In High-Demand: GrantWriterTeam Connects Proven Grant Writers to Job Opportunities

The city’s first splash pad isn’t scheduled for completion until June, but Candy Jones can’t wait to see the kids’ faces when the water playground becomes operational.

Jones has been the city of Conway’s grant administrator for less than a year, yet, she’s already knocking projects out of the park including the proposal she wrote that won a $165,000 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism to build the splash pad in Laurel Park. Writing with a purpose has been gratifying for Jones, who has helped the city acquire almost $900,000 for projects that will help to improve the quality of life for the community. Proven grant writers, like Jones, are in demand.

Bonnie Houk, the director of grants management for the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush, says her history background prepared her with the essential research skills she needs to perform her job. As a grant writer, Houk said she tells the story and history of the organization she is writing for to the funding source. Her work has obtained more than $70 million in grant funding for school districts, municipalities and organizations.

Grant writers come from all backgrounds. Nicole Ambrosio told a skeptical audience at the Westerlo board meeting that she had been working in education before she was hired on as the town’s first grant writer.

Although success is never guaranteed, grant writers have a better chance of writing a good proposal if they’re passionate about the causes for which they seek funds.

Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch.com, says she built GrantWriterTeam in response to the steady stream of requests from grant seekers who are looking for grant writers to help secure funds for their projects from public and private foundations, government sources and corporations.  Not all government agencies or nonprofits have the time, experience, staff or skills needed to prepare a winning proposal. Our clients include nonprofits, charitable organizations, museums, schools and small businesses.

Grant writers at GrantWriterTeam are sometimes required to do any of the following: assist in creating a nonprofit, nonprofit grant research, draft and submit proposals, write curriculum and or create a UHelp.com crowdfunding fundraiser.  Hikind said, GrantWriterTeam.com, is a service of GrantWatch.

Joining the GrantWriterTeam is easy. Create a profile, sign your contract with us, pay your membership fee and enter your PayPal email (to receive payments),  When all is complete, you will be able to bid on as many jobs as you want as long as your membership is current. Whenever a grant seeker chooses you, be it while you are a paid member or a few months down the road, the job is still yours.  Membership is only required to bid, and your contract, however remains in effect.

Like all self-employed occupations, finding enough work can be challenging and it disrupts the writing process. Hikind said GrantWriterTeam consolidates the imposing search-for-work process and the need to market yourself.

 

 

 

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Are You a Grant Writer?

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Professional grant writers working with GrantWriterTeam increase their client base. A GrantWriterTeam grant writer has many benefits, such as the convenience of creating your own schedule and the freedom to write whenever, whatever and wherever. 

The perks don’t stop there! If you’re on the fence about joining GrantWriterTeam.com. As a grant writer, you are always looking for the next clients. 

Look no further, because with GrantWriterTeam, we get new clients daily.

All grant writers are paid through our easy-to-use contract and deliverables system. If a payment issue arises, we intervene on your behalf.

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Nonprofit Owes Debt of Gratitude to Student Grant Writer at Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy

Melissa Breeden, (left), senior director of YWCA Young Wonders, and Savanna Steck, ’18, collaborated on a $500 grant proposal enabling the YWCA to purchase an industrial sink and faucet.

The kitchen update looks like a new industrial sink and faucet, but to staff at YMCA McLean County, the recent purchase will not only save money on catering costs, but help provide for the preparation of nutritious food onsite for more than 330 young children in their care throughout the year.

Mellissa Breeden, senior director of the YMCA Young Wonders program, said the nonprofit organization owes a debt of gratitude to Savanna Steck, a student at Illinois Wesleyan University who wrote the proposal for the kitchen project that earned the $500 award.

Grant writing is easier said than done for many nonprofits that don’t have designated staff or the human resources to perform the bulk of the work involved in winning a competitive award. The task is made more difficult considering that, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States – including public charities, private foundations, chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues – are competing for funding dollars from limited sources.

YMCA McLean County was fortunate to obtain the services of Steck and her classmates, who competed against one another on behalf of the local nonprofit for the $500 grant funded by IWU’s Action Research Center. But, not all nonprofits are as lucky to have a qualified writer at their disposal. Those that continue to struggle to produce a highly competitive grant proposal will stand to lose out on opportunities that can be few and far between.

Nearly $390 billion in grants were awarded to charitable organizations in 2016; up 2.7 percent from the year before. Individuals accounted for 72 percent of all gifts, but foundations and corporations made significant contributions as well.

Human services charities like the YMCA Young Warriors program accounted for 12 percent of all donations. These awards are considered the lifeblood of nonprofits of all sizes that depend largely on grants to continue operations.

