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Grant Writing & Research

Why settle for a mediocre ask when you can submit a winning proposal? Whether you are a novice or seasoned grant writer, our team can help you master the grant-writing process.

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The Struggle of Time Vs. Money

 

Grant Writing and Research take time. Ideally you would have time every day to work on donor relations, special events, reports, and spending quality time in your programs or projects. Then you would still need time for writing grants and researching new funding opportunities. Unfortunately, the truth is you are putting out fires, dealing with the unplanned and unpredictable events that come up in your nonprofit world and rarely getting your to-do list completely checked off. Even with the best intentions and well laid out plans, you don’t usually get to everything. That’s why we offer Grant Writing and Research Support services.

When it comes to grant writing and research, I often hear it doesn’t get priority over other responsibilities in a development department or small shop that wears many hats. Coming from many small offices over the years, I understand that concept all too well.

I’ve known Mandy for about a year. I’ve attended many of her classes and am a part of her Writer’s Block group. I have to say that I must have been paying attention or I like the simplicity in which Mandy explains processes. Over the past year I’ve written 17 grants, 6 that were new and received a total of $374,000. I attribute that to the great training and grant reviewing from Mandy.

Lori Anderson

Executive Director, Mission House Inc.

I must admit, I am burnt out. I am under a lot of pressure to raise funds for our organization. I write a lot of grants. When I saw the name of the “Writer’s Block” group, I thought, “I can relate.” It’s been a pleasure to have a fresh pair of eyes to review my proposals. I am working with Marie to craft a template for a capital campaign to purchase a building. When she said she would write it, I wanted to hug her.

J. Allard

Retired Executive Director, Saint Seton's Orphaned Animals

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We’re all busy.

We’re all trying to make big changes in our organizations.
We don’t have time to go hunting down the Google rabbit-hole looking for information that goes beyond “The Top 10 Tips for Grant Writing.”

At Funding For Good, we have over 40 years of combined experience helping organizations train, grow, and build sustainable funding models.

Amanda Pearce and Funding for Good really made the difference in our grant making acumen and strategy. With her guidance, Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest was able to secure a $99,988 grant award from Duke Energy. She gets results and makes tremendous impact, I strongly recommend her company.

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Corporate Director, Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest

Grant Services Available

Monthly Document Reviews

Messaging is critical to building a fully-funded organization.
Your mission has to be stellar and your vision amazing in order to captivate the community and potential donors.

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Grant Research Package

If you are interested in finding dollars to help support your nonprofit this month, you can sign up today. Research turnaround time is 2-3 weeks and typically results in 10-12 great prospects per Grant Research Session.

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Program Design

A well-executed program design is the most important component of a competitive grant proposal. Our experts walk you through the program design process from A-Z to ensure you have addressed key questions, budgeting, and program impact goals. Not only will a well-designed program help raise dollars more easily, but will help you build a resource to leverage diverse community partnerships and enhance capacity building opportunities and community impact.

Project design services will involve completion of a needs assessment, a one-page program/project abstract, and comprehensive program/project description that will guide messaging, marketing and fundraising for your cause. This not template creation, but is an essential first step to the template creation process.

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Template Creation

Save time and money by working with the pros at Funding For Good to craft a grant template customized to your program, project or organization. Templates will ensure that you are prepared to submit quality proposals. The basic elements of most grant applications are incorporated into each final product.

This service is perfect for organizations who would like to hire a professional grant writer but want to avoid the hefty fees associated with individual grants. Not only do we walk you through the process so you gain valuable skills in grant writing, but you also walk away with a product that you can use for numerous submissions. This is not project design, rather a word-smithed final product to be used for competitive proposals once a completed project design has been established.

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Grant Research

Let us simplify your life.

When it comes to grant writing and research, I often hear that it doesn’t get priority over other responsibilities in a development department or small shop that wears many hats. Coming from many small offices over the years, I understand that concept all too well. This is why we offer grant research for nonprofits.

