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Is hiring a grant writer worth the investment?

9 Oct

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

So you have a project planned. A project that could reach and help a lot of people. But where is the money coming from to execute said project? A grant, of course. There’s not always a budget for that “great idea.” But if you’ve never written a grant, the process can seem daunting, not to mention time consuming. You have to decide if you can commit to the process or if it might be more to your benefit to hire out. There are a lot of questions to ask, but one that always comes up is:

Is it worth the investment?

My answer is yes. I know what you’re thinking: of course your answer is yes. You’re a grant writer and that helps the bottom line. Well, ok sure. But I’m also in business because I love nonprofits. (Check out my “About” page for evidence.)

Grants can be an amazing way for nonprofits to get funding. If fundraising isn’t meeting all your needs, maybe it’s time to try changing strategies. The cost of hiring a grant writer is only a very small percentage of the funding you could earn for your VIP — very important project.

Maybe I can help you. Here’s how I do it:

1. We’ll set up a meeting with all relevant stakeholders (i.e. Board of Directors, department staff, etc.) to come up with the ultimate goal. It will need to be specific in order to determine the right grant opportunities for your project. We’ll discuss budget, strategy and all other details.

2. After establishing your goal, I’ll conduct research into available funding opportunities. I’ll compile a list of those matching your needs and contact each association individually to discuss the exact details of their offering. I’ll introduce your organization so that you’re top of mind.

3. Next comes the actual proposal writing. Based on my interview with the organization and the funding requirements, I will craft a proposal that meets these requirements for the best chance of being awarded.

4. Once I’ve written the proposal and put all the pieces together, I will schedule a meeting with all relevant staff to get final approval. Once received, I will submit the proposal. I will be available for questions and grant-fulfillment coaching during the waiting time.

5. And once you’ve been awarded your grant, I will be there to walk you through the fulfillment, follow up and subsequent publicity.

Contact me for more details and financial commitment. I make your VIP my VIP. Your project is the only one that I take on at a time to ensure that you get the best chance at getting awarded.

I look forward to talking with you.

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Grant Writing Resources

29 Sep

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Grants are offered for all types of purposes and to all kinds of organizations. They are a rich resource for funding projects to perpetuate and enhance your mission. If you have an important project planned but aren’t sure that your budget will cover it, consider applying for a grant. Here are some tips to follow. (Note: This is in no way a complete list, but simply a summary of my experience in the world of grant writing.)

Getting Started

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start. They will help narrow your focus and make searching for a qualified grant much easier.
1. What is my main goal for writing this grant narrative? What am I hoping to accomplish if I get funded?
2. What is my timeline? (You will need to specify in the narrative. And some grants are only open on a once-per-year basis so you need to watching constantly for opportunities.)
3. What philanthropic organizations award grants for similar purposes?

Based on your answers to these questions, you can begin looking for grant opportunities that fit your needs. There are thousands of philanthropic organizations that are just waiting to fund a good cause.

The Search: Where Do I Begin?
The search alone can be daunting, especially if you haven’t set a clear goal. However, you are likely to find opportunities easily by entering keywords into your search engine. If you have a broad search, Grants.gov is also a great place to start. Or you can narrow your search to a specific organization in your field. For example, the NIH offers grants for medical research. The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants for all art media. The Pepsi Co. and Target are also generous grant funders for child-related programs. Check out community foundations where your institution is based or where you have programs and constituents. The amounts might not be as high, but the opportunities are great.

Tips on How to Get Funded
– Be confident in your mission and your project, and therefore, write with conviction. The more you believe in what you are proposing, the more that will show in your writing.
– Be able to give hard evidence and facts to back up your proposal. Review boards need to know that what they are considering has potential. Prove it by providing performance metrics, historical data, etc.
– Make sure you can track — and therefore, do track — the results and progress of your venture because, in all likelihood, you will be asked to present a final report to your funder when the grant period has ended.
– Another good tip is to get involved with the organizations that are potential funders. Go to their open houses, speaking engagements, etc. Arrange to meet the Executive Director. Bottom line: build a relationship!! and they’ll remember you when you go to submit an application.

Grant writing really is a rewarding process (especially when you get the award notice!) and I hope that you enjoy it. And if you don’t get funded for one grant, make the necessary modifications to your narrative and submit it again to another organization. Best of luck! Please let me know how I can support your efforts.

If you still need help or you don’t have the staff time to research and write the grant narrative, that’s ok because I offer a grant-writing service to ease that burden. Contact me for more details.

~Laura~

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