Every successful proposal begins with a thorough review of opportunities. Finding these funding sources can dramatically impact a nonprofit, but Identifying a grant writer that can convey the mission of an organization to the focus of a donor can be equally as challenging.

Many nonprofits as well as small businesses and government agencies that cannot invest in hiring or training a grant writer will turn to GrantWriterTeam.com. Proposal writers at GrantWriterTeam.com can translate your ideas to create a compelling statement that markets your organization and demonstrates the effectiveness of your product or service to the funding source.

Grant writing is a skilled craft that involves time, accurate management plans and well-packaged reporting mechanisms. The process and the ability to communicate a vision should not be underestimated.

Writers at GrantWriterTeam.com will collect your background data, articulate your concepts and ensure that your arguments are well-documented. Grant writing can be extremely puzzling and require multiple applications before achieving success. If you don’t have the time and energy to commit to a proposal, GreatWriterTeam.com will help you find a qualified writer who does.

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Begin with the End in Mind

Imagine winning that dream grant with GrantWatch that covers your costs for a fantastic new program. It pays for start-up costs, implementation and even administration. Everything is great until report time, when you realize your program activities and promised goals are miles apart. Your staff did every activity promised, except the most important one – achieving the one goal that the funding source wanted. Suddenly, your dream grant is a nightmare.

All funding sources give out money to accomplish their objectives. Most grant applications and guidelines make it plain. They don’t tell you how to do it (that’s up to you to figure out), but they tell you what they want. That’s why you must begin with the end in mind.

I’m assuming anyone reading this post knows to read the grant application and guidelines thoroughly. Preferably, you read them twice. (Yes, even the federal RFPs that take 10,000 words to relay 1,000 words of useful instruction.) As you read, make special note of

  1. The funder’s overarching goal and
  2. The funder’s perspective on the crisis that motivated them to help.

A follow-up conversation with the funder’s program director can give you more clarification on their goals. You also connect with the person who is the gateway to the review committee. It pays to listen to their jargon, as these are the words that will build credibility in your proposa, and you can bounce your ideas off them to see which ones get traction.


When you understand what the funder’s overarching goal is, you are in a better position to evaluate whether you can deliver. Identify how your actions will create a tangible, measurable change in your target audience that mirrors the funder’s desired outcome. One good outcome is worth a hundred fuzzy ones.

For an example, let’s walk through a process for the Bruening Foundation to drill down to its real goal:

“Connect families to resources to address immediate or crisis needs and assist them to access long-term social service benefits (e.g. child care subsidies, the Earned Income Tax Credit, health insurance, and food stamps).”

Do you see two overarching goals here?

  1. Address immediate or crisis needs.
  2. Assist with gaining long-term social service benefits.

The guidelines should yield an idea of why the funding source chose this focus area. Private grants will often link to or cite research. If the guidelines don’t help you with understanding the funder’s perspective, call the program manager (there’s a theme here.) This information will strengthen your grant and impress the funder in which you are interested.

Bruening says it wants to “address immediate or crisis needs.”

What does that mean to Bruening? Its website helps:

“We know that economic adversity experienced early in life compromises brain development, health and earnings over a lifetime. The ages between 0-3 are the critical years. This short window of time is our opportunity to disrupt the consequences of poverty.”

That language tells us that the foundation wants interventions that will help poor children obtain the same developmental milestones that their more affluent counterparts will obtain. (Yes, it’s in there.)

“We support efforts targeted to young children with the understanding that the benefits of social and educational interventions are strongest in the earliest years.”

Now you know more about what the foundation really wants.

Here’s how your goal might look now:

Address immediate or crisis needs of children in poverty that, if not addressed before age three, will slow their readiness for learning.

Or

Address immediate or crisis needs of very young children in poverty that will impede their development and readiness for school.

There’s even more gold on the Bruening website. When you look at their previous gifts, you learn that it gave money to the Children’s Museum of Cleveland for its service to children aged from newly born to eight years old. The content features a grant to study cost-of-quality for home-child-care providers. Previous gifts a funder makes can tell you more about its goals.

This funding source did not sit down one day and decide it would throw a bunch of money at anything that might help children. Its own language tells us it used research showing why some children don’t do as well in school and what can change that dynamic. That is where Bruening is aiming its investments. When your activities and performance are built around the funder’s specific goal, you can plan your program's elements specifically to reach those goals. Begin with the end in mind to create the program that achieves the results you promised your funding source and your mission.   

