Grant writing is all about language. Language that engages, inspires, and persuades, that is. As a smith of words, that’s precisely what I do, both in my freelance writing as well as with grant writing. Sure, grant requests are more technical, but at the end of the day, it really is about telling a story–the story of your organization and those you serve. You want that story to make your organization shine and to highlight the impact you are making in the community or around the world (and of course, you want to bring in extra revenue while doing so).
Are you beginning to see why this inspirational writer is tickled by writing grants for great causes? It’s because those of you who pour yourselves tirelessly into others in ways I’d never even imagine inspire me. It’s an honor to come alongside your non-profit to help secure more funding so you can reach even more people.
I’ve been serving non-profits since 2002, writing for a variety of non-profits that focus on education, human services, evangelism and outreach, crisis pregnancy intervention and prevention, cultural events, and so much more. I’ve helped my clients receive grants from corporations, foundations, and local, state and federal government entities.
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Grant Writing FAQs
A: If you need help on a particular proposal, we’re happy to help. However it is usually a better investment to utilize our year-round, comprehensive services. It takes time for us to learn enough about your organization to write a compelling proposal. Once that original proposal is written, it can serve as a template for others moving forward, which gives you more bang for your buck. But of course there are always the times when an organization might have all the templates ready to go, but doesn’t have time to customize it to a particular funder’s needs, at which point a one-off might be their best bet.
A: The timeline varies on the particular funder, but 3-6 months is a good average. Some funders, especially government entities, will announce an approximate date as to when they will make funding decisions, whereas most foundations/corporations will review proposals on a quarterly or annual basis.
A: No. Most grant writers, myself included, consider this to be unethical. Funders expect their money will be used for the purposes described in the grant, so to give a portion of it away as a commission can violate the terms of the grant agreement.
A: My goal in everything I do is to make sure that I’m working in the best interests of each of my clients. This includes making sure that my grant writing services are a known expense that fits within each organization’s budget. To accomplish this goal, I typically have an agreed upon range of hours I’ll complete for each client on a monthly basis. If there is a large grant request that the client and I both believe is worth pursuing that will put my total hours over the agreed upon range, I will discuss that with the client in advance and will provide an estimation of hours needed to complete the project.
A: Absolutely not! My job is to enhance what you do, not take away from it. If there is a requirement in a potential grant that doesn’t align with your organization, then we don’t apply. It’s that simple.
A: On average, I don’t recommend having more than 30% of your funding stream be budgeted as grant revenue. Of course, there are always instances in which this percent might fluctuate depending on your organization’s circumstances and some models can create more than 50% of their income in grant income. There are multiple variables that could negatively impact the outcomes of your grant request such as being a new organization or having multiple years of operating deficits. This could cause you to generate less than 30% of your budget through grant requests.
A: I brought Melissa onto my team because she is a marketing genius that specializes in helping non-profits generate awareness and revenue. We will post a list of the ways in which she can help you increase donations through social media, newsletters, email campaigns, tv and radio campaigns and SEO optimized websites.
A: No. Some agencies simply aren’t ready. Perhaps they haven’t established a 501(c)3 yet or have too many years of being in the red (funders do not want to give for deficit reduction. Red in the books will raise red in terms of flags). I also reserve the right to be selective because, quite simply, if I’m not sold on the necessity of your organization, I’ll never be able to effectively sell it to someone else. It would be unfair of me to accept any form of payment from your organization if I believed I wouldn’t be able to generate a good return for your investment.
A: I stopped keeping a running tally years ago. In 2016, I generated $1.5 million.
A: Both really are about utilizing story as a way to create engagement and move others to action. The medium for the story in each arena is different, though. For example, my freelance work deals a lot with my own experiences or those of people I cherish, whereas the story behind a grant request comes from what caused the founder to create the organization and the impact it is making.