Google alerts are a grant professional's best friend!
This free service will send you an email every time a topic, organization or person of interest is mentioned on the internet (on web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs).
As a grantseeker, you can use Google alerts to stay on top of news about foundations, grant programs, board members, partner organizations, trainings, and other key topics.
Here's Google's description of how it works:
- You enter a query that you're interested in.
- Google Alerts checks regularly to see if there are new results for your query.
- If there are new results, Google Alerts sends them to you in an email.
Google alerts can make the difference between missing a deadline and winning a grant!
For example, one of the leading grantmakers where I live in southern New Jersey is the corporation South Jersey Industries. They operate a grants program called the Social Investment Program.
I have a Google alert set up that reads, "South Jersey Industries" Social Investment Program. (Using the quotation marks around South Jersey Industries ensures that all my alerts are relevant.)
Thanks to this Google alert, I can be one of the first to know when South Jersey Investments releases a new RFP, holds a special event, makes a new grant, changes its staffing, and updates content on its web pages. I can also monitor what other nonprofits and community members are saying online about the grant program.
You can control how often you receive Google alerts, and you can turn off or edit a Google alert at any time.
Consider these three advanced tips from Google for creating Google alerts, and then go forth and Google alert your way to more grants!
TIP 1: Try to be as precise as possible. The more precise your search terms are, the more relevant your alerts will be.
TIP 2: Use quotes around a group of words if you are looking for them together.
Examples:"white house" "Mike Smith"
TIP 3: Use a minus sign (-) in front of words that you want to exclude.
Examples: paris -texas apple –fruit