Grant Resource Page
As part of our effort to engage more community organizations, Pierce County Human Services (PCHS) is offering an online resource to support groups who may struggle with capacity to seek funding through grants, whether from PCHS or other sources. On this webpage you will find basic information on grant funding, tips for submitting a funding application, grant searching tools and various resources.
The purpose of this website is to offer guidance and resources for writing successful grants. Use of this website or any part of the Grant Resource Page does not guarantee funding from Pierce County Human Services or other agencies, businesses or community organizations.
Public grant funding is typically available to a wider range of organizations, including non-profits, schools, and local governments. Private grant funding is often more selective and may only be available to certain types of organizations or those working in specific fields.
The application process for public grant funding is often more competitive and may require more documentation and a longer application process. Private grant funding may have a simpler application process, but may also be more selective in the organization they choose to fund. This may mean that they prioritize organizations by budget size (e.g., revenue less than $500,000), service area, target population, time since incorporation/501(c) status, etc.
Public grant funding is typically larger in amount, may cover a wider range of expenses, and generally limits administrative expenses paid with grant funding. Private grant funding amounts are typically more modest than public grants. Private funding restrictions vary widely ranging from general operating support to program expenses excluding personnel costs.
Public grant funding is almost exclusively reimbursement-based, meaning that revenue from the award will not be provided until after the grantee submits an invoice to the funder. Payment can take days to weeks following an invoice submission. Reimbursement may also be delayed due to the contracting process which may be prolonged for organizations who are new to the funder or for a new program. In contrast, private grant funding may be entirely upfront, may also be reimbursement-based, or may be dependent on deliverables such as specific milestones or achieved service levels.
Both public and private grant funding typically have reporting requirements to ensure that funds are being used as intended. Public grant funding may have more stringent reporting requirements and may require more frequent reporting. Even if a private funder does not require reporting, it is a good idea to communicate with funders about progress and/or challenges to maintain a good relationship. It is especially important to communicate quickly when challenges arise in a program that could impact the organization’s ability to meet its stated goals. Funders don’t want to learn at the end of a grant or several months after a known issue arises that there is an issue. Ideally, your organization will be able to inform the funder of the issue and the plan to improve performance (how will you get the most service units/best outcomes given the situation). But don’t wait until you have the perfect solution to present the bad news. It is never fun to receive a call from a funder who learned of the issue from someone outside your organization or program.
What to expect in 2023
As the Grant Resource Page develops over time, we plan to expand on the following in 2023: technical assistance, insurance, monitoring, and records retention.