Grants for Success past recipients is a brief introduction to non-profits who have benefited from a grant. It explains why they applied, what they used their signs for, and how they helped marketing their missions.
If you are a non-profit and are interested in applying for a grant, use these examples to help you determine if a grant is applicable to your organization.
You are not restricted to the types of signs past recipients have received, but their projects may inspire sign options you were not aware of, or help you determine which of your projects would benefit most from the marketing help signs offer.
Click over to the post on the United Way of Chittenden County and read about their step and repeat banner.
Kidsafe Collaborative also received a 100% Grant Award Winner for 2011. This provided them with three banners to promote their mission free of charge. They also received lawn signs for their Community Yard Sale and a trade show display at a 35% discount.
“Our collection of new banners has made it possible for us to have greater visibility at all of our events, and conferences while conveying a new tag line that summarizes our complex mission in a few words,” said Anne MacLeod,
“It is not easy to explain the work of our community partnership – HOW we work – but we can now convey what we do: ‘Together we can end child abuse and neglect.’
"The grant was immediately a tremendous boost in confidence for our staff – it was wonderful to know that we had this generous support and plan our fundraising and other events with some very fresh and effective new banners, signs and displays.” -- Anne MacLeod, Community Outreach and Development Coordinator, KidSafe
Linking Learning to Life was awarded a 50% grant in 2011 to acquire a total trade show package. Here’s what Lindsey Lathrop had to say:
“Our new trade show package has helped Linking Learning to Life tremendously. We now have a professional and polished look whenever we attend events. It might seem silly, but it's great to actually have all of our materials match! I'm hoping this will help increase our general awareness in the community.
“I think the new display comes as a sigh of relief for Linking Learning to Life staff as it’s easy to transport and set-up. We no longer feel daunted whenever we get an invite to attend an event because bringing our marketing materials is a lot easier.
“You don't need to be a marketing expert to work with Sign-A-Rama because they work with you through the process to ensure you receive a quality product that you will actually use. Linking Learning to Life was tremendously grateful to receive the 50% discount through the GFS Program. Like most non-profits, LLL has an extremely limited marketing budget, which often prohibits us from marketing as well as we could if we had some funds. This community program is a rare opportunity!” -- Lindsey Lathrop, Assistant Director Linking Learning to Life
Essex Chips (Stomping Ground) sought a grant in 2011 for a banner and an a-frame to promote visibility of their organization in the community. They were awarded a 100% grant so the signs were free.
“The sign has been very useful in getting people to see our brand. A huge way is when we put it at Five Corners. We are able to then remind people of the events the day of.
“Through the process of getting the signs we had to come up with our logo, so it was a push in a positive direction. Now that we have our logo and have it on visible signs we have been using it a lot.
"The banner is hung up in our space and we use the A-frames every time we have an event, both to advertise and tell people where we are located specifically. We had a great experience with the GFS program. We really appreciate the grant and feel it has helped so far and will very much in the future.” -- Adriane Schubert, Program Manager Essex CHIPS, Inc. - Teen Center
The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) applied for a 2011 GFS Grant, and received one at the 50% level. They applied the grant toward the purchase of 25 banners that they use at literacy events around Vermont and New Hampshire.
“It is very important that the people attending these events know that it is the Children's Literacy Foundation that made the event possible,” said Joanne Heidkamp. “In the past, often the only person that knew CLiF was the underwriter of the event or the person who had applied for our programming. The other 100 or more people present probably had no idea about CLiF's existence.
We expect that over time our brand will be better recognized, and more educators and human service providers will think about applying to CLiF when they want to do a literacy program. It helps remind our presenters—children's book authors, illustrators and poets—that CLiF is the resource that gets them out in front of disadvantaged kids to nurture a love of reading and writing. This seems to have helped strengthen these relationships.”
“The application process was easy, and we would never have hoped to purchase 25 banners without the 50% discount that Sign*A*Rama gave us. We definitely recommend that other non-profits think about the opportunities this program offers to increase visibility of an organization or of an issue.” -- Joanne Heidkamp, Special Projects Coordinator