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Funding (grants and foundations) that cover operation costs

  • 1.  Funding (grants and foundations) that cover operation costs

    Posted 09-23-2019 18:25
    9/23/19

    Can anyone tell me the names of funding sources that give money towards operation costs? All the grants I've applied for and those I have been awarded are all earmarked for specific projects. That's all wonderful but I still need money to pay the bills.

    Thank you

    Gylbert Coker


  • 2.  RE: Funding (grants and foundations) that cover operation costs

    Posted 09-24-2019 07:53
    Ah the non profit life. Very very few grants do this, though I'm starting to see some that allow it in part. You have to see where some operations costs can be rolled into project costs - oversight, management, maintenance, permits, etc. This is also why, unfortunately, you need a diverse funding stream - those unrestricted funds are super valuable. 

    This information is good to review: https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/overhead-costs/

    https://fundingforgood.org/heres-how-to-get-your-overhead-funded/



    Happy grant hunting and good luck. 

    Aaron Marcavitch
    Executive Director
    Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc. 
    301-887-0777





  • 3.  RE: Funding (grants and foundations) that cover operation costs

    Posted 09-27-2019 14:26
    Thanks for sharing that information about funding for operations!

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    Edward G. Udell, Sr.
    Donor Development Director
    Center for African American Military History, Inc., dba Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
    Houston, Texas
    (713) 942-8920
    edudell@buffalosoldiermuseum.com
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  • 4.  RE: Funding (grants and foundations) that cover operation costs

    Posted 09-24-2019 11:05
    If your property is also considered an ARTS organization, not just a museum or historic property, your state or local Arts Commission might have operational grants available. However, individual donors seem to be the best source of unrestricted funds for many institutions.

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    David Wells
    Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
    Scottsdale AZ
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  • 5.  RE: Funding (grants and foundations) that cover operation costs

    Posted 09-27-2019 14:28
    Thank you for asking that question!  My executive director and I have been having that same conversation!

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    Edward G. Udell, Sr.
    Donor Development Director
    Center for African American Military History, Inc., dba Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
    Houston, Texas
    (713) 942-8920
    edudell@buffalosoldiermuseum.com
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