A Peek into PEEQ: Qball Creator and Shark Tank Winner Shane Cox

#SharkTank, the Emmy-winning reality show for ambitious entrepreneurs, kicked off season nine with an offer that will revamp classrooms and corporations.

On October 1, 2017, Shane Cox dove into the tank to swim with the sharks with a revolutionary invention to keep him above water.  Qball, the “throwable wireless microphone,” left the tycoons and viewers astounded, and Shane Cox, founder and CEO of PEEQ, took home $300,000 for 30% equity from sharks Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban and Rohan Oza.  “Designed with the classroom in mind,” Qball currently helps more than 40,000 students speak-up and find their voice, bringing life and energy to the classroom.  

Because the initial seed money for Qball came through crowdfunding, UHelp, (the totally free crowdfunding platform) interviewed Shane about the journey of creating Qball and founding PEEQ:

1. Does PEEQ stand for anything in particular? 

I named the company PEEQ (pronounced like pique) because at the core of our company is the belief that one of the best ways to encourage true learning is when you can pique a student’s natural curiosity.

2. What exactly is Qball and how does it relate to PEEQ's mission?

Qball is a wireless microphone you can throw. At its core, it is a tool that helps teachers encourage their students to participate in classroom discussions while ensuring that every child can be both heard and understood. Many times, the most valuable part of a lesson is the questions and answers that piques curiosity.

3. How did you come up with the idea for Qball?

I worked with a lot of schools trying to integrate technology effectively. I became a big proponent of classroom audio systems, where each classroom has some sort of speakers and the teacher wears a microphone all day. They can have tremendous benefits across the board, not only for teachers by reducing the amount of days they miss for things like vocal strain, but also for students who are better able to hear and understand their teachers.

The problem was that the existing technology really didn’t help when it comes to inter-student communication. I observed many teachers using some sort of object, like a Koosh ball, to manage classroom discussions. Whomever had the object, had the floor. So, I had the idea to see what would happen if we put the two together.

4. What marketing techniques did you find most effective in gaining such a big following for PEEQ and Qball?

Our most effective marketing technique has been to focus on the teachers. The Qball is a great solution for one of the biggest challenges in teaching, not only by keeping students engaged, but also by getting them to participate in classroom activities.

We really focused on the “techie” teachers who are on the forefront of technology in the classroom. They immediately saw the value and then put the wheels in motion to get one for themselves, whether it was through writing a grant, doing a Donors Choose project or, if need be, paying out of their own pocket. They become our biggest ambassadors sharing the value of our product with their peers.

5. How did you become a Shark Tank contestant and how did you prepare for your televised presentation?

I was able to get on Shark Tank through an open casting call held in Charlotte, NC. To prepare for the show, I over-prepared! I re-watched every episode of the show, wrote down all of the common questions and practiced my answers. I researched each of the Sharks, their backgrounds and investments and scoured the internet for every article and interview that I could find related to the show. On top of it all, I made sure to choose the most appropriate wardrobe I could find.

6. What obstacles arose during the creation of PEEQ and Qball and how did you overcome them?

Creating a piece of hardware is incredibly challenging. It is much harder to iterate and change on the fly than software and requires a lot of capital to both develop and mass produce. The other challenge is the difficulty of finding investors that are interested in hardware or education. To find somebody willing to invest in both is nearly impossible. The only way to overcome it was to try to do it on my own.

So, I sold everything… my home, my business, my car… I mean everything. I won some money in a pitch competition and, through a combination of crowdfunding, friends and family, I was able to scrounge up enough to make it happen.

7. Raising $46,895 on Indiegogo is a huge accomplishment! What marketing techniques did you use and what advice would you give other entrepreneurs trying to raise money through crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a tough cookie. Statistically speaking, a whole lot more campaigns fail than reach their goal. A big chunk of it is market fit. There are certain types of products or inventions that can do really well on crowdfunding, tap into that existing audience of crowdfunders and obtain this viral growth. Ours was not one of those.

It took a lot of effort on our part, because it was somewhat of a niche product. We had zero luck attracting any type of media attention or press, so it all came down to us. I spent days just plugging out emails to everyone and anyone who might listen or be interested. In the end, a vast majority of our backers were first-time crowdfunders. That, in and of itself, made it worthwhile—the validation that they not only liked my product, but were willing to try out something completely new to them, like crowdfunding, to get their hands on one.

