servicesOur Services

Whether you have limited grants experience or a substantial track record, our team can help you grow your grants program. We provide an objective point of view, with a shared goal of strengthening your grants program and fully funding your organization and its projects and programs.

Winning grants is ⅓ organizational/program readiness + ⅓ research + ⅓ proposal preparation/submission/reporting. We are available to help in any stage of the process. Here is an overview of grantwinners.

  • Getting to know you

    Through face-to-face meetings, email questions, and document review, we learn about your organization’s culture. We identify strengths and weaknesses in your grants program, and in your overall grants readiness. We make recommendations about changes you might make or actions to take to improve your success winning grants.

  • Identifying your goals

    Do you have staff or volunteers available to do your grants work? If you do, we can work with them directly to enhance their skills. If you have staff or volunteers interested in learning the grants process, we can train them in the basics and on into the higher levels of grants skills. Our goal in this case, would likely be to prepare you to win grants on your own going forward.

    If you are simply short on time, we can take the reins and create or develop your grants plan.

  • Identifying potential funding partners

    Depending on your goals we share with you our strong research skills, either by showing you what to do, or by doing it for you.

    Research is one of the most essential elements of winning grants. Foundations appreciate when you pay attention to their mission and requirements. By thoroughly identifying a potential funding partner’s goals—ensuring your organization can help them meet their missions—we can save everyone’s time.

  • Deep research

    Important information about foundations is available beyond their publically presented information. We can take leads you have found and explore them with a greater level of detail. Or, we can show you how to do the deeper level research.

  • Proposal for support as a planning tool

    Once a good lead has been identified, the preparation of a proposal for support can be used to organize your grants program. As each question is addressed, we learn more about how best to frame your mission and goals to appeal to potential funding partners. We uncover basic areas for improvement such as avoiding the use of acronyms. Larger issues may come to the forefront as well. Perhaps your program budget doesn’t include all of your costs, or you need more measurable outcomes. Using an application for support to identify areas of improvement accomplishes a number of important goals and has the added benefit of possibly bringing in new funds.

  • Editing

    If you have staff or volunteers with the time and interest in completing proposals for support, asking someone outside your organization to review your work is always a good idea. We are available to review your proposals and will offer feedback and guidance throughout the process on an as-needed basis.

  • Proposal preparation

    If you are too busy or short-staffed, we are available to work with you to complete proposals from start to finish. Because we believe you tell your stories best, we will send specific questions for you to answer via email. You don’t have to take the time to be sure your responses align with funders’ priorities. After you respond to the questions, we craft and frame your responses to match with the funders’ goals. We will answer the funders’ questions, pull together all of the necessary documentation, and provide for you a ready-to-print (or ready-to-mail) packet for your signature and submission.

    We recognize your organization’s goals are unique. We don’t offer “one size fits all” solutions. We help you win grants.

  • Reporting

    If you win grants, you will need to write reports. Ranging from something as simple as sending a newsletter, to a complex and strict accounting of your work, foundations often require a mid- and/or end-of-cycle report detailing your use of the funds. Referring to your original plan, a report describes what you accomplished during the grant period.

    We are available to work with staff to gather necessary data (that was collected during the grant period) and respond to the questions posed by the funder. If there are no formal questions, we can work with you to tell the story of your progress to let the funder appreciate the impact of their support.