Back in 2009, Apple coined the phrase "There's an app for that" to promote their new iPhone and all the apps that you could download (with only 3 GB of memory). We've come so far in the past decade (yes, decade!) that there are millions of apps from everything ranging from financial literacy to organizational tools to Candy Crush. But what about government grants?
Grants.Gov has a free, official app that you can download on the Apple store or Google Play. What is so amazing about this app is that you can search for federal grant opportunities, save those searches and even use keywords and other features that make navigating the myriad of grants easy.
I've gone on and on about the importance of grantor research, and federal grants are a whole other ballgame. But what I love about living in the digital age there is an easy-to-use software in your pocket that can help make the research process quicker and easier. As nonprofit leaders, I know that you are not sitting at your desk all day with ample opportunities to search Grants.Gov online database. But with their app, you can search while you're in transit to your next meeting, waiting in line at the grocery store and even when you're watching T.V. (because we are all on our phones while we watch the news and our shows). Utilizing this app has been a wonderful way for myself and my team to keep up with the latest federal grants for our clients, and I know that as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there will be even more apps to assist in nonprofit fundraising.
Maybe one sooner than you think. Maybe one from someone you already know.