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Old 09-01-2006, 02:25 PM   #1
Location: Oregon
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Information on aikido grants

Our dojo just became non-profit and we would like to find grant funds to sponsor classes at our dojo for dissadvantaged youth, young adults, and adults. Does anyone have any ideas of where to find money to fund these programs? Any ideas as to how to bring in money?
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Old 09-01-2006, 02:31 PM   #2
Dennis Hooker
Dojo: Shindai Dojo, Orlando Fl.
Location: Orlando Florida
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Re: Information on aikido grants


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Old 09-01-2006, 02:45 PM   #3
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Re: Information on aikido grants

Dennis Hooker wrote:
They seem to be more for ASU organizations.
How does one contact them?
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:08 PM   #4
Dojo: Airenjuku Brighton
Location: On the road - UK
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Re: Information on aikido grants

Have they supported any non ASU events/instructors in the past?
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Old 09-01-2006, 03:27 PM   #5
Michael Young
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Dojo: Alamo City Aikido
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Re: Information on aikido grants

I would suggest looking more at the local level. Look into specific city or local business organizations, and approach them individually. Other non-profits are also a good resource (organizations like the United Way have entire divisions that collect money and then disperse it to other non-profits). Instead of asking for money in a general manner, such as an overall grant, try getting more specific. The more specific you get, insofar as what your needs are, the better. For example tell them you are looking to "scholarship" individuals and attach a dollar figure to each "scholarship" you are looking for. Another idea is to say "we are looking for "X" amount of dollars for a "building fund" or "equipment fund". Dont just BS either, go out and get specific dollar figures for those things so you can show exactly what it is you want. i.e.. show them exactly how much each mat costs that you need, etc...even if you already have those things it is not unethical to collect the money for them as a replacement of costs (you just don't have to tell everyone that is what you are doing). Get creative. The more detailed and accurate you are about what the money is going for, the more likely people are to pay attention, rather than "can you just give us some money please?"

Good Luck,

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Old 09-01-2006, 05:05 PM   #6
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
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Re: Information on aikido grants

Try to get on a mailing list for "RFPs" (requests for proposals) for any organization offering grants related to what you're doing. If you can organize your program around their description, you may be eligible.
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Old 09-01-2006, 06:40 PM   #7
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Re: Information on aikido grants

IMHO, its easiest to start with your local service organizations.

Go library and check out their encyclopedia of foundations and (as suggested) get on the RFP list. While you are there, check out the books on creating a business plan and writing greats.

First however, you must clearly define what it is that you are asking funding for, what problem it will address, what clients it will service, why its important, and why should they fund you rather then the group down the street.

Good luck.

Lynn Seiser PhD
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