Services

Services

Award-winning proposals are the result of focused discussion and smart planning. Each step of the process—from researching to strategizing to writing—is an opportunity for your organization to learn something about itself and to get better at fulfilling its mission.

Whether you’re looking to fund a new project or increase capacity, Grant Central Station can provide you with valuable support to accomplish your goals.

Our specialties include:

Research & Writing

Planning

Training

 

Research & Writing

Foundation Research

Finding the right funder for your project can make all the difference. Knowing as much as possible about your prospective funders and their priorities gives you a critical edge. We complete extensive research into your most likely sources of grant funding and provide you with detailed funder profiles. Reports include points of match between your proposed project and targeted funders, due dates, requested form of contact, range of grant awards, and other relevant material.

Grant Writing

Competitive proposals are not only compelling to read, they also present crystal clear action plans that transform lofty ideals into tangible and measurable results. In short, writing a proposal with pizzazz takes practice. We work with you to develop a proposal-writing voice that articulates the heart of your organization as well as one that presents a compelling case for funding. We do all the necessary leg-work, including:

  • Collecting demographics and evidence-based research to support your target area and need,
  • Researching best practices for program design and models,
  • Designing evaluation methods for program outcomes,
  • Writing persuasively about your project and highlighting your organization’s strengths.

Our finalized proposals are highly competitive, providing funders with all the information they need to make a positive decision regarding your request.

 

Planning

Project Planning

A strong proposal brings to life an organization’s values and points the way toward change. Funders love projects that promote their philanthropic ideals while simultaneously enabling organizations to accomplish their missions. Our years of experience have given us an excellent eye for projects' funding appeal. We will work with you to design a project that aligns with your organization’s long-range plan for growth, including:

  • Defining project goals and objectives,
  • Identifying a clear and compelling need,
  • Demonstrating the relationship between actions and outcomes,
  • Forging critical partnerships,
  • Creating an evaluation protocol that measures indicators of success.

We take an outcome-oriented approach to project planning so that funders can envision results in the community at-large.

Strategic Planning

Knowing your organization’s values and vision for the future is the first step toward long-term growth and success. Once you know where you want to be in two-, three-, or five-years' time, you can choose which projects to undertake to get you there. We take a strengths-based approach toward organizational growth. To get started, we help you gain a clear understanding of your resources and challenges. Then, we’ll work with you to set goals, strategize on action steps, and create tools for measuring progress.

At the end of the process, your leadership and board members will have a clear understanding of your organization’s identity and where it’s headed. In these dynamic times, strategic planning ensures that you keep tabs on your progress and stay relevant. Being successful as an organization begins with a commitment to ongoing change and growth.

 

Training

Grant and Funding Workshops

Grant writing isn’t rocket science, but it does take skill—a skill that can be learned with training and practice. Drawing on our years of experience, we provide practical tools for the toughest parts of grant writing. Our training workshops can last from three hours to four days, depending on the training scope. Learn more about available training topics.