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Grants to start ranch for foster children?

asked 2014-09-01 17:53:57 -0800

Corey gravatar image

I have an idea for a program I believe would be useful to the community and I believe there are several similar programs already in existence, however, my idea may be completely unique and relevant to the times we live in.

I would like to see a totally Green and self sufficient working ranch for Foster Children to live on and receive onsite education as well as vocational training while learning how the self contained ranch functions and operates. It should have its own well for water, wind and solar power, and be completely off the grid. It should produce its own food including meat, vegetables, and dairy products. Staff should live and run the facility and teach while providing vocational training and support giving the children a sense of self esteem, pride, and character that will aid them throughout their lives.

Are there any Grants to help START such an innovative but large project. Any comments would be helpful or places to find others who may find this an interesting idea to pursue. Thanks!

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answered 2014-09-01 17:58:41 -0800

fgcguy gravatar image

Sounds like a great idea on so many levels. It is indeed a major project. Here are a few ideas about where/how to get started:

  1. Check out these articles about Grants For Small Business and Grants for Farms to get a big picture of some of what may be involved.
  2. Go to adoptuskids.org to learn more about what is involved in becoming a foster parent.
  3. Network as much as you can with other people who might be interested in launching such a venture with you. To get a grant you will almost cetianly need to be an official 501© non-profit organization ... it's a long process but perhaps you can find an existing non-profit that would be interested in partnering with you to make something like this happen.
  4. For ideas about what sort of government grants might be available in this area, take a look at grants.gov — first check out this article about grants.gov so you will know your way around.
  5. Check the July Newsletter — it features grants for kids and may provide you with some new leads as well.
  6. Finally — use social media to the fullest to find other interested parties and potential investors – start pages on the topic on Facebook and Google+, tweet, etc.

Good luck! I'm happy to hear other users provide insights and ideas if they know something about this area.

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