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How Does Being in An Enterprise Zone Benefit Manufacturers?

Enterprise Zones are economic development tools many cities and states use to attract companies and jobs.  Most commonly, industrial parks are designated as Enterprise Zones, or EZ’s, but they can be found anywhere there is a concentration of businesses or manufacturers.   Once an area is designated an Enterprise Zone (either by the city or […]

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Canning machine manufacturer expended due to grant funding

Are Grant Opportunities Changing All the Time, or Do They Stay the Same, Year After Year?

“The only thing constant is change.”  I’m not sure who said this, but it is so true in the grant world, especially in this CARES funding era. When I started writing grants, I naively thought that they came out on a nice, steady cycle.  After all, my primary experience was with writing training grants, which

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team of grant professionals working hard to secure funding for a client.

What Are the Chances You Will Actually Find a Grant for My Company?

Potential clients often ask me this question when discussing grant research.  And, while I know they would love to hear a percentage, such as 25% or 100% (their truly desired answer), it isn’t that simple.  There are a couple of factors that play into finding (or not finding) a good fit.   The Ever-Changing Grant

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Grants vs. Loans: Similarities and differences

What Are the Similarities and Differences Between a Grant and a Loan?

If you’re looking to fund a growth initiative, the two most common ways to do it are through grants and loans. While there are some similarities between a grant and a loan, they are actually very different methods of paying for your growth projects. In this blog, we’ll explore similarities, detail how grants differ from

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Manufacturer producing products with capabilities made possible through grant funding

What Types of Grants Do Manufacturers Qualify For?

To understand the answer to this question, it is important to recognize that grants fund outcomes.  Outcomes are what will change as a result of a company getting a grants.  For for-profit companies, examples of outcomes include job creation, capital investment, upskilling employees, and increasing the market for goods made from recycled products.   If

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Where Do Grants Come From For Manufacturers?

In the non profit world, the answer to this question is pretty simple (foundations, primarily).  However, this is a significantly more complex question for the manufacturing and business community, primarily because the sources vary by state and type of project(s) the manufacturer executes.   Here is a non-exhaustive list of the typical sources of manufacturing

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stacks of coins representing small, medium, and large grant opportunities.

What Is a Small, Medium and Large Grant? How Many Hours Does It Take To Write Each Type?

Small, medium and large.  So many things come in sizes.  Fountain drinks.  Clothes.  Starbucks Coffee (even though they don’t use the normal words!).   Similarly, grants come in various sizes and categories as well.  Here is a deeper explanation of small, medium and large grants, from my humble perspective. Small Grants –  I consider small

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Will you Identify Grant Opportunities I Can Immediately Pursue in your Research?

DoorDash. GrubHub. Uber.   We live in a world of instant gratification.  That’s why I am not terribly surprised when I get the question, “If you find us a grant opportunity, will we be able to apply and get the money right away?”  And, the answer is yes…and no.   When our grant professionals do

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