Are you a nonprofit or small business in need of some help? Are you trying to search for grants but feel overwhelmed? Do you not know where to begin? A grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com may be perfect for you!
8 reasons to hire a grant writer:
(besides the very obvious reason – to write a grant for your organization)
- You need help with your mission and vision statements
- You want to improve your PR methods
- You need an educational curriculum
- You need someone to help research the right grants for your organization
- You can’t find the words for your goals
- You need help developing a business plan to present to funders
- You need help evaluating a program and to monitor quality assurance
- You need a crowdfunding mentor
Mission and Vision Statements
Do you have a great operation but lack-luster mission and vision statements? A grant writer can help you understand what you do in terms of words. Grant writers are word-smiths so they can turn a phrase for you, in no time. Just tell them what it is you do, plus some of your goals, and they will provide you with a stand-out mission and vision statement. Remember, these are not the same thing. A mission statement includes the purpose of an organization while the vision statement includes key values. To think of it in lay-man's terms, a mission statement is what an organization does and a vision statement is what an organization would like to do in the future.
By completing a needs assessment, a writer can determine that you need support in your Public Relations methods. They could suggest to you to reach out to local TV stations and newspapers to send out regular press releases. In fact, they could write these press releases for you. A good press release answers the 5 W's: Who, What, Where, When, Why. Journalists need this information to report a complete story. In the press release, report facts like events, services, and targets. A quote and a clear photo can also help your message be more memorable. In addition to press releases, a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com can help you write text for your website or brochures! These are great places to put your mission and vision statements!
Some educational grants, like grants for HeadStart, workforce training and youth, require educational curriculum. For instance, say your grant is to establish an arts education program in your school district, it is necessary to have an educational curriculum. This curriculum will detail what the students will be taught, with grant funds. Just one more thing the funding source may request (if the grant is an educational grant).
Remember to read our articles, “How to Start a Nonprofit,” and “Are You Grant Ready?” to understand what you must have in place before applying for grants. Do you have all that information but just can’t find the right grants? They are out there!
A grant writer can help you locate federal, state & local grants as well as find foundation grants and contracts. Most likely, they will be using GrantWatch.com but with some information about your organization, he or she will be able to search for the terms that bring appropriate search results.
The right words
When applying for a grant, it is important to use the right words. You must convey need and aptitude. This is because if you are granted the funds, the source should be confident in the fact that you will implement the money in appropriate methods. It’s possible to get a little creative when describing your vision. I’ve read grant proposals that expressed the mission and vision of an organization within the body of the text. The writer created a depiction of current standards, then contrasted it with a vision for the future. Our grant writers can help you express your vision.
A Business Plan
A grant writer at GrantWriterTeam.com can also help you formulate a business plan to present to funders. Sometimes, a business plan is incorporated into a grant application. Or, you may borrow sections from the business plan to include in your grant proposal. Remember, a business plan is comprised of the following sub documents:
- executive summary
- company description
- market analysis
- organization and management
- service or product line
- marketing and sales
- funding request
- financial projections, and
Evaluating a Program
If you are a new nonprofit, hoping to start a program with grant money, our grant writers can evaluate your program. Given the right information, they will be able to prepare evaluation reports. During the course of a grant (after it is granted), the funding source needs to keep up with their money. So, they may ask for evaluation reports and to monitor quality assurance. Our grant writers at GrantWriterTeam.com can do that for you, too.
Crowdfunding is a fairly new creation. It is a fundraising method that allows people to donate to your cause. Post your campaign and watch people from all over make contributions. It is a great idea to synergize your efforts at acquiring grants with a crowdfunding campaign. At Uhelpfund, for example, you can create a crowdfunding campaign and associate it with up to 6 of the 100 categories. Before you make a campaign though, create a Stripe account. Then, ask a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam.com to create text for you to showcase your cause on Uhelpfund. He or she may be able to find the right words to compel contributors to donate.
Contact GrantWriterTeam.com for their services. Complete the application to request a grant writer. Grant writers will respond to you with bids and you can chose the grant writer. Then that writer will contact you. He or she will work out a contract with you and decide on deliverables, including your grant proposal. Grant writer fees could be $40 per hour and up or a flat fee for up to four projects.
About the Author: Sabeen is currently an MPH student with a history in Mass Communications. She is currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliates.