Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Grants For Single Mothers?

Do you know that there is an actual organization dedicated to helping single mothers?  And did you also know that this organization has a program to help single mothers pay off all (or at least part) of her student loans?

If you want to find these programs you have to look for them.  They won't come to you - YOU have to go to them!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Excerpt from a newspaper in my state

The state government regularly spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on loans and grants to subsidize major civic projects or to help businesses expand ...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

How long does it take to get a government grant?

Or any other kind of grant?  Of course the answer will depend on the grant program itself.  I managed to get a $100 grant towards the payment of a client's heating bill.  It took a couple of phone calls and faxing a copy of the bill to the organization.  They approved the grant within 2 days and the payment was sent to the utility company in time to show on the next bill - so it took about 1 week for the utility company to get the payment from the time I first contacted the organization.

With more complicated grant programs, on the average, it may take up to 6 months to a year to receive your grant award.  You have to realize that most grant programs have a deadline date and the choosing of whom the grant award goes to could take another few months as well. 

There are some grant programs that take even less time than mentioned above but it will depend on the individual grant program(s) themselves.

In other words on the average it could take anywhere from 6 months to a year to receive a grant award - and mind you I say AVERAGE!  Sometimes you can received the grant funding sooner and sometimes it may take longer (there are even some grant programs whose award is so substantial that it is paid over a period of time).  It all depends on the specifics of the grant program itself.

Friday, May 26, 2006

How To Start Your Own Porn Business?

Yet another person doing a search wanting to know how they could start their own porn-webcam business.

Well I do have a webcam page but it is definitely NOT a porn page.  You can  view my webcam page by going to:

My (Recently Moved) Webcam Page

Basically what you would need to start your own porn-webcam business is your own webcam!  Now you could have a digital camera to do your "artwork" but it will be more complicated as far as posting your pictures.

As with any business the more people that know about your website the better.  Are there any successful porn sites out there?  Yes!  Some porn sites make as much as $1,000,000.00 a month!  And that is NOT a typo!  There is even a 60 year old woman who has her own porn site and she is doing quite well!

While I do sell a "Business Plan XXX" it doesn't have to do with how to have one's own porn site but it is a business plan for tapping into that market without having to take off your clothes!  You don't have to necessarily take off your clothes to tap into the sex/porn site market and that is what my "Business Plan XXX" is about.  The idea for it came to me when someone emailed me and said that they wanted to make $5,000.00 a month and still be able to work from home!

February 2010 Update!

Because of the changes at AOL I have had to move my webcam to here:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"How Do I Get Grant Money To Help Pay Off Bills?"

Well first it will depend on what bills you are talking about.  There are programs that are available to help pay rents or mortgage payments that have gotten behind, help with utility bill payments and some home repairs!  Some of these programs are complicated and some are not.  For instance I helped a client get a $100 payment applied towards their heating bill.  All it took was a phone call, faxing them a copy of the utility bill and the payment was applied to the heating bill within two weeks!  Another client of mine hot a brand new heating system because their's was too old and beyond repair.  The heating system and the installation were both provided for free from a program that provides grant money for just this kind of thing.  There are also grant programs that provide emergency financial assistance as long as you can demonstrate need.

Basically what you will have to do is simply find the programs that you are eligible for.  You can do this by searching online or even by going to your local library.  About 90% of all the grant information that I have found has been online.  You can even apply for some of these programs online!

So to answer the question: You have to find the funding/grant programs that you are eligible for, find out their application procedures and then apply for the funding.  Remember that this funding is not guarenteed and the more your application fits in with the organization awarding the money the better chance you stand of being awarded the money.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Grants for FOR-PROFIT Daycare(s)

Time and time again (and not just on this board) the question has come up as to whether or not there are grant programs for for-profit daycare services. Well I just uploaded information to my page now about a grant program in my own state which shows what I and a lot of grant writers here (and elsewhere) have said about if the need is there then there are grant programs that for-profits can
apply to. 

