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What We Can Do: Grants

December 1, 2000

A grant is a gift of money, technical assistance, or equipment from one organization to another organization or individual. The organization awarding the grant is the grantor; the person or organization receiving the grant is the grantee. The purpose of giving money is to advance the initiatives or interests of the particular grantor.
  • Identify the organizations or foundations that have money available for your area of interest (in this case, HIV/AIDS). A good place to begin your search is the Foundation Center ( There are five Foundation Center libraries and more than 200 cooperating collections throughout the U.S.. Access to their resources and services is free, but there is a charge to purchase copies of their publications and to attend some of their training sessions.

  • Write or call for guidelines. Some want only a request letter; others may want a full proposal.

  • Be sure the program you are interested in developing matches the interests of the grantor.

  • Look at the range of previously funded programs. For example, if the organization gives grants from $1,500 to $5,000, be sure to stay within that range -- asking for too much or too little will disqualify your application.


  • Follow grant guidelines exactly as written. Be sure to address everything they ask for and stay within the stated page limits. Some grantors will provide written examples of successful applications.

  • Review the mission statement of your own organization. Be sure you have a good understanding of the goals and direction of your organization before you begin looking for funding.

  • Make sure your organization is eligible for the grant for which you are applying.

  • Many grantors give to their local areas. If you find grantors that have a preference for your geographical area, put them at the top of your list.

Visit the following websites:

  • Provides free information for non-profits. This site includes ideas on generating contributions, products for fundraising initiatives and ideas/suggestions from other visitors to this site.

  • The Grantsmanship Center: Lists publications on fundraising, grant announcements, directories and information from federal and state government agencies. It also has an on-line magazine.

  • The Foundation Center: This is a non-profit clearinghouse that helps individuals and organizations obtain funding by providing information on foundations, corporate giving, and other funding-related subjects. They also conduct instructional sessions on proposal writing.The on-line publications catalogue contains a list of all Foundation Center CD-ROMS and print publications.

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This article was provided by American Association for World Health. It is a part of the publication AIDS: All Men -- Make a Difference!.