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From humble beginnings in New York, learn about the woman behind GrantWatch.com leading the way.

Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com.

Libby Hikind, a national grants expert, established a grant writing agency in 1994. From 1999 to 2001, Libby created NYCGrantwatch, a grant newsletter publication for nonprofit organizations. Libby is credited for over 46,000 children receiving health insurance, as a result of her coalition building of nonprofits and writing the first Staten Island Child Health Plus proposal.

 

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

 

Libby is well known for her successful primary election campaign for New York’s City Council (2001) for which she received The New York Times endorsement. Following September 11th, Libby volunteered at Ground Zero where she gained recognition as a FEMA Project Liberty Team leader.

 

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

 

Currently, each month, approximately 200,000 people visit Grantwatch.com. Visitors to the site cover the broad spectrum of grant recipients including; hospitals, universities, schools, community-based groups, municipalities, 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.

• GrantWriterTeam.com: 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.

• GrantsNews.com: This website offers late-breaking grant and fundraising news.

 Libby Hikind in the Press:

 

New York City Campaign Finance Board 

New York Times - Special Election Will Decide 3 City Council Seats

WomLead Magazine - Grants Could be Saving Grace for Businesses

The Jam - with special guest Libby Hikind

Enterprise Radio - Why Small Businesses and Nonprofits Should Seek Grants During a Pandemic

SupplyChain Management Review - Grants Help More Than Nonprofits

• The Round Table Talk Show - with special guest Libby Hikind

The Culture News - Interview with host David Serero
A Modern Nonprofit - How to Find Grants 

CBS News - Helping Teachers Get Money for School Supplies

The Grant Guru - Can Florida Survive Another Shutdown?

EeDesignIt - How Manufacturers Can Benefit from (And Receive) Grant Money

Eight Frugal Minutes - Grants 101: Libby Hikind of GrantWatch.com Shares How You Can Find Money with Grants

 

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marieskyheysandypr@gmail.com or (954) 554-7084

Awarded Grant History:

  • Alternative Family Education, Drug-Free Schools $380,028
  • Alzheimer's Care Program, Haym Solomon $8,500
  • Alzheimer's Respite Care & Training Program $30,000
  • Community Youth Development Grant $60,000
  • Drug-Free Schools and Communities $200,000
  • Drug-Free Schools Federal Activities Grant $351,756
  • EDWAA Retraining Program, Dept of Employment $640,000
  • English Literacy, Title VII $172,657
  • Family Systems Theory, Drug-Free Schools $293,771
  • Fleet Bank Improved School Spaces $2,000
  • Fund for Innovation, NYS $50,000
  • Gruss Foundation Planning Grant $6,000
  • HHS Youth Gang Drug Prevention $150,000
  • HHS Youth Gang Drug Prevention Program $210,000
  • Holocaust Books for Public School Libraries $30,000
  • Increasing Access to Care, United Hospital Fund $80,000
  • ISS LEP (10) Summer School Grants, NYS LEP (9) School Year Grants, NYS $152,000
  • JTPA Title II Training Program, Dept of Employment $800,000
  • Multicultural Education, NYC $30,000
  • New York City Parent Centers, NYS Ed Department $300,000
  • Nonprofit Security Grant Program: UASI-NSGP (each) $75,000
  • NYC Home Health AidesPendingNYS Primary Care Initiative $250,000
  • Parenting Education Program, NYS $68,000
  • Staten Island Foundation Children's Literacy Project $25,000
  • Staten Island's Child Health Plus, NYS DOH $700,000
  • Targeted Primary Prevention Demonstration, OSAP $139,660
  • Targeted Primary Prevention, OSAP $144,122
  • Title VII Family English Literacy $172,657
  • Title VII Special Populations $180,000
  • Title VII Transitional Programs $148,681
  • Urban Areas Security Initiative (3 grants funded) $800,000

Contracts Awarded:

  • NYS Early Intervention Program Services
  • Translation and Interpretation Services
  • SEIS Special Education Itinerant Services
  • Article 28, Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Curriculum Written:

  • Global Education Preschool Curriculum (GEPC)
  • The Gilder-Lehman Institute, NYC Birth of a Nation (Grade 4)
  • Balanced Literacy Reader's & Writer's Workshop Project (Grades 2 & 3)
  • America's Choice Literacy Project