In cooperation with the Department of Public Welfare a grant program has been in activation that will provide grant monies for both for-profit and non-profit daycare services. One of the most important requirements of applying for this grant is that you will provide services to low-incomed families and special consideration is given to those that will operate during non-traditional hours.  The minimum grant amount is $50,000 and the maximum is $1
Million. Contact information is available by regular snail mail address, phone and fax #'s and website.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Which Grant? Which Program? How do I apply?

The first thing that you are going to have to do is to find the funding programs. I do this for a living and I can tell you that there is no "one place to apply for all grants" to go to. For instance if you are a minority and want to start a business of your own you could apply for a $50,000 grant HOWEVER it is not as simple as just applying because you will have to meet their requirements and guidelines. There is a $500,000 grant program for entrepreneurs as well. So you see you will first have to find the organizations that are offering funding(s) for what it is you want to do. Once you find them then you can find out more about the kind of grant programs they are offering and what requirements and guidelines you will have to follow in order to apply for the funding(s).  

Monday, May 15, 2006

Getting Grants Without Paying A Fee? - I'll say it again

You have two choices here

Number 1 - you can find the information yourself.  You have to know that over 90% of the grant information that I find I find online without having to pay for it.  It is just a simple matter of research - which means searching and searching and searching again until you find the information.  Just because you can't find the information doesn't mean that it isn't out there - you just have to keep looking.  It is just as simple as that!


Number 2 - you can find an individual or agency that will help you find these programs and who won't charge you anything for the service.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

$500,000 Funding To Help YOU Reach Your Dreams?

Did you know that there is a grant program that offers a grant award of $500,000?  I'm helping a client now that will be applying to start her own daycare businesses helping needy children. 

This is a very unusual and gratifying award offered by not the government but by a foundation that wants to help people fulfill their dreams.  Of course you do not get the full $500,000 all at once but you get it over a number of years.  Since one of the criteria for being eligible for this grant award is having a "dream" you sould like you may definitely qualify to apply - so any grantwriter that you do get should be able to help you find out more about this grant program.

Unfortunately you will come upon people who say that there are no grants to help start a business or that there are no grants for for-profits.  Since I do this for a living I know that they just don't know what they are talking about!  However these programs will not come to you - you will have to go to them.  And since I have seen that no one has mentioned this very special grant program then that tells me that they just don't know about it or else they would be applying for it themselves (if they qualified)!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Dream Job?

Hi Rose,

I love your blog site. You provide valuable information. I am interested in starting my own Network marketing business. I have been looking at acquiring a grant to do so.  I currently work and I am a Network marketer, that has a web site, with products and services in the telecommunications area. I no that there are alot of business out there for this type of services and products.  Schools, government agencies local and federal are in need for this. The question is are there any grant monies for my type of business that I want to start?

Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.



My most latest client is a single mother who is looking for grant programs.  I was able to find her 3 grant programs that she is eligible to apply for and an additional funding source for her to continue her education.

Your post reminds me of the article I read about the woman who had heard all the talk about grants and decided to find out for herself if she could get one.  She did her own investigating and did find a grant program that she was eligible for.  She applied and she got the grant.  What was the type of business she was in?  Marketing!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

"A GrantWriter" by Rose

While a grantwriter does what the title says - write grant - what is often mistaken about the term is that 95% of the time the person wanting the services of a grantwriter doesn't have any idea of the kind of grant they want to apply for.  That increases the duties of a grantwriter to not only include writing the grant but FINDING the grant programs as well.  I have seen posts by other grantwriter (not from this forum) about how someone wants to hire (or want the services of) a grantwriter but they fail to mention (at least at first) that they don't have any specific grant program in mind.  Their response is "Oh I thought you would have some grant programs for me."  I have even heard one grantwriter refer to these kind of people as "flakes" - someone that doesn't have ANY idea as to the process of finding applicable grant programs - and I stress the word applicable because unlike a magician a grantwriter can pull a grant out of his or her's "hat"!  Time and time again (and I suspect that it will be an ongoing time and time again thing)people have posted about wanting a grant (which by the way shows they need more basic information because one is not automatically guarenteed a grant and if anyone says that they can guarentee a grant you had better think twice (plus it also shows that one does not know the process of the "grant-making machine"! 

