Monday, June 20, 2005

Is all this talk about grants a scam?

Of course the answer is no.  If you don't believe me why don't you go to a local bookstore or library and just look around for information about grants - especially the bookstore.  What about listening to a story or two on the financial and business-related newstories on television.  What about your own local paper's financial and community sections where I have found articles about organizations and businesses receiving grants.

For example one of the most often asked questions is about daycare and grants.  I found a recent article in the Santa Maria Times about a woman that received a $2,500 grant that she used to improve her home daycare business.  She used the money to buy more equipment and to improve the equipment that she already had.  This grant has been awarded yearly for the past 5 years.  It is dependent on a certain region though but the grant money is provided to family childcare programs and can be used to help provide safety feature, to help improve the learning environment and/or the grant money can be used to upgrade outdoor play areas.  What is the purpose of the grant?  To help provide more quality childcare.  And what's more the program is aimed towards those that provide childcare services from their home.

It took me 5 minutes to find this information and that is exactly what you will have to do - find the information.  It's not hidden.  It's not a secret.  I didn't have to use any kind of password(s) to access this information and I didn't know somebody that knew somebody that.......

I have even found information that even surprised me!  How about the person that received so much grant money that he felt that he had to give some of it (half) of it back because he said it was too much?

Another often asked question is about grants and starting a business.  There are grants out there because I have found them for others and there is definitely more than one!  I have often talked about the big corporation that awards a yearly grant of $100,000 for ideas to help better the community and society as a whole - seems nobody (except my clients) knows about that one.  Yet and still that information is up for all to see.

So when anybody says that there are no grants out there for this and that I know that they just haven't found it yet because the information is out there.

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