Grants Accelerator Project

Elevate’s Grants Accelerator Project is the first-step in building your grants program.

It provides a jump-start to building out a grants calendar you can actually execute. We provide research and behind-the-scenes support in reaching out to funders. We also create or refine language about your organization and its programs. Finally, we make recommendations for next steps, which set you up for success when you submit proposals on your own.

The Grants Accelerator Project is ideal for nonprofits with little to no grant history, those in the early stages of a comprehensive fundraising plan, and well-established organizations looking to expand into new programmatic or geographic areas.

Planning, Strategy, and Recommendations

We’ll begin our engagement by reviewing your existing documents, holding an onboarding meeting to discuss goals, and creating a work plan. We’ll listen to the vision you have for your organization’s growth and determine the best way to align your grants activities to that vision. At the end of the project, we’ll prepare recommendations about how to strengthen your case for funding and provide next steps. We will also share learning tools to help you continue to research opportunities, make connections with funders, and submit proposals on your own.

Identification & Funder Research

Elevate will conduct research on new funding opportunities and prepare 1-2 page memos on high-quality and high-priority targets.

Cultivation

We will help your organization approach funders by drafting emails, preparing talking points, and attempting to set up calls or meetings with at least three funders during the project period. If we are successful in setting up such meetings, we will be able to develop a stronger case statement by incorporating funders’ perspectives and feedback.

Case Statement

Elevate will review existing materials, discuss your program design, and work with you to create or refine the language you use to present your organization to funders. We will draft and edit a Case Statement during the three-month period. A Case Statement answers all the standard questions you will find in a grant: information about your organization and its leadership, an overview of your programs, strategies and activities, clear data about the people you serve, and the impact you’ve had. This document will serve as a basis for you to submit proposals to the funders we’ve identified.

A Note About Pricing

There is a project-based, one-time fee for the Grants Accelerator Project, determined by the customized scope of work.

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