Grants & Sponsorships
Grant and sponsorship applications are more than just a form to be filled out - they are a place to craft an authentic and compelling story about the work you are doing, to clearly articulate your financial goals and capacity, to quantify the impact you intend to achieve, and to invite a funder into the process. They can also be a chance to advocate for your mission, your community, and your values to shape philanthropy in your sector. The Cloudbreak Grants Collective submits more than 500 grant and sponsorship applications and raises more than thirty million dollars in grant funding alongside our grants clients each year. We know how to do this work efficiently and effectively. We offer:
Three-Month Grant Start-Up Kit
This is the most common way that we work with new clients. In a period of about three months, we will conduct grant prospect research, build a workplan, and write, edit, and submit the first several grant proposals or LOIs (letters of intent to apply). We will help you figure out where to start, building attachments and language from scratch or strengthening things that already exist. I will help demystify the grant process. This service is right for nonprofit organizations that would like to increase their grantwriting capacity for the first time or after a period of inactivity. It also works for organizations that want to test out the process of working with an independent grantwriter without committing to a longer period of time.
We draw on subscriptions to paid databases, our experience with a wide range of other nonprofit organizations, and free online search strategies to find prospects for your organization and decide if they are right for you. We will organize this information in a spreadsheet for you, along with any additional notes or insights we can share about each funder based on our experience with them.
Ongoing Grant Writing & Project Management
On a monthly basis, we will manage your grants workplan (and build it if it doesn’t already exist), including all compiling content, writing, editing, and submitting proposals, reports, and LOIs. We will also equip the leaders of the organization with information they need to reach out and have conversations with funders--including those that are lapsed, new, and current—so as to build relationships and unlock new opportunities to apply for funds.
Campaign Grants Planning
For organizations thinking about entering a capital or comprehensive fundraising campaign, we can partner with your capital campaign consultants (or refer you to great ones!) to assess and plan for the potential role of public and private grant funding in your capital campaign.
Campaign Grant Writing & Project Management
Once you have entered a capital or comprehensive campaign, we can manage your campaign grantseeking activities – alongside grantwriting for operating or program support if needed—in alignment with overall campaign activities and timelines.
One-Time Grant Proposals
Depending on our availability, we may be able to help with one-off grant proposals to specific funders. We have experience in family foundations, private foundations, corporate charitable giving arms and foundations, city, state, county, and federal funds. The price of this service varies tremendously based on the specific funding opportunity and your overall grant readiness.
Restricted Grant Recordkeeping
We have capacity and experience in helping organizations untangle the intersections of fundraising and finance recordkeeping. We can help smooth out revenue reconciliation processes, build better ways to record and track restricted grants, and increase your capacity to secure and manage public dollars.
Evaluation for Grantwriters
We will apply our experience gathering and reporting on organizational and programmatic impact data to guide you through creating a more cohesive impact measurement plan from the lens of effective fundraising. We will help you learn how to set and communicate goals to funders while keeping in line with your program and communities’ priorities.