Time and time a post will say "I need a grant to start a daycare".  First of all this lets me know that the person has not taken the time to read the past posts where there have been a lot of information given about the various day-care related grant program.  It also lets me know that they are not familiar with the "grant" process.  There is NO grant program for someone that wants to "start a day-care".  There are grant program for those wanting to start specific kinds of daycare.  Now any good grantwriter can take someone who wants to start a daycare and tailor the specifics of it to meet with the requirements of related grant programs BUT no one is going to get a grant (or better I should say APPLY for them) for "I want to start a daycare"  There are certain questions that have to be asked and answered all leading to the specific way that one is going to operate their daycare.  You can't decide that you want to start a daycare and expect to get a grant for it and THEN decide the details later!  It doesn't work that way!  Sure there are day-care grant recipients that have received as much as $250,000.00 in grant money to start a daycare but you can't honestly believe that they were awarded the grant simply because they just said "I want to start a daycare" - and nothing else!

Do you know what a grantwriter does?  It can be comparable to what researchers and technical engineers do!  Why?  Because it involves finding information, deciphering it so that it makes sense.  It's hours and hours of reading "fine print", mounds and mounds of papers (or disks - whatever the case may be), databases, searching and finding and searching some more, keeping up with the current programs and finding out about the new ones (and yes there are new ones being created).  As a point for my own curiosity I'm wondering how many grantwriters out there wear glasses - you know all that fine print and all - because I am one of them! - LOL!

It is a LOT of work finding these programs and I will repeat that again because it bears repeating - IT IS A LOT OF WORK FINDING THESE PROGRAMS!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Will you do FREE work for me?

Well I have been trying hard and been to a seminar and couldn't afford to pay $1200.00 dollars up front. I am a serious minded person. I am not trying to be funny when I say this but if I wasn't serious I wouldn't be asking for help and if I haven't been trying hard to find a grant I wouldn''t be asking for help. If you have been in my shoes sending letters here and there and being turned down because they don't do grants for what I am asking for. I have sent out plenty and still haven't had any luck. if you can point me in the right direction I will continue on if you don't want to help me.

It is obvious to me that you want to use my services but do not want to pay for them.  I have come upon this situation before and as per my website I advise all of those that want the information about the various grant programs that are out there to do the research themselves - that way they will know and be aware of the time and effort that is required to find such information.

And, again, unfortunately, it doesn't matter how many times you have said that you have tried or how many places you have tried the fact still remains that these grant programs are out there and you just haven't found them yet.  I know this because I do this for a living.!

You will definitely have to find the information for yourself or find an individual or agency that will find the information for you at no charge.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

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I am trying top get a grant to build a foster home/day care. I have been seraching the internet and come up with all these sights you have to pay to get a grant. I have taken the classes and and everything and need a bigger house to take in more than two kids. I want to be able to take in at lease five or six so that's why I need a grant to build a bigger house. I am serious about the is because there are alot of children around here that is bouncing from one house to another. I want to build a big house so once they get to me they will stay as long as they want to stay because I will have the room. I want to make my home day care into a day care center and need a grant to build a day care center of my own. Please help me get a grant for my business and a housing grant to build a bigger house to make it a foster home.

Thank you,

You list what you want but you haven't said what you have done so far to get a grant.  Since I do this for a living I can tell you that there are grant programs out there that you can qualify for.  But if you don't take the time and effort to find them then you are not going to get any.

You complain about how the sites that you have gone to want money.  Why do you think that is so?  You will know the answer to that when you start looking for these funding programs yourself.

Editor's note:  Upon looking at this email I see where its posted that "the sites you have to pay to get a grant" - unfortunately THAT should tell you something right away!  No one can guarentee you a grant.  You have to apply for it just like everybody else.  The application that best meets the needs of the organization awarding the grant will be the one that is awarded the grant.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Help For Single Mothers?

I'm sorry but I have had clients who are single mothers and I have found no less than 4 programs for them.  There is an organization that specifically deals with single mothers, providing financial help plus help to help pay student loans.  There are government programs to help with buying one's first home and there are grant programs for those that want to start their own business. 

What you have is access to the Internet which is the biggest library in the world!  You should find these programs!  They ARE out there!