Imagine sitting down with a thumb drive full of potential donors and simply having to contact them, begin building relationships and putting together LOIs and applications.

As a very small nonprofit with big dreams, the Grant Research Package from Funding For Good was a godsend. The FFG team listened to my needs and goals and the list of targeted grant opportunities was more than I could have asked for. The professional coaching during the review of materials was also invaluable with hints of approaches under certain situations that definitely provided a confidence that I have already experienced. The information is concise and up to date. It helped me even writing the different aspects of the grants. Thank you!!

Mack Bailey
Founder and Executive Director, Music Therapy of the Rockies

Not Sure What You Need?

While a consultation with your local dentist might not be at the top of your list…we can promise that a consultation with Funding for Good is a painless and productive experience! Our pros make the most of every minute and work with your team to evaluate your organization’s needs, explore opportunities, and outline the ways that Funding for Good can help you achieve goals!

Our most recent Grant-related blog posts:

Rejected: What to Do if Your Grant Proposal is Denied

Rejected: What to Do if Your Grant Proposal is Denied

No one likes it when their grant proposal is denied. If your organization just received a grant denial letter, you might be wondering, “What next?” Rather than toss the bad news into the trash and move on to the next proposal, it is essential to complete due diligence...

Grants in Action: What to Do After the Award Notification

Grants in Action: What to Do After the Award Notification

You researched, you wrote, and you submitted a stellar grant proposal. After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, you received an award notification stating, “Congratulations! Your proposal was selected for a grant award.” After the initial excitement of an award...

How to Communicate with Foundations: Clarifying Questions

How to Communicate with Foundations: Clarifying Questions

Are you researching foundation prospects for a program, project, or organization? Have you discovered questions that you can’t find an answer to on the foundation website, 990-PF, or another research platform? These are typically the questions that make for great calls to program officers and really help clarify if your organization is a good fit for their current priorities or upcoming grant cycle.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a grant prospect “well-matched”?
Aligning your needs with what prospects want to support makes a prospect well-matched. We use a variety of factors to identify these prospects from geographic focus, financial range of giving, history of giving, subject areas (education, medical, housing, etc.) and grant type (gen. ops, capital, equipment, program, etc.)
What is the turnaround time to receive my final grant research results in-hand?
Depending on current workload, our typical turnaround time to complete a research project for a client is 2-3 weeks. During our initial contact after reviewing the research questionnaire, our team will share our estimated completion date. After the review is complete we will schedule a one-on-one session with the client to review each prospect in detail.
Does Funding for Good guarantee their 8-12 “well-match” prospects will award my nonprofit a grant if I apply?
“Well-matched” prospects are based on available foundation/donor information, history of past giving, current website information and how those known factors (geography, subject are, funding strategy, priorities, etc.) align with the nonprofit organization’s mission and needs. Even if all that lines up perfectly, the donor makes the final decision on who is and is not awarded a grant. While funding cannot be guaranteed, you will receive the highest quality research to identify well-matched prospects for your individual/current needs.
How will I receive information on each prospect in my research results?
Results are sent in individual PDFs for each foundation with detailed information, notes, contact information, important dates and comments regarding each foundation’s guidelines and grant process. You will also receive an editable word document that will house all information for each prospect in a single resource that you can update, share with your team, and use as a quick reference guide to create your timeline and keep notes. Each of these items will be emailed to you prior to our review call.
If I am conducting a capital campaign, why do I need to reach out to Funding For Good before booking research?
Capital Campaigns are larger dollar items than most typical programs and projects. When a capital campaign is in the millions of dollars, it is most beneficial to have 2-rounds of grant research to find the most ideal prospects as possible. We discuss this, creating a timeline for capital projects, discuss the pros and cons of finding a comprehensive list of potential foundation donors at the onset and how leveraging dollars as you go can increase odds of success.