24 February, 2024

Grants for Nonprofits: Where to look and how to get

Non-profit organizations are engaged in important work aimed at developing civil society, protecting human rights, supporting vulnerable groups, protecting the environment and many other socially important areas.

However, to implement their projects, non-profit organizations need financial resources, which are often lacking in the face of the economic crisis and a low culture of charity in the country. That is why one of the main sources of funding for non-profit organizations is grants - free financial assistance from various donors.

Who are the donors and where to look for them?

Donors are organizations or individuals who provide funds to support nonprofit organizations and their projects. Donors can be of different types:

International public foundations

These are independent charitable organizations that have their own mission, goals and priorities and support projects around the world. For example, the International Renaissance Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, and others.

Google Ad Grants

Search giant Google provides a $10,000/month grant for advertising on its search engine. All you need is a website and official non-profit status. Once the grant is activated, $10,000 will be credited to your Google Ads account every month. The grant is valid indefinitely, meaning that funding will not stop as long as your website meets Google's requirements.

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Foreign embassies and representative offices

These are diplomatic missions of other countries that have their own technical and humanitarian assistance programs and support projects in the areas of democratization, human rights, reforms, culture, education, etc. For example, embassies are actively involved in this: USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands and others.

State authorities and local governments

These are state institutions and local governments that have their own budgets and programs and support projects in the areas of social protection, education, culture, sports, environment, etc. For example, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, city councils, and regional state administrations.


To find a suitable donor and grant, you need to regularly monitor specialized resources or websites that provide information about current grants.

How to get a grant?

To do this, follow these steps:

    Define your mission, goals, priorities, and needs, as well as your target audience and partners.

    Find the right donor and grant that matches your topic, criteria, terms and conditions.

    Familiarize yourself with the donor's requirements and the rules for applying for a grant, as well as the documents to be prepared.

    Develop a project proposal (project applicant), which clearly and reasonably outlines the problem you want to solve, the goal, objectives, expected results, action plan, budget, project monitoring and evaluation, risks and strategies to overcome them, and attach all necessary attachments (e.g., resumes, letters of recommendation, certificates, permits, etc.).

    Send the project proposal to the donor on time and in accordance with the established format (by email, post, online form, etc.).

    Wait for the donor's decision and receive feedback. If your project has received a grant, you need to sign a grant agreement that defines the rights and obligations of the parties, terms and conditions of project implementation, reporting, and control.

If your project has not received a grant, you need to analyze the reasons for the refusal, take into account the donor's comments, and try to apply for another grant.


Grants are an important source of funding that allows you to implement socially useful projects and promote the development of civil society. But don't forget about ordinary people, whose donations are the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations. The contribution of a single person is small, but if you have hundreds or thousands of supporters, the amount of donations will be sufficient for the organization to function.

Google advertising will be useful to encourage followers. With the help of Google Ad Grants, your organization will receive $10,000 per month for promotion. Getting a grant is easy, and for a free consultation on Google Ad Grants, fill out the form below.

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