One of the first decisions you need to make is whether to write your proposal entirely on your own or to seek outside assistance. Some questions to consider are:
- Do you have the grant writing experience necessary to write a successful grant?
- Do you have at least 8 hours to devote to foundation grant research and writing?
- Are you a detail-oriented person who can write a complete grant application?
- Do you understand or need help with program evaluation?
If the answer is “no” to any of the questions above you may want to consider talking to Farester Consulting, LLC. We will work with you through the grant funding process. We can help with project development and evaluation; grant funding search; grant proposal; communication; organizational and board development, and PANO’s standards for Excellence program.
Farester Consulting, LLC enables your organization, whether large or small, to stand out to funders.
We do more than just help you seek funding opportunities for projects. We consider ourselves a partner to help your organization better achieve your mission by becoming more effective, efficient, and financially secure.
The results of our services can relieve work overload on your staff; eliminate last minute deadlines and piecemealed grant proposals; enable administrative staff to concentrate on the organization’s core mission rather than the time consuming, tedious writing of a grant proposal or progress reports; and results in adding the value of professional support and service without the cost of salary and benefits to the organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
How important is choosing a grant writer for my organization?
Your organization and Farester Consulting, LLC will be your partner so you can avoid repeating the learning curve with different grant writers. Once Farester Consulting, LLC is familiar with your organization, it is easier to write subsequent proposals making it more cost effective to outsource your grant writing projects.
Will Farester Consulting, LLC work on a contingency fee basis?
Like most reputable grant writers, Farester Consulting, LLC does not work on a commission or contingency fee basis. These practices are considered unethical in the fund raising community and illegal in some jurisdictions.
How much will it cost to prepare a grant proposal?
Fees are based on the services provided, the length and complexity of the application, and other relevant factors. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate for your project.
How long will it take to write a full grant proposal?
It depends on the type of grant. The following estimates include meeting with clients, completing forms, writing the grant proposal, and revising.
Project Time Required (in hours)
Federal grants 40 to 60
Specialized grants 100 to 180
Foundation grants 3 to 8
Corporate-giving program grants 3 to 8
State/local government grants 10 to 20
How likely is it that our grant will be approved?
A reputable grant writer can never guarantee that your grant application will be approved. To receive a grant award your agency must submit a well-written proposal following the application instructions. Funding decisions depend on many variables including: eligibility of your organization; past grant awards; the success of your agency programs; the financial solvency of your non-profit; the population served; demonstration of need in community; the number of years in operation; staff qualifications, community reputation; geographic services area; and board composition to name a few.
Should we respond to every Request for Proposal (RFP)?
Too many organizations have a knee-jerk reaction to funding announcements and put deadlines ahead of writing a compelling and technically correct proposal. If you do not have the time to write a top notched proposal, your agency may actually do more harm than good by wasting time and resources.
Can you send a sample proposal?
Farester Consulting, LLC cannot send copies of proposals that we have written for other clients due to confidentiality agreements.
Can my organization apply for grants before I have my 501(c)3 determination letter from the IRS?
A grant funder most likely will not consider an application from an organization until they receive their IRS 501(c)3 tax exemption letter.
Farester Consulting, LLC could still help your organization during the process of incorporating and obtaining tax-exempt status. We can help you establish a fiscal sponsorship with a compatible 501(c)3 organization who is willing to sponsor your organization. Through a formal fiscal sponsorship arrangement, you could apply for a grant through the sponsoring nonprofit. However, the sponsor must maintain fiscal control and some degree of control over the program. Additionally, the project or program must be within the sponsor’s mission as set forth in its articles of incorporation, bylaws, and original 501(c)(3) exempt purpose.