailing address, their telephone number, the URL address if they have a website, guidelines about the foundation’s funding priorities, the date(s) the grant applications are due, and the application procedures specified by the funder. We also provide any limitations established by the foundation,
One important aspect of our Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan that makes us unique is that we always provide our subscribers with a complete description of the most recent grants made by those foundations that don’t websites. The description for each grant award includes the name of the grantee, their location, the size of the grant award, and the nature of the grant award (when available). This hard-to-find information allows grant seekers to make an informed decision about a foundation’s true funding priorities.
One reason why our Insider’s Guide grants database is a valuable resource is that many foundations do not have website. As a result, the amount of grants information available to grant seekers is limited. Our Insider’s Guide grants database makes available a complete list of the most recent grants made by foundations that have no websites. This is a valuable feature because the types of grants a foundation actually makes might well be the most important information for grant seekers to have in their prospecting toolbox.
The information in our Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan is largely complied from the foundations’ annual IRS information returns, called a 990-PF, (IRS speak for a private foundation). These information returns are in the public domain. We also review each foundation‘s website (if available), along with their annual reports, application guidelines and other information sources. What Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. does is to extract the most important data elements, combine them with other data sources, and present this new information is such a way so it has strategic value for our subscribers
The differences between our Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan and other fee-based grants data bases are significant. These differences are best explained by comparing our Insider’s Guide grants database to the two major grants data base access modes currently being used: 1.) The grant seeker finds the grants information on a funding data base; or 2.) The grants information comes to the grant seeker.
- The grant seeker finds the grants information on a data base:
In this scenario, grant seekers pays a monthly fee, which gives them access to thousands and thousands of detailed grant making records. Thus, when grant seekers wants to find a certain type of funding prospect (such as those foundations that fund food banks), they access the data base, do several keyword searches and come up with a list of prospects. Then, when the time comes to look for grant opportunities in other areas, the grant seeker comes back to the data base, and repeats the process.
The problem with that approach is that it is research-intensive, and research takes time. In fact, it is not uncommon that the research required for such an approach will take more time than the actual writing of the grant proposal.
- The grants information comes to the grant seeker:
Under this scenario, grant seekers receive regular notices (usually e-mails) from data base aggregators about grant making organizations that have open applications. The notices might be focused on a particular field; such as funding for schools, or they might be focused on a particular grant funding mechanism, such as a focus on federal grant opportunities.
The problem is that these notices are usually sent to subscribers all over the United States. So it’s pretty much guaranteed that subscribers will be faced with formidable competition. In addition, most funders—especially private foundations—tend to make grants only in certain areas. These areas might be a city, a county, or perhaps one or several states. Either way, very few funders make grants all over the country.
The two most important reasons our Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan are fundamentally different than any other funding data base in the USA is because we focus on those funders that are most apt to fund you the grant applicant, and we bring these funders to you! Those funders are the public and private foundations in your state that also tend to make grants in your state. So that means less competition. But we also specialize in bringing our subscribers time-sensitive information about the funders in their state that accept grant applications, but that don’t have a website. So that means less competition still.
To sum it up: Our Insider’s Guide grants database are a great example of the importance of doing what the other guys don’t do. Our Insider’s Guide grants database are unique because they help you take the ‘Grants Road’ less traveled.
About the Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. (9)
We use a variety of funding research techniques which will include Internet research of federal, state and local government funding sources. But we also analyze the individual grants that funders have made in the past. Bottom line: The grants that funders have made in the recent past is the single biggest predictor of a good funding match.
Yes we can, but only under certain conditions. Learning how to develop outstanding grant proposals is inherently a long-term investment of time and money. But when done right, it’s the greatest investment an organization can make to help assure its financial future.
Edward Wollmann is the managing partner of the Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. Edward has over 18 years of experience in developing grant proposals and over 10 years of experience in teaching others how to write grant proposals. (Read More)
With exception of our Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan, we don’t have set prices for most of our grants development services because every project is different. But here is how we usually work:
First, we listen while you describe your project idea. After that, we ask lots of questions. Following that, we will offer different project scenarios to help us identify what you’re looking to get done. Then, we do some research to help us figure out our plan of work and also what the costs of our work might be to you. Finally, we reconvene to discuss both concepts and costs.
Our funding research can last between two to four weeks, depending on the scope and complexity of the funding research that is required.
The Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. is a small company, so you will be able to discuss your project directly with Mr. Edward Wollmann, the managing partner of GRI. Edward can be reached via our contact us web page.
We accomplish this by working with you to make sure that your evolving proposal is built on a program framework that incorporates the best practices of effective program design. Please Contact Us. for more
We feel that the worst thing that can happen is for you to hire a grant writer who then gets the grant on your behalf. Why? Because the next time around, you’ll be more dependent than ever on your hired grant writer.
We believe the best way to help you is to provide you with the training, tools and technical support your organization might need so you can write the grant proposal yourself. After all, it’s about organization and it’s about your story. The grants training we provide can help you tell your story.
Subscriptions and Billing (5)
Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan plans that are on a monthly basis are billed automatically by the Michigan Grants Funding, Inc., each month on the anniversary of your start date. So for example, if you started your Monthly Plan subscription on May 15, we would automatically bill you again on June 15, and so son. You can cancel your subscription at any time by sending an email to XXXXXXXXXXXX. Please keep in mind that subscription fees are non-refundable. In other words, we cannot prorate your subscription fee if you decide to cancel your subscription before the end of your subscription period. But you will still receive your monthly Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan until your subscription period ends.
Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan that are Annual and Two-Year Subscriptions are billed automatically by Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. each year on the anniversary of your start date. With either plan, you can cancel your subscription at any time by sending an email to XXXXXXXXXXXX. But please keep in mind that subscription fees are non-refundable. In other words, we cannot prorate your subscription fee if you decide to cancel your subscription before the end of your subscription period. But you will still receive your monthly Insider’s Guide to Grants in Michigan until your subscription period ends.
Annual and Two-Year subscribers can choose to pay by check during the online subscription process. While you are completing the required fields, simply check the “I want to pay by check” option and continue with your subscription process. You will then receive an e-mail with payment guidelines. After we receive your initial payment by check, you will then receive an e-mail confirmation to let you know that the Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. has activated your account.
The Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. always encrypts the personal information you provide to us during the online subscription process. Please see our Security Statement for more information.
The Michigan Grants Funding, Inc. values the relationships we have with our subscribers. Thus, we never sell, rent or otherwise distribute any personal information to anyone, under any circumstances, at any time.