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How to Help Organizations Afford to Hire a Grant Writer

05/11/2023 8:11 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

If an organization needs a grant writer but can’t afford to hire one, what can they do? This perennial question recently arose when a member asked how to help a prospective client with no grant writing budget to hire her.

Members of the GPLH community responded with a number of suggestions useful to many in this position:

  • Organization leadership can ask a major donor (or donors) for a gift for this specific purpose.
  • Unrestricted funds, like those from an event or fundraiser (online or otherwise) could be applied to this purpose.
  • Many local community foundations and/or government agencies offer capacity building grants that can be used to fund grant writers or general fund raising.
  • County and state legislators can be asked for capacity building funds – “member grants” in the case of state legislators.
  • Look for funders who give capacity building grants, especially family foundations.
  • Unrestricted funds from earned income could be a resource.
  • Ask board members to pay for the first year (or other period of time) of grant writing services, as a pilot to bring in more revenue in which a consultant would be self-sustaining. Ultimately, this is an investment in long-term sustainability.
  • It is recommended that at least $10,000 be raised initially, with the understanding that grants can take anywhere between 3 months and one year to be awarded.
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