Grant Research & Proposal Development
American Grant Writers Association
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Grant Writers Networking Group
Professional Grant Writers-Grant Writing
FarSun Communication Services
222 Santa Cruz Avenue, No. 11
Aptos, CA 95003
days and weekends...
I have a great deal of experience in grant
writing for education, community,
environmental and health-related projects.
grant funds is intense!
I will do my best to make sure that your
proposal is as competitive as possible.
In order to provide first rate service to
my clients, I only undertake a few projects
simultaneously. So, please contact me
early in advance of your looming project
economic challenges, not-for-profit
organizations can increase their budgets by
increasing their grant applications in the
short term. 2017/2018 is a good time to
work with a professional grant writer to
increase your success rate and take advantage
of capital that is still available in the
foundation and federal funding agencies.
to contract out your grant writing:
1. In these tough
economic times for organizations and
agencies, it makes more sense now than ever
cost-wise to contract out grant work rather
than to support a full grant writing
staff--due to savings in insurance, workers
comp, retirement and health benefits, etc.
2. There are also savings in
efficiency in that a contractor is on-target
with a fixed price and because funding
prospects are well defined in advance.
3. There are many RFPs
out in education, energy and technology
at the DE, DHS, NEA and NSF that I can bring
to the attention of school districts, colleges
and universities and I have a great deal of
experience in researching and identifying
4. Since I telecommute, I
provide all of the office overhead and
necessary equipment and software needed to
develop and assist you in electronically
filing your query letter and grant
application. I can also cost-effectively
provide your grant tracking and reporting
5. For large-scale projects or
demanding deadlines, I have professional
associates ready to assist your project.
6. I am also ready and willing
to assist your agency grant writer as needed.
I have many years of
experience in grant writing. Here is a
brief summary. Please contact me if you
would like a complete resume or to discuss
rates. Please note that I do not work on
a commission basis.
Tips for Getting Your
Please be aware that there is a very high
level of competition for grant funding and
funding sources are limited. However,
you will succeed if your project is worthy; if
your passion is deep and your motivation is
Your organization will need a non-profit
status (501(c)(3) and a tax exemption letter
from the IRS to meet the basic qualifications
of most funding sources. Although you
can form your own foundation, be aware that
there may be state requirements for the
representation on the board of directors that
will legally take the control of “your”
foundation away from you.
However you may work with an established
non-profit to serve as the program
administrator and fiscal agent. In this
case, your for-profit business might serve as
a subcontractor. Search for “fiscal
Even if you do have a (501(c)(3), you
don’t yet have a track record, so you are at a
disadvantage performance-wise. This is a
PRIME reason to TEAM up with an organization
that has a similar geographic or program focus
for your first round of fundraising.
My fee for grant writing is $35/hour paid
weekly by PayPal. I will negotiate with
you a deposit and a not-to-exceed amount for
It is regarded as unethical (and illegal
by some) for a grant writer to defer
compensation and take a share of the grant
proceeds. Please don’t ask.
To reduce costs, do the research for
funding agencies yourself. For the leads
that seem to offer a reasonable chance of
success (geographic location, subject, $
amount) determine their deadlines and record
the website address. You should list by
Once you have narrowed down the funding
sources, either follow the directions or
contract me to create the proposal and
budget. The more that you do, the less I
will have to do and the less your upfront
However, if you have the resources but not
the time or inclination, you can contract me
to do the funder research and strategic grant
planning. For more read Strategic Grant
Phase I. Client Needs
the first phase, I coordinate
the organization’s staff to clearly identify
the organization’s needs.
The object is to develop an approach
that will minimize their costs and maximize
their returns. My
writing efforts routinely begin by helping
the client to clearly organize priorities,
identify their goals and then construct a
roadmap to reach them.
I request the following data from the
E-mail addresses for key contacts
- Provide a
description of your organization (focus,
short biographies of key personnel.
- Over what
- Is it
capital or non-capital expense or both?
- Funds are
to be used for general or for specific
- Develop a
tentative budget showing direct and
- Define the
percent of goal requested per funding
- What if a
grantor offers a smaller amount?
- What is
the minium funding needed for the project?
grants and amounts received in the past
for similar efforts.
grants received in excess of $25,000.
potential funding sources that your
organization has identified.
Phase II Funding Source
Identification and Inquiry
the second phase, I use the information from
Phase I to organize the search for
candidates then proceed as follows:
potential funding sources.
list of funders based upon project scope
match and filing deadlines.
- Develop a
list of items required for submission.
- Develop a
schedule for submissions.
- Develop a
letter of inquiry to be approved by your
letters of inquiry.
- Based upon
the response to inquires, develop a budget
and schedule for grant writing.
Phase III Grant Writing
Once the funding candidates have been
identified, formal grant writing begins and
addresses each of the following tasks:
long-lead time items (like commitment
letters) and assign mutually agreed upon
responsibilities and clear deadlines for
letters to be received.
- Develop a
budget and budget narrative submit to
client for review.
technical proposal narrative and submit to
client for review.
according to review comments.
document and attachments for submission.
Tracking and Confirmation
Ron S. Nolan, Ph.D.
developing and submitting electronic
- National Science Foundation
- Department of Labor
- State of Hawaii
- State of California
My experience in
developing proposals spans several decades
beginning with my graduate studies at
Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I have developed
proposals for my own research, the
University of California, Santa Cruz; the
Development Consulting Network and Hatchuel
Tabernick and Associates.
Education Grant Writing Experience
- Nolan has had a long
involvement in efforts to educate young
people as well as adults in environmental
the projects is the Task Force
Environmental Education Kit.
This combination of instructional
television series, interactive software
and web discussion forum encourages
students to understand the issues related
to declining salmon fisheries. It challenges
students to develop skills in the
resolution of environmental conflict by
studying a wide range of differing
viewpoints and then to develop their own
management plan. This
funded in part by a grant from the
National Science Foundation in 1994.
- Developer of Salmon
Preservation: a Case Study in the
Resolution of Environmental Conflict, a
web site with a wide range of resources,
fishery data and open forum.
- Developer of Coral Kingdom,
instructional software about the biology
and ecology of coral reefs, Digital
- Developer of Ecosystems
(upper division level college textbook on
CD-ROM), Digital Studios, 2000.
I have a keen
interest in technology and have twice served
as a research associate in computer
engineering at UC, Santa Cruz
I have designed
and conducted numerous environmental studies
and impact statements; produced a national
educational TV series on salmon populations
and authored a college textbook on
Nearly all of my
grant writing services have been provided via
telecommuting and I am comfortable with that
arrangement. I am
also willing to work on a contract basis or at
an hourly rate.
I can be
Ron S. Nolan, PH.D.
222 Santa Avenue, No. 11
Aptos, CA 95003