Grant Writing Services

Villa Business Consulting has extensive experience with these funding opportunities:

Private, Corporate & Community Foundation Grants

Federal, State & City Government Grants

Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Many new and inexperienced non-profits (NPOs) think once they get their 501(c)(3) grants will start rolling in. They see the 501(c)(3) process as a destination.

In reality, obtaining a 501(c)(3) is when the journey begins. Getting a 501(c)(3) means a new non-profit is eligible to get grants (“grant eligible”). It does not mean the organization will receive grants. To receive grant awards, an NPO must be “grant ready.”

Every foundation requires an NPO to submit some basic organizational documents with its grant proposal requests. The basic list varies from foundation to foundation.  

Our VBC team analyzes an NPO’s documentation and provides the guidance necessary to allow it to develop the appropriate documents. Then the NPO will be able to provide whatever organizational documentation a foundation may require. At that point, it will be “grant ready,” and able to create compelling, competitive, and fundable grant proposals.

Villa Business Consulting will do the following:

VBC will review an NPO’s existing grant materials and any applications it plans to submit. We then research the NPO’s mission and work to fill any gaps in the existing grant materials. We review, compile, and organize our clients’ grant and RFP files. We help the client staff “think through” their concepts.
VBC researches and develops a list of potential funding resources that match a client’s mission, goals, and activities. Responding non-profit Requests For Proposals (RFPs) take a substantial amount of time. VBC finds potential opportunities we feel will work for our clients and we then do the heavy lifting.
Not all foundations or fund providers need LOIs (Letters of Inquiry). But — if they do — VBC will prepare an LOI that summarizes the highlights of the program or project seeking funding.

VBC works closely with the client’s team when writing grant proposals for programs or projects our clients would like funded. VBC ensures grant applications meet the prospective fund provider’s requirements. We then create the compelling proposal’s: narrative; budget; budget narrative; and attachments — ensuring the information contained is accurate and current. We provide client final drafts and — once approved – submit them to prospective grant providers.

Most grant proposals require attachments – e.g., board member list; IRS Determination Letter; Letters Of Support or Commitment; staff resumes and/or bios, etc. VBC obtains all documents necessary to submit the proposals.
When an NPO client gets awarded a grant, VBC will create a Grant Compliance Milestone Chart (GCMC). The GCMC will help ensure the clients submit the required periodic and/or final reports to the grantors. Accurate reporting throughout the grant period will greatly enhance the client’s chances of being funded again — not only by this funder, but by others as well.
In the non-profit world, funders/donors like to give to those they feel a special attachment to, where they feel welcome and a part of the community. Towards that end, NPOs cultivate donors to have them continue to give and maybe even increase their giving in the future. The NPO keeps them informed of current and future initiatives, and how they can play a part. Our VBC advisers provide a variety of proven donor cultivation techniques.

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