Finding grant money to reach your goals • We understand the need for creative financing as funds for projects like playground continue to be cut from annual budgets. • Play is not only crucial to a child’s development, it can help them to understand the role that fitness and exercise play as they mature into adulthood. It is important that we find ways to fund these important projects, to keep the health and well-being of children in the forefront. • GameTime continues to explore ways that we can assist our customers in sourcing the funds they need to offer new play opportunities for children. • We offer a leasing program so that customers can apply for financing programs to help fund their playgrounds. We are also the foremost playground company in the research and advocation of grant funding. • Billions of dollars in grant money is available annually. • GameTime Grant documents can help you find the grant you need, as well as offer guidelines on grantwriting. • Your local GameTime representative is happy to be your Grant assistant, offering tools to include in your proposal that will catch a funder’s attention! Start today! Tools/visuals we can provide to include with your grant application! Topview Rendering Price of installed unit Benefits of product (longevity, fitness, etc. and how these benefits meet the specifics of your grant focus.) Research tips – Know the funder’s goals, so you don’t waste their time…or yours, writing a grant that doesn’t meet their guidelines . – Many grant sites offer detailed information, online applications, and helpful tips. Have you…. • Researched additional grants that may be available in your territory? • The grant documents are the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of grant sites with information about money available from the private sector. How to search online Limit search field to keywords. Example, “grant minority school” will typically return more valid search results than “small school with minority population needs playground grant” Search engines key in on all of the words entered, then return results based on search words found in order. Other search terms: ADA grant, play grant, fitness grant, free grant info, (your state) grants Focus questions to ask A grant application needs a focus, not just “we need a new playground” but: • minorities, kids with special needs • increasing fitness and health awareness • Revitalization of underpriveledged or run-down neighborhoods • Learning on the playground • Replacement of dangerous equipment What do funders look for? Does the purpose of an organization or project match the funder's interests? • Is your organization well known in the community and does it address an existing need? •Is there evidence of financial sustainability beyond the period of the actual grant? Other considerations: • Sound fiscal management • A strong, involved board • Committed volunteers and qualified staff • A realistic budget Who gets foundation grants? Grantmakers typically fund nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. These are organizations whose purposes are charitable, educational, scientific, religious, literary, or cultural. Their income cannot benefit private individuals, and their influence on legislation or political campaigns is restricted. Public schools, libraries, and other government organizations also qualify as public charities, although they usually have not applied for 501(c)(3) status. Grants you should know Carol M White PEP grant • Promotes fitness in schools. • Will fund equipment. • Several playgrounds projects have been funded in the past, if a fitness twist is given to the application. • $60 million available, $70 million for 2004. • Bonus consideration given to Title 1 schools. • Dates to know: Jan 20 - Senate votes on 2004 budget Late Mar - Applications available Mid May - Applications close Mid Oct - Recipients annouced Ludwick Family Foundation What they fund: • New equipment, equipment replacement and modernization, improvements to facilities, and educational materials. • Tangible items that tend to remain with an organization. • Funds are granted twice a year. • Have funded playground rehabs in the past!! • www.ludwick.org JC Downing Fund What they fund: • Projects that enrich education, human development,sports and fitness. • Fund requests a letter of inquiry before formal grant application is made. • www.jcdowning.org/funding/grantmaking.htm Ronald Mc Donald Charity What they fund: Projects that: • directly improve the health and well being of children (ages 0-18 years.) • Address a significant funding gap or critical opportunity. • Have long-term impact in terms of replication or reach. • Produce measurable results. • www.rmhc.com/grant/grant_step1/index.html www.schoolgrants.org Great source for both school and non-school opportunities, go to homepage, then click Grant Opportunities in the left column. •Listed by Federal and state organizations. •Further classified by grants with a deadline, vs no deadline. •Also extensive regional listings. •A great website to reference your customers to. Grants for everyone • Funding Factory – Collect empty toner cartridges and cell phones to trade for points. Great, and often overlooked opportunity. • Target School fundraising –Target stores track purchases charged to participating accounts, and distributes 1% in donations to designated schools. Nomenclature of grants Project Period - The period established in the award document during which time funded activities occur. Capital Support - Funds for construction, buildings or equipment. Challenge grant – Same as matching funds grant. Donee – Grant recipient, AKA grantee or beneficiary Donor – Funder, party making the grant to a donee. Endowment – Funds to be invested in perpetuity to provide continued support of a program. We have a free Glossary of Grant terms available to help take the mystery out of grant terminology) 2-4 wks Grant money delivered to grantee 2-6 mos Finalists reveiwed, grantees chosen and notified 2-6 mos Funding timeline 6 – 14 months! Grants reviewed by funder, finalists chosen 3-6 wks Write grant/submit to funder 2-4 wks Research grant opportunities 1 wk Customer requests info Let us help you make the first move!