Winning Grants and Free Support for Your Business

Winning Grants and Free Support for Your BusinessLooking for money for your UK-based company? In this article, Phil Mitchell provides some tips for securing business funding in the UK and explains what he calls the RAPP process.

There are many opportunities for businesses to obtain free support and grants, both at start-up and during growth and development. However, keeping up to date with what is available is a task in itself, with schemes appearing and disappearing on a regular basis. Competition is high and success does not come easy. However, if you follow the RAPP process when applying for grants and support, you will improve your chance of success.

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Australian Government Grants for Avoiding Scams

scam-watch-government-grants-chris-johnson-free-moneyDon’t fall prey to a grant scam! Courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald, here are some helpful tips brought to you from the Australian government.

When searching for government grants for your business, it’s important to be careful of websites that promise that you will secure a grant in exchange for you paying a fee to release the funds.

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Firsthand Tips from Students for Avoiding Scholarship Scams

Scholarship Scams - Grant Funding ExpertThis article is about avoiding scholarship scams, but what makes it special is that it was researched and compiled by high school students, who are themselves in the target demographic for scholarship scamsters. It originally appeared in The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.

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Government Grant Phone Scammer

phonescam-Chris-Johnson-Government-Grant-Funding-ExpertImagine the heartache of being cheated out your life savings. An Oswego County family says they were scammed out of more than $10,000 by people who hijacked a legitimate government program.

Doug Nash and his 80-year-old mother Mildred Mantor say they lost their life savings over the promise of a free government grant. Trying to hold back his tears, Nash tells CNY Central’s Jim Kenyon, “I just thought it was legitimate…they had a very elaborate scheme.”

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Top Time-Wasters in Searching for Government Grant Funding

Top Time-wasters in Searching for Government Grant Funding-Chris-JohnsonYou’ve probably heard the old adage “Work Smarter, Not Harder.” This idea also applies to seeking governments grants. It’s entirely possible to work diligently, but have no success. Here are a few of the ways all your hard work can be wasted.

First are you applying to the right funder? Funding organizations are usually clear about what their funding priorities are, but even when they’re not, there are ways to find out. Why waste your time applying to a funder that will not fund your type of project?

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Government Grants Department Perseveres To Shutdown

US Dept of Grants 2Here’s John Kelly of The Washington Post, in his own words, relating his experience with being offered $9,200 out of the blue, “for being a good citizen.”

Isn’t it nice that even though dozens of federal agencies were shut down, the U.S. Government Grants Department was able to stay open?

That’s who called me last week with the welcome news that I was going to be paid $9,200 — tax-free — simply for being a good citizen.

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Trust, but Verify

Most of us want to live in the kind of world where other people have the same good character traits as we do. We expect honesty, mutual respect, and ethics. There are lots of people who live up to these standards, but some who will fall short. Especially in business and real estate dealings, it’s smart to have cordial, professional working relationships, but to also protect your own interests at the same time.

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Foundation Grants Are Wide-Ranging and Well-Funded

One of your resources for grant funding is foundation grants, so knowing a little about how they work and what gets funded can unlock a vast resource of grant money. We’re going to look at a representative sample of foundation funding. These figures are for what was given out in the United States in a recent year, but many of the categories are similar to the types of foundation grants that

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The Truth about College Scholarships for Sports

College scholarships for sports are plentiful yet competitive. Talented athletes from all across the country pin their hopes on getting a full ride or least a generous scholarship to the school of their choice. This can happen, but a more common scenario is partial scholarships, at least in schools that don’t revolve around the athletic programs. You might be familiar with the stereotype of

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A Good Grant Proposal Tells a Story

Quite often, if you want to receive grants and funding, you will be asked to submit a grant proposal. How you structure it will depend upon what the grant funder requires and your own decisions on what’s best. Each request for proposals is unique, with varying degrees of how creative you can be. As usual, though, we’re going to follow our rule of doing exactly what the grant provider asks of you, to maximize your chances for grants and funding. To the extent you can, you should make your grant proposal tell a story.

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