How do we know we are grant-ready?
This is a difficult question to answer in such a short space. However, the prime areas that show your organization is grant ready are: 1) you have your IRS 501c3 Determination Letter; 2) a strong 100% financially supporting board, 3) three years worth of 990’s showing sustainability (the organization is in the “black” financially), 4) a sound donor base, 5) someone specifically tasked with development of the foundation and corporate grants area.
What is the best way to keep track of our grant process?
It is highly recommended that your nonprofit create a moves management document or purchase CRM (constituent relationship manager) software. It can be as simple as an Excel document up to a highly developed CRM.
What is the best research program?
The best research program is the one that matches your needs and goals. There are many options available to you and some of these are noted on the resources page.
Do you work with churches?
No. There are grant writers that work specifically with churches. We do work with nonprofits that began under the auspices of a church.
Do you work with businesses?
No. Small businesses are best served by enlisting the advice of local small business administration, chamber or local economic development agencies.
Do you work with individuals?
No. If you are seeking scholarship information, grants for higher can provide research for you as well as review of your boilerplate application.
Why should we hire a grant consultant instead of adding staff?
Grant specialists are professionals who have the knowledge and expertise that you require. The benefits of engaging with a grant consultant will often end up costing you less than hiring additional staff while also achieving better results.
Can you guarantee that we will get funding?
No. While the ultimate goal is to get funding for your organization or specific program, we cannot guarantee that any you will receive funding.
Can we pay you on a commission basis?
No. We subscribe to the professional ethical standards as outlined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
What is the most important thing we should know about seeking foundation grants?
Seeking foundation monies is a long process that involves building a relationship with the funders. As such, a grant program must first and foremost be considered an aspect of your marketing program.