As the saying goes, “money doesn't grow on trees” and for non-profit groups, it seems like there's never enough to go around.
That's why many people try to get grants, but that process can seem difficult and overwhelming, but it's one woman's job to help people get grants and she does it for free. There is one unique service that's available to anyone who wants to put in the work.
You know the phrase “show me the money.” Well, Kanawha Public Library’s Olivia Bravo tries to do exactly that for non profit groups.
“It's overwhelming. They have an idea but they don't know where to start,” Bravo said.
With the help of the Foundation Center, folks with King's Valley Ministries are hoping to track down big money to help foster kids.
“It is in the millions and it gets overwhelming when you think about how many millions you need,” King’s Valley Ministries’ Barbara Matthey said.
“To be able to go to a facility like this with able assistance from individuals in the library who know how to use the system is absolutely indispensable,” King's Valley Ministries’ Scott Johnson said.
So they'll take small steps, work hard and give it their best shot.
“Oh it never hurts to apply. The worst they can say is no, laughs. Then you just go on to something else,” Bravo said.
The Kanawha Public Library doesn't cost anything to take out books or to use computers and it also doesn't cost anything to use their free service to try and track down grant money.
“This is opening up a whole new world for us so it's very exciting,” Matthey said.
“One thing my parents always taught is the one thing you should be able to do is say I left the world a better place when I left then when I came in,” Johnson said.
That's exactly what Bravo is doing by helping all these groups find available money. The Kanawha Public Library is the only one of four places in the state the Foundation Center is available.
If you'd like to find out more information, just call the Kanawha Public Library at 343-4646 or you can just stop by their reference desk and speak with Olivia Bravo.