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1051 Broadway, Suite G, Sonoma, California, 95476
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Grant Writing and Fund Development


Our grant writing services include developing a comprehensive development plan, identifying strategic funding sources, providing fund development planning, and consulting and grant proposal development. For highest returns and consistent results, our services are typically contracted for on-retainer, with multiple year agreements. Grant writing and fund development services may include: 

  • Development of proposals for funding new programs and projects

  • Research new funding opportunities

  • Development of grant proposals to present to private and government funders

  • Development of documentation to increase funder awareness

  • Identification of the funding you need to fulfill your mission and implement strategic initiatives

  • Create a fund development plan to identify specific revenue stream sources

  • Develop innovative branding/packaging of programs to reach programmatic goals (evidence-based, interesting names, program plan, evaluation strategies, etc.)

  • Identify and qualify prospective grant funding sources (private foundations, government, school districts, subcontracts under other nonprofits, etc.)

  • Identify and cultivate prospective major donors, prioritized by giving capacity

  • Prioritize funding opportunities and application calendars

  • Apply for grants and develop templates that can be replicated for future grant requests

Funding proposals for nine Midwest community foundations resulting in $30 million in grants

Client: Community Alliances to Promote Education and nine Indiana community foundations, Indianapolis, Indiana


Services: Co-wrote an implementation proposal for nine community foundations. The work resulted in over $30 million in grant awards to five community foundations to implement education reform programs. Additionally, we gathered community input and research best practices on innovative, yet practical ways to improve educational attainment.

Grant proposal development, funding research, and stakeholder communication assistance to animal and horticultural therapy provider

Client: Forget Me Not Children's Services, Santa Rosa, California


Services: Develops grant proposals to present to prospective and current funders; researches new funding opportunities; and provides stakeholder communication assistance.

Developed federal funding requests for state workforce development board

Client: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis, Indiana


Services: Wrote grant applications for federal funding, in addition to helping to identify best practices in Workforce Investment Board (WIB) leadership; analyzed WIB performance; developed strategies for assisting WIBs to become more involved in regional economic development; provided guidance to one-stop offices on strategies for improved service; planned fee-for-service activities; and developed corrective active plans for WIB's that fail to meet performance standards. We also identified ways to improve Workforce Investment Act Youth Performance results. 

Fund development and grant writing for mentoring organization

Client: Mentor Me, Petaluma, California


Services: Conducts fund development and donor relations and cultivation consulting; develops grant proposals to present to prospective and current funders, including federal grants and; researches new funding opportunities.

Fund development plan for hiring first Executive Director for nonprofit

Client: National Association of Women Business Owners, Indianapolis, Indiana


Services: Developed a funding strategy to secure funding to hire the organization's first Executive Director. 

Grant proposal development and funding opportunity research for school-based mentoring program

Client: Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Sonoma, California


Services:  Develop grant proposals to present to current and prospective funders, research new funding opportunities and provide stakeholder communications assistance, including developing SVMA-related documentation to present to prospective and current donors and coaching staff on communicating effectively with donors and other key stakeholders.

Federal grant development for Oakland-based youth literacy organization

Client: Super Stars Literacy, Oakland, California


Services: Developed federal grants and facilitated of weekly meetings with staff. 

Our Grant Writing and Fund Development experience includes:

Fund development and capacity building for Latino Family Resource Center

Client: La Luz Center, Sonoma, California


Services: We facilitate meeting to engage stakeholders in identifying and developing organizations goals, plan projects, and gaps between current and needed resources; develop annual priority projects documentation; identify prospective foundation and government agency partners based on priority projects; prepare applications to foundations and government agencies; advise Executive Director prior to meetings with prospective funders; and prepared documents to support La Luz Center's affiliation with Sonoma County Upstream Investments policies, which resulted in Tier 1 status.

Fund development, donor relations counseling, and grant research and writing assistance to STEM education focused nonprofit

Client: DirectEmployers Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana


Services: Developed and implemented strategies for identifying prospective major donors and communicating with donors; developed documentation to present to prospective donors; coach staff, board and other volunteers on ways to communicate effectively with donors; advised staff on tracking donor data; identified prospective funding sources and developed associated documentation about funding sources; coached and led the way on developing/writing grant proposals; and developing supplement materials to include in grant proposals. 

Fund development and capacity building assistance for nationally replicated organic food and nutrition organization

Client: Ceres Community Project, Sebastopol, California


Services: Completed two program applications for Sonoma County Upstream Investments Portfolio of Model Upstream Programs, resulting in Tier 3 programs. Identified regional/national foundations, corporate giving, and government funding opportunities and best way to present Ceres' funding needs to each funding opportunity. Developed and cultivated strategies for major donor prospects. 

Fund development planning and grant writing for School District

Client: Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa, California


Services: Work with Superintendent to identify funding needs; research funding opportunities; and develop grant proposals to present to government agencies and private foundations. Obtained $7 million in approved funding over two years.

Created a 3-year development strategic funding plan for art museum

Client: Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, California


Services: Worked with board and staff to develop a three-year comprehensive development plan and identified strategic funding sources to cultivate. Developed documentation to increase prospective funders' knowledge of SVMA, including actively maintaining SVMA's Guidestar profile. Research new funding opportunities and develop grant proposals to present to private funders and government agencies.

Funding and donor development for regional federally funded health center

Client: Alliance Medical Center, Healdsburg, California


Services: Updated AMC's fund development plan, created reporting dashboard of goals and actions for CEO review and use; researched new funding opportunities; worked with board to identify potential major donors; met with prospective donors; wrote proposals to present to foundations, corporations and individuals, developed and implemented strategies for communicating with donors; managed donor management database; and managed GuideStar profile.

Fund development and donor cultivation for teen work-readiness nonprofit

Client: Teen Services Sonoma, Sonoma, California


Services: Worked with leadership to identify funding needed to enable TSS to implement their strategic priorities, including identifying potential funding opportunities. Develop grant proposals for submission to potential funders and develop and implemented strategies for communicating with donors, including coaching leadership on major gifts prospecting.

Fund development planning and grant writing for school district

Client: Sonoma Valley Unified School District, Sonoma, California


Services: Work with Superintendent to identify funding needs; research funding opportunities; and develop grant proposals to present to government agencies and private foundations. 

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Fund development and federal grant proposal creation for education foundation

Client: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma, California


Services: Conduct fund development planning; research new funding opportunities; and develop grant proposals to present to government agencies and private foundations.

Fund development for Napa County's only hospice and organization providing community-based care delivery for end of life care.

Client: Collabria Cares, Napa, California


Services: Researched and identified funding sources that match Collabria Care's mission and funding priorities. Developed grant proposals to present to prospective and current funders and developed and edited progress reports required by funders.