Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you work with?

We work with cities, counties, public, private and charter schools, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and foundations that have a specific tax exemption status. We do not work outside of the US, nor with individuals or businesses legally structured for profit.

What kind of grants do you work with?

We work with private and public grants. We do not work with corporate grants, endowments, or provide fundraising event services. We do focus on funding for construction projects and capital campaigns. Such grant proposals can range from $50,000 to $3,500,000 each.

What are options for contracting you?

We offer several distinct grant related services from which a client can choose one, some, all, or a customized selection to suit the needs of your organization and project. We listen to the client, what the project needs our assistance with, and we craft options to suit your needs.

Is there a fee for a grant application?

Yes. It is similar to an accountant who charges regardless of your tax situation or a lawyer that charges regardless of how a case unfolds. We are constantly approached by groups with incredible project ideas that request our services for no fee upfront. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate these requests to provide services contingent upon award.

Understand that all grants are designed to allow the applicant to work with the agency or grant maker directly; a consultant is not required in order to apply. However, an experienced consultant will know the ins and outs, what the limits are, where they can be pushed, and where they cannot. Some funding programs are first-come-first-serve, so having a complete application to submit to the process could allow yours to pass up the applications of organizations who have completed the work on their own without expertise.

How long does it take to get a grant?

The overall grand funding process depends on each unique project and organization but can range from one month to three years (or longer). This is one of the many variables that are defined when we are hired to produce grant research results which includes an overall grant strategy.

What does a grant pay for?

In general, grants can pay for anything except debt and lobbying. However, we focus on grants that fund construction of buildings and the furniture, fixtures, and equipment to fill them. We can provide a better estimate of what a potential grant would fund for you in your complimentary consultation.

Do we need to meet you in person?

No. Most of what we work on together can be done over the phone or through email correspondence, saving the expense of travel. In the event that an in-person meeting is necessary for application services or award management, you will know far in advance.

What is the best way to contact you?

We are a (very!) small business and it works best for us to schedule a call to get a dialogue started. From there, both phone calls and email correspondence are welcome and answered within two business days.

Where do we start?

You can get started by providing information about your organization and potential project here. The contact form includes the minimum information needed to begin your preliminary research. When we receive your information, we will follow up with you to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the options we see possible for you. If we find that there are no options available for you at all before your consultation, we will identify the reason and focus on preparing you to be grant-ready so that you can qualify for funding in the future.

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