Grant Scam Warning!
Have you been contacted by a company promising thousands of dollars of grant funds for a comparably small fee?
If you have been approached by a company seeking a fee to secure grant funds for you, consider the following:
- There is no such thing as a “guarantee” that a company can secure a grant for anyone.
- Over 99% of grants are awarded to nonprofit, governmental and social service organizations. Less than 1% of grants are awarded to individuals.
- If a company says it cannot provide you with any references, you may not want to do business with them. Most ethical contractors are happy to provide you with references.
- Check with the local Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney General’s office for ratings and information about the company.
- If a company states it is a member of a Grant Writer’s Association, contact the association and verify both the association and individual/company are legitimate.
There are legitimate and ethical companies who provide grant seeking services. To help you identify such a company, look for the following:
- A company that does not guarantee your organization will receive a grant.
- A company that is able to provide you with references of satisfied customers.
- Proof that they are certified grant writers with a reputable association such as the American Grant Writers Association (AGWA),.
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