If your organization is a for-profit then MWBEzone is the place for you to search for grants. When searching for a business grant for the common good go to MWBEzone, the sister site of GrantWatch, is the grant listing site to choose. I
You can also get to the MWBEzone.com site by going to the "Business Grants" button at the top of the GrantWatch website.
MWBEzone.com is for small businesses, minorities, women, veterans, and enterprises.
In general, there are more grant opportunities for nonprofits, but there are also thousands of grants for businesses, enterprises, and special interest groups like women and minorities as well. MWBEzone includes thousands of grants to choose from, and new ones are added daily.
Which Site to Choose:
Say you're a researcher investigating issues affecting women, but you're self-employed, then MWBEzone is the place to look.
If you're a doctor and own your own clinic; a journalist; a film-maker; or you're employed by a university, but it's not a nonprofit, MWBEzone is also the place to look for grant opportunities.
Grant Search Tips
The search tools are virtually the same for both sites. Here are some tips for searching on our websites that pertain to both MWBEzone and GrantWatch as well.
Search by location: First, there are grant listings for grants from all over the world, so to avoid looking through thousands of grants, narrow down your search by your location. You do this with the "Choose Location" button on the toolbar.
Then find and choose your state. MWBEzone.com only lists grants for the United States and territories, so if you have an international business, look under the "international" category heading on GrantWatch.
So, for this search, I chose to look for grants in Alaska.
Search by category: Another way to narrow down your search is by category. Choose a category from the list on the right side of the screen.
Think of several categories that pertain to you and write them down to try next.
Once you find a grant you're eligible for, save it in your grants calendar. The grants calendar lists grants by application due date, so you won't miss a deadline, and you can prioritize the order in which you write your grant proposals.
In addition, once you've been using the website for a while, you can go to "New Grants," and only search through grants that have come up recently.
Pay Attention to Deadlines:
You might find a grant that sounds perfect for you, only to see that the deadline is too soon for you to apply.
For this search, I looked at the category, Aging/Seniors, and I found one of those rare sought after grant listings, my favorites, ones with "Deadline: Ongoing."
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and tribal entities to benefit individuals with mental illness. Funding is intended to support pilot programs, capital construction projects, prevention, and early intervention services for residents throughout the State who have developmental disabilities, mental disorders, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, and substance-related disorders.
Unlike this great opportunity, which is closing very soon:
Grants of $25,000 to USA MD and Ph.D. investigators at accredited academic institutions or nonprofit medical research institutions for short-term, small research projects on medical issues that affect women. Research topics eligible for funding include cardiovascular disease, leading female cancers, hormone's role in disease and stage-of-life health concerns, like pregnancy and menopause, diseases or health concerns that disproportionately afflict women, and exploration of gender differences related to the aforementioned topics.
If your project falls under the research topics eligible for funding, you're in luck. This may include disease prevention or treatment; clarification of gender differences; or quality of life concerns, but you'd better act quickly because the deadline is fast approaching.
Here are several more examples of grant funding opportunities currently listed on MWBEzone.com
Here's a grant listing on MWBEzone that awards three "everyday heroes" a financial award for their work making the world a better place for women and children through innovative and entrepreneurial social reform:
Awards starting at $25,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) founders of nonprofit social impact organizations to recognize work benefiting low and middle-income women and children. Prizes are intended to reward pioneering individuals who have made strides in the areas of education, social reform, health, and self-esteem.
Here's another research project listed on MWBEzone, similar to the one above, but this one focuses on children's illnesses and is also open to international researchers.
Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists for research projects that aim to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of congenital heart defects. Funding is intended to support research projects with a particular focus on basic science, population science, clinical cardiology, and the advancement of surgical or interventional techniques including, but not limited to the following areas:
- Devices and procedural research (cardiac catheterization and surgery)
- Neurodevelopmental and functional outcomes
- Quality and policy regarding delivery of care, coverage, and access
- Maternal environment and modifiable disease impact on fetuses with CHD
- Fetal diagnosis and intervention
- Long-term care of adults with CHDs
Both GrantWatch and MWBEzone have grants for all the following categories: (These links below will take you to the listings for MWBEzone.com)
- Arts and Culture
- Capital Funding
- College Scholarship
- Community Services
- Conflict Resolution
- Disaster Relief
- Domestic Violence
- Economic Development
- Elementary Education
- Faith Based
- Financial Assistance
- Health and Medical
- Higher Education
- Homeland & National Security
- Justice & Juvenile Justice
- Literacy & Libraries
- Mental Health
- Non-Profit Support Services
- Quality of Life
- Research & Evaluation
- Secondary Education
- Small Business
- Special Education
- Sports & Recreation
- Substance Abuse
- Travel & Tourism
- Youth/Out-of-School Youth
Make MWBEzone the first place you visit when searching for a grant for your business or if you need a grant personally, if you're a woman, a minority or veteran. If you're a nonprofit, GrantWatch is still your best place for your grant search.
Happy Grant Hunting!
About the Author: The author is a staff writer for MWBEzone and all GrantWatch sister-sites.