In the last two posts I discussed strategies for uncovering grants for businesses and other eligible applicants. Today I want to show you how to create simple alerts so that you can be apprised of new business grants as they become available. The ‘Subscriptions’ option on the Grants.gov website and Google Alerts are my two favorite tools. Here is an overview of how to use both:
Grants.gov: From the Grants.gov home page (www.Grants.gov), click on the “Manage Subscriptions” link on the upper right-hand corner of the page. Once there you will see different options for receiving updates.
- Grants.gov RSS Feed: Stay informed about new and updated grant opportunities.
- All Grants Notices: Receive daily notification of all new grant opportunities.
- Notices Based on Advanced Criteria: Select notifications based on specific criteria such as funding instrument type, eligibility or sub-agency.
- Notices Based on Funding Opportunity Number: Select this option to receive notifications based on Funding Opportunity Number (FON). A FON is a number that a federal agency assigns to its grant announcement.
Simply choose the option that works best for you and you will receive daily updates targeted to your particular areas of interest.
Google Alerts: This is a great tool, and it’s absolutely free. All you need to do is set up an account at Google.com and you can create an alert that arrives in your inbox. Set up targeted alerts using phrases (with the quotes) such as “business grant” or “grants for small business.” Pick six to eight phrases that suit your needs and set up an alert for each. Again, you’ll have to sift through some garbage but every so often you’ll run into a true gem.
To set up an alert first go to www.google.com/alerts. On that page you will see five boxes. You put your search term(s) in the first box (see the example above). Next is a drop-down box where you can choose the type of content you would like Google to track. You should just keep the default “all.” Below that is box that allows you to select the frequency that you receive updates regarding the alert. I like to keep it a ‘once a day’ because when you set up multiple alerts you’ll find yourself sifting throughout a lot of them. Following this is the option to retrieve just the ‘best’ results or ‘all’ results. I usually stick with just the ‘best’ results to cut down on time spent rooting out silly stuff I don’t want to see. Lastly, you can enter the email address where you would like your alerts to be delivered. You can set up as many alerts as you like, editing and deleting them as often as needed.