When your staff cannot professionally research, write, and complete grant proposals, your organization must hire a grant writer. Grant writers assist nonprofits, small businesses, government agencies, and individuals, with a variety of services.
Grant Writers may assist your organization in the following ways:
Researching for grant prospects: Locating federal, state & local grants; and Finding foundation grants and contracts.
Grant writing: Writing proposal narratives; Developing budgets; Researching the needs of the target population; Completing needs assessments; and Researching literature for best practices.
Evaluating programs: Preparing evaluation reports; and Monitoring quality assurance.
Crowdfunding: Developing crowdfunding campaigns for: Entrepreneurs, Nonprofits, Teacher and students, Artists, Inventors, Researchers, Start-ups, Social movements, Sports teams, Social media strategies, Fundraising materials, and Identifying perks for contributors.
Developing business plans: Evaluate business needs; Develop marketable programs; and Identify venture or angel funding.
Writing and developing curriculum: Educational surveys; Research existing curricula; and Writing age-appropriate curriculum.
Here are the questions you must ask, before seeking a foundation grant:
Competitive grants require a specific type of application. Although state and federal agencies and especially foundations have different requirements, the basic parts of a grant application remain the same. Those components are:
This will depend on the scores of your application, rejection comments or letter. If your proposal has been rejected for a flawed idea or because you applied to the wrong donor, you should not reapply. However, if you have been rejected for defects in some of your activities, lack of examples, or a weak evaluation, you should speak with the donor concerning their recommendations on what needs to be fixed, and reapply as soon as possible.
As you develop the grant application, many more questions will arise. These can be answered by experienced colleagues at your institution or your grant administration office. Others, which deal directly with your expertise, can only be answered by you. The range of universal questions is wide; however, the ability to answer them effectively will lead you in the right direction for being funded. Most importantly, success depends on a well-crafted idea, extensive research, collaboration, innovation, and perseverance. Never take a rejection as a negative and give up on applying for grants for your organization.