About the Author: Cameron began her career with a degree in journalism and spent several years as a news reporter and freelancer. She next obtained an MPA and launched a career as a Senior Program Developer and, over 20 years, as Executive Director of two non-profits. She has extensive experience in grant writing for local, state, federal and private funding.

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Researching for grant prospects: Locating federal, state & local grants; and Finding foundation grants and contracts. 

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Evaluating programs: Preparing evaluation reports; and Monitoring quality assurance. 

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Writing and developing curriculum: Educational surveys; Research exiting curricula; and Writing age-appropriate curriculum.

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5 Perks of Being a Grant Writer

Being a grant writer for GrantWriterTeam gives you the opportunity to increase your income and contribute to society! A GrantWriterTeam grant writer has many benefits, such as the convenience of creating your own schedule and the freedom to write whenever, whatever and wherever. The perks don’t stop there! If you’re on the fence about joining GrantWriterTeam.com, we created this list of advantages you may not find in an alternative job:

  • Make a difference in the world.

GrantWriterTeam connects you instantly to nonprofits, small business and individuals who need help making their dreams come true. By offering your expertise and experience to the grant-seeking client, you are providing clients with a better chance of obtaining funding for their notable causes.

  • Flexibility

GrantWriterTeam provides an ever-expanding, updated list of grant-writer requests. As a writer, you have the option to bid on a request when you are available and the freedom to accept only the jobs you want. Everything is in your hands.

  • Be your own boss.

After the client accepts your bid, you work closely with the client and set up a system of deliverables. You create the timeline with dates on which you can efficiently complete the work. In terms of payment, every project is broken down into deliverables and fees. After the client pays each deliverable, you provide the corresponding segment of the project. You may choose between charging a flat rate for the entire project or an hourly rate per deliverable. Remeber the client needs to be in agreement or they will not sign the contract.

  • Support

GrantWriterTeam customer support is committed to helping you and your client make this the smoothest transaction possible. We offer your client one-on-one assistance with navigating the website. If any issues arise during the project, we contact both parties to resolve any miscommunication.

  • Make connections.

GrantWriterTeam helps organizations across the world find appropriately skilled grant writers. As a telecommute writer, you offer a fresh perspective and innovative ideas and identify new avenues of funding for their projects. As a writer for GrantWriterTeam, you build an expansive client base across various countries while offering help to a diverse multitude of communities.

To start working with GrantWriterTeam, begin your Grant Writer Profile!

About the Author: Dominique Matalon is a Customer Support Specialist for GrantWatch.

5 Reasons to Hire a Grant Writer

GrantWatch, an ever-expanding database of grants and funding opportunities, receives many inquiries regarding the grant application process. Applying for a grant requires research about the funding source, the applicant agency, the data and the conditions/environment surrounding the need for and use of the funds. And if you are an inexperienced grant writer, the probability of preparing a professional, focused document and receiving a grant is slim to none.

As always, GrantWatch is here to help! Our grant writing division, GrantWriterTeam.com, pairs skilled grant writers with grant seekers – applicants seeking to submit grant proposals. If you can’t decide between hiring a seasoned professional or attempting the task yourself, here are five factors to take into consideration:

1. Cost

In most situations, hiring a contract grant writer is less expensive than employing a full-time writer. An in-house grant writer may offer advantages such as immediate availability and company exclusivity, but his/her employment generates unnecessary costs. You must provide the writer a desk, a computer, a phone, physical space in the office, worker benefits, etc. Don’t forget about paying his/her yearly salary and payroll taxes.

An out-sourced grant writer offers more advantages than that of an in-house employee at a lesser cost. You may not be applying for grants every day of the working year. Regardless if your in-house writer is working on an application, you still need to pay him/her; you only pay an out-sourced grant writer when he/she is completing your grant proposal. Another advantage is the number of grant applications you will be able to submit in a short time frame. While a single, in-house writer may (depending on experience) be able to finish two or three grant applications with the same deadline, a grant-writing firm with multiple employees could complete numerous proposals in any given time period. Outsourcing your grant proposals allows you to apply for three or more funding opportunities where you might have to choose one or two for your in-house grant writer. By cloning your original ad, GrantWriterTeam will bid out your second job without an additional cost for a grant writer request.

2. Control

You want to have control over various factors during the grant application process. You will oversee writing procedures and review proposal drafts before they are submitted. Consider what you would do, though, if the procedures you oversee are disorganized and the drafts you review are inadequate, both which are caused by various problems with the grant writer.

If you have hired a full-time writer, in whom you have invested training time and compensation, you risk losing that time and money twice: first when you fire the writer who received that investment and second when you replace that writer. If you have hired a contract writer, though, you can easily change writers or fire the firm entirely, saving you precious time and money while giving you complete control over the grant proposals you’re submitting. GrantWriterTeam will replace a grant writer as long as you are up to date with deliverable payments to the grant writer you want to release.