8. Did Indiegogo receive a percentage of the funding and/or offer campaign assistance? What made you select Indiegogo as a host for Qball?

Both Indiegogo and Kickstarter take a percentage of your earnings for their platform. In the end, we chose Indiegogo because they were the most hands on as far as feedback, tools they offered and advice for making my campaign successful.

Note: UHelp.com, the newest crowdfunding website, does not take any percentage.  The money you raise is the money you keep.

9. What advice would you give to businesses and nonprofits just starting out?

The best thing for me was to spend as much time as possible with my potential customers. They not only helped to validate the idea, but also gave me the encouragement to keep pushing through when challenges and obstacles arose. The excitement that they had about the product helped me to know that I was on the right path.

10. How can GrantWatch work together with PEEQ to make classrooms and workplaces even more interactive and fun?

Grants are such an integral and vital piece of education, especially for new and innovative products like the Qball. Schools don’t really have in their annual budgets a set-aside for throwable wireless microphones, so the ability to find grants that are available for schools and business to buy our product is invaluable.

Thank you, Shane, for this brilliant invention geared to bring learning techniques into the future. GrantWatch and UHelp wish you the best of luck in managing PEEQ and advancing education in the coming years.

Teachers: It is important to note that, when writing a grant, you apply for funds to improve (for instance) verbal communication skills, the study of a subject, conflict resolution techniques, etc. To apply for a grant to purchase a Qball, demonstrate that the equipment is necessary for a program or activity that will meet the objectives and goals of the funding source awarding the grant. You could also create a crowdfunding campaign for money to purchase the Qball.

Grants for Education Technology on GrantWatch.com

Grants to USA K-12 Teachers for Technology Supplies and Equipment to Enhance Student Learning

Grants of $500 and grants of $1,000 to USA K-12 teachers to purchase technology supplies and equipment for the classroom that will help students stay up-to-date with high-tech advances.

Deadline: 12/09/17 11:59 PM ET

Grants to Montana Public School Educators for School Supplies, Technology, and Innovative Materials

Grants of up to $500 to Montana public school educators for financial assistance to purchase classroom supplies, technology, or innovative materials that benefit children's education.

Deadline: 12/02/17 Receipt

Grants to Ohio PreK-12 Teachers and Administrators to Promote In-Depth Learning for Students

Grants of up to $3,000 to Ohio Pre-K through twelfth-grade teachers and administrators working in secular primary or secondary schools for programs that promote in-depth learning.

Deadline: 12/15/17

Grants to USA Teachers of Grades 6-12 to Engage Students in Math and Science

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants starting at $5,000 to USA six through twelfth-grade teachers of public and nonprofit private schools for fun and exciting classroom-based learning projects that aim to increase student achievement in math and science.

Deadline: 11/01/17

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is the Copy Editor for GrantWatch.com


Do Your Part to End Domestic Violence

October, my favorite month of the year, has finally arrived! Let’s break out the pumpkins, warm up with some hot chocolate and take in the new scenery. October is that time of the year when we celebrate everything fall has to offer, but it goes deeper than just jack-o’-lanterns and crunchy leaves.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and GrantWatch is joining the fight against cruelty with grants for domestic violence. We cannot forget the millions of men, women and children living a nightmare every single day. Created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1987, DVAM gives recognition to those affected by domestic violence, calling the world to unite against the brutality and to empower those tormented by it.  

The first Monday of October is the “Day of Unity,” from which DVAM originated. First held in October of 1981, the day “advocates across the country to connect and work as [a] team to end violence against women and children” (OSUSVC).  

If you’re wondering how to do your part, the National Network to End Domestic Violence put together a list of “31 Ways to Get Involved and Help End Domestic Violence.” The list includes adopting an affected family for the upcoming holidays, contacting your government representatives and school board members, hosting fundraisers and volunteering in domestic violence programs.  

This October, observe DVAM by celebrating domestic-violence survivors and connecting those who aim to end violence. GrantWatch strives to assist those who have joined the fight against domestic violence by updating its database with grants for domestic violence that provide services and programs to survivors.   

