Managing and maintaining historical collections costs money.
Grant funding is critical to secure the staffing, supplies, and expertise needed to preserve and present historical artifacts. But grant writing can be time consuming and challenging, and how do you even begin to find the right grant opportunity to fund your project?
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In my first year as an archivist, I realized pretty quickly that funding for archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations was scarce. However, I didn’t let this stop me. I worked to become a grant acquisition expert so that I can help organizations get the resources they need to fund their work and get back to doing the job they love.
Don’t let your project be a casualty of this year’s budget. If you need funding and resources to manage and promote your collection, I can help you identify grant worthy projects and teach you how to apply for them.
“We had limited grant success before we started working with Rachael. She was able to quickly help us identify what we were missing. Since working with her we’ve landed two very generous grants!”
Strategy, Writing, Reviewing, and Managing Services
I offer grant acquisition and management services to client who need an expert on their team for any of the following activities: strategy, writing, reviewing, and managing. Last year, I hit a personal record of raising more than $752,000 across three clients, with only 33% of the total award amount coming from grant awards over $100,000.
Strategy: I work with only 2 or 3 grant clients a year on local, state, regional, and national grants (both private foundation and municipal). Each client requires a unique grant strategy that meets them where they are. Client past award history, current organization capacity, and grant vision help to determine which grant opportunities the client will most likely to be successful with. My job is to evaluate these factors, work with staff and stakeholders to craft a grant acquisition strategy, and deliver a report that: 1. Outlines priority grant projects (as revealed and created over the course of our work); and 2. Craft a list of grant opportunities the clients should apply for based on the client’s competitiveness for the opportunity.
Writing: For clients who don’t have the time or ability to construct grant projects and write grant applications, I can provide those services. Most clients that I write for have already gone through the strategy work with me. I will not engage in writing a client’s grant that I determine to not be a good fit for the client, as that means the client’s chances of success are not high due to an ill-fitting grant.
Reviewing: For clients who have capacity to write their own grants but would like to increase their competitive edge, I offer reviewing services. I will evaluate the grant opportunity being applied to, I will review the application against the grant’s criteria markers, and I will provide written feedback with verbal (live) troubleshooting suggestions. As I’ve both written and served on grant review panels, my experience and insight help clients gain a competitive edge and confidence in the application process. Given how much time and energy go into applying, this review service is one way to ensure the time and energy investment is worth it, i.e. successful.
Managing: For many clients it can be difficult to find a staff person who has the time or experience in managing a grant project. As someone who has successfully completed countless grant projects, I can serve as the grant manager to ensure milestones are met, reporting is done properly, and the project completes successfully. This can be especially helpful for large grants with intricate reporting requirements.
Program: Get into Grants!
Most organizations skip important steps in the grant process and as a result they fail to secure funding. The Get Into Grants! program will increase your chances of getting a grant with a proven, step by step process to set you up for project funding success. And bonus — once you learn the process, you can use it again and again for all your future grant work! This program is structured to get your organization up and running quickly with a 2-day onsite intensive to develop your organization’s grant acquisition strategy, followed by a report compilation of grant opportunity matches based on your *new* and fully formed competitive grant project ideas. This program takes approximately 6-weeks to complete.
Schedule a free 60 minute consult call with me and receive more information on my services or the Get into Grants! program. Or, feel free to connect directly: 503-922-3402, [email protected].
Workshop: Going from Zero to Winning with Grants
This workshop offers a sandbox for constructing competitive grant project ideas, reveals proposal pitfalls, and provides a template for creating a winning grant proposal. The workshop is a mix of lecture, guided instruction with handouts, brainstorming, group discussion, group exercises, and independent exercises. Participants will receive a Get into Grants packet of materials to use during the workshop and take home with them.
“I’ve attended a few grant workshops and Rachael’s is the only workshop where I felt I walked away with concrete knowledge and tools to confidently write a grant.”
- Participants will learn how to tease out potential grant project ideas by working their daily needs into a creative, and attractive grant project.
- Participants will sandbox their grant project ideas to determine the project structure, timeline, measurables, and other necessary project facets.
- Participants will dive into the purpose of universal proposal sections and learn to avoid proposal pitfalls.
- Participants will have take home exercises and a grant template they can feel confident in.
Workshop: Growing Grant Success with Better Grant Writing
To be competitive, grant writers have to create a well-structured project and persuasively convey project details. This workshop is for anyone (beginner to intermediate) who could use more confidence in their grant writing. The course will offer a sandbox for participants to learn how to construct grant project elements, where to put grant project details, and how to make those details clear and compelling to grant reviewers. Participants will receive a Growing Grant Success workbook of materials to use during the workshop and take home with them.
“The exercises Rachael walks us through helped me to more easily understand and breakdown the different parts of grant writing. I’m no longer overwhelmed by the prospect of writing grants.”
- Participants will learn the foundation of every great grant writing practice.
- Participants will be guided through the elements that make up an irresistible ask.
- Participants will explore the mechanisms that create to a page-turning story every reviewer will want to read to the end.
- Participants will sandbox project roadmap pieces in order to clearly convey a project plan toward undeniable success.
- Participants will have take home exercises and a grant template they can feel confident in.
Schedule a free 60 minute consult call with me and receive more information on the Zero to Winning with Grants workshop, or the Growing Grant Success with Better Grant Writing workshop. Or, feel free to connect directly: 503-922-3402, [email protected]. Not quite ready to get to work? No problem! Join my newsletter to stay in touch and receive information and resources to help you get the job done.
I now offer a suite of on-demand courses via the Kajabi course platform. The courses come with video instruction, guided exercises, and an assortment of supportive documents based off my popular in-person workshops. My teaching style is to present the strategy, give examples, and offer insight into each of the subject areas covered. Going through these courses is an opportunity to get to know me and my teaching style before engaging me in the grant acquisition services I offer.
Get into Grants
Get into Grants is a free mini-course that provides an overview of grants specific to archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations. Whether you’re new to grants or just need a refresher, this mini-course can quickly get you up to speed with grant fundamentals specific to our field. Get into Grants includes the following topics: income streams, funder and grant types, where to find grants, how to choose the right grant opportunity to apply for, common application elements to prepare for, tips to succeed, and proposal pitfalls to avoid.
Going from Zero to Winning with Grants!
In our work grant funding is repeatedly sought to fill the gap needed for staff, supplies, and projects. Going from Zero to Winning with Grants! is a paid course option with lesson modules perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to confidently construct a competitive grant project. The course will provide a sandbox for workshopping project ideas, teach you strategies for what makes a winning grant project idea, and offer exercises to help you create a competitive grant application. The course will come with video instruction, slide decks for each lesson, and a workbook filled with the exercises, helpful templates, and supporting documents.The package also includes a 60-minute grant strategy session with me upon the conclusion of the course.
Growing Grant Success with Better Grant Writing
To be competitive, grant writers have to create a well-structured project and persuasively convey project details. Growing Grant Success with Better Grant Writing is a paid course option with lesson modules for anyone (beginner to intermediate) who could use more confidence in their grant writing. The course will offer a sandbox for participants to learn how to narratively construct grant project elements, how to clearly convey grant project details, and how to make those details compelling to grant reviewers. The lessons will offer a sandbox for participants to learn how to construct grant project elements, where to put grant project details, and how to make those details clear and compelling to grant reviewers. The course will come with video instruction, slide decks for each lesson, and a workbook filled with the exercises, helpful templates, and supporting documents.The package also includes a 60-minute grant strategy session with me upon the conclusion of the course.
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