Episodes

  • Join us for GrantTalk, powered by GrantWatch, with host Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch and author of The Queen of Grants: From Teacher to Grant Writer to CEO! In this week's episode, Libby sits down with Lagrand and Eric Elliott, two of the founders, (along with Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott) of T.I.M.E. (To Improve Mississippi Economy). Find more grants for Farming and Agriculture here: https://www.grantwatch.com/cat/51/farming-and-agriculture-grants.html In the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, this organization is leading the charge in urban farming! With a 68-acre urban farm and innovative programs like the Farm Academy, Youth Programs, and other Agribusiness initiatives, they are transforming underserved areas into hubs of economic growth.

    Tune in as Libby finds out all about how the funded has become the funder, spreading the love with $12 million in funding to span ten cities nationwide. Ready to sow the seeds of change? Tune in to GrantTalk and witness the journey of T.I.M.E. as they cultivate communities and grow futures together!

  • On this week's exciting episode of GrantTalk, powered by GrantWatch, Libby Hikind has a one-on-one with Dina Ray, the Director of Development at But God Ministries. Dina takes Libby and her audience through the fascinating history of her faith-based nonprofit, from their start in Haiti, all the way back to the Mississippi Delta.

    Dina describes, in vivid detail, the work BGM does to elevate underserved communities, and she even talks about their working model, SPHERES, which they crafted while in Haiti and brought with them to the Mississippi Delta. From Haiti to the Mississippi Delta In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake and But God Ministries answered the call. By 2011, this faith-based nonprofit was doing their part to help with sustainable community building projects. By 2016, the organization trekked back to the states to set up shop in the Mississippi Delta. They brought the working model they crafted abroad home and they still employ it today.

    They call it SPHERES and it helps them to achieve their goals. Spiritual: Personal spiritual guidance Physical: Physical needs, like medical and dental care H2O: Drilling wells for fresh water Education: School tuition, uniforms, and books Roofs: Building homes and making improvements Economic Development: Jobs and business start ups Soil: Farming and gardening to promote food production The ministry offers help, education, and guidance in all things spiritual, medical, schools, housing, economic relief, and food. This way they build sustainable communities and Dina uses GrantWatch and other sources to create an impressive grant pipeline to help fund all the organization's work. Dina also touches on how she navigates the grant funding landscape to find the grants she needs.

    She and Libby cap it off with a discussion about how to cultivate lasting relationships with funders. From BMGs first successful grant for wheelchair ramps to funding for the Montessori School that But God Ministries supports in Jonestown, Mississippi, Dina and her organization have streamlined the grant-seeking process by utilizing the GrantWatch database and all its tools and features.

    Libby and Dina also trade secrets, tips, and stories about how to make finding grants on GrantWatch easier. So, settle in and prepare for an unforgettable audio adventure. To Conclude So, tune in to this week's episode of GrantTalk with Libby Hikind and Dina Ray and experience a grant recipient's journey.

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  • In this inspiring episode of GrantTalk, Libby Hikind sits down with Rosaline Bangura from the Be Rose International Foundation. Join them as they discuss the charity’s humanitarian efforts in Annapolis, Maryland; Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Rosaline goes into vivid detail as she highlights her organization's focus on aiding children, women, seniors, and vulnerable communities. In addition, she sheds light on how she used GrantWatch as a pivotal tool in securing seven grants for their initiatives, empowering them to provide crucial support. According to Rosaline, GrantWatch is the reason they got their start. “We owe everything to GrantWatch.” Libby and Rosaline share stories and insights on perseverance in grant writing and emphasize the value of seeking feedback and building lasting professional relationships. Through ingenuity and sheer determination, this amazing nonprofit continues to make an impact on the world, and always with the aspiration that there is still more to do!

  • Join host Libby Hikind in this electrifying episode of GrantTalk Podcast, powered by GrantWatch, as she delves into the thrilling journey of David Prepstall, treasurer of Sequim City Band in Washington. Prepare to be captivated as David shares the adrenaline-pumping tale of how they secured a staggering $394,000 in grants from various sources found on GrantWatch. Brace yourself as he unveils the secret weapons behind Sequim City Band's success, from their diverse ensemble ranging from high school students to seasoned seniors, to their innovative use of AI in grant writing. Get ready to embark on an exhilarating ride filled with valuable insights and tips for nonprofit organizations seeking to make waves in their communities.

  • GrantTalk: Listen to Grant Success Stories and Grant Funders

    GrantTalk explores the positive impact grants have on people, communities, and programs. We talk to nonprofit leaders, business executives, and development directors who have navigated the grant application process, sharing their challenges and triumphs. Our podcast also features conversations with a variety of funding sources (grantmakers), offering insights into what they look for in successful grant applications. Join us on GrantTalk to hear inspiring stories and gain valuable tips for making a difference through grants.

    Episode 1 : In the inaugural episode of Grant Talk, host Libby Hikind interviews Mary Jane from the Williamson College of the Trades, a recipient of a grant found on GrantWatch. The episode explores the college's mission, its unique approach to vocational education for disadvantaged young men, and the impact of the grant on student participation and success in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. Mary Jane also shares insights into the importance of passion in grant writing and ensuring alignment between narrative and budget. Tune in to discover how grants can positively impact educational programs and change lives.