Your grants are only as strong as the information you include. Grant reviewers need to understand why you deserve their grant more than anyone else. That means reviewers need to know about your population, economy, geography, critical infrastructure, and any other detail that strengthens the case for your grant.
Here are 5 resources that can make your next grant stronger—and easier.
1. Google Maps
Use aerial satellite views to examine your area for topographical information, look for critical infrastructure, and determine distances between objects or cities. Also use the satellite view to “zoom” in closer to examine objects in your area that can contribute to describing your area to a grant reviewer. Enter an address or other location information in the search box.
2. Infoplease.com Almanac Search Page
The Information Please Almanac® gives you access to a variety of world data, U.S. stats and more.
3. National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS)
High-quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.
4. TEOMA Search Engine
The “Google of statistical search engines.” Wonderful for locating statistical information!
5. U.S. Census Bureau
When a grant application talks about information regarding “census blocks,” this is where you go to get it. Probably one of the websites that grant writers visit the most as it contains almost anything you want to know about the demographics of an area, from an entire nation down to several city blocks.