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Why Small Businesses and Nonprofits Should Seek Grants During a Pandemic

Posted: September 1, 2020 at 8:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Libby Hikind, the Founder, President and CEO of, an on-line resource for grants for nonprofits, government agencies, small businesses and individuals joins Enterprise Radio. GrantWatch is now the number one grants website in the funding industry.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Libby Hikind discuss the following:

  1. What is, why did you start it & who can benefit the most from Grantwatch?
  2. What sets apart from the many other websites that offer the same information?
  3. How specific are the categories on grantwatch?
  4. Where do the grants come from and do they have to be paid back?
  5. How is a grant different from a government loan?
  6. What is the range of monetary grants on the website for small businesses and nonprofits?
  7. Does grant watch have a staff to help a company or individual who doesn’t understand the logistics of applying for a grant?
  8. What are some of the tips and tricks to applying for grants through Grantwatch?

Libby Hikind, national grants expert, began her career as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education, where she taught for nearly 30 years.  During her teaching career, Libby wrote a number of grants for her classroom and later went on to raise 11 million dollars for a Brooklyn school district.

While teaching in Staten Island, Libby continued to raise funds for the local elementary school and the community.  This led her to establishing her own grant writing agency in 1994, and the 1999 to 2001 publication of NYC GrantWatch, a grants fax newsletter for nonprofit organizations. Libby is credited with more than 46,000 children receiving health insurance as a result of her coalition building of nonprofits and her writing of the first Staten Island Child Health Plus proposal.

In 2010, after retiring from her teaching career Libby launched, the on-line resource for grants for nonprofits, government agencies, small businesses and individuals.  GrantWatch is now the number one grants website in the funding industry.

Libby is well known for her successful primary election campaign for New York’s City Council (2001) and The New York Times endorsement.  After volunteering at Ground Zero, she gained recognition as a FEMA Project Liberty Team leader (following 9/11).

Each month, approximately 80,000 people visit Visitors to the site cover the broad spectrum of grant recipients, including hospitals, universities, schools, community based groups, neighborhood nonprofits and small businesses. 

Libby continues to move forward with her online plans for updating, re-designing and launching grants related websites for virtually every niche in the industry.

  • Libby’s second website, launched in 2013, matches grant seekers with highly skilled grant writers. In its first year of operation, more than 130 partnerships have been formed between grant seekers and grant writers.
  • This site will synergize crowdfunding with grant writing. The site will enable grant funds to be raised via the internet.
  • This online training site will teach executive directors of non-profits, small business owners and skilled writers how to write grants.
  • This website will offer late-breaking grant and fundraising news.

Libby Hikind is a Bachelor of Arts elementary education graduate, Libby went on to earn her Masters of Science from Adelphi University in special education, in addition to completing an Advanced Degree Certification in Educational Administration & Supervision from Brooklyn College.

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