Grant Writing Session

3 May

By: Denise A. Smith, MPH

Each year between the months of January through March, governmental agencies and organizations post grant funding announcements for those seeking programmatic funding within the public health sector. In order for public health organizations to thrive, grant monies are vital to the sustainability of the organization and its ability to serve individual, community and population health initiatives. We find that state, local and non-governmental organizations all seek the same funding sources.

What can we do differently to make sure our underserved and minority communities get the funding needed? Are we looking in the right places?

Everyone relies on grants.gov to find funding, but few look to big businesses such as Wal-Mart, Pepsi Cola, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay and other companies for resources. These companies are in our backyards promoting their products and many are mandated to donate money to various causes. We need to tap into these resources for funding, as well as sponsorship and donations in order to achieve our collective goals.

Listed are various links that can assist with finding resources for organizations that serve minority and underserved communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.grants.gov

The Office of Minority Health: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=2

Coca-Cola: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/community-requests-guidelines-application

PepsiCo: http://www.pepsicenter.com/kse/company/sponsorship-opportunities/ or contact your local bottling company with a letter of intent

Target: http://pressroom.target.com/faq/sponsorship

Walgreens: http://www.walgreens.com/marketing/about/community/guidelines.jsp

Wal-Mart Supermarket: http://foundation.walmart.com/

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