500 SOURCES OF FREE MONEY
Welcome to Alberta Business Grants!
500 SOURCES OF FREE MONEY
o Why All politicians LOVE grants
o Grant categories
o Grants are EVERYWHERE
THE UNLIKELY ROAD TO GRANTS
When I was about seven years old, my mother dropped me off at church.
When I entered the old church in rural New Brunswick, I did what I loved to do: I went around shaking hands and saying hello to the ushers and old folks.
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I remember one of the ushers, Cliff, would say as I would walk in, “here comes the future politician.”
I had no idea what “politician” even meant.
Fast forward 10 years: I enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Program at UNBSJ. You can see my university transcripts on my “why” page: https://albertabusinessgrants.ca/our-why/
Take a wild guess what my favourite class was? Political Science.
Although I had no idea what type of job I would land, I was fascinated with politicians.
They literally have all the power in a society.
Don’t think so?
Who controls education, financial regulations, food regulations, healthcare, driver licenses… and the list goes on? Politicians!
At the very core of our democracy is power, and that power is provided to elected officials. I won’t geek out too much here, but there are checks and balances in place on their power (e.g. Charter of Rights and Freedoms, courts, etc.).
But politicians run the show.
WHO ARE POLITICIANS
Now walk with me closely here. Who are drawn to elected office? Business owners? Not really.
And if they’re drawn to politics, they tend to consume the right leaning parties (not all though).
Here is a research question for you (and it’s with total respect). How many of our provincial NDP government members come from a small business background? Not many. In fact, I think the Member in Medicine Hat has the most business experience from what I know.
When I worked in politics, I noticed “business backgrounds” were not that popular. And in fact some even considered it a “liability,” as if to say they represented only the interests of business. Sad.
Every politician wants to help grow and diversify our economy.
But what are their direct options for growing the economy?
Cut taxes — yes, but it’s a bit vague.
Invest in education — yes, but it’s a long-term investment that doesn’t see immediate results.
Anything else? We can probably think of a few others. Maybe.
The easiest way for government officials to show support for something is to cut a cheque or through GRANTS!
GRANT PICTURE # 1| NDP LOVES GRANTS
GRANT PICTURE NUMBER TWO | CONSERVATIVES LOVE GRANTS
GRANT PICTURE NUMBER THREE | LIBERALS LOVE GRANTS
GRANT PICTURE NUMBER FOUR | GRANT PICTURES HAVE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME. LOOK AT THE TITLE AND DATE OF THIS CHEQUE! LOL
BY THE WAY: ARE YOU GETTING THE PICTURE THAT KNOWING WHO YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OR YOUR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY IS CAN HELP YOU WIN A GRANT YET? 100%
Grants are easy for any politician.
Want to build a recreation centre? Grant
Want to create a new technology? Grant
Looking to export? Grant, grant, grant
Hire someone with a disability, hire someone unemployed, train an existing employee, start a business, create an event, produce art, grow food, support the military, invest in tourism, GRANT, GRANT, GRANT.
I sound like a duck: grant, grant, grant.
Grants are EVERYWHERE.
Politicians understand grants because they are straightforward.
Have you ever heard the saying, “all politicians are the same!”
SURE TRUMP CHALLENGES THAT STATEMENT, BUT HERE IS WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT GRANTS. AND IT’S REMARKABLE. I’VE LEARNED IN POLITICS THAT EVERY POLITICIAN — REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION — LOVES GRANTS.
Oh yes they do.
Don’t believe me? Watch as election times near. It doesn’t matter whether Tory, Liberal, or NDP; they call the photographer, get the big cardboard cheque, brush their teeth, and smile.
Happens all the time.
Now here is the weird part: politicians don’t like the word “grant.”
The word “grant” doesn’t have a nice political ring to it, so they use words like “fund, initiative, program, or agency.” Just about any word you can think of EXCEPT grants.
THE GRANT BUSINESS
By 2012 I wanted to start a business. I had NO IDEA what to do.
All I could do is write clearly and research.
As the finance researcher for the Opposition, I learned where many of the grants were. And I had learned what politicians were looking for in their grant applications.
HINT: THE GRANT APPLICATION ANSWERS SHOULD NOT BE WHAT YOU WANT; THEY SHOULD BE WHAT THE POLITICIANS WANT. MAKE YOUR APPLICATION APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT MANDATE, AND YOU’LL START TO WIN GRANTS LIKE A PRO.
When I went out looking for business, I was offering all types of services, including grant writing.
I started writing grants and won eight in a row. Please don’t take this as bragging, I’m not. I’m just trying to show you how to win these things.
At that point I discovered, “I think I can make a business out of just grants.”
So in November, 2015, I started building my own grant database exclusively for Alberta entrepreneurs.
Two problems quickly emerged.
1.The grants were everywhere.
2. They were all in different formats. A complete mess.
No successful entrepreneur would have the time to go through all these grants. So over time as we grew our client base, we found more and more grants. Here is a list of the main categories for grants:
- Business Development
- Tax Credits
- University Partnerships
We ended up putting each grant in the same format on one page.
THIS PAST WEEK WE HAD A MAJOR MILESTONE, WE SURPASSED 500 GRANTS FOR ALBERTA BUSINESSES!!!
Can you believe that? I can barely believe that, but it’s true.
Although I never became the politician, I found a niche that helps politicians help business owners.
I’m still working on my business “why,” but it has something to do with bridging “business and government.” They are two different worlds.
Governments want to give businesses grants, but they make it complicated. Entrepreneurs want the grants, but they lack time. That’s where Alberta Business Grants comes in.
So we made the process easy:
Small grant package < $100,000 for $1,500
Medium grant package < $999,000 for $2,500
Large grant package > 1 million for $3,500
Imagine if in a 30-minute consultation and 1-hour grant presentation you could identify every grant for your business. It’s that simple.
But don’t wait too long. Grants have deadlines and run out of money.
Next step: complete a grant needs assessment: http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/needs-assessment. When it’s completed, you will receive a link to book a complimentary 30-minute consultation to review your findings.
Have a great week!