Grant Resource Network
Grant Resource Network Locations:
There are over 35,000 nonprofit organizations in the State of Massachusetts (NCCS, 2006). As Federal and State funding declines more and more nonprofits are looking to private and corporate foundations for support. Given that there are only 4,463 private foundations in Massachusetts it is clear that the competition for foundation dollars is very high. Increasing knowledge about foundation grants and other funding avenues is essential to the continued success of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits in the Greater Boston area have many options to choose from in accessing grant seeking information, but beyond Boston it is often difficult. The GRN will alleviate this problem by bringing key resources and training to underserved areas in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Associated Grant Makers has long been known for the quality of its training and services to nonprofit organizations and foundations. AGM’s Grant Resource Network Program will work with existing nonprofit centers and public libraries to increase access to grantseeking information across the state. We hope to ultimately establish at least four “hubs” of the Grants Resource Network (GRN).
- provide six workshops for grant seekers such as Introduction to Grants Research and Introduction to Proposal Writing.
- and the host site will partner with local organizations and individuals to provide volunteer trainers to help teach local nonprofits in the use of the fundraising databases.
- conduct three train-the-trainer sessions to deepen the level of support that is provided by the existing centers. These classes will not only include details on how to use the key grantseeking databases but will also cover basic concepts and processes that are crucial to the nonprofit’s successful fundraising.
- work with existing centers (public libraries, nonprofit centers) to procure all the essential tools (databases, directories, books).
- obtain funding for the initial year of this project. At the end of the first year, local organizations and AGM will partner to locate funding to continue the collaboration.
For questions about the Grants Resource Network Program, the resources available or the training, please contact Nate Marsh: firstname.lastname@example.org.