Grant Writing

Whether you’re seeking to bolster your foundation and corporate giving program or launch new projects with big impact through government funding, we are here for you. Our team has raised more than $60 million to help organizations tackle systemic community issues, build coalitions, develop new initiatives, and expand the work of their missions. We work with your team every step along the way from prospecting to concept design, and from writing to submission.

Prospect Identification

We identify new corporate, foundation and/or government prospects and offer strategies for proposal success. Our team uses leading industry search tools to identify new leads for funding your programs, special projects, and capital needs. We start by matching your organization’s top priorities with funder philanthropic interests, geography, and giving history. We then provide strategies for relationship-building, concept design, writing, and solicitation. You’ll come away with a 12-month prospect calendar that also serves as a list of leads and a project management tool, helping make the grant writing process move forward more easily.

Concept and Case Design

It takes more than a great program worthy of funding to win a grant! It’s about the merit of your project. It’s about convincing the funder that their investment in your organization and the mission it serves is worth it. And it’s about building relationships with donors that help boost the chances that your grant will be funded.

Each grant request needs a strategy that aligns with the grantor’s philanthropic interests, clearly articulates impact, is unique and compelling, conveys the value of what you do, and seems doable to the funder. Our design phase brings your internal stakeholders together to help develop concept, strategy, and program design. Through our discovery, we learn about your programs, clients, and culture, and develop impactful ways of sharing your work with others. With more than 75 years of combined grant-writing experience, we know how to make your grant stand out. We understand the nuances of writing grants for different purposes and various funders.

Foundation & Corporate Grant Writing

Want to boost your annual fundraising or capital campaign through foundation and corporate gifts? We can support your team’s fundraising efforts through proposal writing or handle all components of your foundation and corporate grant writing program. We service each phase of the grant writing process – from prospecting to concept design, to writing, approval, and submittal. We also work with your team to identify and implement relationship-building strategies with funders that deepen support for your project over time. Clients receive annual prospecting and a calendar of recommended submissions at no additional cost when retaining Raise the Bar for a 12-month contract.

Government Grant Writing

Want to build a new initiative, expand a current program, or source funds for new capital needs through government funding? We do that, too. And we’re really good at it.

The Raise the Bar team has raised more than $50 million in government grant funding. We work to seek and secure federal, state, and local government support by working with your internal stakeholders from start to finish. We work first on strategy, design, and concept. Then we create a timeline for internal completion and review deadlines that lead to submittal. And we manage all components of your grant or loan submission.

Our team helps position your grant concept for the greatest chance of success, taking into consideration the competitive landscape, demographic and cultural contexts, DEIA efforts, organizational capacity and strengths, and your overall competitive edge. We bring subject matter experience to your project, and have the unique knack of mastering subject matter quickly through deep-dive research and discovery. And we work with you to ensure that your project has SMART goals, logic models, and strong evaluation components.

When you work with Raise the Bar, we’ll help you ensure that your grant strategy aligns with the grantor’s funding priorities, clearly articulates impact, is unique and compelling, conveys the value of what you do, and meets the funder’s expected goals. Our team is comprised of professionals who have a track record of results.

Our clients span nearly every industry, bolstering our ability to write industry-specific grants for you. A sample of our successfully funded grants have been awarded by:

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA)
  • Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Program
  • Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
  • Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (HIS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Department of Justice

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
  • Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

The Corporation for National & Community Service

  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • AmeriCorps State Program
  • SeniorCorps
  • Retired Seniors Volunteer Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Loan Programs
  • Renewable Energy for America (REAP) Programs
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Administration of Children & Families

Office of Refugee Resettlement

  •  Dozens of State and Local Government Agencies

Our clients have found our services to be of great value at an affordable price. We offer hourly rates for select services by project or retainer. View our rates here. 

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