9 Important Differences Between Foundation and Government Grants, Part 1

In many ways foundation grants and government grants are similar in nature, in that they require you to provide them with an application containing requested information. But the two types of funders are quite different in other ways.

Let’s look now at three specific areas of difference that are important for grantwriters to understand. We’ll look at 6 other differences in later posts.

Foundations are almost always funded themselves with private money, although the donations to foundations are tax-advantaged for the donors. Thus, in some sense, even foundations are funded with public money because the donors reduce their taxes, thus taking money away from government revenues.

Government funding at all levels comes directly from tax revenues and is thus dependent entirely on the economic and tax systems at work that fund the government at large.

Grant funding opportunities are announced by foundations through posting on web sites, shared via regular mail or emails to selected individuals (or whoever is on their email list).

Recently, Facebook pages and blogs are ways to spread the word of funding availability as well. Government grant announcements come via official sources.

The Federal government uses www.grants.gov to post all funding opportunities. States and local jurisdictions have numerous avenues that grantwriters must become familiar with.

Grant applications are submitted either electronically or on paper for foundations. Government applications are almost always submitted electronically (at least at the Federal and state levels), usually through special websites set up for this purpose.

My next two posts will discuss other differences between foundation and government grants and what this means for grantwriting.

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