Local Grant Writing Company is Unresponsive to Customer Disputes
BBB has issued an F rating to National Growth Funding Inc. (NGF) for failure to respond to customer disputes. As a result, the company’s BBB Accreditation was revoked for failure to uphold at least a B rating and meet the BBB Standards of Accreditation.
The San Antonio-based company offers business consulting, grant writing and grant finding services to organizations nationwide. Despite receiving hundreds or thousands of dollars in upfront fees, reports to BBB allege that NGF never delivered on promises that they would secure substantial grants and funding from the government for their customers. Other complaints received by BBB indicate poor workmanship and that NGF has not answered requests for refunds or contract negotiations.
BBB currently reports receiving eight complaints against NGF in the past year, five of which remain unanswered. On June 16, 2010, BBB contacted NGF to discuss concerns that the disputes were beginning to form a pattern. The company has not yet responded. For more details, visit the company's BBB Business Review here.
Before paying money for assistance in earning government grants, BBB offers the following advice:
Start with trust. Always check out a company’s BBB Business Review before giving out any bank account or credit card information. Reports are available for free at www.bbb.org.
Be skeptical. Generally speaking, obtaining a grant is a complicated process, requiring documentation and research. The vast majority of grant-making foundations require that applicants meet very specific guidelines and that the funds be used for specific projects supported by the foundation. Be wary of any company promising a quick, easy or guaranteed result.
Check free sources first. There is no reason to pay for software or guides when applying for government grants. Free information is available on federal government websites including grants.gov, govbenefits.gov and sba.gov.
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