Find grants for domestic violence to create programs, provide living accommodations and enhance the quality of life for those affected by violence on GrantWatch.com.  

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Basic Needs, At-Risk Youth Education, and Domestic Violence Programs

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for financial assistance to provide children and families with basic provisions, including food, shelter, and physical fitness programs, to support those fleeing from domestic abuse, and to support education and training programs for at-risk children and youth. 

Deadline: 11/17/17

Grants to Oregon and California Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Prevent the Mistreatment of Children

Grants starting at $25,000 to Oregon and California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to mitigate and prevent the abuse of children and youth (ages 0-18).

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to Nonprofits for Education, Domestic Violence, Disabilities, Health, and Hunger Relief

Grants to nonprofit organizations for a broad range of humanitarian work. The funding source works to promote peace and goodwill in the local community of Mechanicsville, Virginia and throughout the world. 

Deadline: 10/31/17

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Nonprofits for Early Childcare and Interventions for At-Risk Children

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina nonprofit organizations to improve the welfare of young children. Programs may promote high-quality child care services or provide early interventions for children who are at-risk. 

Deadline: 12/15/17

Grants to Seattle, Washington Nonprofits to Benefit Poor Women and Youth, and Prevent Assault

Grants averaging between $5,000 and $10,000 to Seattle, Washington area nonprofit organizations for projects and services that improve the lives of at-risk youth and/or women living in poverty, and/or prevent domestic violence against women and children.

Deadline: 03/02/18 Received by Date

Grant to Western North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies to Reduce Violence Against Women

Grant to Western North Carolina nonprofits and governmental entities for collaborative programs that address violence against girls and women. Programs may take place in the Counties of Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

Deadline: 12/05/17 5:00 PM

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is the Copy Editor for GrantWatch.com.


Internships On Top Of Internships

As a GrantWatch intern, I am familiar with the benefits of internship programs. Internships are the gateway for any individual to expand their experiences and background in the field they wish to pursue. 

While GrantWatch hires college graduates, they afforded me the paid opportunity to learn about grants and grant writing, the nonprofit community and crowdfunding. As a recent high-school graduate, GrantWatch is my first professional job. Before, I had been a sales clerk and a babysitter. I am now providing extensive customer service, helping subscribers locate suitable grants and writing articles for GrantWatch.com and UHelp.com.

Outside of the GrantWatch office, though, I have a deep love for the fashion industry. In addition to participating in fashion-related activities, I routinely design clothes and construct wardrobe pieces.

Through networking with production companies, I was recently presented with the opportunity to be an intern during 2017 New York Fashion Week for designer Dennis Basso. The internship consisted of working hands-on during the planning process and assisting the facilitation of show day.

I was flourishing in my internship with GrantWatch, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thankfully, I didn’t have to relinquish my position with GrantWatch. The company gave me a one-week leave to pursue my passion.

With my honed interpersonal skills and professional ethic, I showed up to New York Fashion week with confidence and sophistication.

Following one of the most rewarding weeks of my life, I returned to my desk at GrantWatch to continue sharpening my professional skills for upcoming fashion opportunities.

GrantWatch could use a few more interns who are well versed in data entry, social media, SEO, crowdfunding and nonprofits with great writing skills. If you’re interested, send your resume to Support1@UHelp.com and call (888) 240-1494.

And just so you know, GrantWatch supports internships and career development with its a database exclusively for workforce grants. Find funding to create workforce-development programs, start internships and hone your skills at GrantWatch.com.

Grants to USA Native American Organizations for Organizational Support and Professional Development

Grants ranging from $600 to $10,000 to USA Native American-led grassroots organizations for project support and organizational support and assistance.

Deadline: 12/01/17 Postmarked

Fellowships to USA Women Entrepreneurs to Participate in a Business Guidance Program

Fellowships of $10,000 to USA women business owners to invest in and further grow their businesses. Each Fellow will be paired with a mentor provided by the funding source.

Deadline: 11/09/17 11:59 PM ET

Grants to USA Judges and Court Managers for Professional Development Courses

Grants of up to $1,000 to USA and territories court managers and full-time state court judges to take advantage of professional development opportunities. 

Deadline: 11/01/17 Postmarked or Received

About the Author: Lauren Thomas is a summer intern for UHelp and GrantWatch and an up-and-coming fashion designer.

