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GearUp for Grants

Gain Clarity and Confidence with our GearUp for Grants support

Our GearUp for Grants packages are intended for nonprofits who have not been previously approved for grants, yet they are looking for a roadmap and guidance to better position them for qualifying for grants. The GearUp solutions are designed to help Nonprofits asses a prospective funder’s interest in your programs and projects. The cornerstone of the GearUp packages are customized Letter of Inquiry’s (LOIs) to better gauge and understand your odds for potential funding, thus placing you in better standing for approval. Within the LOIs we help to prepare for your organization, we will describe the need, and outline the plan to meet those needs, along with specifying how your program or projects align with the funder’s priorities We believe in setting your organization up for success, it’s a good practice to select and submit LOIs to multiple foundations to see if your project and programs fit with any of them. Should any organizations respond favorably, then we can work with you on a complete customized grant proposal. This approach allows you to both watch your organizations budget while also improving your odds for receiving grants, verse spending a lot of time and money on potential grant rejections. Together, we will work with you to provide you with clarity and confidence in your quest to secure additional funding for your Nonprofit organization.

Many foundations now prefer to receive an LOI as the first step toward funding. They can quickly assess whether your project is a good fit for them. If it isn’t, they and you can move on. However, if they wish to move forward, then you are in an excellent position to move forward with an official grant proposal request, which we can assist you with.

To be in a good position of eligibility for Grants, funders will be assessing the following criteria

  • Are you a legal nonprofit? Have you received your501c(3) status?
  • Is your nonprofit in compliance with updated financials and 990 filings?
  • Do you have a compelling mission? How are you different or unique to other similar organizations?
  • Do you have strong leadership in place? Is your Board of Directors active and supportive of your efforts?
  • Do you provide high-quality programs that meet a need in your community or targeted geographical area?
  • Do you have track record of effective program delivery with measurable results?
  • Do you have a strong organizational and financial infrastructure?

We will work with you to insure you are ready and your nonprofit is in compliance.

Foundation Research

Included in all GearUp packages is our funder-foundation research. Through our multiple-grant data bases, we have access to many of the latest available grants and will identify foundations that align or identify with your cause and are open to providing support in your geographical area. The research includes information on key contact personnel, application formats, eligibility requirements, and specific giving priorities, all need-to-know items to ensure your nonprofit’s success. Once we identify prospective funders, we will present options for you to choose who you’d like to submit LOIs. From there, we will submit the grant inquiries on your behalf to the selected foundations. We guarantee our research and if any funders respond stating you are not in alignment with their grants, we will identify a replacement option for you free of charge and submit a new LOI on your behalf.

In our research, we are screening to answer the following on your behalf

  • Does the funder provide funding in your area(s) of interest and the targeted population you help?
  • Is the Funder open to funding in your geographic region?
  • Does the Funder deliver the type of support you need or are looking for?

Letter of intent

Within the LOIs we help to prepare your organization, we will want to describe the need, and outline the plan to meet it, along with specifying how your program or projects align with the funder’s priorities We believe to set your organization up for success, it’s a good practice to select and submit LOIs to multiple foundations to see if your project and programs fits with any of them. Should any organizations respond favorably, then we can work with you on a complete and customized grant proposal. This approach allows you to both watch your organizations budget, while also improving your odds for receiving grants, verse spending a lot of time and money on potential grant rejections. Together, we will work with you to provide you with clarity and confidence in your quest to secure additional funding for your Nonprofit organization.

In this current day of technology, many of the highly desirable foundations prefer to receive an LOI as the first step toward funding. Reviewing LOIs enables funders to quickly assess which projects are a good fit for them. If your program or projects doesn’t meet their criteria, the funder and you can move on. However, if they wish to move forward, then you are in a good position to move forward with an official grant proposal request, which we can assist you with.

Corporate Sponsorship Resources

Qualifying for grants should be part of a Nonprofits long-term strategy. However, it is equally important to have financing that is not dependent on receiving grants. To help meet immediate financial needs, we will provide a custom written donation request letter and corporate flyer brochure to assist you in soliciting and securing corporate sponsorship donations. Donation letters and accompanying flyers are tools nonprofits use to persuade corporate or small business supporters to donate to their charitable organization.

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