 3. Expertise

Most grant writers are more knowledgeable on one topic than another, but no writer is an expert in every subject. Hiring an in-house grant writer with exclusive expertise does not necessarily limit your ability to submit grant proposals outside of your writer’s expertise, but hiring a grant writer with adept knowledge on the type of grant and funder you seek will increase your chances of receiving the grant award. By hiring a contract grant writer, you will be able to match writers with specific expertise to your grant proposals, increasing the probability of earning the funds.

4. Deadlines

I am sure you would agree that the most important part of a grant proposal is submitting the application on time. An out-sourced grant writer from a firm will have the professionalism, writing techniques and time management skills necessary to prioritize work and meet deadlines—more so than the beginner you may hire as a full-time employee. A grant-writing firm will guarantee that the team member you hire will be an experienced writer with substantial time to focus on your individual proposal as well as the professional writing and organizational skills to execute it efficiently.

5. Variety

Every grant writer has an individual style and unique voice. Hiring an in-house grant writer limits you to one person’s voice/style. Contracting a firm to complete your numerous grant proposals allows you to experience multiple writers and their techniques. After a few applications, you will find methods and characteristics that you prefer over others. And those techniques may be more effective in winning grants.

Just as well, every writer will have a new perspective of your company—a perspective you may have never considered. A new perspective could be the “boulder” standing between you and funding; and you never would have gained that perspective had you assigned all your proposals to the same writer.


GrantWriterTeam.com is a division of GrantWatch that allows you, the applicant, to find the perfect grant writer for your individual proposal. Hiring a professional from GrantWriterTeam will save you money, give you control over the application process, ensure you submit every proposal on time and allow you to explore a variety of techniques, voices, styles, perspectives, etc. from our grant writers, giving you a better chance at winning the grant!

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How to Find a Grant Writer

Do you need a grant writer to assist you in the grant research and application process? Are you looking for a professional to compose a grant application, funding packet or mission statement for your nonprofit organization?

Find the perfect grant writer for your and/or your organization's unique needs on GrantWriterTeam.com.

Simply navigate to https://www.GrantWriterTeam.com and click the "Request a Writer" box in the top left-hand corner. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Fill out the Request a Writer form, detailing why you and/or your organization are seeking a grant writer (e.g. research, grant application, mission statement). Once your $50 assignment publication fee is submitted, the completed form will be forwarded to all of our grant writers. 

2. You will receive quotes from our grant writers within 24 hours. 

3. Review the qualifications (awarded grants, writing samples, rates, etc.) of the grant writers who submit quotes for your assignment..

4. Select the grant writer that best suits your specific needs.

5. Contact your first-choice grant writer. 

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How to Write A Winning LOI (Letter of Intent)


What Belongs in Your LOI 

The defining intentions of a Letter of Intent are extensive. An LOI contains vital material for both the applying organization and the funding source. Your LOI is your first chance to make a positive, lasting impression on the grantor. A strong LOI will better position your organization to be invited to complete a full grant application.

LOI's are used to provide the funding source with information and insights, which help grantors determine which organizations are most appropriate to apply for their grant. The number of Letters of Intent received and where the LOI's are most commonly coming from also provide the grantor with a scope of how many organizations are interested in the grant. These metrics are used by the funding source to plan for staff and time required to review the upcoming proposals. 

Submitting your LOI places you on the grantor's mailing list, ensuring you will receive any future addendums and modifications for that particular grant, including deadline changes. When crafting an LOI, you must remember that what you include in your letter of intent may determine whether you are invited to submit a full grant application.  The LOI is your opportunity for a great first impression. Don't take this opportunity for granted by submitting minimal information or a subpar presentation.

Take the time (or hire a professional grant writer) to compose an LOI with rich content that explains why your organization is the strongest fit for the grant. Research the funding source for information that will best summarize your organization and eligibility strengths in a way that speaks to the grantor's outlined grant goals. A well-crafted Letter of Intent can make all the difference in the grant application process!

Tips for Writing a Winning LOI (Letter of Intent) 

If there is an application form for the LOI, follow the directions very carefully.