Happy New Year From GrantWatch!

Happy New Year from Libby Hikind and the GrantWatch community, including UHelp.com, MWBEzone.com, GrantWriterTeam.com, GrantNews.press and GWI.education! For those who celebrate, start the year off fresh with new funding opportunities for your unique needs! 

I bless all of my associates and all of your children and your soon-to-be-born grandchildren and great grandchildren a great New Year with excellent health, love, respect, patience, safety, security and much happiness in whatever you try to accomplish. I bless you that you know when to hold on to your money, you know when and how to spend it and you know when and where to give it away.

Libby Hikind

Find all the grants and funding you need for your big New-Year plans on GrantWatch.com!

New-Year Grants

Grants and In-Kind Donations to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Technologies

Grants and In-kind donations starting at $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits for environmental education initiatives, access to clean water and energy, and developing sustainable technologies.

Deadline: 11/01/17 11:59 PM EST

Scholarships to USA High School Seniors to Develop Online Media Skills

Scholarships of $2,500 to USA high school students in their senior year to explore various disciplines related to blogging. This opportunity allows students to explore a passion while cultivating marketable skills, such as web development and professional writing. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Educational Institutions to Promote Japanese Language Learning

Grants of up to $5,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for projects that promote Japanese language learning at a national, state, or regional level. Preference is given to projects that benefit as many language programs, learners, and teachers as possible. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Innovative Social Change Initiatives through Leadership Building and Storytelling

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for innovative projects that will contribute to progressive and democratic social change. Funding areas include peace and national security, climate change, money in politics, and reproductive rights and justice. 

Deadline: Ongoing

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is the Copy Editor for GrantWatch.com

What You’re Missing in Your Grant Research

Congratulations on taking the first step in applying for a grant! Why do people find it frustrating to identify a current grant opportunity that meets the needs of their organization? Imagine walking into a store with the color, shape, design, length and accessories of a woman’s dress in mind. Are you going to find it, waiting just for you? Not likely.

Every funding source has a mission, a vision and unique eligibility criteria. The first step of searching for a grant is confirming you are not excluded from the application process. The next step is ensuring your general program matches the funding source’s priority.

Let’s say, hypothetically, your organization needs to fence and pave a parking lot to host major events, and a basketball team uses a local yard five blocks from your organization. While you may not find a capital grant to pave a parking lot, you may find a sports-and-recreation grant that supports basketball. Because you will only use the parking lot for occasional events, the basketball team will be able to use the paved lot as a court. This situation meets your needs as well as those of the funding organization.  

What typically makes grant research so strenuous?

  • Endless Google-search pages of dead-end funding websites

GrantWatch provides a clean, expansive database of grant and funding opportunities.

  • Limited access to funding

GrantWatch lists approximately 17,000 grants.

  • Pesky pre-selection requirements

GrantWatch purposely does not list grants with pre-selected eligibility. If you are preselected, you know.

  • Inexperience

GrantWatch is easy to use for beginners entering the world of grant funding.

But there is one problem with the grant-searching process that GrantWatch can’t solve: an organization that lacks focus. Let me explain:

Over the past few weeks, GrantWatch has received inquiries regarding users’ inability to find the ideal grant for their organization’s needs. We received countless calls asking us to locate a grant to write a curriculum, build an organic farm, renovate a house, conduct an experiment, produce a musical, etc.

While you may not find a grant that states “Grants to Write a Curriculum,” you will find “Grants to Educational Institutions to Implement Anti-Bullying Initiatives.”

Funding sources focus on specific needs and issues and they provide funding to organizations that present solutions to those problems. As a grant seeker, you must explain how your program will respond to their need(s).

The key is to ask yourself why the funding is needed. The answer is not simply “to build an organic farm.” Why are you building the farm? To enhance sustainable living? To benefit the community? To provide food to underserved populations? Look for grants that want what your farm will provide.

Read grant descriptions (RFPs) and ask yourself if your project will meet the funder’s mission or priorities. If so, start writing your application, explaining how your idea will accomplish the funder’s goals.

So, what exactly are you missing in your grant search? Goals. Once you recognize your end goal, you will identify grants that will fund those outcomes and funding sources that will welcome your initiative.

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantWatch.com.

