Community coalitions and advocates working to improve services for children and youth with special needs often apply for grants from public and private funders to help finance their activities.
Grant Opportunities and Grant Writing Resources will link you to resources that can demystify and simplify the process from start to finish — from identifying potential funders to designing an effective program to writing a strong grant application.
Community Access to Child Health (CATCH): This grant program from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports pediatricians in planning or implementing a community-based child health initiative. Grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded each year on a competitive basis to pediatricians who want to 1) assess and document the needs of children in the community, develop collaborative partnerships for planning the initiative, and successfully prepare for implementation of a program (planning grant) or 2) implement a program (implementation grant). Strong community collaboration is critical to being funded.
- TIP: Remember, planning your application months in advance is the best way to create the partnerships and well-thought-out plan you will need for a strong application. Don’t wait until the last minute! The AAP suggests that applicants consult with their state CATCH Coordinator about their grant proposal. If the pediatrician applicant contacts early enough (ideally a month or more before the application is due, but at least a few weeks before, please), they can give input to help strengthen your application.
- Healthy Tomorrows: The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) supports community-based partnerships and collaborations aimed at promoting access to health care and preventive health services. HTPCP projects must represent a new initiative within the community or an innovative component that builds on existing community resources. Projects target disadvantaged children, youth and families (including racial and ethnic minorities) in rural and other underserved populations and address four areas: (1) Access to health care, (2) Community-based health care, (3) Preventive health care, and (4)Service coordination.
- Grants.gov Website: Comprehensive web site with information about finding and applying for all federal grants.
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funding Opportunities
Grant Writing Resources
- GrantsMagic: Courses to Learn Grant Writing for your non-profit-both free and fee for service.
- A Pediatrician’s Guide to Proposal Writing: This a tool developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help pediatricians develop grant proposals for community-based child health programs. The guide contains information on the following: types of grant makers, proposal writing and the solicitation process, components of a proposal, common proposal writing mistakes, examples of proposals and budgets, and selected resources on fundraising and proposal writing.
- Philanthropy Northwest: This website has a section designed for organizations looking for grants. Includes tips on grantwriting and a form that can be used as a boilerplate for proposals, as well as information on finding resources and technical assistance for grantseekers.
- The Grantsmanship Center: Offers excellent seminars and written publications on how to develop programs, write grant proposals, research funding sources and more.
The Foundation Center:
- The center collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grant seeking process; and provides print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.
- Find sites in Washington State sites affiliated with the Foundation Center that house grant writing and funding resources. Includes Kennewick, Redmond, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Wenatchee.
- Grantmakers in Health
For links to good sources of Washington state and county-specific data, please see Data Links.