  1. Your LOI should be a brief, yet effective one-page letter that summarizes your ultimate full proposal. Depending on the requirements of the funding source, though, your LOI may be as long as three pages. 
  2. Your LOI should be structured like a business letter and submitted on professional letterhead. Be sure that your organization or company’s address appears on the letterhead or on the right-hand side. The recipient’s address should appear on the left-hand side of the document. 
  3. Use the specific name of the recipient on your LOI.  Avoid using any general terminology such as “Dear Sir” or “To whom it may concern.”
  4. The introduction provided in your LOI might be the most important part of your letter. Make sure you have provided a concise, attention-grabbing summary with enticing information to inspire the reader.
  5. Don't forget to include the name of your organization. Define the grant you are applying for and/or the amount of money you are requesting. LOI's should also include a short description of the project involved and how your project fits the funder’s guidelines and funding interests.
  6. Your LOI is a chance to provide a brief outline of your nonprofit and its related programs and initiatives. Connect what you currently do to what you want to accomplish with the grantor's funding. 
  7. Include a description of your ideal population and geographic area.  Incorporate statistical facts about what you are doing and hope to do, as well as specific examples of successes and needs.
  8. Briefly elaborate on objectives to stand out from the competition. Describe how you plan on using the funding in a way that best fits the goals of the funder's grant.
  9. Describe the project succinctly. Include major activities along with the names and titles of key project staff members to create a personal connection with the funding source; this will place you in a better position to be invited to submit a full grant application. 
  10. Always review the LOI guidelines before submitting to ensure you have met all provided requirements of the grantor. Failing to include any of the requested fields of information could cause your LOI to be disregarded.  
  11. In closing, thank the funding source for their time and consideration. Use proper business salutations, such as “Sincerely” or “Respectfully.”  Avoid any lengthy or overly friendly closing statements. Be brief, professional and memorable. 

 

Fact: The terms "Letter of Intent" and "Letter of Inquiry" are interchangeable and one in the same.

Bonus Tip: Within your LOI, be sure to communicate to the grantor that your nonprofit is ready to show the related projects in person. The grantor should know that you are eager and prepared to show off your grant-related programs first hand.  

May your LOI open the door to your successful winning of grants! 

 

About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantWriterTeam.com

NJIT’s $1.25 Million Grant Writing Mistake

"NEWARK — Every year since 1999, New Jersey Institute of Technology has offered a college-prep program for low-income high school students from Newark who hope to become the first in their family to attend college.

Now, the program may end, not by way of budget cuts or lack of interest but because the university submitted an application for $1.25 million in federal funds and didn't double space it. 

NJIT is among the dozens of colleges and organizations nationwide whose application for the federal Upward Bound program was recently rejected for not following new formatting rules put in place this year, according to the university.  

The U.S. Department of Education's decision means NJIT won't receive the $250,000 in annual funding it anticipated over the next five years and, barring a reversal, the university will be forced to cancel the 65-student program, NJIT said. 

The university will also need to eliminate a position at its Center for Pre-College Programs, it said. 

The decades-old Upward Bound program provides tutoring, counseling and other support for students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education.

In Newark, the program was open to English language learners from East Side High School, Barringer High School S.T.E.A.M Academy and Barringer High School Academy of Arts and Humanities. 

Students had access to Saturday classes in computers, science, math, English, and Spanish at NJIT as well as counseling, mentoring and financial aid workshops, among other opportunities. 

According to the federal government's application guidelines for Upward Bound, titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions may be singled spaced. But all text in the application narrative, including charts, tables, figures, and graphs need to be double spaced, with a specific requirement of "no more than three lines per vertical inch." 

NJIT did not double space its narrative, according to the university." –NJ.com

Here are a few words from the GrantWatch.com and GrantWriterTeam.com Founder & CEO, Libby Hikind on the subject:

My daughter sent me this article to remind me of my early career, when as both a grant writer and an educator, I formed a partnership with an early childhood experienced professional (who was not a grant writer).

I wrote and revised, day and night (with her input) a proposal to the federal government that would align HeadStart; Universal PreK; and other early childhood goals and performance objectives.  It seemed that everyone had their own goals and lists of objectives and the teachers needed to do triple the documentation and planning work for programs that received multiple funding streams for the same child.

The proposal was excellent – BUT!!!!!

I had to make my overseas flight a day before the grant was due. 

I left my document in the hands of my “then partner”, to format the text according to the specific RFP directions (margins, spacing, font, pagination) and to submit. 

I do not know what happened or why? – but I remember feeling a real loss when I received a letter that my grant application was rejected because of formatting errors.

The experience taught me a valuable lesson – early on.  Never let anyone format your final copy.  I am grateful to pass this lesson on to my grant writers on GrantWriterTeam.com

Formatting directions are not optional!! They are mandatory.  Your document must pass the pre-screening or it will land in the circular file (the wastebasket) before anyone of consequence ever sees it. 

 

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