Happy National Live Creative Day!

GrantWatch is celebrating National Live Creative Day by promoting grants that support struggling artists, new creative initiatives, imaginative culture and artistic programs/projects! What does it mean to “live creative”? We live creative when we stop sitting on our ideas and we step outside the box and make them happen!


I think to live creative is so much more. It’s having an idea and creating it overall—from start to finish, seamlessly in your head, then on paper and then to fruition without letting the naysayers stop your flow. Creativity for me is a whoosh that comes from above, whether it’s in a poem, an art work or in business. You have to stay quiet to listen.

—Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of GrantWatch


Some creative ideas blossom by being in the right place at the right time. For others, you need funding. From international theater collaborations to art shows that promote diversity, find the funding you need on GrantWatch.com.

While GrantWatch is known for aiding small businesses and nonprofits, we promote artistic initiatives, businesses and individuals. After all, a successful business starts with a creative mind. Breaking into the world of art is just as daunting (if not, more so) as entering the world of business.

GrantWatch supports all our creative thinkers, both in business and in art—and they aren’t mutually exclusive. Celebrate National Live Creative Day by expressing your own personal creativity and by helping ambitious artists fulfill their dreams and bring their work to life.

Arts Grants on GrantWatch.com

Grants to USA, Territories, and Canada Nonprofits to Bring Japanese Performing Arts to Audiences

Grants to USA, Territories, and Canada nonprofit organizations for efforts to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences through touring programs or artist collaborations. 

Deadline: 10/31/17 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Colleges and Universities for Performances of Musical Works

Grants to USA, Canada, and International colleges and universities for performances of music works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein. 

Deadline: 11/01/17

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations to Support Chamber Music Training for Amateur Musicians

Grants to USA, Canada, and International organizations for workshops that provide coaching and support for amateur musicians playing chamber music.

Deadline: 12/31/17 – Postmarked or Emailed by 5:00 PM EST

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantWatch.com.

What Makes GrantWatch Different From Other Online Grant-Search Databases?

GrantWatch is more than a database. We are an online search engine that offers grant listings for the United States, Canada and international countries. Unlike a static database (which recycles grant information and grantors), our search engine is a dynamic source that grows every day as we update and add new grant information for your research. Our researchers are constantly on the lookout for unique grants and newly published funding opportunities.

We offer a variety of funders from which you can receive grant money. We list federal, state and local government grant programs as well as both private and public foundation and corporate funding. We also provide special search tools to help you organize your research: My Grant Views, a feature that keeps track of every grant you open for future reference, and My Grants Calendar, a personal tracking system of deadline, LOI and conference dates where you can schedule your own deliverable and completion dates and track the status of completed, submitted and awarded grants on your own calendar.

GrantWatch also provides excellent customer service. Our grant specialists can be reached through chat or phone (9am to 6pm EST, Monday through Friday) to assist with your searches. We send search requests to our research team to locate funding not found in the current listings.

Every grant listed in our database has been verified as a legitimate grant program, and we do not list grantors that only give to “pre-selected organizations” or “do not accept unsolicited requests.”

Need a grant writer? We also offer a service to connect you to highly professional grant writers with multiple skills including research, budgets, crowdfunding, data analysis and successful grant applications.

Independent grant research through individual grantor websites and texts can take even longer than writing your grant proposal. Save time and money. Use the search engine that gets results: GrantWatch.com

About the Author: Dominique Matalon is a staff writer for GrantWatch.com.

Support Hurricane Harvey Victims with Grants for Disaster-Relief Funding on GrantWatch.com

GrantWatch, the ever-expanding digital database of current grant and funding opportunities for nonprofits, small businesses and individuals, is calling for immediate grants of support on behalf of Hurricane Harvey’s victims.

GrantWatch is encouraging all foundations & government agencies throughout the United States to use its portal to list a grant for nonprofits and small businesses. Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, suggests, “In keeping with your agency or organization’s mission and vision, please allot at least 10% of your grant funds for those nonprofits in the areas hit by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Send us an email to modify the geographic eligibility for grants already posted on our website or create a new disaster-relief grant.”

