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Msg: 968846
Subject: Searching for grant money
Author: CrazyolisProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 4:12 AM
P-46F-235M-1874
Hi,
My daughter wants to do a community service type of project. She is inspired by 'feel good' things, she did a "16 Random Acts of Kindness" when she turned 16. She did things like take cookies to the firehouse, toys to the childrens hospital, gave out kindness cards, flowers, etc.

She now wants to create a wall titled "Today will be a good day and here's the reason why" where people can write nice notes to themselves and others.

Is something like that grantworthy? Where and how exactly does one search for grant money?

She has made a list of things she needs to do, find the perfect spot for it, (in our little village somewhere), figure out what exactly to make it out of, what will withstand the cold winter months here, how to build it, research how much it will cost, find out who to talk to for permission to put it up in the village....We just have to figure out how to pay for it. I said if it was like $50 I am fine with paying for it. If its like $500 I am not. It will be somewhere in between.

I do like the idea of applying for money, I think it also validates the project. I am just not sure of where she should start searching....any ideas?

Thanks!
Msg: 968848
Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: PeaceLovePiano and MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 5:20 AM
P-35F-818M-195
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
1st I just want to say that your daughter's projects make me so happy! I think spreading a little hope is wonderful! (and people so desperately need a little hope!). I got a case of the warm fuzzies just reading your post!

Grant worthy? I think so. Something like Go Fund Me (although that is sometimes "hit-or-miss" and if nothing comes of it, I don't want her to get disappointed/discouraged. On the same note, if she makes something like a Go Fund Me and you post that again here, sometimes AQ folks step in to help out-a member did that several years ago and offered LB Trading Cards if we let them know we donated to the cause-not necessary, but an idea).

Sometimes places like Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts or Kiwanis might help out and take it on as a project (they are often looking for community service).

I hope this helps! Please keep us posted :)
-PLP
Msg: 968849
Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: PiggyJauntProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 5:39 AM
P-264F-4760M-161Premium
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
This is when I'd put a plug in for local government. If you're in a smaller town, find out who is on town council and send them an email outlining what you want to do. They should be able to tell you all about who to contact to get the right permits and what to expect cost wise, etc.
Msg: 968852
aMAZEing adventure frog Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: aMAZEing adventure frogProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 6:25 AM
P-507F-3611M-1018Premium
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
Msg: 968853
Wise Wanderer Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: Wise WandererProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 6:37 AM
P-126F-1136M-1172Premium
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
I agree with contacting the town council to get information about permits and requirements. When she knows precisely what she needs, I think contacting local non-profits and businesses to solicit donations of the materials (Home Depot has a foundation for charitable causes, as do others) as well as volunteer labor for the building part - Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Rotary, Soroptimits, and any other civic-minded groups, many of whom look for ways to contibute to their local communities. I think that involving local people makes it more meaningful than soliciting funds from strangers through grants or social media.
Msg: 968854
DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 7:09 AM
P-94F-301M-782Premium
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
In a previous time I was a contractor so I’ve done my share of dealing with municipalities. In my opinion there are things that need to be done before concerning yourself with funding. Have your daughter draft up a proposal. In it include the aim of the project, where it will be located (and if that land is legally available), the dimensions of the wall and state that she intends to fund it herself. This will need to be submitted to city (probably the building dept).

Others have mentioned various way to acquire the actual funding - all good suggestions. From my experience, given that this is a community project, permissions will be a bigger stumbling block than financing.

It sounds like a worthy goal. Kudos to your daughter and good luck to you both!

DZ
Msg: 968855
Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: CrazyolisProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 7:18 AM
P-46F-235M-1874
Reply to: Msg 968854 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Thanks for the ideas! More to add to her To Do list!
Msg: 968857
Wry Me Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: Wry MeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 7:26 AM
P-116F-1605M-1995Premium
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
Middle school NJHS groups have mandatory community service hours. They could spend that fundraising &/or helping with the project itself.
Msg: 968860
Subject: Re: Searching for grant money
Author: Lowland LassProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 7:59 AM
P-146F-235M-1
Reply to: Msg 968846 by Crazyolis
In our area several of the banks have community grant programs. That might be another place to look. Maybe check the local paper. Often groups that give these types of small grants get coverage in the local paper - that might give you some other local sources to try.
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