Grant Research for Funding

So, your organization needs more funding. Who doesn’t? You need to apply for grants, but your staff has limited capacity to explore the full landscape of funders and their priorities, requirements, preferred contact methods, giving histories and deadlines. JVA’s grant research—tailored for your organization—can help.

Our process

JVA’s grants team will research and analyze potential funding sources for you.

First, our liaison will interview you to learn more about your organization’s programs and to develop a more in-depth understanding of your uniqueness and benefits to the community.

We’ll then prepare a detailed list of best-fit local and national funders, based upon your organization’s identified goals, priorities and needs. This will highlight funding available for your organization’s specific programmatic areas, as well as strategic partnership opportunities. We’ll include a rationale for why particular funders are recommended and advice on how to position your organization with those funders. We’ll also provide a proposed 12-month funding calendar, organizing funders by due dates, so you have a detailed plan for grant submission.

Our proven, rigorous process includes searching grant directories, grant guidelines and online resources, as well as professional databases and websites. We search for interest areas of funders as well as awards made to other organizations with similar missions, programs, budget size and geographic reach. In addition, JVA researches the size of previous grants given and the number of awards made in a set time frame.

The JVA advantage

JVA has spent years immersed in the world of funding. We have team members devoted to researching funding sources and monitoring new grant announcements and funding opportunities for our clients weekly. And we’re fluent in “funder speak.” We know how to interpret funder guidelines and position your organization and programs for the highest degree of success.

The extent of JVA’s grantwriting across many types of funding agencies and subject areas also means that we bring a deep understanding of the ever-evolving funding landscape to your funding research project. Because we have experience across subject areas, we can also identify potential sources of funding that might not be specific to your target population.

Finally, when you work with JVA, you have access to not just an individual grantwriter, but the expertise of a team of writers, researchers, marketing experts, evaluation experts, policy and advocacy experts and editors with years of experience and proven success.

Related services

Once you have the relevant funding research in hand, your team can use it to write and submit your own grant proposals, or JVA can pick up where we left off.

For example, JVA can create a grant proposal boilerplate specific to your organization, including a boilerplate grant narrative in the format used most frequently in your state, along with a cover letter and more.

We also offer a Grantwriter, Only Better package, providing your organization with comprehensive grant-related services for a longer term. We can write a set number of customized grant proposals for your organization, along with cover letters and recommendations on attachments.

Not sure what’s the best fit, or want something a little different? Call us and we’ll work out a plan to meet your needs!