Although Texas and Louisiana are currently in the rescue period of Hurricane Harvey, the residents, schools, hospitals, shelters, small businesses, community centers, religious institutions, etc. will soon need grants in every category, which we currently list on GrantWatch, to recover and rebuild. A funding source (grantor) is the expert in its own funding category and has the proven roadmap of success from previously implemented programs. Who better to guide these nonprofits, whose offices and files have been destroyed and whose staff members have become new Hurricane Harvey refugees.

Post grants here: https://www.grantwatch.com/add-a-grant.php

The need is overwhelming for programmatic grant funds from immediate disaster relief to medical to mental health to preschools to homeless to housing to animal rescue—the list does not end.

“As part of GrantWatch’s commitment to the future rebuild and recovery,” GrantWatch Founder and CEO Libby Hikind says, “I have directed my staff to provide nonprofits located in the hard-hit Hurricane Harvey areas the ability to view the full details and descriptions of relevant grants without a paid subscription.”

Massive floods have left at least 40,000 residents without shelter and have caused evacuations from state-designated disaster areas. “There may be as many as half a million Texans who are eligible for financial support,” Vice President Pence told KKTX radio on Tuesday.

State officials expect to see 50 inches of rain accumulate by Monday evening. Continued flooding will cause further displacement of residents, and many shelters are already struggling to meet the needs of new refugees while minimizing risks associated with overcrowding. An estimated 9,000 displaced people are now at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, which has a capacity for 5,000.

Come together for those in need.

Reach out to the foundations and agencies in your state.

  1. What are they doing to help with the immediate need to bring clean water, food and medical supplies to those most severely affected by Hurricane Harvey?
  2. What programmatic grants do they offer that could have 10% set aside for the Hurricane Harvey landfall geographic areas, which will assist with the recovery and rebuild of Texas and Louisiana?
  3. When you find funding opportunities, be sure to share them on GrantWatch.com.

GrantWatch.com is uniquely poised to fully publicize Hurricane Harvey funding opportunities on Texas.GrantWatch.com and Louisiana.GrantWatch.com under the 50+ categories and concurrently with the category of disaster relief. For additional questions or concerns, email us at support@grantwatch.com or call us at (561) 249-4129.

Grants for Disaster Relief and Animal Rescue on GrantWatch.com

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Libraries, and Schools for Environment, Human Services, Disaster Relief, Education, Health, and Arts

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, public schools, and libraries to support a wide range of community and environmental causes. Funding is intended for, but not limited to the focus areas of education, human services, disaster relief, health, arts, and culture.

Deadline: 11/01/17

Indemnity Program for USA Livestock Producers to Mitigate Losses Due to Adverse Weather and Other Events

An indemnity program to USA livestock producers and owners to mitigate losses exceeding normal mortality due to adverse weather events, disease, and attacks by wild animals.

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Tribes for Disaster Relief and Assistance for Pets

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits, cities and counties, educational institutions, and tribal authorities for relief, recovery, and rescue efforts in the event of disasters that affect 20 pets or more. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Animal Welfare Nonprofits and Agencies to Save Animals in Disaster-Impacted Communities

Grants to USA nonprofit animal welfare organizations and government agencies for immediate emergency assistance to animals impacted by natural and other disasters.

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA State, Territory, and Tribal Governments to Improve Natural Hazard Mitigation

Grants to USA state, territory, and tribal governments to implement natural hazard mitigation strategies.

Deadline: 11/14/17 3:00 PM ET

Grants to USA and Canada Rescue Groups and Individuals to Assist with Medical Health Care Costs for Animals

Grants of up to $2,000 to USA and Canada animal shelters, rescue agencies, and individuals to assist with costs of urgent medical care for animals that are injured, abused, or neglected. 

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA State and Local Governments to Diminish Structure Damage from Flooding

Grants to USA and territories state, tribal and local governments for projects that help diminish or eliminate the risk of repetitive structure damage as a result of flooding. 

Deadline: 11/14/17 3:00 PM ET

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Pet Health Care and Programs to Keep Pets in Loving Homes

Grants to USA nonprofits for programs that provide solutions to families to prevent separation of pets and their families.

Deadline: 10/31/17 Receipt

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Libraries, and Schools for Environment, Human Services, Disaster Relief, Education, Health, and Arts

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, public schools, and libraries to support a wide range of community and environmental causes. 

