Grant Services

Grants are an invaluable financial support source for small businesses and nonprofits. They can be obtained from various sources, such as the government, private organizations, and online platforms. Government grants may stimulate economic growth, aid charitable causes, or fund research and development. Private foundations typically offer grants to individuals and organizations to finance particular projects or cover day-to-day costs. Additionally, crowdfunding sites and other online platforms enable those seeking grants to ask for donations from the public and apply for funds from private organizations. Grants can be a game-changer, providing the necessary funds to help small businesses and nonprofits reach their goals. 

Federal grants are an essential funding source for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. For-profit businesses may use federal grants to help fund research and development, expand their operations, or invest in new equipment or technology. Nonprofit organizations can use federal grants to help fund their programs and services. No matter what type of organization you are in, understanding how federal grants work is essential to access federal funding. There are four main types of federal grants: Competitive grants, Formula grants, Continuation (Renewal Grants), and Pass-Thru Grants. Each type of grant has different requirements for eligibility and requires you to submit an application or proposal. Writing a practical grant application and managing the money once you get it is essential for ensuring you can secure federal grant funding.

Grant Consulting

LadyBee Connection has been serving businesses, entrepreneurs, and groups of people from all over the country since October 2021, specializing in grant development. Our expertise in this field allows us to understand the nuances of the grant funding process and provide our clients with sound strategies for successful grant applications. We have worked with various clients, from those focused on environmental conservation to those seeking economic growth. No matter the size or model of your business, LadyBee Connection is here to help you develop and execute an effective grant funding strategy. 

Grant Research

Finding grants and structuring a successful grant proposal can seem daunting, but the rewards can be worth it. You can start by doing your due diligence and learning about the goals and objectives of the people behind the grants so you can connect with them. To help save you and your team time and energy, we’ve compiled a list of resources below to help you apply for grants, projects, capital campaigns, and general operating funds. To make them easier to find, we’ve organized them into categories to help you quickly locate the information you need. Good luck!

Tax Documents

  •  Tax-exempt status letter
  •  990
  • W9

Financial Information

  • Detailed organizational budget
  • Financial Statement
  • Audit

Governance

  • Board of directors (including affiliations and contact information)
  •  Organizational chart
  • Current strategic plan

Program/Project Information

  • Detailed program/project description
  • Number served in the previous year
  • Current outcome measures

Others

  • Letters of support
  • Percentage of the board giving financially
  • Solicitation license (where applicable)

This isn’t the whole list, but it should give you an idea of the information available there. 

  • Know the cost of your needs
  • It’s important to list the costs of the program or project you’re proposing.
  • Show the funder how their money will be used, so they know how much they will get back.
  • List other ways to pay for things that the grant won’t pay for.

Your Money Deadlines Need to be Known

It is essential to know the deadlines associated with your funding needs. With grants, you should know the deadline for submitting a proposal and the expected date of receipt of funds. Some foundations may allow you to pay yourself back if you spend money before receiving a check; however, this is only sometimes the case, and you should check with the foundation before proposing. Another option for ensuring you have the necessary funds is to request an advanced payment when submitting your application from the relevant foundation. If the advance funds are granted, they will be repaid after completing the project. Additionally, if the money comes after the project is complete, you may need the option to repay the money spent.

Grant Writing

Grant writing involves submitting an application for a financial grant to an institution, such as a government department, company, foundation, or trust. These applications are generally called “grant proposals” or “grant submissions”. To be successful in grant writing, one must possess the skill of grantsmanship. Grantsmanship is a skill that can be utilized in multiple contexts; however, the most successful grant writers are those that understand how to use their knowledge of the style and content of the proposal records, how the proposal fits in with other documents (e.g., the agency’s stated goal, current projects, staff relations, teaching aids, budgets, etc.), and how to craft effective overall writing.

Key to Winning a Grant Award

Writing a successful grant proposal can feel like an intimidating and challenging task. With the fierce competition that exists and the low success rate of many grant applications, it is important to ensure you are well-prepared before embarking on the application process. Here are a few key points to consider before you begin writing your grant proposal:Locating a Request for Proposals

Locating a Request Proposals

There are many potential funding sources available for your project, depending on your location, organization type, and the specific activities you are pursuing. Make sure to do your research to ensure that you and your team meet all eligibility criteria for the call you are applying to. It is important to take the time to find the funding source that best suits your project and its needs.

The "Suitable" Team

In many cases, grants are awarded to groups rather than to individuals. Funding agencies are often keen to support international, inter-collaborative, and public-private partnerships, so applications that demonstrate collaboration between academic institutions, businesses, and other organizations tend to be favored. Such collaborations can be beneficial to all parties, as they bring together a variety of ideas and resources that can help to generate innovative projects and successful grant applications.

Good Communication

To ensure successful collaboration between people from different countries and time zones on a project, it is important to have frequent and flexible communication between all involved. This will help facilitate the writing of the proposal, by ensuring that all parties have the opportunity to share their ideas and input.

Editing and Proofreading: Grant Writing

Writing grant applications and other types of funding materials for scholarly, technical, or expert projects can be a challenging and lengthy process. When submitting an application for a doctoral scholarship, research grant, or business loan, the quality of the application is paramount. LadyBee Connection is here to help. Our editors and proofreaders will check your application materials against the relevant guidelines to ensure it is complete and formatted correctly. This will help to ensure your application is as competitive as possible.

Budget Narrative: Grant Writing

The budget narrative should be written to clearly explain the needs of the grant applicant and their mission and strategic vision. This will help potential funders better understand the small business or nonprofit’s purpose and needs, which will help them make an informed decision when considering whether or not to fund the business or organization. By providing a thorough budget narrative, the nonprofit or for-profit will be able to demonstrate why they deserve the funding and how it will be used to further its mission and strategic vision.

Statement of Need: Grant Writing

A Statement of Need is an important document when submitting a grant application. It is a concise and clear explanation of why the grant is needed and how it will benefit the organization or project. The statement should include a summary of the current situation, the specific issue being addressed, the proposed outcome, and the impact of the grant on the community or organization. It should be persuasive and show that the grant will make a difference in the lives of those involved. The Statement of Need should be as detailed and specific as possible and tailored to the grantor’s requirements.

Grant Services

  1. Budget narrative
  2. Grant research List
  3. Grant writer
  4. Grant reviewer
  5. Grant researcher
  6. Grant call consultation session
  7. Admin support of 501c3 nonprofit and tax exemption filing

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It’s essential to have a team of grant specialists to produce the necessary documents for submitting federal business grant proposals and establish a research routine that aligns with your business to enhance your chances of winning awarded grants.

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