Here is the process, start to finish:
The Initial Interview
Come prepared with a detailed project description, a preliminary budget, and any grant information you have identified, or grants you have received in the past. Also come prepared to designate the point of contact who will be coordinating with Ed to share information, answer questions, and retrieve documents. This person will also be the point of contact with the funder during the process and become the long term grant manager.
Our first task is to establish a trust so that I can understand the mission and vision of your nonprofit, as well as the culture. This will enable us to develop the voice of the grant seeker, rather than the voice of the grant writer.
Based on information gathered at the Initial Interview, I can begin researching for the grant to match your needs. Additional information is usually required from you during this stage as the search is refined. When several promising opportunities are identified, and the requirements are known, I will conduct a readiness assessment of your organization.
Assessment and Data Collection
We will then analyze all aspects of your project proposal and start developing the information to craft and support the narrative. We will also identify and begin collecting the supporting documentation needed to strengthen your appeal.
With your input and guidance, I will write the grant application and compose the story of your organization and your project. I will use the information you provide, so the better information I get, the more appealing I can craft your plea to the grant funders. The more you contribute to the voice of the appeal, the more genuine it will appear.
After I complete the application, I will forward it to you for review, to ensure accuracy and completeness, and to ensure that the voice of your nonprofit rings clearly through it.
We should then meet to discuss any necessary changes or additions to the document, and provide any documentation still needed.
When the changes are completed, I will do a checklist for submittal.
The submittal must be done by the client who is seeking the grant, so that the funder has a direct point of contact and a long term relationship can be established for future grant needs.
Reviews or Audits
Some grant donors hold application reviews. I can be available to accompany you.
Grant donors like to hear about how their donations were used and how they helped, so they ask for a Grant Report. Submitting a report is conditional on applying for another grant from them.