Deadline: 11/01/17

About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantWatch

Health Benefits of Puppy Yoga

GrantWatch recently learned something new and exciting about the world of cute and cuddly: puppy yoga (though goat yoga was pretty adorable too). Puppy yoga is the cutest way to relax and gain some much-needed self-awareness.

What is puppy yoga and why is it so good for both physical and mental health? Imagine a typical yoga class (also known as Vinyasa) where puppies roam the room and assist with poses. In some cases, shelter dogs and/or outside dogs are integrated into the class to encourage pet adoption, adding a little more cuteness to the session. Regarding dog adoption, there’s more good news to share.

We already know yoga is good for the brain, the body and even the soul. Here’s some even better news: you can also achieve tension by adopting one of those adorable little pups. Time Magazine published an article in which they cite a 2015 Harris Poll that highlights the physical health benefits of having a dog in your life:

“95% of owners think of their animal as a member of the family. About half buy them birthday presents. And it's a two-way street. People who have pets tend to have lower blood pressure, heart rate and heart-disease risk than those who don't. Those health boons may come from the extra exercise that playing and walking require, and the stress relief of having a steady best friend on hand.”

As for the mental health benefits, Time identifies pet therapy as a widespread addition to traditional medicine in hospitals, especially children's hospitals (most of which have some type of animal program). Time Magazine claims, “Animals of many types can help calm stress, fear and anxiety in young children, the elderly and everyone in between.”
GrantWatch cares about the health of our subscribers and their families. That’s why we proudly display grants to help with Mental Health and Animal Rescue in our database.

Mental Health Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Researchers for Social, Behavioral, Psychological, and Public Health Studies

Grants of up to $20,000 to USA and Canada faculty members at institutions of higher education, individuals affiliated with human service organizations, and post-doctoral students for research that seeks solutions to a range of social issues.

Deadline: 11/01/17 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Academic and Biotechnology Investigators for New Alzheimer's Drug Research

Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers working in academic and medical research institutions and biotechnology companies to increase the number of innovative drugs tested on humans at the critical proof of concept stage for Alzheimer’s disease. LOIs must be submitted by November 17, 2017. 

Deadline: 12/08/17 11:59 PM EST

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Pet Health Care and Programs to Keep Pets in Loving Homes

Grants to USA nonprofits for programs that provide solutions to families to prevent separation of pets and their families.

Deadline: 10/31/17 Receipt

Grants to USA and Canada PreK-9 Teachers for New Classroom Pets or Current Pet Maintenance

Grants of up to $125 and in-kind grants of pet store discounts to USA and Canada preK-9 public and private school teachers to purchase classroom pets, or to help cover the costs of current pet maintenance.

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Veterinary Services and Animal Welfare

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies for veterinary care services, flea and tick medications, and animal welfare in areas that have experienced natural or other disasters. 

Deadline: Ongoing

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for GrantWatch.



My Grant Views Page – Created Just for You

GrantWatch just created a page you can only see when logged in: My Grant Views. This new page  allows you to see a list of all the grants you viewed with the most recent grant first. Your research will now be saved in a clear, sortable, easy-to-view list with deadlines as well as conference and LOI dates.

A red star tells you if a conference attendance or LOI submission is mandatory for the grant application. To our knowledge, if there is no red star and the conference/LOI date has passed, you can still apply for the grant. (Do not take our word for it, as funding sources have the prerogative of changing their minds.)

You can click the Grant ID# anytime and access the complete grant detail page, where a paid subscriber can obtain the eligibility information, contact instructions and funding source URL to review and apply for the grant. Of course, a Memberplus+ paid subscriber sees a lot more information on the My Grant Views page than a nonpaid member. Nevertheless, anyone logged in can see their very own research list.

But don't fret! Even if you haven't yet paid for a subscription, you are still building a grant list. When you fully subscribe, all the information will be available.  

The My Grant Views page is the pre-cursor to the My Grants Calendar page. Soon, you will be able to click an "add to calendar" button and start building your very own funding calendar, complete with a notes section for each grant.  

We listen very carefully to all our subscribers’ comments and needs. GrantWatch was built by grant writers for grant writers and grant seekers. 

Please keep those comments and calls coming. Our mission is to do our very best for the grant-seeking community. 

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the Founder and CEO of GrantWatch.