DEAR ANDREA: We want ATU to come teach our staff how to better treat our patients in the water. However, you aren't free. What gives?!? Since training dollars are tight, do you know of any grant sources we can pursue who might assist us?
Querulous in Albuquerque
DEAR QUERULOUS: Thanks for your interest in ATU! Sorry about our need for dollars but we have expensive help! That said, I have a number of places we can point you:
Local Service. The first place you approach is your local service organizations -- Kiwanis, Rotary, Key Club, Lions, whatever you have in your town. Start asking your staff and families if anyone belongs to any of them. A personal connection goes a long ways. These organizations typically do fund raisers at least once a year (often around Christmas) and non-profits are often the beneficiaries. You may have to do a presentation (which is good for business anyway), but tell them about your practice and why you need aquatic training and what will happen once you get it. Service organizations routinely come up with $3000-5000. Start here. It's the easiest and they are often open to educating staff with their money.
State Foundation Grants - General. You will have to look through them yourself to see which offer money for educating or training of therapists (as opposed to educating the children). In general, the more local the charity, the smaller the charity, the greater the personal connection, the more likely you are to receive help. Here are some options specific to New Mexico:
Foundations which have given to aquatic projects before. We have compiled a list of successful grants related to aquatics. If you would like to get this list, please contact us via our inquiry form. We are adding to this list monthly.