Though grants should not be relied upon as a sustainable funding source, there are many grant opportunities that arise throughout the year from both private funders and the federal, state, and local government. Private funders are usually interested in funding specific objectives that are related to their own mission and values. Government grants may offer the opportunity to apply for large sums of funding, but usually are more involved and time-intensive in the application and reporting processes. Keep a check on websites that regularly post grant opportunities for farmers, markets, and community development projects, such as the Farmers Market Coalition, USDA, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Grant Writing Resources and Classes in Georgia:
- Find (mostly free) weekly grant writing and other nonprofit-focused courses and webinars onGrantSpace’s Atlanta Training Calendar.
- The Farmers Market Coalition’s (lengthy) webinar “Winning Grants with Logic Models” is full of great tips for grant writing, focusing on the importance of a grant’s evaluation component and the use of logic models as a project development and design tool.
- The University of Georgia offers grant writing courses for nonprofits both online and in a classroom setting; read more about these here.