LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The pandemic is having a major financial impact on many of us including students, businesses, nonprofits and more. The good news is help is available. 13 Action News Anchor Tricia Kean has details on the free money available to those in need.
TUTORING & OVERHEAD COSTS
4.0 GPA is a company helping students achieve their dreams of attending college.
"On a good year we're probably reaching over 30,000 students," said Founder and CEO Henry Keculah.
But, he says running the program is expensive.
"It's providing tutoring, overhead costs, office space, also providing software that's needed to provide them with a chance for learning, enrichment programs as well, materials, books," Keculah said.
To help pay for a lot of this, the company turns to GrantWatch.
"I was looking for grants focusing on education, focusing on helping students with social justice. Because we are focusing a lot on students that are low income, in under-served communities," said Keculah.
NEARLY 60 CATEGORIES
GrantWatch is a one-stop-shop for government and foundation grants offered in nearly 60 different categories including: Arts and Culture, Business, Education, Housing, Mental Health and even COVID-19.
GrantWatch also has a list of funding available just in Nevada.
"We have a lot of start-up grants," said GrantWatch Founder and CEO Libby Hikind.
"Everything is there," she added. "Every time it comes up we get it. We have about 1,000 new grants every week."
DEMAND FOR GRANTS DOUBLED
Hikind says there are plenty of opportunities to earn the funding you need, but the demand for grant money has doubled during the pandemic.
So, she says it's important to act fast.
"When you find a grant, apply for it. Don't wait," said Hikind.
"Don't say 'I'll do it tomorrow.' Start today because they could run out of money," she said.
SHOW YOUR PASSION
Once you've found a grant be sure to provide plenty of details on your application about you, your organization and why you need the money.
"The passion that you have needs to jump out on the page," said Hikind.
"Some people are really shy talking about themselves, talking about the organization. They just figure if they write a few words they'll get it, but they won't," she warned. "They really need to hear it."
The grants are free but GrantWatch will cost you $18 a week, $45 a month, $90 a quarter or you can pay $199 for a year.
Whatever you decide, Keculah with 4.0 GPA says you can't go wrong.
"It's cheap, it's easy to use and the great thing about it is, you have several categories on there," he said.
GrantWatch also provides assistance through the application process if you want it.
Learn more on grantwatch.com.