Grantwriting expertise to help your organization meet its goals.
Reflecting on the grants I have obtained for my clients, what is most important to me is not the dollar amounts of particular grants - nor even the total amount I have raised. Rather, the impact of those dollars on the community is what is important to me. Through my work, I'm proud to have had a part in bringing about positive change in many communities. Some examples of this include:
- Implementation of proven youth development approaches for teen pregnancy prevention across a five state area with support from the federal Office of Adolescent Health;
- Organizing a multi-year, multi-agency statewide tobacco prevention campaign from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
- Creating an integrated program offering housing subsidies, education and intensive employment services for 1,400 low income families in King County;
- Establishing nine Community Technology Centers to bring computer access and training to low income Seattle neighborhoods;
- Creating comprehensive countywide youth substance abuse strategies in both Wahkiakum and Thurston Counties.
- Building a community center serving youth, families and elders in the Eritrean community in Seattle.
- Using technical assistance systems to increase the effectiveness of youth serving agencies in Thurston County.
Key elements in the grant consulting process
I'm often asked what the grant consulting process includes. This varies from client to client, but typically involves most of these elements:
- Research to identify funding sources that are a good fit for the work the agency is doing or wants to do in the community.
- Working with the agency to identify the specific projects for which they need support.
- Crafting the best case or "pitch" for the project - this is the story that will help the funder understand why their support is important.
- Meeting with agency staff, and often observing agency programs, so that I can bring them to life in the grant application and really communicate the scope and importance of the work.
- Drafting each section and form required for the grant, and working with agency staff to make sure I've told their story as they want it to be told.
- Handling the detail of submission - whether electronic or by mail - so that proposals are received by the funder complete, on time and in compliance with all requirements.
- Celebrating when we get funded!