Week 5: Finding Funding Programs

Mar 23, 2019

This week, I made a spreadsheet. Yep. Usually, spreadsheets are pretty uninteresting to me, and I don’t consider spreadsheets to be an optimal use of anyone’s time. I’d rather write on paper or even on a wall or something than use them because they look kind of freaky. But, this week, I had no choice but to make a spreadsheet. Ok, back to what I should actually be writing about. My spreadsheet was a list of different sponsors (basically companies) that we were going to be talking to for funding, how much they usually donate, the types of projects they donate to, programs they have to give out donations, and i was supposed to put in the contact information(duh, the most important part) so that we can contact them but I forgot. Anyway about the sponsors; here’s an example. Samsung funds the Lucile Packard’s Teen Van, and their name is right there on the side of the bus. We need that too, so that means we need to find a company or program willing and able to sponsor us.

Apparently though, I couldn’t just go up and ask companies for funding(Actually, maybe you could, but I don’t think that’s what would work for me). We need to apply for grant programs. If you don’t know what a grant program is, I’ll give you a quick example. Amazon has this thing called the Amazon Imagine Grant that gives 75,000 USD for registered non-profits that are using technology to better the world. We wouldn’t fall into that category though because we aren’t using technology for any social cause, but we are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so that opens up a lot of other grant opportunities for us. And, it’s all in my spreadsheet!

That’s it for now. See you later!

4 Replies to “Week 5: Finding Funding Programs”

  1. Anjali S. says:

    Not sure if this is useful, but if you are looking for a small amount of money just to start your project, then you can approach local businesses and work out some sort of deal in which you get a percentage of a day’s sales.

    1. Sowmya K. says:

      Really? I didn’t know they had programs like this. Thank you for letting me know! I’m for sure going to look into it!

  2. Athena L. says:

    Hi Sowmya!

    I remember seeing you making the spreadsheet at school, so I’m glad that you got to finish it! Hope everything is going well so far, and good luck with applying for those grants! Good luck with the rest of your Senior Project; Can’t wait to hear from you next week!

  3. Shikha H. says:

    I’m sorry you had to make a spreadsheet lol, but it’s great that you finished it! You are one step closer to finding more sponsors!!!

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