Maybe you’ve been raising funds for your kids school, cancer research programs, or other good causes for quite some time, but now you find that you need some financial help yourself. Maybe you’ve lost your job or had your hours cut back. Now what?

The only thing that can help long term of course is a steady stream of income from a job, or you own business. But, is there something you can do short term to tide you over the worst?

Personal Bridge Grant

Dr. Keith P. Taylor, President and founder of has recently announced a new type of grant…


“…that can’t come soon enough for people who’ve recently lost their jobs.

In light of the current economic crisis and the ever-increasing number of layoffs every month, we’ve just launched an exciting new “Bridge Grant.” With it, we’re inviting newly unemployed people to apply for short-term financial assistance as a way to ensure that they survive those very precarious first 90 days of joblessness.” is known for issuing small grants to people who find themselves in financial hardship through no fault of their own. The Bridge Grant is an extension of that, hoping to offset the hardships of sudden income loss. To see if you’re eligible, read more about it here.

Grant for your non-profit

Maybe you’re running a non-profit and the economic downturn has caused you to lose supporters and donations; can help here as well, with their Non-Profit Grant. Get more information on the Non-profit grant and all other grant types and eligibility requirements.

Do you have any suggestions on how to raise funds for yourself? Do you know of any internet resources, or resources in your area, that might help others who find themselves in the same predicament? Please let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. my daughter is going on a trip next summer to Washington D.C. / New York . This trip is with her fellow Students at her school and was organized by a teacher there. But it is parent pay threw a travel club. The teacher said we can do our own fund raising but it must be 100% parent organized. I’ve taken the lead on this project. The response was greater than i expected. 20 parents and everyone’s wheels are turning. plus we have a entire year to raise money. how to we fit in with the tax laws in California. since we are not threw the school and money earned gets split among our children directly deposited into each of their account at the travel company? but this is a educational trip and the children going are all G.A.T.E. or benchmark students

  2. Thanks for the information and support, I’m learning alot here. Its nice to know people care sometimes.

  3. I have a question. Can I legally fundraise for myself and my family? I’ve been out of work for 5 months now and don’t qualify for a Grant.

    1. You may qualify for a Back-to-Work Grant through The maximum grant available under this program is either $1,000.00 or an amount equal to the amount of your monthly rental or mortgage payment, whichever is greater. There are larger grants available, if you live in the Los Angeles area.

      Fundraising laws vary from state to state; if you’re considering raising funds for yourself, find out more information about your state’s laws. You could also set up a personal fundraising page through a site like Fundable. We hope everything works out for you Trish.

      (Update: has been discontinued.)

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