Aurora Grants & Consulting
Based in Houston, Texas, Aurora Grants & Consulting strives to help small and mid-sized nonprofits fulfill their mission of changing lives. As a provider of essential services, no one knows the hardships faced by your clients better than you do. Your nonprofit’s story is a critical element in any grant proposal. This is where Aurora’s unique marketing approach to proposal writing is key, helping you build a specific case that is relevant to philanthropic organizations and potential funders.
Aurora Grants & Consulting improves your funding chances through:
Research – Identifying targeted funding sources
Analysis – Looking at funding trends to verify that an ask is appropriate
Planning – Assigning specific roles and tasks, allotting time for contingencies
Probing – Asking the right questions regarding project, outcomes, and reporting
Writing – Making the case about how your project fits the funder’s criteria
Review – Submitting drafts to ensure proper portrayal of the project
Assembly – Complying with all guidelines and documentation requirements
Completion – Delivering proposals on schedule to permit timely submission by client
Proposal Writing Pitfalls
How do you ensure that your grant application gets funded? First of all, there are no guarantees, so if someone tells you there are, politely show them the door. Secondly, the spaghetti method of “throw a bunch of applications at the wall and see what sticks” is a huge waste of your scarcest resource: TIME. To be effective, a development plan must include adequate time to: (1) research and identify funders whose priorities match your nonprofit’s mission; (2) understand the funder’s giving history and what type of request would be appropriate; and (3) compose a well-written and moving document while meeting all of the funder’s requirements.
Does the following scenario sound familiar?
“(T)hose doing the writing of persuasive pieces are generally neophyte writers or experienced fund raisers harried by a thousand concerns other than writing the proposal at hand. In fact, the writing of the proposal is deemed a necessary evil, a chore, an unfortunate task that is often put off and put off until finally the foundation deadline is upon us and — Well, let’s get the thing written and out. Thank God for FedEx!” – from Writing for a Good Cause, by Joseph Barbato.
It is precisely because so many nonprofits submit their proposals in this haphazard fashion, that your Aurora Grants & Consulting proposal will be noticed.