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It is a wonderful idea to want to create a non-profit TV production studio to the public. I believe that giving of yourself to help others is a way to lead a fulfilled life. If you are just doing something ONLY for the money that will get old and boring after awhile once the money starts coming in. So congratulations on wanting to help others. Now let's see if I can help you.
The following are the major sources of information for finding grants from non-profit organizations. Their databases contain information on most of the non-government grant sources.
The Foundation Center79 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10003212-620-4230www.fdncenter.org They have a database of over 75,000 non-profit organizations that give out grants. This database is accessible on the web for a fee or you can go into one of the Foundation Center libraries around the country and use their database for free. They also publish directories of foundations that give out grant money. You can call their office and they will tell you what libraries in your area have these directories for you to look at for free.
The Foundation Center also gives short courses on topics like "How to Search for Grant Money" or "How to Write a Grant". Don't pay thousands of dollars for courses on these subjects when you can get it from one of the best for a very reasonable price.
Guidestar4801 Courthouse StreetSuite 220Williamsburg, VA 23188757-229-4631 www.guidestar.org They have a similar database as The Foundation Center, but do not offer training and classes on other aspects of grantsmanship. Their database seems to have much more information in it about any given foundation. The best part is that you can use the database that will only show partial information on the records, but it is good enough for many applications.
Again, I can't tell you what a good heart you have to think of starting a non-profit to help others. It seems to be that it takes hard work to do anything in life. So you might as well struggle trying to start something that helps others. I think that the reason we are here in the world is to help others. So if you can figure out how to help others and get paid for it at the same time, it becomes wonderful existence. You will be less frustrated later in life when you reflect on what you done...
I hope you take my sources and start pursuing each and every one of them. If a source does not pan out make sure that you ask that source where they might suggest going to get the help you need. It will be like asking more experts like me for advice, but they will give it to you for free.
Have fun with the process of exploring new worlds of information, building new contacts and eventually winding up where you always dreamed of.
Good luck to you and your passion for helping others.