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Grant Writer Request #05142019A

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Grant Writer Needed by Nonprofit for The Disabled and Their Families


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Grant Writer Request #05142019A

Primary Purpose:
Professionalism and experience to be taken seriously
Programming and Dollar Needs:
Our nonprofit was granted 501 status in January and has been largely funded by me personally along with donors. We operate a small lodge for sportsmen and women with disabilities along with their chosen companions to experience a full week offering the best of Montana with trout fishing using our adaptive equipment at the forefront. Our goal is to build a new facility to offer this amazing experience to more people. So, we are looking for operating grants and construction grants.
Project Description:
Provide your hourly rate for research and locating grants for: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks.   For a total of 20 hours.
Mission Statement: Providing quality outdoor experiences while empowering people with disabilities and their chosen companions. Brief History Two long-time friends and business acquaintances combined their knowledge and experience along with an ideal location owned by one of them to create a lodge for sportsmen with disabilities to get back to nature, float fishing the Madison River at the forefront. In September of 2017, he organized a group of eleven over lunch in Ennis, Montana to help hatch the project. With a strong knowledge base and widely ranging talents by the end of the meeting, we had solid direction and support. Our staff attorney immediately began filings for establishing our 501 nonprofit status that was granted in January 2019. Bank accounts were initiated. The property was assessed for springtime renovations that began in earnest April 1, 2018, with the goal of receiving our first guests in mid-June. During the winter we got the word out via Craig hospital in Denver where one of us had volunteered for twenty-five years. We added ramps and railings, an extra bathroom and morphed the existing bathroom to accommodate a wheelchair. By mid-June, our camp was ready for families, friends, and caregivers from around the country as they joined us for their special week. With the help of our generous volunteers and donors, we empowered every single person involved in the process. This being a nascent entity, our volunteer base has done most of the heavy lifting. From a summer-long camp cook/chaplain to competent oarsmen, to a bonafide groundskeeper, our volunteers and generous donors carried our first season almost seamlessly. With local and regional support along with impressive media exposure, donations are coming our way along with several grant applications in the process, the Reeves Foundation our ideal fit. With another full season in front of us, June- September 2019 and our camp running smoothly, we now look to the future. Our facility is only adequate for one small group of six. Our goal is to accommodate a greater number of disabled sportsmen (3-4) and their companions which will require a new much larger facility. Our Niche What set’s us apart from other outdoor programs for the disabled? Our board members both have vast experience in the field. One has volunteered for over twenty-five years and the other was a patient at Craig Hospital in Denver, the leading brain injury and spinal cord recovery center in the USA. This impressive facility changed both of their lives, empowering both in separate but ultimately compatible directions. One has designed highly specialized adaptive fishing equipment specific to certain disabilities. The other, a quadriplegic since the age of nineteen, understands and consults from his unique perspective as an outdoorsman. Additionally, our fleet of boats is equally impressive as motorized wheelchairs safely and easily load onto our rafts, are secured, our participants having quality days to remember on the Madison River, unimaginable prior to the actual experience. As the awareness of special needs groups and individuals expands throughout the country and world for that matter, our timing is ideal. Foundations are looking for just the right formula, as are the plethora of grants and endless generous donors. Front and center are taking aim and honing in on these opportunities. 3, 5, 10-year goals • 3-year action plan- * = accomplished 1. Attain 501 Federal and State status * 2. Adapt the property to accommodate people with disabilities * 3. Build a compelling website that tells our story, while encouraging and accepting donations* 4. Compile a strong database of donors and interested parties, constantly expanding* 5. Publish our first annual report * 6. Acquire and assemble our river and lake ‘fleets’ and our highly specialized adaptive fishing equipment * 7. Complete the first season successfully, thereby proving the concept * 8. Expand public relations via media- CBS affiliate KBZK, Bozeman, Mountain Outlaw magazine, Big Sky, Montana, Madisonian, Ennis, MT * 9. Focus on fundraising from a variety of angles * 10. Address land acquisition and building design * 11. Hire staff- Executive Director, fundraiser, grant writer, etc. 12. Expand our volunteer base • 5-year action plan- 1. Continue serving disabled outdoorsmen and women 2. Funds raised, build a new facility able to serve 3-4 groups simultaneously during our twelve-week season. This ‘retreat’ would then be available for other paying activities in the offseason, i.e. yoga retreats, art classes, seminars, meetings, family gatherings, etc. 3. During high-season when Camp Bullwheel is not fully occupied by our target guests, extra rooms, suites, etc. would be available to paying guests as they mix right into our open venue 4. Aim toward fiscal self-sufficiency 5. Establish an endowment • 10-year action plan- 1. CBW servicing outdoorsmen with disabilities and chosen companions successfully 2. Facility fiscally sound and independent 3. Fully staffed entity 4. Constantly expanding the volunteer base 5. Annual donor-ship, grant, fund raising activities and opportunities 6. Continued media exposure 7. Concept proven, build more facilities in other geographically ideal locations Our camp breathes life and excitement into everyone that experiences its energy, very similar to the empowerment that Craig Hospital instills in the patients, employees, and donors. Our goal is to build the most advanced facility to date to honor those most deserving. **Annual budget, donation information, tax reporting, and funding information available upon request
Provide your hourly rate for writing curriculum for:
Provide your hourly rate for crowdfunding mentoring for: 10 hours per week for 52 weeks.   For a total of 520 hours.
The Grant Writer should be ready to begin work on: Immediately
Organizational Status:
Our organization is a(n): 501c3
Our company is in existence for: 1 Year(s) 2 Months
We presently provide or will be providing services in the geographic areas of: Located in Ennis, Montana we are presently serving guests from throughout the country
Providing quality outdoor experiences for people with disabilities and their chosen companions
Current Revenue:
Grant History:
We have previously applied for a grant(s).
We are in communication and have applied to the Reeves Foundation Quality of Life Proposal along with several recreational entities that have given us grants for specialized boats to accommodate disabled, in most cases in wheelchairs.
We have previously received $5,000 in grant funds.
We have a copy of our previously written grant application(s).  Will provide
Brondum Foundation, Missoula, MT- $5000
We do not have a fundraising packet.
We have an agency mission statement: Providing quality outdoor experiences for people with disabilities and their chosen companions