FAQ

How long does it take to prepare a grant proposal?

When it comes to preparing a winning grant proposal, you can never be too prepared prior to the announcement of the RFP.  We recommend having a standard template, like our EXCEL Proposal Package , that compiles important information about your organization, program, and demographics on hand. With 80 % of your proposal accomplished, we can assist in completing a grant application in as little as 2-3 weeks for foundations, and 30 days for government grants.

Why are our grant applications not getting funded?

The competition for grant monies is becoming increasingly competitive as grant funds are being reduced and more organizations are looking for funding. A clearly defined performance and evaluation section, statement of need, and budget will help set your organization apart. SGR offers training workshops to assist in these areas.

I’ve never used a grant writer before, will it really help?

Selecting a consultant to work with your team is understandably a daunting task. But just as hiring an electrician to wire your house will help avoid improper installation; hiring a grant writer will help you avoid costly mistakes that render your application incomplete. At SGR we are constantly following trends in federal and nonprofit funding and writing to ensure we are able to provide effective solutions and value to our customers.

We have a small development staff; how can you help?

SGR can help support your development staff by providing editing services, and full day, half day or topic specific training workshops.

Where are you located?

We are located outside of metropolitan Washington DC.  We utilize data sharing sites and web conferencing tools to provide value to clients throughout the U.S.

What services do you provide?

SGR offers a variety of preproposal, proposal, and management solutions for nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies which can be found in our Services and Fees section.

Can you guarantee we will win a grant? Do you work on commissions?

No grant writer can guarantee you will win a grant. Many decisions, from changes to program priorities to funding, may effect why an organization was not awarded grant monies. However, SGR can help you narrow your search to your best match funders and refine your application increasing your chance for success.  We do not work on commissions; this is against the ethics of multiple grant professional organizations.

 

 

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