Apply for a Grant
At least in some cases it is possible to apply for grants online to seek to raise money for nonprofits. If you do so, you will receive an answer to your application much faster than if you mail your grant in.
Not all grantmakers accept Internet applications, but several do. As one example, Bell Atlantic says it will send an e-mail within 48 hours of an application being submitted, advising the charity if its application is under review or has been rejected. If it is under review, a final answer will be given within 2-20 days. The decision for a paper application takes 14-16 weeks.
DaimlerChrysler and Hewlett Packard accept online grant applications. Hewlett Packard only requires online applications for higher education grants and only from preapproved applicants who have the necessary online capabilities.
Representatives of companies that do accept online grant applications say they accept such applications because they allow applications to be rejected quickly if enough information is not provided, allow the tax exempt status of the nonprofit to be verified on the IRS website quickly, provide a system that eliminates typographical errors, protect passwords, and allow nonprofits to be notified immediately when their application is received.
It is also possible to submit grant applications to the Federal Government at grants.gov.